Vi-Ability seeks a new Chief Executive who will lead the social enterprise in its mission to equip
young people with business and employment skills to address youth unemployment in the UK,
whilst also transforming struggling community sports clubs into viable businesses and thriving
community hubs.
As Chief Executive you will lead the development of an exciting new phase, overseeing a
programme that will increase the scale of our operations and impact across the UK, improving
lives and strengthening communities.
One of the UK’s leading social enterprises, Vi-Ability’s multi-award winning approach gives
young people readily transferable skills and real workplace experience. It was named UK Social
Enterprise of the Year in 2015 and has been commended by the UK Prime Minister for its work.
Vi-Ability has consistently helped 75% of those who enter its programmes into sustainable
As first in command, you will be responsible for setting a new strategic direction for Vi-Ability as
well as ensuring its smooth day-to-day running, ensuring that we provide programmes of the
highest quality, alongside consistent learning experiences for young people across the UK. The
position will require you to develop and support the team of 10 staff members who are spread
across both the Wales, London and Ireland hubs.
This role will suit someone with an affinity to sport and the transformative effect it can have on
young people and communities. If you believe you can make an active contribution to the
continued development of Vi-Ability and help improve thousands of young lives through sport
then we look forward to receiving your application.

Reports to:
Board of Trustees and Chairperson
Key objectives:

  • To lead, in conjunction with the Board, the development of the new Vi-Ability
  • To build relationships with and communicate effectively with investors, employees,
    Government authorities, other stakeholders and the public;
  • To lead and oversee the implementation of Vi-Ability long and short term plans in
    accordance with its strategy;
  • To Develop PR and market opportunities, to increase the publics’ awareness of Vi-
    Ability and its ability to help young people enter employment, training or
  • To ensure Vi-Ability is appropriately organised and staffed across the three locations
    in Wales, Ireland and London, and to have the authority to review the staffing
    structure to meet future needs;
  • To ensure financial stability, and that expenditures of Vi-Ability are within the
    authorised annual budget;
  • To assess the principal risks of Vi-Ability and to ensure that these risks are being
    monitored and managed;
  • To ensure effective internal controls and management information systems are in
  • To ensure that Vi-Ability has appropriate systems to enable it to conduct its activities
    both lawfully and ethically.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Setting a new strategy that will enable rapid scaling up of the organization
  • Income generation and marketing
  • Representation
  • Performance Management
  • Compliance
  • Financial Management
  • People Management

Person Specification:
Education and Qualification

  • Degree educated; MBA preferred.

Skills and Abilities

  • Excellent people skills to motivate a team of staff to grow Vi-Ability.
  • Entrepreneurial and excellent organisational skills.
  • Able to implement as well as design change. Ability to build effective working relationships with others, including outside the Social Enterprise.
  • Ability to set targets, delegate and monitor performance. Comfortable speaking in,public and dealing with the media.
  • Able to develop a culture that promotes enterprise, equality and values diversity.


  • At least 5 years’ experience in a management position with budgetary and people
  • Proven experience in strategic business planning.
  • Proven record of accomplishment in growing an organisation, in either a commercial company or a social enterprise.
  • Proven record of accomplishment in fundraising.


  • Business resource planning.
  • Word, Excel and PowerPoint or equivalent.
  • Fluent English (written, spoken).
  • Sport, Young People, and Social Enterprise policy.


  • An initial 2-year contract.


  • Flexible, but travel to operational regions is essential.


  • Up to £65k, dependent upon experience.

To apply:
Preferred method of application is to email a comprehensive CV together with a
supporting statement (maximum two sides of A4).
You should give the names, positions, organisations and telephone contact numbers of
two referees, relevant to this role; one should be your current or most recent employer.
Please advise us if you do not want references contacted prior to interview.
Finally, please ensure that you have included mobile, work and home telephone
Please email:, quoting Chief Executive in the subject line.
Closing date for applications: 5pm on Friday 29th September 2017
Interviews: first stage to take place week commencing 16th October 2017