Vacancies Open To External Applicants:

Chief Executive Officer

Springboard Sunderland Trust is an independent training provider, community development organisation and registered charity which aims to support the development of sustainable communities where people have the skills they need for work and life. With over 40 years of leadership in the sector the organisation provides a wide range of training and community development programmes across the North East of England. Our mainstream programmes include the Study Programme, Apprenticeships and Adult Education. Springboard is an Investor in People, holds the Matrix Award for IAG and is a Disability Confident Employer.

Purpose of the Role

Reporting to the Trustees, the Chief Executive will have responsibility for the overall leadership, management and strategic development of the organisation, including all personnel issues, financial planning and control, development and growth initiatives, working policies and procedures, leading the organisation into the future to deliver its core activities, operating in a demanding and often changing environment. The CEO will act as designated safeguarding officer and encourage innovation and creative thinking amongst the staff group.

Our ideal candidate will have

• the ability to function well with and manage uncertainty, to make sensible, well-grounded judgements across the range of key management tasks
• a track record of successfully deciding on and managing new opportunities, managing loose (creativity, deciding on new opportunities) and tight (policies, procedures and finance administration) aspects of an organisation like Springboard
• passion, skills, experience and knowledge, who can think creatively and take the team with them

We need someone who is flexible and open minded, used to constant change, not too concerned with their individual support systems, willing to take and act on personal responsibility and adopt flexible working methods to meet the changing needs of the organisation.

Application Process

Please email for an application pack. The closing date is 11th December 2019. Initial interviews will take place on the 17th December 2019, you will need to be available for the whole day. Second interviews if required will be on the following day.

Application Form – Equal Opportunities Form – Ex-Offenders Policy

Deadline: Wednesday 11th December 4pm


Springboard is a well-established regional community development and training charity. We operate from a range of centres across the North East. We work with some of the hardest to help communities and individuals in places like Hartlepool, Peterlee, Hetton, Sunderland and Jarrow… and we’re looking to grow! We are seeking a number of people with skills and experience to join our Board.

Specific elements of work for individuals are detailed in the attached job description, please click here.

Please contact David Barker, Chief Executive, for an informal discussion. Following a discussion if you wish to apply please email your CV and a brief letter outlining your relevant skills, interests and areas of expertise to

Deadline: Ongoing

Vacancies Open To Internal Applicants Only:

no vacancies available

Safeguarding Statement

Springboard has a culture of safer recruitment and as part of this all staff undergo a series of checks, including criminal record checks (DBS), together with references and interview information. Springboard staff will take all reasonable action to ensure the safety of all children and vulnerable adults in their care. In cases where Springboard staff have any reason to be concerned that a vulnerable person may be subject to significant harm, ill-treatment, neglect or other forms of abuse, staff have no alternative than to follow the Local Safeguarding Children Board and the Safeguarding Adults Board procedures and report the matter to the appropriate authorities.

Springboard is committed to providing equal opportunities in employment. We welcome applications irrespective of people’s race, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion or belief, age, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity. Our policies ensure that all applicants are treated fairly at every stage of the recruitment process, including guaranteed interview (for candidates who meet the minimum essential criteria) and consideration of reasonable adjustments for disabled people under the disability confident initiative.

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