Chief Executive

Working Options in Education
Home based with travel
£70,000 - £80,000

Working Options in Education is an employability and life skills charity that has been helping young people to aim high and fulfil their potential since 2010. We are a not for profit organisation providing advice and guidance to young people, giving them the skills they need to move confidently from education to employment.

The Role

We are now searching for an outstanding, self-motivated and inspiring new Chief Executive to lead the next phase in our development. It is an exciting and varied role with the opportunity to manage a small, ambitious organisation focused on growing our impact and reach in the UK. 

This is a pivotal time for us – it’s clear that the pandemic has disproportionately affected the employment prospects of young people, and we know that the disruption to their education has had a massive impact on students’ mental health and self-esteem. We particularly focus on engaging underserved young people, to bridge the opportunity gap in employment prospects that continues to widen, by targeting social mobility cold spots to level the playing field. We are focused on the long-term change in addressing social mobility issues, by inspiring young people to break the glass ceiling regardless of their background. 

You will be an experienced leader, ambitious for our growth and impact, with a deep commitment to social change. You will bring a strong track record of business development and income generation, able to work directly with senior business leaders to secure strong partnerships. Self aware, you will be a natural collaborator and alliance-builder with exceptional skills in influencing and engaging complex and diverse stakeholders. A leader of people, strategic and pragmatic, you will bring experience of building and developing high performing teams and equipping them with the resources they need to be able to deliver. 

At such a critical time for us, our new CEO will champion positive change and will be a passionate advocate for inspiring the next generation of diverse talent to break down the barriers and help fuel a new economy and a fairer, more open society. We therefore welcome applications from all sectors and backgrounds.

If you are looking for a role to build a strong platform for young people and help them to take ownership of their opportunities, and you bring the leadership experience we are looking for, we’d love to hear from you. 


Download the candidate brief to find out about the role.