The CORE & Co Foundation is a registered charity set up by CORE Education Trust in 2020 to develop creative partnership programmes for children and young people. Much of the charity’s focus is aimed at working with vulnerable, at risk or under-served communities. The charity’s flagship programme is SAFE delivered on behalf of the DfE with local partners in Birmingham. SAFE is a school’s led programme which aims to prevent young people becoming vulnerable to violent crime. The charity has also supported the development of programmes such as the award-winning Echo Eternal.


The charity is in its infancy and this will be the first major appointment of a dedicated executive leader who will work directly with the Board of Directors, CEO and executive partnership colleagues to design and develop the organisation’s principles and strategy as it grows.

The successful candidate will have a demonstrated ability to build organisational capacity, manage a small professional staff and volunteers, engage board members, cultivate stakeholder relations and lead effectively on the organisation’s core mission.

They should have demonstrable experience of producing strategic and operational plans in finance, fundraising, and business within an organisation to maximise the results achieved from their implementation.

We are enthusiastic about receiving applications from leaders with a variety of backgrounds. Interested candidates will be inspired by and driven to provide opportunities for children and young people who are vulnerable, at risk or under-served.


To provide strategic leadership and hold accountability for the operations functions of CORE & Co to:

  • Work directly with the Board of Directors, Group CEO and Executive partnership colleagues to design and develop the organisation’s principles and strategy as it grows.
  • Provide exceptional support to the Trust Board, Group CEO and Executive colleagues, allowing them to deliver the programme (such as SAFE, Echo Eternal) as well as opportunities for children and young people who are vulnerable, at risk or under-served.
  • Develop, direct and oversee all operational activities of the charity. This includes planning, implementing and overseeing policies, compliance, governance, finance and commissioning.
  • Lead and develop the operations departments of finance (including fund raising), human resources, IT, legal, health and safety, customer services and brand development.
  • Conduct strategic financial planning to support the decision making of the Board and Executive colleagues.
  • Build leadership capacity at all levels.



Working with the Group CEO and Executive partnership colleagues to create appropriate short-, medium- and long-term strategy.

  • Communicating and implementing these strategies across the operations functions and wider staff of the organisation.
  • Reporting regularly to the Group CEO and the Board on the progress of the organisation against financial, strategic and operational plans.
  • Providing leadership to the Board on finance and accounting strategy to optimise the financial performance and strategic position.
  • Ensuring the continued evolution of sound information systems to enable the Board, CEO and Executive team to make measured strategic and operational decisions.
  • Establishing a high level of credibility and manage strong working relationships with external parties including the ESFA, HMRC, the DfE and external auditors.
  • Ensuring that the foundation makes effective use of technical innovation in achieving its strategic and operating plans.

 Governance and Compliance

  • Setting up, implementing and managing policies, processes and procedures to ensure compliance with charity law and efficient operational outputs.
  • Measuring the efficiency and effectiveness of the charity’s operational processes and taking steps to improve them.
  • Developing strategies for the growth of the charity and making sure they are implemented with regard for the aims of the charity.
  • Liaising with the foundations legal partners to ensure legal compliance to relevant company and charity legislation.
  • Overseeing governance and keeping records up to date and well maintained.
  • Working with the Board to continue the development of outstanding governance policies and practices.


Ensuring the operations structures, systems and processes are appropriate to ensure long- and short-term plans will be achieved.

  • Liaising and negotiating with third parties over the maintenance and development of service level agreements and contracts for the delivery of some aspects of advice and support to the organisation and reporting these to the Chief Executive and Board accordingly.
  • Regularly reviewing operations to ensure that they meet required statutory standards and recommend changes where necessary.
  • Leading a culture of continuous improvement to improve efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Liaising between the charity and its stakeholders.
  • Overseeing the operations of the organisation and making any necessary changes to meet business goals and projections.
  • Measuring and reporting on operational performance and develop plans to improve relevant key performance indicators.
  • Partnering with other organisations to accomplish short and long-term operational goals.
  • Acting as the charity’s main adviser on all issues relating to operational functions and keeping abreast of latest developments to ensure that the charity maintains its distinctive identity.
  • Promoting effective and clear internal and external communications.
  • Overseeing the management of health and safety, risk management and business continuity.
  • Ensuring systems are in place for effective monitoring, measuring and reporting of health and safety issues to include identification of hazards and risk assessments.

Human Resources

  • Setting up and overseeing an effective HR function to ensure there is due regard for employment law and appropriate HR processes and procedures.
  • Ensuring that an effective remuneration system is in place for employees.
  • Implementing best practice in recruiting, developing, managing and supervising staff.


  • Developing and overseeing the quality of management information, budgeting and forecasting processes.
  • Ensuring all commissioning provides best value for money and that contracts are properly managed and maintained.
  • Developing and controlling all operational budgets to ensure that the charity has all the resources required to meet its objectives within agreed financial parameters and to maintain the financial strength of the charity.
  • Empowering the operational teams with the leadership and resources they need to successfully complete programme initiatives.

General requirements

  • Representing the Board or Group CEO to regulatory authorities, the media, stakeholders and the public as required.
  • Demonstrating due regard for safeguarding and promoting the welfare children and young people and to follow the safeguarding procedures.
  • Demonstrating an active commitment to their own professional development.



This job is exempt from the provisions of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. Appointment to this job is subject to an enhanced DBS disclosure being obtained, and any relevant convictions cautions, and reprimands being considered. Any arrests, convictions cautions or reprimands of relevance, obtained by the jobholder after enhanced DBS clearance has been acquired, must be disclosed by the jobholder. Failure by the jobholder to do so, or the obtaining by the jobholder of a relevant conviction caution or reprimand, may be managed in accordance with CORE & Co Disciplinary Procedure.


The jobholder is required to exercise their duty of care by taking responsibility for their own health and safety, and the health and safety of other people who may be affected by their acts or omissions (failure to act). Full guidance regarding health and safety is set out in CORE & Co Health and Safety Policy, and in any risk assessments relevant to the jobholder’s role or circumstances. Both can be accessed via the jobholder’s line manager and must be observed.


CORE & Co is committed to equality and values diversity. As such, it is committed to fulfilling its Equality Duty obligations and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This Duty requires the foundation to have due regard to the need to eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation, advance equality of opportunity and foster good relations between people who share characteristics, such as age gender, race and faith, and people who do not share them.  Staff and volunteers are required to treat all people they encounter with dignity and respect and are entitled to expect this in return.


The foundation has a shared responsibility with the jobholder for identifying and satisfying training and development needs.  The jobholder is expected to actively contribute to their own continuous professional development and to attend and participate in any training or development activities required to assist them in undertaking their role and meeting their safeguarding and general obligations.


The jobholder may be required to transfer to any job appropriate to their grade at such a place as in the service of the foundation they may be required, in accordance with legitimate operational requirements and / or facilitating the avoidance of staffing reductions.

This job description may be subject to review and / or amendment at any time to reflect the requirements of the job. Amendments will be made in consultation with any existing jobholder and will be commensurate with the grade for the job.  The jobholder is expected to comply with any reasonable management requests.

CORE & Co is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff to share this commitment. An enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Services) Check is required for all successful applicants.