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CEO, Playing Out

Do you have the leadership and management skills we need to take Playing Out forward into its next exciting phase?

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Over the past 13 years, we have grown Playing Out from a small community project into a UK-wide, internationally celebrated social change movement. It’s now time for the founding co-directors to step aside and we are looking for a new CEO to take things forward, respond to the huge opportunities arising and help bring about lasting change for children, streets and communities. This is a unique opportunity for the right person to come into a strong, innovative change-making organisation with links across the worlds of children’s rights and wellbeing, community activism, sport, active travel, climate/environment, housing and cities. Could you be the one to build on all this and lead the Playing Out movement into the future?

Position:                    CEO

Hours:                        30-37.5hrs

Starting salary:         £38-42,000 pro-rata, depending on experience

Location:                   Based in Bristol. Hybrid/flexible working.

Terms:                        2 year contract (initially)

Benefits:                    Pension and generous holiday

About the role

The new CEO position represents a new phase for Playing Out, with the co-founders stepping aside from leading the organisation and managing the team, in order to focus on projects and wider campaigning work.

The overall purpose of this new role is to lead the organisation, manage the team (currently 3 staff and 2 freelancers) and implement our strategic plan, growing and diversifying the grassroots play streets movement and helping to bring about policy-change towards children’s right to play out. We are looking for someone who has strong leadership, management and financial ability, who understands the value of both community-led action and policy-change, and who believes in Playing Out’s vision for children.

If this sounds like you, please download the recruitment pack here for more information and details of how to apply.

Deadline for applications: Tuesday 4th October, 12 noon.

Please contact [email protected] or call 0117 9537167 if you have any questions about the role or application process.

Equalities and inclusion

Playing Out is actively seeking to achieve more diversity in our team and board. Over the past 2 years, we have been doing internal work and seeking external help to recognise and address unconscious bias within ourselves and within the organisation as a whole, but we know we still have a long way to go. Our vision for Playing Out is that ALL children, regardless of race, ability, social background or any other characteristics have equal opportunity to play out safely where they live. This makes it even more important that both our team and wider network are diverse and representative. On that basis, we especially welcome applicants from under-represented backgrounds. We will also ensure that all job applicants and employees receive equal and fair treatment, regardless of age, race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, social background, disability or nationality.

About the organisation

Playing Out began with conversations between parents who felt that their children (and children generally) were missing out on something vital – the opportunity to play out near home with friends. Due to increased traffic and other barriers, what was common a generation before had become increasingly rare and problematic, with huge impact for children’s health and wellbeing.

Then in 2009, Alice and her neighbour Amy came up with the “playing out” or temporary play street model, closing their street to traffic so children could play out freely. This was both a practical action and a catalyst for longer-term change. They got Bristol City Council to pioneer a policy enabling any street community to do this on a regular basis and the idea soon began to spread as it became clear that many people wanted these changes for children and community.

13 years later, Playing Out CIC is an internationally respected and impactful social change organisation, supporting and growing a UK-wide movement to restore ALL children’s freedom to play outside where they live, for their health, happiness and belonging in their communities. We support grassroots, community action, particularly the ever-growing play streets movement. With this ‘doing/activism’ as our platform, we also campaign for wider change towards safe, liveable streets and a prioritisation of children’s need for free outdoor play across local and national policy.

Playing Out, September 2022.

CEO Recruitment Pack

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CEO Recruitment Pack