Our new Group Director of Engagement will be joining at an extremely positive point. Over the past few years, our outgoing Group Director has delivered stability, tangible success, and a positive and solutions-focused culture. Moreover, you will join a strong, autonomous, and high-performing team whose remit has grown in recent years to include Policy, Communications and Trading.
Our total turnover is around £74m, of which fundraising income is c. £12m and trading £11m. We generate income from the full range of sources: statutory and commissioned services, legacies, donations and individual giving, grants, trusts and foundations. All have performed well over the past year (with the understandable exception of events). The support and advice of our President, Lord Levy, is invaluable in our engagement with HNWIs and grant-giving organisations, and you will relish the chance to work with him on a number of exciting initiatives.
Key areas of focus for the coming years include developing our corporate partnerships, and continuing to develop the case for support for our national expansion programme. Within three years, we aim to establish three new hubs which will allow us to provide local services more effectively, and a fully-funded early intervention service which will operate across the UK. In addition to securing the resources for this programme, we’ll expect to see a greater number of volunteers supporting those programmes; a rise in supporter awareness; and a greater overall number of supporters, who we will understand better.
Your strengths will cover the full role remit – including developing our brand and profile, and overseeing our campaigns and communications – but it’s likely you’ll bring particular strengths in fundraising. It may be your first Director role, but you must bring director-level assurance, interpersonal skills and impressive strategic capability.
Working at Sense gives you a unique insight into how individuals with complex disabilities experience life. Many of the people we support communicate through non-verbal means, or use a few words, signs or symbols. Taking the time to appreciate someone’s different view of the world is deeply personally enriching, and opens up new worlds.