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Future First

Future First

Chief Executive

Location: Home-based, attached to London office, with travel throughout the UK

Salary: £80,000 – £90,000

If the UK is serious about reducing inequalities, increasing inclusion, and driving system change then we need to place young people – especially those who need the most help and are at greatest risk of disempowerment – firmly at the heart of the solution.

This is an exceptional opportunity for an experienced leader and manager with a track record of achievement in a related field, a deeply held commitment to social mobility and with a balance of skills across the external requirements of the role and the strategic and operational priorities. An individual who is committed to make a life changing difference to a generation of young people by promoting our values of social justice, role models, collaboration and innovation.

For too many young people, their start in life is limiting their future. They do not have access to relatable role models to help them understand what they can achieve, nor the networks, knowledge and tools to help them to get there. Future First is here to change that. We are the UK education charity helping young people in state schools and colleges broaden their horizons by connecting them with past students. It’s a simple solution but one that really works – and is sustainable.

Future First specialises in connecting state school pupils with former students (alumni) so they develop the knowledge, confidence and motivation to succeed when they leave school, and have a network that can help them. We want every young person, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds, to believe “people like me” can succeed. By sharing their stories, alumni show young people a world beyond their own and give them the knowledge and connections they need to get there. We provide schools and colleges with the technology, tools and support needed to mobilise their past pupil networks.

The Board of Trustees are looking to appoint an inspiring and ambitious Chief Executive to drive forward the next phase of our journey. Our next Chief Executive will build on more than a decade’s work to make alumni networks part of the educational landscape across the UK. We have strong foundations and are in a good position that is primed for growth and scale.

Our Ideal Chief Executive Will

  • Be committed, energetic, passionate and determined to make a difference not just to the generations of young people, but to the education system itself, making alumni networks the norm in state schools.
  • Build on the strengths of the existing model, an expert knowledge base and its reputation for excellence.
  • Develop current programmes to ensure impact, conceive and deliver a strategy to achieve scalability, and evolve a funding model that is sustainable, flexible and which enables innovation.
  • Embrace and deliver our key strategic goals that will see us extending our reach and impact to more schools and more students, especially those who are disadvantaged, designing and trialling new interventions to tackle entrenched issues in schools, delivering organisational effectiveness and ultimately building a national movement.
  • Be adept at building strong and enduring working relationships with the committed staff team, Chair and Board of Trustees, schools, alumni, students, partners, funders, philanthropists, investors, public bodies and local and central government.
  • Lead and manage the organisation, be values-led and passionate about making a long-term difference to the lives and life chances of young people, schools and the system itself.
  • Be ambitious, driven, fearless and ready and able to lead strategically and at the grass roots.
  • Be just as comfortable managing the detail, as they will be networking with funders or talking with journalists to communicate the cause effectively.

This is an exciting opportunity for an individual to make a life changing difference to a generation of young people by promoting our values of social justice, role models, collaboration and innovation.

To find out more, click on Apply. For a confidential discussion, please contact our recruitment advisers at GatenbySanderson:

Emma Jamison at [email protected] or Liz Dean-Stevens at [email protected]

Closing Date: Monday 24 October

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