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Chair of the Board of Trustees

Applications close 09:00, Monday 18 November

Our current chair, Dame Clare Tickell, is standing down after five years in post. During her tenure Dame Clare has contributed significantly to the development and positioning of EIF. Over the past two years the charity has doubled its turnover and staffing and cemented its place as a respected leader in the field of early intervention. This year we became a key partner in the delivery of the Youth Endowment Fund, a bold initiative funded by the Home Office, to put early intervention at the heart of efforts to tackle youth offending.

This is a time of change for EIF, as we grow and develop our team and our work, delivering on significant new projects and operating in a dynamic political context. We now wish to appoint an exceptional chair who, working with the board and staff, will support the delivery of EIF’s strategy through creative, independent and informed thinking, and act as an ambassador for EIF alongside the chief executive.

We are looking for an exceptional individual with a substantial track record in their field and with significant strategic leadership and governance experience. As well as providing effective and visible leadership internally, you will bring the gravitas and standing to perform an ambassadorial role. With a collaborative and enabling leadership style, you will be able to optimise the board and senior management team’s effectiveness as a critical friend and mentor. You will ideally have experience in an area pertinent to early intervention, such as health, children’s social care, education or criminal justice, but you could come from the public, voluntary or private sectors. You will understand how to navigate government and have credibility with EIF’s key stakeholders. Most importantly, you will share EIF’s commitment to making a positive difference to the lives of children and young people nationwide and have an understanding of the importance of rigorous evidence in decision making.

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As part of our commitment to flexible working we will consider a range of options for the successful applicant to fill the post. All options can be discussed at interview stage. 

We believe in being inclusive and giving everyone an equal chance to succeed. Applications are welcome from all candidates regardless of age, sex, gender identity, disability, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, religion or belief, race, sexual orientation, transgender status or social economic background.

Your personal data will be shared for the purposes of the recruitment process. This includes our HR team, interviewers (who may include other partners in the project and independent advisors), relevant team managers and our IT service provider, if access to the data is necessary for performance of their roles. We do not share your data with other third parties, unless your application for employment is successful and we make you an offer of employment, in which case we will share your data with former employers so that we can obtain references for you. We will not transfer your data outside the European Economic Area. For more information, see our privacy policy.

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If you are interested in working for EIF, please submit your details and a brief summary of the kind of role you are interested in, and we'll get back to you if there are any relevant job opportunities.