Chief Executive Officer
In 2016, paid employment rates for all young adults, aged 16 to 25, with learning disabilities and difficulties in the UK were below nine per cent, yet over 75 per cent of these young people expressed an interest in paid employment. The desire of this group of young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) to be allowed such simple benefits is currently not being fulfilled for the vast majority of this section of our population. Nationally, the UK’s disability employment gap is around 32 per cent, with fewer than half of disabled people in work compared to more than 80 per cent of non-disabled people. Sadly, the gap in employment rates between people with disabilities and those without has changed little over recent years, highlighting the lack of any real progress.
The DFN Charitable Foundation (www.dfnfoundation.org) was established and endowed in 2014 by David Forbes-Nixon to ensure outstanding provision at a special school in Surrey. Having successfully delivered on this target, we have set ourselves new, bold targets to achieve national impact by increasing employment opportunities for young people with SEND. We are a new charity with big ambitions and a developing reputation, and have just taken on the Project SEARCH franchise in the UK, Ireland and Iberia (called “DFN Project SEARCH”). Project SEARCH has consistently delivered the best emplyoment outcomes for this SEND population with paid empoyment outcomes often above 70 per cent for a given programme versus a national average of just six per cent.
We are looking for an outstanding leader to join us as CEO of the DFN Charitable Foundation and DFN Project SEARCH. Our new CEO will work with trustees and the executive team to deliver real change in the fields of special education and improving access to employment for young people with SEND.
Our successful candidate will be a dynamic, highly skilled and experienced senior leader with the demonstrable skills to lead our charity: you will bring considerable commercial acumen; a track record in growing organisations and income; visionary strategic leadership; the ability to empower staff, as well as inspire a range of stakeholders, and the clout to influence policy. A genuine interest in and resonance with the mission and vision of DFN Charitable Foundation is clearly essential, whilst knowledge or experience of the social care sector, of operating in the political environment, and/or of working with people with learning disabilities and difficulties would be desirable.
To download the appointment details for this role including the job description, person specification, and information on how to apply, please click on Apply using the reference number: 3628.
The deadline for applications is 5pm BST Friday 13th July 2018.