Christian Community Action

Europe, Reading, UK
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Christian Community Action

Christian Community Action Reading, is a £0.5m turnover registered charity (no.1065627), founded in 1992, aiming to demonstrate God’s love by meeting people’s practical needs and restoring their self-worth.

The charity does this primarily in two ways. The first is the provision of material goods to people in need or in difficult circumstances. Such goods are recycled donations and typically include furniture, bedding, kitchen equipment and other household items. The second
is through the support of volunteers, helping them develop new skills, rebuild their confidence, and move into paid employment.

The charity has a number of shops across Reading and seeks to build a sense of community of staff, volunteers and customers in each of them.

CCA’s approach helps the environment, builds the community spirit, and supports those with social, mental health, addiction, or other issues who wish to enter paid employment.

The Role

The CEO, in partnership with the Board of Trustees, holds responsibility and stewardship of the mission and the leadership of Christian Community Action. This individual will contribute to the development of and lead the delivery of the CCA strategic plan, working closely with the Board of Trustees, setting the future direction required to deliver brighter futures for our service users that we strive to support.

The CEO will ensure CCA engages widely and works effectively through partnerships in the community, to achieve its goals; oversees and develops the fundraising strategy and activity that underpins the future of the charity, enabling CCA to achieve its mission and ambitions.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Working in conjunction with the Trustees, contribute to the development of and lead the delivery of CCA’s strategic plan, ensuring impact and progress are measured against objectives, implemented effectively.
  • Ensure the organisation meets the needs of its target beneficiaries and its charitable objectives.
  • Champion and manage the necessary change management programmes to ensure the strategy is implemented.
  • Work closely with the Chair, ensuring the Board of Trustees and organisation operates to a high level of governance, in accordance with all statutory, legislative and regulatory requirements.
  • Maintain and develop, as necessary, a rigorous approach to financial planning and ensure the Finance team provides comprehensive reports to the Trustees.
  • Lead the operation both spiritually and operationally, being dependent on God’s word, and prayer at all times.
  • Maintain the Christian ethos, identity and integrity of CCA as a key expression of the body of Christ, serving our local communities.
  • Lead, manage and motivate the team of managers who are responsible for each site or area of activity within CCA’s operations to help fulfil our Vision.
  • Provide consistent and inspiring leadership, as an effective role model with credibility to influence internal and external stakeholders.
  • Continually review target groups (which include donors, churches and volunteers) and create a range of appropriately blended marketing communications to raise awareness of CCA within each target group, attracting those requiring support and highlighting the work of the charity.
  • Liaise with press and local media, and use social media as opportunities arise, to present a positive image of the charity as a Christian organisation serving the community.
  • Create and implement an income generation strategy to ensure CCA’s targets are met.

Person Specification

• A committed Christian with a heart and passion for the marginalized, vulnerable and disadvantaged in society.
• A mature character with a servant heart, with a sound biblical knowledge and prayer life.
• A keenness to move with the times and embrace new ways of working as appropriate and encouraging others to do the same.

• Leadership skills gained at senior level in a comparable environment, ideally working with vulnerable, marginalized or disadvantaged people.
• Evidence of leading the development and delivery of an organizational strategy, with experience of managing transformational change within a similar sized charity.
• Excellent planning skills and the ability to formulate and implement improvement to policies, procedures and practices.
• A high level of financial acumen, able to monitor, analyse and identify potential areas for efficiencies and cost reductions.
• Understanding of regulatory issues relating to charity compliance, vulnerable adult safeguarding, health and safety, risk and governance.

Fundraising Skills
• Demonstrable experience of leading and developing a fundraising strategy, with a range of income streams with evidence of income generation.
• Experience of building effective coalitions of charity supporters, internally and externally.
• Ability to forge and nurture effective partnerships and collaborative relationships with a range of organisations.
• Knowledge of digital marketing and social media, harnessing digital platforms to engage supporters and build networks.

Personal Attributes
• A strategic thinker, able to work with the Board of Trustees to define a clear direction and articulate that vision both within and outside the organisation.
• A mature understanding of charity governance, charity fundraising and the respective roles and responsibilities of the non-executive Board of Trustees and the leadership team.
• An empathy to and understanding of the challenges of working with people from diverse backgrounds and nationalities, within a faith-based organisation.
• Confident communication skills with the ability to represent CCA at all levels both internally and externally.
• Ability to demonstrate a coaching / mentoring style at all levels in the organisation.
• High levels of emotional intelligence, empathy and honesty, humble and able to take difficult decisions.

Other requirements
• Commitment to working within the policy and principles of Equal Opportunities.
• Ability to drive, holding a full UK driving licence.


Leadership skills gained at a senior level in a comparable environment, ideally working with vulnerable, marginalized or disadvantaged people.

Job Features

Job CategoryNGO
LocationReading, UK
Salary£40,000 - £50,000 per annum
Closing DateTuesday 11th June 2019

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Job Features

Job CategoryNGO
LocationReading, UK
Salary£40,000 - £50,000 per annum
Closing DateTuesday 11th June 2019

Apply Online

Sarah Engerer

Principal Consultant - UK