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Deputy Director of People

Family Action
London (Greater)
£61,087 per annum pro rata, inclusive of Inner London Weighting
Closing date
11 Oct 2021

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Deputy Director of People, London Head Office (N1)


29.6 or 37 hours per week

Salary: £61,087 per annum pro rata, inclusive of Inner London Weighting

Permanent contract

Family Action passionately believes in the strengths within families. Families may be very different in composition and circumstances, but they should all be empowered and supported to enable all members to thrive. In all that we do, Family Action is rooted in the belief that well-functioning and supported families are a driving force for happy, healthy individuals and communities. Founded in 1869, the charity was providing services to children and families before the first aeroplane flew, before the first car was invented, even before it was first made compulsory for all primary age children to attend school. Our history is remarkable- we were there at the very beginnings of social work, we created the first Citizen’s Advice Bureau and the forerunners of Job Centres.

Today, we work with more than 60,000 families in over 200 community-based services, as well as supporting thousands more through national programmes and grants. We are the 7th Best Charity and 55th Large Company to work for in the UK in 2021 (Best Companies Awards) and were recently shortlisted for the Third Sectors Awards Charity of the Year 2021.

This is a new and important senior role in Family Action. As Deputy Director of People, you will lead on all People Matters at Family Action, encompassing HR, EDI, payroll, volunteers and Learning & Development. You will report to the General Counsel & Director of Systems.

Your role will be varied, exciting and incredibly worthwhile. At its heart it will strive for improvement and excellence, and the opportunity to really make a difference within our organisation to the benefit of staff, volunteers and those who use our services. You will be working with managers at all levels to influence, inform and plan HR work across the entire organisation.

At Family Action we believe no one should be defined by their circumstances. We transform lives by providing practical, emotional and financial support to those who are experiencing poverty, disadvantage and social isolation. Our strategy puts front and centre five key objectives:

- Agile and Responsive – always able to look ahead, to innovate and to seize opportunities

- Managed Growth – continuing to grow in a managed, sustainable way so that we can support more children, adults and families to have better lives

- Improved Quality – ensuring that our services are of the highest possible quality so that we can maximise the difference made to the people we work with

- Better Known with a Bolder, Stronger Voice for Families – speaking out for families through

building our national profile and positioning and having increased influence and impact

- Valuing Our People- investing in our staff and volunteers and their development so that

Family Action becomes an even better place to work

We are looking for someone who is driven and who can draw learning from a range of sources, contextually analyse the evidence. We need someone with substantial experience of Human Resources and wider People strategies. You would need to be resilient and tenacious; and bring an understanding of the challenges and develop organisational plans as a result.

Most of all we want someone who reflects who we are as an organisation: forward looking, with a commitment to the people we work with and continuously improving our services. We are a people focused, can-do organisation that strives for excellence and operates with mutual respect. If you share these values and behaviours and have the necessary skills and experience, then we look forward to hearing from you.

Our Values: People Focus, Mutual Respect, Excellence in all we do and a can-do attitude. If you can relate to these and have the necessary skills and attitude, we can offer you:

- A competitive salary, generous annual leave entitlement and a matched pension scheme

- Career development opportunities

- Flexible working opportunities

- A full induction and on-going quality training

- The opportunity to become part of national Family Action initiatives

- Managed workloads and regular supportive and reflective supervision

Please select the apply button and complete an application form to be considered for the role.

Closing date: Monday 11th October 2021, 9am

Interview date: TBC (via Teams or Zoom)

Appointments are subject to our client receiving a satisfactory disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Other organisations may call this role People Manager, HR Manager, Human Resources Manager, or Senior HR Generalist.

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