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Appointment Brief

Please download and read the Appointment Brief before applying: Brake – Project Director – Appointment Brief


Brake’s vision is a world without road casualties, greenhouse gases or air pollution from road transport. They work to inspire, inform and engage people to act to achieve their vision of safe, green, healthy and fair transport. They also fight for the rights of people bereaved and injured in road crashes.

Brake delivers domestic campaigns and services in the UK and New Zealand (where their head offices are based). They also undertake global work, with their capacity-building information and advice services particularly aimed at global audiences, benefitting from their head offices in two time zones.

Brake is a humanitarian charity, which was specifically established in response to this crisis, preventing violent deaths, life-changing injuries, mitigating climate change, and supporting people in need.

The Project Director will have responsibility for, and be tasked with, the delivery and development of established and emerging projects.

Brake has function teams specialising in specific aspects of their work including community engagement (responsible for community-led events and their promotion on key themes such as speed), professional engagement (responsible for engaging organisations that operate fleets of vehicles (about one in three deaths involve an at-work vehicle), communications and campaigns (spearheading our profile in the media and our campaign messages) and victim services (including our acclaimed and accredited helpline for bereaved and injured people funded by the Ministry of Justice). They have an active network of volunteers, many of whom have been affected by road crashes and who speak out for road safety and sustainable transport.

The Project Director will bring efforts together to ensure projects are delivered to meet or exceed expectations in terms of quality and in terms of time and budget, and have the capacity to be developed further.


£40,000 to 55,000 dependent on experience + 5% pension contribution

Person Specification

Essential Experience
  • Strong operational skills and a background, at manager or director level, leading project work in a fast-paced commercially-driven environment that is externally focussed;
  • Gravitas to work at a director level within a growing organisation with a global ambition;
  • Motivation to achieve outcomes for the charity, with a deep seated passion for the cause;
  • Effective leadership and management of commercially-oriented projects with demonstrable evidence of success. You are process and deadline driven; developing the charity through standardised approaches and with a focus on extension of reach and level of service;
  • Effective manager of staff and work schedules to performance indicators and associated targets, following and promoting  best practice management techniques;
  • Relationship builder; highly effective at liaising with external stakeholders to achieve concrete outcomes that help sustain funds, improve quality and build reach within enviable time frames;
  • Financially driven; understanding that a key aspect of this role is liaising with funders and identifying and seeking additional funding from new and more diverse funding sources, ensuring revenue meets expenditure and upholds our reserves;
  • Strategic thinker with a thirst for knowledge and the application of knowledge; understanding and working effectively in the arenas of research, testing, monitoring and evaluation to ensure the charity’s work is appropriate and effective;
  • Proven ability to write in ‘plain English’ with a high level of attention to detail, in a way which can easily be understood;
  • Confident and clear verbal communicator, with the ability  to convey the vision and key messages of the charity both internally and externally at a consistently high level;
  • Experience of leading on the development and dissemination of projects that use a variety of techniques to achieve delivery including a “digital first” approach;
  • Global outlook; understanding how the charity’s UK work connects to global agendas and Brake’s global services;
  • Adaptable to changing circumstances and needs and good cross-team working and able to “have a go” at any appropriate task.
Qualifications/ Education
  • Bachelor’s Degree in related field.
Flexibility in role
  • This role is office based but a small amount of home working may be allowable through negotiation;
  • This role is full time;
  • The post holder must be prepared to attend external meetings, particularly in London but also elsewhere, although wherever possible we organise meetings by phone or webinar to reduce environmental impact;
  • There will be travel outside of working hours and some overnight stays expected from the successful candidate.  Appropriate TOIL will be awarded.

Application Instructions

To apply for this post, please download and read the Appointment Brief, then complete our online application form. Please complete the form in sentence case – there is no need to use block capitals.

You will be asked to submit the following information:

  • An up-to-date curriculum vitae (of no more than 2-3 sides of A4)
  • A detailed statement (of no more than 2-sides of A4) explaining why you are interested in this post and giving evidence of how you meet the Person Specification criteria. (Please look at Help for Candidates for hints on how to write a successful statement).

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Applications will not be accepted without a completed application form.

Please download and read the Appointment Brief before applying: Brake – Project Director – Appointment Brief

Please note: preliminary interviews will take place on Friday 19th May 2017 in Huddersfield, UK.

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Brake the road safety charity. Stopping the carnage. Caring for the victims.