This is an exciting opportunity to lead Home-Start Essex through the next stage of development.

Home-Start Essex provides help and support to families across Essex facing a range of challenges including post-natal depression, isolation, physical health problems, bereavement, multiple births and many other issues. Families receive the support of a fully trained volunteer who will spend around two hours a week in a family’s home providing practical support and guidance to meet their individual needs. Home Start Essex also offers group work and a range of specialist projects, all responding to the needs of the families we serve.

Home-Start Essex was formed in early 2017 following the merger of 7 existing Home-Start schemes in Mid, South and West Essex. Over the last year we have undertaken a great deal of organisational change to create and shape the new organisation. We are now seeking a CEO to drive the organisation forward, embedding the new structure and processes we now have in place and focusing on future growth and development.

Reporting to the Board of Trustees, you will lead an exceptionally dedicated team of staff and volunteers. Your vision and leadership will drive and help achieve ambitious fundraising targets which will support the further development and expansion of our services.

You will be confident in your ability to operate at a leadership level, building strong relationships through collaboration, inclusion and inspiration.  Key to your success will be your ability to lead a senior management team and to secure substantial future funding.

To view the information pack for this role please see the information at the bottom of this page. To arrange a confidential discussion with a trustee please email

The appointment is initially for six months with a view to making the post permanent subject to funding

Hours: 22.5 per week
Salary:  £45,000 – £50,000 per annum (f.t.e.)
Closing date for applications: 1st July 2018

Home-Start Essex is committed to equality of opportunity and works to Safer Recruitmentpractices as an important part of safeguarding and protecting children and vulnerable adults.

How to apply

Below this section there are three documents. The CEO description (PDF), CEO Person Specification (PDF) and the Job Application Form (in PDF and MS Word format). Please review the CEO description and the person specification. You will need to fill in the application form to apply for the position. We will accept CVs as well provided they accompany the application form for the post.

Please send your applications

Application Form

Two forms are presented below, one is MS Word which you can edit. The other is PDF format for people that do not have access to MS Word.