The Jesuit Refugee Service in the UK is recruiting for a new senior post of Operations Manager to increase its capacity to run projects to support refugees in the UK.
JRS is an international Catholic organisation, at work in 50 countries with a mission to accompany, serve and advocate on behalf of refugees and other forcibly displaced persons. Our work is founded on principles of Catholic Social Teaching and imbued with an Ignatian charism. In the UK, JRS’ work is focused on supporting destitute asylum seekers and those who are held in immigration detention. Our East London office is home to a variety of activities welcoming asylum seekers during the week as well as coordination of our work in detention. We also run a hosting scheme with religious communities and hope soon to begin a legal advice service. We place a high value on hospitality and relationship. Our tightly knit team includes paid staff and volunteers of different ages, nationalities and backgrounds, including members of religious orders and refugees.
The Operations Manager is a new full-time post reporting to the Director. JRS UK has grown substantially over the last two years and we now require additional skills in our team to improve our capacity to run effective projects supporting refugees and to help us to begin new work. This new post comes at a critical point in JRS UK’s development and the postholder will play a role in consolidating existing work, and shaping the future organisation. The post is initially offered on a short-term contract (18 months) because JRS UK is going through a period of change, but we anticipate that a similar role will be needed into the future.
The Operations Manager will manage our finance and administration, ensuring good use of money and tracking of spend for grant reporting, take responsibility for HR matters including external recruitment, staff handbooks, inductions, compliance with Data Protection and Health and Safety legislation, liaison with the Hurtado Jesuit Centre on use of space, IT systems and storage, line manage the administrator and any additional temporary staff as appropriate. The postholder would additionally hold responsibility for setting up new projects, providing the injection of capacity and project management skills to turn ideas into practical implementation, gripping the detail of regulation and process required to make projects happen. Over the next 18 months, the postholder is likely to play a role in setting up a number of exciting new projects. These may include liaising with OISC to gain regulatory approval for a new legal advice service, a possible collaborative project to provide accommodation to destitute asylum seekers, and doing a feasibility study on a possible new JRS UK office elsewhere in the country. The role requires someone with a “can do” attitude, outstanding organisational and project management skills, experience of managing finance and people, an eye for detail and highly developed interpersonal skills to enable the forging relationships with regulators, contractors, collaborators from Jesuit works and religious orders, staff, volunteers and refugees.
Salary £32-35Kpa, full time; fixed term contract 18 months, potentially renewable.
To apply for the job, send a cover letter and CV by email, addressed to the Director of JRS UK, Sarah Teather, at firstname.lastname@example.org, detailing your relevant experience and demonstrating clearly how you meet the person specification listed in the job description. CVs without cover letters will not be considered. If you’d like further information about the role, email email@example.com.
Deadline for applications is 5pm Thursday 12 October 2017; only shortlisted candidates will be notified.