NSUN is recruiting: Chief Executive Officer

Recruitment for this role has now closed.

Salary: £61,800
Hours: full time (5 days per week/35 hours), though enquiries about flexible working are welcomed
Location: home-based/remote from within the UK
Deadline: 23:59, 11th February 2024

About NSUN

NSUN is a charity and membership organisation. We are an England-wide network of people and grassroots groups with lived experience of mental ill-health, distress and trauma. We are committed to a plurality of understandings of mental distress, knowing that peoples’ lives are complex, mental health is complex and the landscapes that we work in are complex. We are led and fully staffed by people with lived experience of mental ill-health or long-term mental distress. We are a truly user-led national mental health charity, the only one of its kind, and we are needed now more than ever.

NSUN works to shift power and resource within mental health by connecting, supporting, and amplifying the voices and work of our members. We take an intersectional, critical and political understanding of mental ill-health, distress and trauma, understanding that radical approaches to social, racial, and disability justice are inextricable from mental health.

About the role

Our new CEO will continue to implement our strategy, consolidate our growth, and lead us through the next phase of our history.

You might be an existing CEO, or this might be your first CEO role. We are looking for someone who has experience of strategically and operationally leading people and programmes of work, but this does not necessarily need to be through formal senior leadership team-level experience. What is most important to us is that we appoint a values-driven leader with a strong commitment to advancing NSUN’s work towards the redistribution of power and resource in mental health.

The key challenges for our next CEO will be to provide encouragement, support and strong leadership to the staff team so that they can continue to do the incredible work that they do. Our next CEO will also need to ensure that we can continue to have strong relationships with our funders, partners and key stakeholders within the mental health arena and beyond. We need somebody who can understand and embrace the complexity of our work and can hit the ground running to ensure that we deliver on our multiple programmes of work and secure funding to meet the needs of the organisation into the future.

Above all, it is essential that our new CEO has a deep and demonstrable commitment to NSUN’s values, advancing NSUN’s work on anti-oppression and social (in)justice and an intersectional, critical and political understanding of mental ill-health, distress and trauma.

Job description and person specification

The recruitment pack contains more information about the role, the job description/person specification, and information about the application process. To open links within the pack without navigating away from it, please right click on hyperlinks and select “Open link in new tab”.

Alternatively, click here to download the recruitment pack as a plaintext Word document.

Application process

Applications are via our recruitment partner Carroll Lloyd, Director, NFP Consulting. The deadline to apply is 23:59, 11th February 2024.