Mindfulness in Schools Project (MiSP) is a national charity whose aim is to inform, create, train, and support the teaching of secular mindfulness to young people and those who care for them. Having been working in schools and other youth-related contexts for over 10 years, MiSP is widely recognised as the originator and leader in the field of mindfulness in education. Our vision is that every child and young person should have the opportunity to learn mindfulness skills to help them manage difficulty and be able to flourish.
What we do
MiSP provides expert information, training, materials, ongoing CPD and opportunities to practice mindfulness to adults in schools. Our community of over 2,250 members regularly meets virtually for events and activities for support and networking. We create classroom materials that bring mindfulness to life for children and young people aged 3-18, so that they can learn skills for life. We also encourage and support research into mindfulness in education, including building case studies and showcasing good practise.
We now have an exciting opportunity to appoint a new CEO to lead our organisation. Schools have responded with commitment and dedication to the challenge of COVID-19, which came as the sector was beginning to recognise the issues around staff retention and recruitment as well as growing mental health issues among children and young people. Now, stakeholders in the education sector increasingly recognise the value of introducing and maintaining skills that improve and maintain wellbeing for both staff and pupils.
We are seeking an energetic and highly capable individual who can lead our small but dynamic organisation through its next stage of development. This will require close collaboration with the Board of Trustees to deliver on our 2021-2023 strategic plan from which a longer-term strategy will be formed. The successful candidate will be a vibrant, inclusive, hands-on leader and excellent communicator who will enthuse and encourage our staff and our wider community and have an understanding of the education sector in the UK. The role is diverse requiring a broad skillset and flexibility so that we can deliver and develop our services, secure income streams, raise our profile and deliver maximum impact to our beneficiaries.
We proactively encourage applications from any background and consciously embrace diversity. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, pregnancy, maternity, race (which includes colour, nationality, caste and ethnic or national origins), sexual orientation, religion, or belief, or because someone is married or in a civil partnership. We welcome applications to this position from anyone meeting the skills criteria.
Job Title Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Hours Full-time (35 per week)
Reports to The Board of Trustees
Location Home-based, with regular meetings in Tonbridge, Kent, and other ad-hoc travel to London and around the UK as required
Main purpose and scope of role
The CEO will lead and develop the charity so that it maintains its position as the expert and forerunner in the field and fulfils its growth potential. Working closely with the Chair, the Board of Trustees, and with an experienced operational team, they will bring expertise and relevant experience to ensure long-term success and sustainability.
- Strategic awareness and the ability to lead and grow an organisation.
- Significant experience as a decision-maker in a senior-leader / director-level role.
- A strong track record of financial management, income generation, delivery of contracts and risk management.
- External relations skills including experience communicating with all stakeholders and an understanding of the policy landscape.
- A commitment to excellence, collaboration, kindness, diversity and inclusion.
- Deliver the strategic plan; taking overall responsibility for achieving, monitoring, and reporting on agreed key performance indicators.
- Enhance MiSP’s impact, reputation, and profile.
- Diversify income streams and ensuring the financial sustainability of the charity.
- Develop partnerships and other external relations to promote and grow the work of the charity.
- Support the existing membership, recruiting and retaining new members by delivering and developing services and products that meet our community’s needs.
- Represent MiSP in public, as a speaker and commentator.
- Understand risk and oversee charitable governance and compliance.
Leadership and operations
- Develop and direct the organisational and operational strategies and manage the administration of the charity as agreed by the Board of Trustees.
- Be an inspirational leader for the organisation, so that it consistently achieves excellence, and invites innovation and continual improvement of systems and activities.
- Promote a collaborative, respectful culture, building effective working relationships with all stakeholders, adopting a hands-on approach to learn from the experience of the existing team members.
- Embrace new technology and integrate as appropriate.
- Lead, develop and retain a high performing and motivated staff team and team of associate trainers and volunteers.
- Ensure that staff are given regular feedback on performance, that mid/end of year appraisals are completed on time and that training needs are identified and met.
- Approve the recruitment and appointment of new staff.
- Provide effective communication within the team and with the Board of Trustees.
- Be flexible in your approach to working.
Finance and income generation
- Ensure the organisation is financially sustainable.
- Ensure financial risks are identified in a timely manner and suitably mitigated.
- Propose annual budgets to the Board and ensure that activity and expenditure is in keeping with budget and forecast projections.
- Generate income, including submitting applications to statutory funding and grant makers, pursuing corporate sponsorships and reviewing income from services and products.
- Lead on business development opportunities such as contracts for group courses and overseas training partnerships.
- Promote the recruitment and retention of Hub members and ensure that membership benefits are attractive and appropriate.
- Develop and deliver the strategy for external relations, overseeing and directing all marketing and public relations activities, including building relatoniships with potential funders and representing MiSP where appropriate.
- Provide strategic direction and leadership to achieve the charity’s aims and objectives.
- Ensure that systems and processes are managed effectively and comply with all current legislation.
- Ensure business risks are identified and are well managed.
- Report regularly to the Board of Trustees on the performance of the charity and all matters relevant to the discharge of the Board’s responsibilities.
Mindfulness and education
- Develop a clear understanding of the concept, practice, and full potential of mindfulness.
- Work with the Board and other stakeholders to understand the landscape of the mindfulness and education sectors, staying abreast of the latest developments.
- Bring structure, stability, and growth to MiSP’s network of strong relationships with influential individuals in education, mental health, and other relevant charity/ sector organisations.
- Undertake general duties to support the effective and efficient operations of the charity as required.
- Abide by the organisations policies and practices.
- Undertake training and development as deemed necessary for the delivery of the role.
How to apply
Suitable candidates should please send a cover letter and CV to Maureen MacLeod, Vice Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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