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Director - AWLPA

Deadline: Until filled

Location: London, UK

Organization: AWLPA


AWLPA is a charity (no: 1105305) and a company limited by guarantee (no.5166706) supporting lone Asian mothers. Our service users have often been through a difficult journey of domestic violence including physical, financial and emotional abuse impacting on them and their children. Our support includes, information, guidance, advocacy, referrals, connection to other women and networks and empowerment through activities, workshops, individual and group work. We also offer linguistic and cultural support/services.

We are looking for a dynamic and confident Director to lead and manage the Charity and its services.

Job Purpose:

Overall responsibility for the management and implementation of AWLPA’s services, project coordination, delivery, management and charity administration.

To lead and direct AWLPA’s growth and development through developing programmes, raising funds, leading on infrastructure, monitoring and evaluation.

Strategic and operational management of the charity’s goals and objectives as in agreement with the Board of Trustees.

Responsibility for: Project staff members, volunteers and consultants as agreed with the Board of Trustees.

Key Responsibilities and Activities:

  1. To provide leadership to implement AWLPA’s vision, goals and objectives through effective charity administration, management of programmes and operational functions to achieve the best results for lone Asian women mothers and their children.
  2. To effectively manage, supervise and have oversight of all projects and activities to ensure full implementation and funder requirements.
  3. To plan, manage and have oversight of AWLPA’s finances through effective systems on annual budgets for income and expenditure, audits, forecasts budgets, oversight and monitoring of budget in line with growth plan and funding requirements.
  4. To effectively manage and increase fundraising activities for AWLPA through networking, building partnerships and alliances, actively seeking suitable funders and submitting fundraising applications and proposals.
  5. Represent AWLPA with credibility and effectiveness externally to develop the charity’s profile.
  6. To revise and update all policy and procedure documents regularly and draft new policies as the need arises with support from the Board of Trustees.
  7. To finalise and submit reports (i.e. funder reports, assessments, monitoring, etc) ensuring compliance with funder requirements, coherence and high quality, and submission within reporting time frame.
  8. To provide supervision, guidance and training to all staff and volunteers (including consultants hired short term) through agreed work plans and objectives.
  9. Work closely with the board of trustees on responsibilities including:

a.     Providing appropriate information at regular board meetings to assist key decision making

b.     Utilising the trustees’ skills appropriately to support the effective running of AWLPA

c.      Raising concerns and risks in a timely manner so they can be addressed and resolved

  1. Recruiting new trustees, friends of AWLPA and volunteers;
  2. Strategic future planning and development;
  3. Monitoring and evaluation of projects;
  4. Charity compliance, legalities, administration
  5. Periodic evaluation of AWLPA’s performance
  6. To provide direction, expertise and ensure monitoring and evaluation systems are effective to provide quality assessments, appropriate for funder reporting and guide future work from lessons learnt.

11. To lead, develop, plan, facilitate and deliver a range of service user, funder projects, programmes, workshops, activities, training and events.

  1. To develop, deliver, oversee and monitor projects and services in line with agreed timescales and within set budgets, ensuring these are delivered in a high quality and cost effective way
  2. To have oversight of all confidential information held on services users and others and ensure it is secure within the office systems and electronically.
  3. To act as lead officer and coordinate with the lease holder of the premises on health, safety and welfare of staff and services users.
  4. To manage the security and legality of AWLPA financial and IT systems.
  1. Responsibility for a range of administration activities, including updating the website.
  2. As AWLPA is a small Charity relying on the Director for the overall functioning, additional activities and tasks will need to be undertaken by the Director (and where appropriate with active support from the Board of Trustees).
  3. To carry out other duties as and when necessary

19. Ensure compliance with AWLPA’s health and safety, safeguarding, data protection, confidentiality, equal opportunities and other policies.

Open to Women Only (exemption under the Equality Act 2010 Schedule 9, Part1). Section 7(2) e of the 1975 Sex Discrimination Act and Section 5(2) d of the 1976 Race Relations Act applies).

Occasional evening and weekend work may be needed to fulfil on tasks/job role.

Please note: If there are difficulties meeting these conditions owing to a disability or family circumstances, the Board of Trustees will discuss these with you, in order to consider reasonable adjustments to the working conditions

Personal Specification:

Essential/Desirable qualifications, work experience, skills and knowledge.



Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field of study or equivalent experience/education

Desirable: Other relevant professional qualification combined with significant work experience in business, personal management, finance and administration management, health or social care.

Essential: Work Experience:

  1. Five years’ work experience of which the last two years must be in management, women’s rights and protection, service provisions and delivery within the Charity sector.
  2. Proven success in managing projects, delivering results and meeting targets.
  3. Proven experience in networking with a wide range of individuals, partners and donors and successful fund raising.
  4. Proven experience in building a wide range of partnership and alliances across the service sector, funders, women’s groups and other relevant Charities to meet organisational objectives.
  5. Proven experience of supervising, recruiting and providing guidance to staff and volunteers.
  6. Experience of working with vulnerable ethnic minority individuals and groups such as domestic violence, abused children and lone mothers.

Work based skills and knowledge:

  1. Ability to provide leadership and strategic guidance to direct the work of an organisation effectively. Excellent English written and verbal skills.
  2. Proven communication and interpersonal skills and ability to work with diversity and in a multi-cultural work environment respecting differences.
  3. Flexible approach to managing competing work demands and a changing workload and yet remain focused on meeting targets and deadlines.
  4. Excellent stakeholder management skills, and ability to ask for support and delegate tasks as appropriate to manage workload.
  5. Highly proven organisational skills and attention to detail using effective methods and systems.
  6. Ability to work on own initiative, under pressure and to tight deadlines.
  7. Proven experience of establishing and maintaining efficient systems, structures and processes such as financial, administrative, monitoring and evaluation.
  8. Ability to plan and facilitate events such as workshops.
  9. Good IT skills including for website, office, profiling and project management.
  10. A proven commitment to gender equality and anti-discriminatory practices in working relationships.


  1. Work experience within a women, families and children context.
  2. Ability to update website, use social media or willingness to learn.
  3. Experience of building and maintaining a media and online profile of an organisation.
  4. Fluency to speak a South Asian language in a work environment (i.e. Bengali, Urdu, Hindi, Punjabi, Gujarati)
  5. An understanding of mental health, health and wellbeing, confidence building and empowerment


How to apply:

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