Chief Executive, Employment Related Services Association c. £85k

The new Chief Executive will be charged with growing the reach, profile and impact of ERSA.  The successful candidate is likely to have a track record in strategy development and income generation/diversification in a not for profit and/or membership environment, plus some knowledge or demonstrable interest in the employment, skills or related policy/delivery environments. The successful candidate will demonstrate gravitas and that they will have authority with senior stakeholders.

About ERSA

Established in 2005, ERSA is the sector body for organisations either delivering or with an interest in employment support services.  ERSA has around 250 members, including private sector organisations, national charities, housing associations and local authorities.  Three quarters of its membership is not for profit.  ERSA members deliver a wide range of back to work schemes, including national government-commissioned programmes, plus programmes funded by European money, local government, trusts and foundations and through organisations’ own core funds. 

ERSA works to ensure that a diverse sector is able to deliver the best possible employment support services against a sometimes challenging political and economic backdrop.  ERSA’s role:

  • to provide services to ERSA members;
  • to represent and champion the sector to a range of audiences;
  • to help drive up standards within the sector to benefit current and future jobseekers, providers and commissioners;
  • and to lead thinking on public policy relevant to employability.

The scope of ERSA’s work is broad: its policy areas cover issues related to programme design and operations, disability employment, youth unemployment, welfare reform, skills, employment of ex-offenders, among many others. As well as working with national government, ERSA runs regional/devolved national networks in Scotland, Greater Manchester, West Midlands, London and Wales. 

ERSA has experienced a period of consistent growth in terms of its reach and impact under the leadership of the outgoing chief executive, Kirsty McHugh, who is leaving after eight years to become Chief Executive of the Mayor’s Fund for London. A part-time Interim CEO, Elizabeth Taylor, has been in place since 1st January 2019.

How to apply

Download the Job Description and Person Sepcification.

Interested individuals should submit a curriculum vitae and covering letter (no more than two sides of A4) to by 5pm Friday 14th June 2019.  Anybody interested in having a confidential conversation with ERSA’s chair can contact Olivia Buse at