NEWS: We’re Recruiting – Executive Director! – NOW CLOSED –

2015 is an exciting time of change at The Forgiveness Project as we are now recruiting a new Executive Director.

Full details on how to apply are below!

The Forgiveness Project – Executive Director

The Forgiveness Project is seeking an exceptional leader to scale up its extraordinary, powerful and award winning work in the next stage of our development.

The Forgiveness Project offers stories of forgiveness, and a space for open reflection, to build understanding and give people the opportunity to move forward from trauma and conflict, enabling both personal and societal transformation.

We are looking for a confident and experienced person to lead our team and enable us to scale up our reach and impact, whilst maintaining the integrity, ethos and values which give our work such power.

This is life‐changing work, and an exceptional opportunity to lead an organisation with a unique role and reputation.


Our new Executive Director will be ambitious and motivated to work with the team to grow our reach and impact across all areas of The Forgiveness Project’s work, to achieve our vision: a world where people are free to move on from the conflict and trauma of the past, with forgiveness at the heart of the process of transition.

The key responsibilities of the role are:

  • Developing and articulating the vision and strategy, driving implementation
  • Ensuring the integrity and quality of delivery, through effective staff management
  • Overseeing and ensuring the financial stability and integrity of the organisation

The key attributes we’re looking for are:

  • A strong, experienced and confident leader able to develop, hold and drive strategy, effective at motivating others to deliver exceptional results
  • Excellent communicator with superb interpersonal skills, able to build relationships of trust and attract people to our vision and goals
  • Ambitious and motivated – looking to achieve big aims for the organisation, and able to secure the funds to achieve those aims

A background in this type of work isn’t essential, although you do need to share the vision, values and ethos of the Forgiveness Project, and the interpersonal qualities to work alongside people who have experienced or caused significant harm.

From visits to prisons, and encounters with the extraordinary individuals who share their stories with us, to meetings with senior politicians, media and speaking opportunities, and days with the team in our London office, no two days are the same. Your role will allow you to meet and engage with a most extraordinary group of individuals, both in the UK and abroad.


  • A highly skilled and confident communicator, able to convey our vision to engage and influence a wide range of audiences including policy makers, the public, media, funders and key stakeholders
  • A strong personal commitment to the values of the organisation, and the ability to model these in interpersonal relationships both internally and externally
  • A confident self-starter, able to tackle issues proactively, to think strategically, stand back and problem solve for the organisation, to take decisions, and ensure they are implemented
  • Exceptional interpersonal qualities of sensitivity and resilience, able to hold other’s stories and distress, adaptive and flexible in stressful situations, and with the personal equilibrium, professional boundaries, patience and calm to provide the organisation with a strong solid core.
  • Commitment to the principles of diversity and equal opportunities and experience of implementing equal opportunities strategies in practice.
  • Ability to manage the finances of the organisation, ensuring budgets are well managed with appropriate levels of financial control.
  • Able to lead, inspire, equip and empower others to achieve their potential and to work together to deliver the vision of the organisation.
  • Strong on performance management, able to delegate and to set and monitor boundaries decisively.
  • Ability to think flexibly and creatively, able to develop the vision and strategy of the organisation, to achieve ambitious aims within limited funds.

Salary: Up to £50,000
Contract: Permanent
Location: London
Hours: Full time (35 hours, evening and weekend work to be expected)
Deadline for applications: 9am, Tuesday 5th May 2015

Interviews to take place:     
– First stage interviews on Friday 15th May 2015
– Second stage interviews on Friday 22nd May 2015

Ideal start date: as soon as possible

The Forgiveness Project is an equal opportunities employer. We welcome applications from people of all backgrounds including ex-offenders. We are a secular charity, and welcome applications from people with or without a faith background. We can only accept applications from candidates who already have the right to work in the UK at the time of application.

No recruitment agencies.

For full requirements and details on how to apply download the recruitment pack.


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