Single Homeless Project

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Welcome from Liz rutherfoord, chief executive

Dear Candidate,

I am delighted that you are interested in joining SHP as Director of Finance and IT.

We are a London-wide charity, working to prevent homelessness and support vulnerable and socially excluded people. I joined SHP over 20 years ago, and over the years we have pioneered innovative high-quality services, which have made a real impact to people’s lives.

We now need a Director of Finance and IT to join our executive team who can drive improvements in our financial management and strengthen our business acumen, balancing this with our commitment to deliver the highest quality services.  

I’m looking for a team player, who will play an active role in strategic discussions, enable our experienced executive management team to make effective operational decisions based on firm financial information, and give confidence that while you are focused on the bigger picture, you will have a handle on the detail.

If you are excited about the opportunity to join a team who are truly passionate about transforming lives, then please read on.

Liz Rutherfoord
Chief Executive

ABOUT Single Homeless Project

Single Homeless Project (SHP) is a London-wide charity working to prevent homelessness and help vulnerable and socially excluded people to transform their lives. We do this by providing support and accommodation, promoting wellbeing, enhancing opportunity, and being a voice for change.

From supporting people in crisis to helping people take the final steps towards independence and employment, this year we worked with more than 8,000 individuals across 24 London boroughs to tackle the underlying causes of homelessness, such as poverty, poor mental health or drug and alcohol dependency.

With homelessness at its highest level for a decade and in the face of an increasingly challenging funding and policy environment, we are more determined than ever to ensure that the most vulnerable Londoners remain able to access the services they need and that SHP can help them make a lasting improvement to their quality of life.

Our values inspire and challenge us as an organisation. They underpin the work and behaviour of everyone at SHP, from how we work with clients and each other, to the decision making of the Board and the Executive Management Team.

Clients hold the key

As an organisation founded by homeless people, we believe in the fundamental right of every individual to take control of their lives. Tailoring our support to their needs and aspirations, we work with people to build their capacity for self-determination, so that they can shape their own futures.  

Going the extra mile

We go the extra mile for the people we work with, many of whom have multiple and complex needs for which there are no quick and easy fixes. We keep working with people no matter how challenging it may be, and we don’t give up on them.

People, not problems

We see our clients as people, not problems. As well as offering practical support, we believe it’s essential to give people the opportunity to discover a sense of purpose, to grow in confidence, express themselves and build meaningful relationships.

A voice for change

We are committed to tackling the underlying causes of homelessness and social exclusion, and we will use what we learn to make the case for prevention and systemic change. We are also passionate about promoting the voices of homeless and vulnerable people, whose stories often go unheard.

Supporting staff 

We strive to maintain a culture in which staff are respected, supported, and listened to. We value the contribution of all staff and volunteers and we are a diverse organisation that pulls together, in a spirit of mutual trust and co-operation. We encourage creativity and new ideas, prizing innovation as a means of achieving our mission. 

Honest and open

We are honest and open in our dealings with clients, staff and volunteers, partners, supporters and other stakeholders. We will do what we say we will do, and we will strive to communicate proactively.

‘Austerity’ has seen statutory health and social care services being cut and restructured on a major scale. It is estimated that councils will have lost 65 per cent of their income by 2020, putting many under intense pressure to close vital services for homeless people, such as hostels and community support services. This will particularly hurt the ‘single’ homeless, whom local authorities don’t have a statutory duty to support. In some boroughs where we work, local authorities have already reduced their annual spend on single homelessness by as much as 72 per cent. 

Sustainable outcomes

Many of our clients are reeling from the impact of welfare sanctions and the bedroom tax, and will soon face additional pressure from the further reduction of the benefits cap.   Meanwhile, reforms to the funding of supported housing, combined with rent squeezes and policies such as Right to Buy, will put further pressure on the supply of accommodation available to vulnerable people. 

In this challenging environment we are more determined than ever to ensure that the most vulnerable of Londoners remain able to access the services they need and that SHP delivers sustainable outcomes.

To achieve this we will need to do more with less, adapt to the changes in the funding landscape and ensure clients’ voices are heard by policy makers and funders.

Our business plan 2016-19 

  • Expand our Education, Training & Employment (ETE) programme across the organisation, supporting 300 people each year into ETE

  • Extend our homelessness prevention work by moving 100 more people each year into private sector accommodation and supporting them to live independently

  • Expand our Opportunities Programme, ensuring that all clients have access to a consistent, high quality service through which to enhance their wellbeing, personal development and life chances

  • Place clients at the heart of service delivery through an organisation-wide peer mentor scheme

  • Roll out a Psychologically Informed Environments (PIE) approach across all our services, ensuring that all our work is grounded in an understanding of clients' psychological and emotional needs

  • Diversify our income sources, including a significant increase in fundraised income

  • Raise the profile of SHP to better engage supporters, funders and partners

For more information please view the following links:

Annual Report

Organisation Chart

Finance Team

about the role

Single Homeless Project
Role: Director of Finance and IT
Location: Gray’s Inn Road, London
Salary: c£75,000

Do you believe everyone should have a place to call home and the chance to lead a fulfilling life?

SHP is a London-wide charity working to prevent homelessness and help vulnerable and socially excluded people to transform their lives. Each day our staff work with individuals to tackle the underlying causes of homelessness, such as poor mental health or drug and alcohol dependency. From supporting people in crisis to helping them take the final steps towards independence and employment, we make a difference to 8,000 lives every year.

We have a strong reputation with commissioners and within the housing sector for the quality of the services we provide and are proud of the innovative and pioneering work we have done to improve the lives of some of the most vulnerable people in society.

We employ 400 staff across London, and have a turnover of c£21m, the vast majority of which is drawn from local authority contracts and from rents. Following investment in our fundraising team, we are also diversifying income streams, with a small but increasing proportion of our funding drawn from corporates, trusts and foundations, and individual donors.

With homelessness at its highest level for a decade and cuts to public services affecting the most vulnerable, our work is more needed than ever. We want to scale up our work, deepen our impact and reach even more people. We need an experienced Director of Finance and IT who will support us to be an even more effective, sustainable and resilient organisation, optimising our financial management, and strengthening our business acumen.

A qualified accountant, you will bring strategic experience in leading finance within the not for profit sector, ideally within homelessness or housing. You will be skilled in providing strategic advice and constructive challenge to an experienced senior management team and have experience of reporting to a board. With effective negotiation and influencing skills you will be experienced in leading change, will have led financial planning and budgeting processes and improved and implemented new finance systems. A proactive and team-oriented leader, you will have excellent interpersonal skills and an empowering management style, with experience of developing service and performance-oriented finance teams who take a business partnering approach.

If you would then like an informal conversation about the role you can contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners, Philippa Fabry on 07772 902071 or philippa@peridotpartners.co.uk or Emma Harvey on 07702 678653 or emma@peridotpartners.co.uk

Closing date: 9am, Monday 18th February 2019

SHP is IIP accredited and an equal opportunities employer.


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