17 June 2020

YMCA Worcestershire is a local independent charity, as part of the wider YMCA movement in England and Wales; the largest and oldest youth charity in the world. With a history dating back over 150 years, YMCA Worcestershire came into being in 2013 as a result of merging YMCA charities in Redditch and Worcester. We are a Christian charity with bases across Worcestershire and though we predominately support the needs of young people we aim to serve all members of the community regardless of faith, age, or gender.

Our primary areas of work are:

  • Family Work
  • Housing
  • Community Centres
  • Youth Work
  • Employability Programmes
  • Prison Work

Our current CEO, Duncan Berry who has been with us for almost 15 years, has recently been promoted to a senior position with YMCA England and Wales, which is the reason for this vacancy. During his tenure, the charity has seen significant growth, from a £1m organisation to £4.5m currently; this has included the merger of Redditch and Worcester YMCA in 2013 to form Worcestershire YMCA.

In our new CEO, we are seeking an exceptional Christian who is motivated, driven and excited by the opportunity to lead the development, implementation, and growth of existing and new projects so that we can continue to support young people across the county, through our range of services and programmes.

Working in collaboration with our Board of Trustees, our incoming CEO will take the lead on the strategic direction of the charity, offering support and guidance to the Board. They will oversee every area of activity and with the Senior Leadership Team, they will manage the operational delivery of our services. As YMCA Worcestershire’s ambassador externally, developing strong, sustainable partnerships both locally, regionally, and nationally, our CEO will need to demonstrate a strong track record of working effectively with partners and stakeholders and on public platforms.

YMCA’s vision across England and Wales is of an inclusive Christian movement transforming communities so that all young people can belong, contribute, and thrive. It is therefore critical that our new CEO can demonstrate how their Christian faith underpins their vision and experience and skills in leadership, day-to-day management, communication, finance, charity law and housing, as well as communicating the Christian faith-based motivation of the YMCA movement externally. *

If you feel passionate about enabling young people to reach their fulfil their potential, offer significant leadership experience, demonstrate entrepreneurial spirit and are inspired by faith-based community transformation, we would welcome your application.

You can download the full briefing document using the link on this page; for a confidential conversation about the opportunity, please contact our retained consultant Anna Jay at Public Leaders Appointments: anna@publicleadersappointments.com or 07904 236 348.

In order to apply, please submit a CV supported by a covering letter to Anna Jay of no more than 3 sides of A4 outlining your motivation for applying and highlighting how your skills, knowledge and experience meet the requirements of the role, as set out in the brief.

  • Closing Date: Midday, 16th July 2020
  • Assessments (online): 22nd July – 7th August
  • Final Panel Interviews (Redditch): w/c 10th August (potentially 11th)

YMCA recognise the positive value of diversity, promotes equality and challenges discrimination. We welcome and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds. To help us monitor the effectiveness of our Equality & Diversity policy, you are requested to complete a questionnaire which you can download from this page. The information you provide does not form part of the selection procedure. It is used for monitoring purposes.