General Manager

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The Charity of Thomas Dawson originated in 1521 when Thomas Dawson left land in trust for the benefit of St Clement’s Church, Oxford and its parishioners.   Today the Charity owns more than 20 properties in the parish with a value of around £13million. 
The Charity exists to generate income (around £500,000 annually, in recent years) from the property portfolio and financial investments to support St Clement’s Church, the poor of the area, and local educational needs. The Trust has a track record of diligently and consistently delivering income over many years. 

The Trustees recognize that both the expectations of charities, and compliance requirements, have changed significantly in recent years.  Therefore, they have created the new role of General Manager, to work with the Trustees to set the future direction and manage the day to day operations of the Charity.

This is a unique opportunity to build a new role and manage an Oxford charity where you can make a significant difference in a local community.  It is a broad role where the job holder will be responsible for shaping and implementing strategy, managing all the Charity assets, optimising the balance between income generation and community benefit and taking responsibility for the day to day management of the Charity.

Next year the Charity celebrates its 500th anniversary, which will give the job holder a further platform to promote and extend the work of the Charity. 

This is a ‘stand-alone’ role reporting to the Chair of Trustees, the Rector of St Clements, Oxford.

Strategic direction – Work with the Trustees to shape future direction, and how best to realise Charity’s mission, vision and values – both in determining best present use of assets, and also considering future options.

Stakeholder engagement – Work with a broad range of stakeholders including St Clement’s Church and local charities to understand how their objectives can be supported. 

Charity governance – Manage all legal and fiduciary responsibilities of the charity. Act as Secretary to the Trustees’ meetings.   

Property and Investment Portfolios – Proactively manage the assets of the charity so that income is optimised, including balancing beneficiaries’ needs with maintenance of assets and long term development planning.  Manage professional fees.

Ensure the Trust is a responsible landlord, working with letting agents/ advisers as needed to ensure all legal and statutory compliance requirements for the properties are met. Initiate thinking and recommendations on balance between property and investments, and on how the property portfolio should change and develop as local trends in property use and rental yields change. 

Operational management - Manage all day to day operational aspects of the charity from budgeting to distributing grants. This includes establishing the key processes required and moving from a mainly paper based approach to establishing computerised systems.

Approach to Beneficiaries and Grant Giving- Working with the beneficiary charities to shape grant giving strategies for grants for education, and for the poor; administer education grant giving process.

Christian ethos – Be supportive of the underpinning Christian vision, mission, values, and ethos of the Trust.

Leadership and management – experience of running an organisation or significant part of an organisation including budgetary and compliance accountability; staff and/or adviser management and team building.

Strategy – ability to work with Trustees, professional advisers, and stakeholders in challenging the status quo and developing fresh approaches.  Able to put in place a multi-year delivery plan.  

Stakeholder engagement - Track record of working with a broad range of stakeholders, generating enthusiasm around a plan and bringing them together to deliver.

Commercial acumen - experience of developing and delivering new approaches and initiatives in order to generate revenue and make best use of assets in line with vision and mission. Experience of negotiating commercial arrangements. Able to choose and manage computer-based administration systems.

Property management –experience of managing property or facilities including familiarity with legal and statutory building requirements. Managing suppliers, expenditure and maintenance.  

Governance –knowledge of working within Charity Commission guidelines or willingness to build knowledge.

Communication – ability to communicate effectively across a broad range of customers, stakeholders and be comfortable speaking in public.

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