Chief Impact Officer

Shaw Trust
Home based with UK-wide travel
Salary is expected to be £120,000-£140,000

As a charity we add value to everything we do by investing back into the people and communities we support. The Shaw Trust Foundation gives the charity a visible and accountable focus for our charitable purpose and activity. The Foundation is funded by a percentage of the “profit” that Shaw Trust generates through its contracted services and will also actively seek to generate fundraised income.


This is an exciting time to be joining our organisation as we seek to multiply the public benefit we deliver through innovative systems-changing programmes, projects, and the partnerships developed through our nascent Foundation. Our aim is for a new iteration of our Foundation to grow into being the recognised focal point for our choices and efforts to maximise the social value of our contracted services and our stand-alone solutions. 

We recognise that good work is essential in creating better outcomes for all, but that access to good employment is linked to what happens in people’s formative years, by the accessibility of opportunities, and the circumstances in which they live. To support social mobility, we provide a broad range of complementary services, including Employment and Skills, Children and Young People’s Services, and Community Health and Wellbeing, through our ‘child to career’ framework. Over time, our Foundation will create multiplying impact at systems level by scoping, shaping, partnering, and delivering projects and programmes that build on our services and reputation. 

We’re looking for an exceptional leader who shares our sense of purpose. You will bring the vision, confidence and initiative needed to develop and drive the new Foundation to create and amplify impact and make best use of our resources. A highly influential, driven leader in your own right, you will spearhead our call to action, lead our fundraising activity and design options for the delivery of programmes and partnering, including impact measurement, evaluation, learning, research, and innovation.

This is a truly unique and brilliant opportunity for the right person to build from the ground up the team and the outcomes that will deliver our Board’s intent. With your strong track record as a catalyst for social change and programme management, you will be comfortable working across complex organisations, using your collaborative approach both internally and externally to form alliances and generate even better outcomes.


Download the candidate brief to find out about the role.