SafeWise Business Manager

We need an organised, resourceful and proactive Business Manager to professionalise our administrative processes and make them more efficient, at the same time as supporting our new CEO so that he can focus on his strategic role implementing our new plan for growth.

What we do

SafeWise is a charity which runs experiential safety, health, citizenship and life skills education centres in Bournemouth and Weymouth, with a third centre planned for Swindon/Wiltshire. These centres feature full size scenarios such as streets, pedestrian crossings, buses, trains, fire and home safety scenarios, with exciting plans for future development. We teach visitors of all ages a wide range of skills for life such as fire, water, home, road and travel safety, health, crime, internet safety, bullying and mental wellbeing. These skills for life are often marginalised in our education system, but we think they are as important as literacy and maths.

What we believe

Our philosophy is that every visitor should experience a fun and immersive learning environment in which they ‘discuss, decide and do’, rather than simply listening and being told. Talk, decision-making and practical activity in our realistic scenarios deliver memorable learning and motivate visitors in a way that is difficult to replicate in a classroom.

What we are looking for

We’re growing from a single centre, opened in 1998, to running three centres by 2020. To support this, we need to professionalise our administrative systems, making them more efficient, resilient, and consistent across the charity. Our new CEO needs to focus on our growth strategy, building business and public sector support, marketing, and staffing, rather than administration.

So we are looking for a solutions-finding, organising, troubleshooting, systems-creating achiever who can build strong relationships across our team. You will get us set up for growth, and allow us to focus on our main roles with efficient systems in the background to support us.

You’ll need experience of office management and systems, and experience as a secretary, personal or executive assistant would be useful. As you’ll be providing an HR administration function, practical experience in this area would be useful too. Finally, you will organise and look after our Executive, Main and Local Boards, drafting agendas, minutes and other documents for trustees and members, organising meetings, and managing our board and staff intranets.

Great communication skills and a passion for the difference our education programmes can make is crucial, as you will often represent the charity with key decision makers and the public. This will be a busy and rewarding role in a unique, fun and friendly environment.

The detailed bit

We’d like our new Business Manager to start as soon as possible, although we will wait for the right candidate. This is a part time post of a flexible 21 hours a week around core hours and job requirements. It is a one year contract in the first instance with the intention to extend depending on income generation. It will be based at SafeWise HQ in Bournemouth, with regular travel required to SafeWise Weymouth and Swindon/Wiltshire, and elsewhere on occasions. The postholder must be willing to work out of hours from time to time. Salary dependent on experience. This post is not currently suited to job share.

Please see the formal Business Manager Job Description for full details of the role, and browse our website at www.safewise.org for an overview of what we do.

Next steps

Potential candidates are invited to visit one of our centres for a look around, an informal chat with our new Chief Executive, Rob Hattersley, and to meet other members of the team. Please phone 07969 011508 to arrange this, or email rob@safewise.org.

To apply

Please send your Curriculum Vitae and a letter of application by email to rob@safewise.org. Your letter should explain why you would like to be Safewise Business Manager, and outline the skills and experience which would enable you to make a success of the role.

The closing date is Friday 22nd December at 5pm. Interviews will be held on Monday 22nd and Wednesday 24th January at SafeWise Bournemouth.