Chief Executive Officer (CEO) – Charity

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St Albans
Closing date: 31/07/2024
Disability Confident Employer


HACRO (Hertfordshire Association for the Care and Rehabilitation of Offenders)

Location: Hertfordshire: 3 days WFH 2 days St. Albans office or other sites plus travel within Hertfordshire

Time: 37.5 hours per week

Salary: £50-60k p.a.

Are you a dynamic and strategic individual with a proven track record in organizational management? If so, you may be interested in leading HACRO’s small but passionate team through a period of growth and transition.

As HACRO’s current CEO transitions to a new role in the organisation, we are looking for a strong leader to develop and execute HACRO’s strategy and manage the day-to-day operations of the organisation.

The Organisation

HACRO believes in second chances and has been working with ex-offenders and those at risk of offending to turn their lives around over the past 50 years, thereby reducing the rate of re-offending in Hertfordshire. We deliver our vision through programmes that build capability and confidence, delivered with respect and integrity.

Our flagship programme, TurnAround, provides participants with mentoring support, a range of training and well-being programmes and a host of activities. We also work with other local charities to provide individualised and needs-based support.

HACRO is well regarded by the Police and Probation services and by other charities within the county dealing with similar participants.


The Role

Accountable to the Board of Trustees the CEO will have responsibility for the strategic development and running of the organisation, including the management of all staff and volunteers and the building of relationships with important supporters and partners.

This includes:

  • Developing and delivering an ambitious strategy;
  • Managing, developing and coaching our dedicated staff;
  • Ensuring the financial viability of HACRO, including identification of potential funders and the preparation of bids;
  • Delivering on the highest standards of governance are applied across HACRO;
  • Oversight of Safeguarding while ensuring the safety of staff, volunteers and participants;
  • Monitoring key performance indicators and reporting to the Board and to funders, as required.


The Person

HACRO’s participants are energetic but can have complex needs so we are looking for someone with energy, passion and empathy. A knowledge of the justice system and prior experience of working with ex-offenders or those at risk of offending is required.

As a charity, we are dependent on grants so the person needs to have personal credibility to build and nurture relationships with current and potential funders and to be tenacious in identifying new potential sources of funding. Preferable the person will also have a broad personal network.

Previous experience of leading and growing an organisation, preferably in the charitable sector, is needed as this is a broad remit covering Strategy, Finance, HR, People Management, Marketing, Governance etc.

High standards of behaviour are essential combined with the ability to act with appropriate discretion and sensitivity.


Skills Profile

Educated to degree level in a related discipline or equivalent experience

Knowledge of the charitable sector and safeguarding, preferably within the justice system

Strong financial, analytical and communication skills with good IT skills

Experience in writing business plans and funding bids

Experience and knowledge of national and local agendas relating to crime, disorder, substance misuse and re-offending

Full driving licence and access to a vehicle


Appropriate DBS clearance will be required. Having a criminal record is not a bar to working with HACRO.