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The CJA is recruiting for a Deputy Director

The Criminal Justice Alliance (CJA), a network of 160 organisations working towards a fair and effective criminal justice system, is pleased to announce an exciting new opening for a Deputy Director.

This post offers the opportunity to work with a talented trustee and staff team to continue growing the reach and impact of the CJA. We have ambitious plans for growth and the Deputy Director will be critical in helping us to realise those aims.

The Deputy Director will be responsible for raising and growing revenue to increase the CJA’s capacity and impact, producing all financial reports required for the organisation, maintaining high standards of governance and increasing operational effectiveness.

Person specification

We are looking for:


  • At least two years’ experience in a relevant senior role.
  • Experience of developing and implementing successful fundraising strategies.
  • Experience of obtaining and managing partnerships with trusts and foundations including understanding their needs and developing highly personalised relationships.
  • Experience of researching, writing and monitoring applications to a broad range of trusts and foundations to secure restricted and unrestricted funding support.
  • Excellent verbal and written skills.
  • Excellent financial skills including developing and managing budgets and forecasts.
  • Excellent understanding of management accounting and use of Xero (or similar).
  • Excellent IT skills including Excel and databases / CRMs.
  • Highly organised with the ability to meet deadlines and manage competing priorities.
  • Ability to work flexibly within a small team.
  • Commitment to proactive promotion of equality, diversity and inclusion.
  • Commitment to the mission and vision of the CJA.


  • Experience of working with a membership and/or advocacy organisation.
  • Understanding of charity governance.
  • Degree (or equivalent) and / or professional qualification in a relevant field.
  • Understanding or experience of the criminal justice system of England and Wales.

The salary for this post is £45,000 – 50,000 p.a., depending on experience. This is a full-time post, although we would also consider applications for 4 days a week, with salary pro rata.

To apply, please complete the application form and send it – marked ‘Private and Confidential’ – to Please also return the recruitment analysis form. This will be separated from your application upon receipt.

The closing date for applications is midday on 18 January 2021.

We intend to hold interviews on 4 and 5 February, via Zoom.

We value having a diverse range of perspectives, expertise and insights in the organisation. We are particularly keen to receive applications from Black, Asian and minority ethic people and people with lived experience of the criminal justice system.

For more information about the role, view our Deputy Director recruitment pack.


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