JOB VACANCY: Oxfordshire Association for the Blind – Director

Role summary: Are you interested in leading and developing a local charity dedicated to tackling the challenges of sight loss?

The main purpose of the role is to:

1) Take a strategic lead in the provision of our services to the sight impaired people in Oxfordshire.
2) Be an ambassador for the charity working with a broad range of stakeholder and external agencies to promote the work of the Association.
3) Be proactive in identifying opportunities to extend or enhance the work of the charity, and to support and encourage colleagues to seek new opportunities.
4) Maintain a high level of knowledge around the issues relating to the Charity Sector and Sight Impairment at national and local levels and its context within the Health and Social Care field.
5) To seek every opportunity to generate income for the Association.
6) Seek opportunities for personal and professional development.

Job location (usual place of work): Base: Bradbury Lodge, Gordon Woodward Way, Oxford, OX1 4XL

Pay rate: Negotiable within the range £44,000 to £50,000, plus contributory pension.

Job title: Director

Applications close on date: Midday on Monday 4th June 2018

Hours are: Full time

Contract is: Permanent

Job description: Reporting to: The Chair of Trustees.

Hours: 35 hours per week to include some evening and weekend working.

Annual Leave: 25 Days per year.


Oxfordshire Association for the Blind (OAB) provides a wide range of services supporting blind and partially sighted people throughout the county. These include:

• Information and advice for people with sight loss and their carers
• A well-equipped resource centre providing individual assessment, demonstrations, and recommendations for specialist equipment
• Training opportunities for sight impaired people in digital technology
• Counselling and emotional support
• A volunteer home visiting scheme
• Support to 13 social groups
• Activities and information for children, young people and families
• Provision of specialist equipment exhibitions
• Access to a number of leisure activities
• Awareness Training in Sight Impairment

Key tasks

To have overall responsibility for:

1) The day-to-day management of the Association.
2) The management of staff, supporting and encouraging individuals to achieve their highest potential, and seeking opportunities for personal and professional development.
3) The recruitment and selection of staff throughout the organisation, and for ensuring equal opportunities, safeguarding and health and safety procedures are in place and adhered to.
4) The development and training of staff.
5) The adequate provision of funding to sustain and develop resources and services essential to the organisation.
6) The ongoing attention to the finances of the organisation.
7) The submission of reports and statistical information associated with the business of the organisation and any external funders, bid and grant providers.
8) The enforcement of safeguarding and quality assurance procedures relating to the provision of services and compliance with the Association’s complaints procedures.
9) The role will involve working unsocial hours outside the normal working pattern.

This job description is not exhaustive but is provided to assist the post holder to know what her/his duties are. It may be amended from time to time without change to the levels of responsibility appropriate to the grade of the post, and in discussion with the post holder.
The OAB is an equal opportunities employer.
There is a ‘No Smoking policy’ at the OAB premises while undertaking OAB business.

Person Specification

The Director will:

1) Have a positive attitude and possess confident and competent leadership skills.
2) Have demonstrable service delivery skills and experience in the voluntary, social care or similar sectors, including a knowledge of Safeguarding.
3) Have demonstrable fundraising skills and experience.
4) Have a demonstrable understanding of business finance.
5) Be a successful and persuasive communicator at all levels.
6) Possess good listening skills.
7) Demonstrate a good standard of education, and possess good computing skills.
8) Demonstrate effective negotiation skills based on a sound knowledge of equal opportunity and disability issues.
9) Maintain a sensitive and professional approach towards colleagues and service users, mindful of confidentiality, data protection and anti-discriminatory practice.
10) Display an adaptable and flexible approach with a positive work ethos.
11) Demonstrate commitment and loyalty.
12) Have the ability to travel around the county independently.

To apply, please contact: For information and an application form please contact: The Chair of Trustees, Oxfordshire Association for the Blind, Bradbury Lodge, Gordon Woodward Way, Abingdon Road, Oxford OX1 4XL., preferably by e-mail to:

Telephone: 01865 725595.


Interviews for shortlisted candidates will be on 19th June 2018