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Director of the Office for Civil Society

Contract Type
Charity, Public Sector
Circa £90,000 per annum
Expiry Date
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) is recruiting for a new Director of the Office for Civil Society

Job Description

Nurture the collaborations at the heart of a strong society


With the aim of building a bigger, stronger society, the Office for Civil Society (OCS) promotes volunteering, philanthropy, community and social action, socially responsible business and social investment. It also acts as the cross-Government hub for relations with the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector. It has an annual budget of around £350m and a staff of 90.


We need an outstanding leader to set the overall vision and direction for OCS and support the Government’s ambitions for volunteering and philanthropy. Reporting to the Director General for Performance and Strategy in the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), you will work with Ministers to shape strategy. 


This is a high-profile role with huge potential impact. You will develop a new direction for work on civil society across Government, supporting the transition of the National Citizen Service (NCS) to a public body, providing strong stewardship of the Big Lottery Fund, and putting in place a strong relationship with the Charity Commission. You will also develop a range of innovative funding approaches with the private sector and help to lead the responsible business agenda.


Your success depends on the ability to harness the creativity and resources of a host of individuals and organisations, from social entrepreneurs and private investors to large companies, from think tanks and academics to voluntary sector umbrella bodies, from Government departments to community groups.


You’ll combine outstanding leadership skills with the ability to inspire, engage and motivate others. You’re likely to have a good understanding of the voluntary and community sector, as well as philanthropy. Excellent communication, influencing and collaboration skills are essential, along with strong analytical capability and a keen awareness of the wider social and political context.


If you’re ready for the challenges of heading up the OCS’s highly skilled team, please see link for more information.


In return, you will enjoy an excellent rewards package which includes flexible working, childcare vouchers and Civil Service Pension.

Reference: 1550849

Closing: 9:00AM, Monday 21st August 2017