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Job Description and Person Profile for Interim General Manager, St Bride Foundation
St Bride Foundation is a 125 year-‐old charity based in its own building in the City of London. The
Foundation was set up to support the community of print workers based around Fleet Street, and
continues to offer a variety of services which support the local working community and also celebrate
the Print heritage of the area. The Foundation includes the fringe theatre known as The Bridewell, a
bar, rooms, offices, an academic library and a working Print Room.
St Bride Foundation is looking for an interim general manager. The Foundation is going through a
period of change, and requires some one who can help to manage the operations while a revised
strategy is developed. Working with the Board, the successful candidate will need to maintain
business as usual while implementing a programme of changes which has recently been started and
helping to move the Foundation forward.
The role is currently offered as a six month contract with the possibility of an extension to be agreed
at the end of that time period. This is an interim role as the Foundation reviews its activities. The
Board wishes to take time to consider the final scope of the role as the strategy develops over the
coming few months.
To manage the activities of the Foundation in line with the plans and budgets agreed by the Board
To implement and review/revise with the Board as necessary the plans to ensure that the
Foundation meets the targets laid out for revenue and costs
To report to the Board regularly and transparently on all aspects of the Foundation’s performance
To oversee the provision of the necessary statutory financial and other reporting for the Charity
Commission, external auditors and other bodies
To identify opportunities for improvement in revenues and greater efficiencies in costs with the
To work with the Board to prioritise the necessary investments to develop the work of the
Operational and People Management
To lead and manage efficiently the work of the Foundation staff and contractor teams, ensuring
clarity on objectives and priorities and effective delivery of services
To manage the staff through properly-‐structured performance management, appraisal and
To ensure that robust systems and proper records are in place in the areas of staff contracts, and
external contracts with contractors, suppliers, sponsors and other key relationships
To manage the physical fabric of the building and maintain it in good repair
To ensure that the Foundation delivers an excellent service to its users and the wider public
To help to manage the implementation of the new corporate strategy with the Board, staff and
To review and report regularly to the Board on progress
To handle relationships with key stakeholders, working alongside the Board.
To represent the Foundation externally as required
To ensure the development of an effective marketing and communications programme designed to
increase the number of businesses and clients using the Foundation
To maintain relations with relevant trade media
To act as principal staff contact with Board members
To manage the preparation of reports for the Board, including its minutes, the annual plan and
budget, and ensure good communication on matters of operations and performance.
To ensure that the Foundation discharges its legal obligations in respect of the employment of
people and health and safety.
3. Person Specification
We would expect candidates to bring evidence of consistent achievement as a senior manager in an
organisation of comparable size and complexity. Additionally candidates should be able to point to:
Managing an organization through challenging times with clear measures of progress and success
good experience of financial and operational management in a small organization with tight
budgets and limited people and financial resources
a demonstrable track record of managing people successfully in a manner that motivates
evidence of managing external and internal communications programmes with a wide variety of
commitment to the promotion of equality and diversity
Experience of managing a meeting and entertainment facility (room hire, bar, theatre,)
Knowledge of the printing and media world and/or the cultural creative industries
Understanding of the City and its cultural life
Experience of working in the charitable sector with volunteers and fundraising
Experience of sales and marketing
Experience of working in a customer-‐ focused organization
In addition, we would look for the following qualities/capabilities:
Flexibility and pragmatism
Hands-‐on approach to getting things done
Strong personal communication skills
Resilient and high in energy
Openness and transparency
4. Term of appointment
Initially for 6 months with a view to possible extension. Start date as soon as practicable.
Annual salary equivalent -‐ from £55k according to experience