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Chief Executive Officer – NDS

An exciting opportunity has arisen to lead an independent charity, based in Nottingham, working for the benefit of deaf and hard of hearing people across the East Midlands. We are looking for a Chief Executive to lead the organisation with a focus on both internal and external challenges.

NDS ( works to four strategic aims:

  • Enabling better communications between deaf and hearing people
  • Expressing the voice of deaf people to local decision makers
  • Offering specialised support services tailored to the needs of deaf people
  • Providing a community space which is culturally accessible to deaf people.

At the core of its work is a large BSL interpreting service providing a mixture of commissioned and non-commissioned services for medical, educational, employment, public events, social services, legal and many other contexts. This blends with other services, including a specialist BSL Welfare Rights service, providing advice and representation to an ever increasing number of customers, and with the provision of an expanding programme of BSL training courses.

Our community centre operates from our wholly owned grade two listed building in Nottingham, and provides a base for deaf people to come together to meet and celebrate their distinctive culture through a wide range of accessible social and sports activities. It also generates income for the organisation through room hire.

Our externally facing activities involve representing the views and needs of deaf people throughout our region and facilitating their wider participation in decision making forums.

The external focus will be on new and creative thinking to develop NDS’s strategic plan to promote the well-being of deaf people; to meeting the challenges of identifying and securing funding to support the strategic plan and maximise self-generated income; and to maintaining and developing effective networks with stakeholders and supporters to influence local policies and decisions.

The internal focus will be on managing efficient office and financial systems and controls; supervising and managing our 25 staff members and volunteers; maintaining culturally accessible community facilities; and ensuring compliance with all relevant legislation and with best practice in work with deaf people

The Chief Executive will work closely and collaboratively with the incumbent Head of Services and report in a timely and appropriate way to the Board of Directors.

LOCATION: Nottinghamshire Deaf Society, 22 Forest Rd West, Nottingham, NG7 4EQ

For informal enquiries about the role please contact Michael Peacock on 0115 9887574 or

Applications are invited by way of covering letter addressing the job description and person specification with an accompanying CV. Please send applications via e-mail to:

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Friday 26 May 2017.

Interviews are planned for week commencing Monday 5 June 2017, subject to availability.