The Employment Related Services Association (ERSA), the representative body for the employment support sector, is seeking to appoint a new Chief Executive charged with developing the organisation’s profile, reach and impact. Reporting to the chair and board of directors, this is a permanent, full-time role, based in central London (Waterloo).
Established in 2005, ERSA is the sector body for organisations either delivering or with an interest in employment support services. ERSA has over 270 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 is threefold: 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 the UK government, ERSA runs regional/devolved national networks in Scotland, Greater Manchester, West Midlands and London.
Interested individuals should submit a curriculum vitae and covering letter (no more than two sides of A4) to [email protected] by 5pm on 30 November 2018. Anybody interested in having a confidential conversation with ERSA’s chair can contact Olivia Buse at [email protected].