We are recruiting a Deputy Chief Executive Officer


POST: Deputy Chief Executive Officer

Salary:  £42 – 44k per annum (depending upon experience)

Responsible to:  Chief Executive Officer

Duration:  Permanent (subject to an initial 6 months probationary period)

Hours:  Full time – 35 hours per week

Benefits: 28 days Annual Leave and 6% pension contribution

Location:  Kings Cross, London

About Voluntary Action Islington found here | Download the job specification here

The main purpose of the post:  

To work with the Chief Executive and the Board of Directors/Trustees to deliver the strategic and operational priorities of the organisation. The Deputy CEO will work to strengthen Islington’s Voluntary and Community Sector through the delivery of capacity building initiatives and volunteering services and through cross-sector collaboration with statutory partners and community/resident engagement.

The Deputy CEO will be responsible for creating new opportunities for service development, contributing to income generation strategy and implementation and monitoring and evaluation of our programs.

Main areas of responsibility: 

Developing our People

  • Provide line management of Voluntary Action Islington’s Volunteer Services Manager, Development Officer, and the Local Wellbeing Network Co-ordinator
  • Providing leadership, direction, and motivation for staff and volunteers involved in the day-to-day delivery of services and community engagement
  • Ensure plans are in place for training and developing staff to build capacity and capability to suit business needs
  • With the CEO, building and maintaining a high-performance culture evidenced through effective management of performance
  • Developing and maintaining effective working relationships with the CEO and the Board of Directors/Trustees
  • Ensuring that the day-to-day operations of the organisation are effectively and efficiently managed and conducted within the framework, resources and timescales agreed

Developing our Relationships

  • Deputising for the CEO internally and externally, upon request, in a range of functions
  • Developing and maintaining effective strategic relationships with key stakeholders including the local Voluntary and Community Sector, elected members and senior officials of Islington Council, NCL Clinical Commissioning Group and Public Health and existing and potential funders
  • Supporting the development of active and thriving communities in Islington by working closely with Islington’s Fairer Together initiatives including the Locality Networks
  • Acting as a key representative of the organisation ensuring that a positive reputation is built and maintained and promoting strong links with all stakeholders

Delivering our Services

  • Contributing to the development and implementation of VAI’s strategic and operational plans and income generation strategy
  • Leading on/contributing to funding applications and proposals to a diverse range of funders including charitable trusts and foundations; corporate organisations and statutory bodies
  • Ensuring that the day-to-day operations of the organisation are effectively and efficiently managed and conducted within the framework and timescales agreed with funders
  • Managing the reporting of performance against an outcome framework agreed with funders
  • Establishing and maintaining high-quality standards throughout the work of the organisation, including the achievement and maintenance of quality standards against a quality framework, capable of external scrutiny
  • Developing operating policies to ensure that programs and activities are implemented effectively
  • Implementing stringent project management processes to ensure the timely and cost-effective development of services


  • Any other reasonable duties specified by the CEO
  • We reserve the right to vary or amend the duties and responsibilities of the post-holder at any time according to the needs of the organisation’s business.
  • There is a requirement to work evenings and weekends as necessary in order to ensure appropriate fulfilment of duties.

How to Apply

Please send a 2-page supporting statement highlighting why you are applying for the role and how you meet the criteria.  Please also send a copy of your CV and a completed equal opportunities form to

For an informal discussion about this position please contact Navinder Kaur, CEO by emailing

The closing date for applications is 5pm, Friday 25th February 2022

Interview dates to be confirmed. 

About Voluntary Action Islington found here | Download the job specification here