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Head of Finance and Operations

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Reporting to the Chief Executive, the Head of Finance and Operations is a key member of RSN’s senior leadership team (SLT), helping determine and implement our overall organisational strategy. The role oversees a budget of circa £1m and directly manages the Finance Manager and Operations Assistant. They work closely with the Head of Programmes and individual programme leads to oversee income and expenditure, ensuring that RSN’s work is delivered to budget and adequately funded, and that accurate financial reports are available to the SLT, CEO, trustees and donors.

Our Head of Finance and Operations takes a lead on enabling RSN’s team to serve young asylum seekers and refugees as effectively and efficiently as possible: overseeing our HR, legal responsibilities, working environment and everything that goes on behind the scenes to resource and support our service delivery. The postholder will develop and undertake their role through the lens of our organisational ethos, seeking to embed and uphold RSN’s values across all their work streams.

The postholder joins our team at a particularly exciting time, we launch our new strategy, continue our work to become a more actively anti-racist organisation, and take on a new name that better reflects our education-focused vision and mission. 

We are also beginning the refurbishment of an abandoned historic bank on Harlesden High Street, which will become an educational centre for young refugees, a social impact hub for the local area, and our home. When the refurbishment is completed (projected summer 2021), the postholder will also line-manage a Facilities and Community Manager, and will play a key role in ensuring RSN’s new premises have maximum social impact, for us and others.

Click here to find out more about RSN, and the role’s key responsibilities, person specification and terms and conditions.

Application process

Applications (and any questions about the role) should be sent by email to Emily Bowerman at [email protected] The closing date for applications is 9am Monday 7th December 2020.

Your application should comprise

1. a full CV including a full employment history showing responsibilities held and relevant achievements

2. a letter (maximum two sides of A4) telling us where you heard about this role and explaining:

  • Why you would like to work for RSN (1 paragraph)
  • How your experience, skills and character are a good fit for this particular role (main focus)
  • Any contextual recruitment factors you would like us to be aware of (as appropriate, and please see below for more information)

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to participate in an initial phone call, undertake a short task and provide references, following which interviews will be held. Suitable candidates may be contacted to begin the phone call and task process before the deadline, and we encourage interested candidates to apply as early as possible. Please note that you must have a visa that allows you to work in the UK for the duration of your contract.

Contextual recruitment and reasonable adjustments

Exam grades and job titles are not the full picture - the context in which achievements were gained also matters. At RSN, we actively seek to recruit with the right mix of talent, skills and potential, considering the impact of the context in which a candidate has worked or studied.

We are an equal opportunities employer, and welcome applications from a wide range of candidates, including those with lived experience of forced migration, and from other backgrounds that are currently underrepresented on our team.


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Volunteering opportunities

We're really grateful for all the interest in being part of our team, however unfortunately we are not currently able to offer short work experience placements or office-based volunteering opportunities. If it's appropriate for you, why not consider becoming a volunteer mentor or raising funds for us instead.

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