Director of Operations



  • Location


  • Job type


  • Sector

    Not for Profit

  • Salary/Remuneration


  • Job ref


  • Expiry date

    10 February 2019

  • Client

    I CAN

Ref: GSe49985

Are you passionate about helping children develop the speech, language and communication skills they need to thrive in a 21st century world?

As the UK’s leading children’s communication charity, I CAN strives to ensure that all children develop the communication skills they need to succeed. We are a truly influential voice for children and families. Established over 125 years ago, we have built our reputation on being groundbreaking and on recognising a need and doing something very practical to meet it.  We want to play our part in achieving a world where all children have the communication skills they need to fulfil their potential and where no child is left out or left behind because of a difficulty speaking or understanding.

At a pivotal phase in our development, we are seeking an experienced Director of Operations to lead a new directorate. We are bringing together all Speech and Language Advisors and project support staff into a single team, reporting to the Director of Operations.  You will be responsible for building and leading the team, and provide strategic leadership for I CAN’s ambitious new programme of work.  Our aim is to grow our income in order to increase our reach to more children and young people with SLCN. As an Executive Director of I CAN, you will work collaboratively with the Senior Management Team and contribute to the overall strategy of the charity.

We are looking for a credible and influential leader who is comfortable engaging with and influencing key stakeholders in our field. With your professional roots in speech and language therapy, you will also have significant experience and knowledge of securing, nurturing and maximising the impact of partnership relationships and a track record of delivering large programmes of work to a high standard and in partnership with other organisations. Most importantly, you will share our commitment to ensuring we continue to make a positive impact on the lives and potential of thousands of children and young people with SLCN. 

Closing dateMonday 11th February 2019 at 10am
Longlist meetingEnd of w/c 11th February 2019
Preliminary Interviewsw/c 18th February and w/c 25th February 2019
Shortlist Meetingw/c 4th March 2019
Final Panel Interview20th, 27th or 29th March
How to apply

The Director of Operations will be selected on the basis of a combination of a written application and interview. To apply for the role, please provide the following:
• an up to date CV (maximum 3 pages);
• a supporting statement that addresses all of the bulleted criteria set out in the Person Specification and tells us why you are interested in this role;
• the names and contact details of two referees who we may contact after the shortlisting stage (please note that we will not take up these references without advising you first).

Please ensure that you complete the equalities monitoring questionnaire that automatically appears on the GatenbySanderson website as you complete your application with us online. This form will not be disclosed to anyone involved in assessing your application.

We are committed to supporting the principle that everyone should have the same opportunities for employment, development and progression. This should be based on their ability, competence and suitability for the role. We welcome applicants from all backgrounds.

If you have a disability, please indicate in your application whether you need any specific assistance or adjustments to enable you to be interviewed.

Contact details
Mark Bate: 0113 205 6288