Emmaus is a homelessness charity with a difference. We don’t just give people a bed for the night; we offer a home, meaningful work and a sense of belonging.
For many people who have experienced homelessness, losing their self-esteem can be the most damaging part of their experience. Being on your own, with no support around you can be soul destroying, leaving you feeling worthless.
Finding your way out of that situation isn’t easy, particularly when the only options available are temporary fixes, offering a bed for the night but little to occupy your days.
Emmaus is different because it provides a home for as long as someone needs it, in an Emmaus community. This gives people the opportunity to take stock of their lives, deal with any issues they might have, and often re-establish relationships with loved ones.
“Companion” is the name given to those who live in an Emmaus community and work in the social enterprise, where they support themselves and one another. There are currently 750 companions living at 29 Emmaus communities across the UK.
Rather than relying on benefits, Emmaus uses social enterprise to generate revenue that pays for companions’ home, food and upkeep, as well as providing a small weekly allowance. This is key to restoring feelings of self-worth, showing companions that their actions make a real difference, both to their own life, and the lives of others.
We are now seeking a suitable candidate to fill a vacancy for the important position of Director. Given the growth of the community, the ambitious programme of projects in our Strategic Plan 2015-2020, and the need to consider new directions and initiatives, the Board is looking for a dynamic leader. The successful appointee will report to the Board, manage and motivate the whole community, deliver our strategic objectives, and work with other stakeholders to address homelessness issues.
The Director is responsible for the successful leadership of the community together with the ‘hands on’ day to day operations and development of profitable social enterprise businesses and other income generating activities in line with the Emmaus values and approach, working with the Trustees to develop and deliver agreed strategic objectives.
Further information is detailed in the Application Pack, available on our website: https://www.emmaus.org.uk/jobs/4071_director
Interviews June 7th 2018