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Executive Director - EXPIRED

Job Title Executive Director - EXPIRED
Contract Type Contract
Location London
Salary Reasonable travel expenses reimbursed
Job Published 17 Dec 2015
Contact Name Volunteers Team
Contact Email

Job Description - EXPIRED

Tenteleni is seeking a new Executive Director to lead our youth and volunteer-led organisation. Tenteleni is committed to supporting the development of children and young people in the UK and Africa through the provision of ethical and affordable overseas volunteering opportunities. This is an opportunity to play a fundamental role in the charity’s development, particularly through the consolidation and implementation of Tenteleni’s current strategy and planning for the next five year strategy (due to be formulated through 2016).

This is a great opportunity to develop your own leadership and management skills within an innovative, vibrant, youth-focused organisation, committed to the young people that volunteer with and for it. As an individual seeking a challenge, you will be highly motivated, with a firm belief in Tenteleni’s mission and values. The successful candidate will have excellent communication and problem solving skills, understand effective delegation and teamwork through inspiring others, and experience of working cross-culturally to promote sharing and learning. Experience in change management is highly desirable.

Previous Executive Director:

 “Volunteering with Tenteleni is definitely the best thing I’ve ever done. To put it simply, I wouldn’t have developed my career in the youth sector, if it wasn’t for Tenteleni. The fact that the organisation is volunteer and youth-led and still operates as professionally as an organisation with paid staff is so inspiring. Tenteleni is firmly dedicated to both its partners and young people in the UK and Africa. It delivers high quality, safe and impactful projects with real integrity.  I am so proud of this organisation and feel incredibly privileged to have led and worked alongside such an inspiring team.” Kate Varley, current Executive Director, 2015

Please note this is an unpaid volunteer role within a volunteer-run organisation. This role is home based.


The Tenteleni UK management committee consists of 35-40 volunteers, working across four separate teams, and is responsible for the delivery of annual education-based projects in South Africa, Kenya and Zanzibar. The Executive Director is responsible for the efficient management, support and development of the management committee and ensuring that teams deliver against the organisational strategy.

You will also be a member of the Board of Trustees. The Board brings professional expertise to the charity, empowering the Executive Director in their role. Alongside your role as a trustee, you will:

  • Lead the implementation of Tenteleni’s five-year strategy across the committee and work with the Board of Trustees to lead the planning and implementation of the new strategy.
  • Manage, support and encourage the four Heads of department (Project Management, Finance, Communications and Volunteer Management) to deliver their team objectives. This is primarily achieved through monthly telephone conferences, face-to-face meetings and email.
  • Liaising with the Board and, in particular, the Chair over day-to-day strategic matters relating to the charity, drawing on its expertise when necessary.
  • Set operational direction for the charity by working with Heads of department, delegating where necessary and alerting the Board to any further resource requirements.
  • Work with the Finance team to plan and implement the organisation’s budgets
  • Plan, co-ordinate and chair committee meetings.
  • Develop and maintain a strong, positive organisational culture, values and reputation with committee members, volunteers, partners, funders and regulatory/official bodies.
  • Represent Tenteleni in the cultivation of external relationships.
  • Ensure Tenteleni’s activities meet with requirements for quality management, health and safety, and duty of care.
  • Report on volunteer and committee activities and performance, to the Board of Trustees, maintaining communication between Board and committee.
  • With the Board of Trustees, lead Tenteleni’s response to emergency situations involving volunteers abroad.



  • Professional experience in the third sector, in particular, international development or the youth sector.
  • Passionate about supporting the development of children and young people in Africa and the UK.
  • Effective delegation skills
  • Ability to work with and through others and inspire them to deliver
  • Ability to work on own initiative and as part of a team; a self-starter.
  • Excellent communication skills; both written and oral
  • Good organisational, prioritisation and time management skills
  • Flexible and adaptable
  • Experience of stakeholder management


  • Experience of change management and/or project management.
  • One-to-two years professional or volunteer management experience.
  • Experience working and/or volunteering overseas.
  • Experience working with Boards of Trustees.


On average 10 hours per week based from home, and attendance at the meetings detailed below. Workload can vary between 4 and, in extreme circumstances, 18 hours a week. Minimum two year commitment to post (February 2016 – February 2018) plus a 3 month hand over from February 2016.

The busiest times of year are July to October (recruitment of new committee members and preparation for the new charity year beginning in October) and February – May (the busiest time for the whole Committee, including recruitment, training and approving project plans for projects in the summer).

N.B Committee meetings will include travel to London and various other hub locations in the UK. Reasonable travel expenses will be reimbursed.


Regular (at least monthly) phone calls / face-to-face meetings with Heads of department and the Chair of Trustees. Monthly teleconference calls with the Board of Trustees. Specific Meetings include:

  • Annual General Meeting (January/February)
  • Committee Meetings in October, December, May
  • 1 x PC or Volunteer Recruitment Weekend (January, March, minimum)
  • 1 x PC or Volunteer Training weekend (March/April, minimum)
  • At least 2 of the three annual  face-to-face Trustee meetings


Face to face handover with departing Executive Director and three month handover. Tenteleni encourage committee members and their managers to identify appropriate training relating to their role.  Funds may be made available for such a purpose.

The Executive Director is managed by the Board of Trustees, who are actively involved in the charity, and carry specific areas of expertise. Day-to-day, the Executive Director is line-managed by the Chair of Trustees as the convenor of the Board. The Chair will be the first-point-of-contact in many Board related matters.


To apply for the position please send a CV and covering letter (max 1 side), explaining why you are interested in the position and how you meet the skills/experience outlined in the role description, to James Fletcher, Chair, at  by 9am, Friday 8 January 2016..  Shortlisting for this post will take place soon after the closing date.  Interviews will take place in London with the provisional date of Saturday 16 January.

This position will require a DBS check.

For more information please consult our website

Ref: EXPIRED - LF383 | Published: 17th Dec 2015