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Wakefield District Sight Aid: Chief Executive Officer


Location: Wakefield

Salary: £30,000 - £35,000 pro rate (depending on experience)

Contract: 2 years from commencement date

Part Time: 20 hours per week

Closing date: Sunday 16th July 2017

Interviews: Monday 24th July 2017

Wakefield District Sight Aid (WDSA) was formed in 1869. It is the only charity in the Wakefield Metropolitan District providing much valued direct services for adult visually impaired and access to sight impairment professionals and other providers.


The role will have an exciting mix of strategic leadership, operational management, income generation, and relationship development. Liaison with local commissioners, potential partners and interaction with the wider community are key elements of the job.


The new CEO will be an entrepreneurial and dynamic leader with a strong track record of delivery. As befits a smaller organisation, you will be both strategic and operational in order to plan for the future as well as support current delivery. Proven experience at a senior level is essential, whilst knowledge of the health and/or social care sector would be beneficial. Above all, you will be highly empathetic with the charity's beneficiaries and be able to demonstrate a passion for health and wellbeing.        



To support all adult visually impaired people, their families and carers.



With our combined team of committed staff, trustees, and volunteers we want to:

  • Support anyone affected by sight impairment to maintain their independence and confidence
  • Improve our services to meet the growing needs of people in the district
  • Remain economically viable



Our core value is in our specialist expertise and local knowledge. The fact that we are a local not national organisation means we offer a dedicated service. The key outcomes we provide for local sight impaired people are aimed at:

  • Improving safety, confidence, independence and welfare
  • Reducing social isolation

Job Description

Primary Objectives:

  • To provide the leadership and vision to continuously develop, improve and enhance the organisation, with a strong sense of commercial awareness.
  • To generate income to sustain the charity.
  • To promote the work of the charity and raise public awareness.
  • To operationally manage the service and to maintain and develop appropriate networks.
  • To oversee the delivery of excellent services that make a significant and positive impact on the lives of people with visual impairments in the Wakefield Metropolitan District Council area.


Key Tasks and Main Duties:

  • Ensure organisation is well administered and meets its governance responsibilities.
  • Ensure compliance with contracts, grant regulations and other statutory bodies are met, including monthly and quarterly monitoring reports and compliance meetings.
  • To ensure the continued development and stability of the organisation.
  • To fundraise and network in order to develop and sustain Wakefield District Sight Aid (WDSA) and positively promote its work.
  • Be the “Public Face” of WDSA, representing the charity at meetings/forums.
  • To advise, inform and work with the Board of Directors.
  • Ensure all staff and volunteers are directly managed, with effective delegation, supervision and guidance.
  • Manage and develop communication systems and structures.
  • Oversee the provision of excellence of quality and good practice, drive all processes and systems and submit evidence of this in line with contractual obligations and Board requirements.
  • Ensure all resources – human, physical or financial are well managed and maximise what we offer within our services.
  • Be responsible for the production and distribution of a quarterly newsletter to all members.
  • Any other duties the Board of Directors may feel essential.


Person Specification


  • Significant experience gained in a strategic level leadership and management role within the Voluntary Sector or at a similar level in the Public or Private Sector.
  • Successful experience of generating income.
  • Contract management experience and skills.
  • Strong relationship-management and networking skills and able to demonstrate effective communication skills, verbal and written.
  • Experience / management/preparation of budgets, grants and funding applications.
  • Ability to develop digital media.
  • Strong coaching and mentoring skills.
  • Good organisational and negotiation skills.
  • An understanding and commitment to the aims and objectives of Wakefield District Sight Aid.



  • Experience of Social Care and awareness of issues relative to working with Vulnerable Adults.
  • Own transport essential, (mileage allowance).
  • Have experience of working with / knowledge of sight and/or other disability issues.
  • Knowledge of Social Care regulations: Data Protection, Vulnerable Adults Protection.
  • Knowledge/experience of statutory bodies reporting regulations e.g. Charity Commission and Companies House.
  • Knowledge of financial systems (e.g.Quickbooks).

If you would like more information and an informal conversation about Wakefield District Sight Aid and this exciting role, please contact Graham Bell, CEO or Linda Broom, Chair to the Board on 01924 215 555.


To request an application pack, please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Closing date: Sunday 16th July 2017

Interviews: Monday 24th July 2017


We value diversity at WDSA and welcome applications from all sections of the community.



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