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2807, 2022

Vacancy – Chief Executive Officer, Bowlby Centre

London (Central) and home based

  • 2-3 days/week
  • From £50,000 pro rate
  • Two year Fixed Term Contract

The Bowlby Centre, the heart of attachment-based psychotherapy trainings, is looking for a CEO to take the organisation into the next phase of its development.

The Bowlby Centre is an attachment-based psychotherapy training organisation based in Highbury and Islington, London. The origins of The Centre go back to 1976 and many influences, intellectual and personal, have contributed to the history of the Centre. From the outset the organisation has been part of the psychoanalytic tradition and yet insisted on a critical freedom in relation to it. We are now looking for a CEO to take the Centre to the next level of its development.

This is partly an outward facing role to develop new income generating projects, such as new trainings, short courses and the exploration of charitable and corporate funding opportunities. It requires you to represent the Centre and its membership to new and existing organisations, at conferences and meetings. It is partly an inward facing role and requires you to line manage the Bowlby Centre members and get involved with the administration of the various trainings that we offer. An important part of the role will be to develop the significant earning potential of the centre, create a greater awareness of attachment, increase the value for our members and improve our charity offerings.

You will have experience of home working, including managing your time and priorities, and a good understanding of how to form positive and collaborative relationships with other team members and across the wider organisation. You will be familiar with attachment theory as it informs the organisation’s practice at every level. Experience of senior management is essential in being able to achieve success in this role and you will have strong presentation, written and verbal skills and be a confident networker, able to easily connect to the aims of the charity in providing practical, emotional, and financial support, in line with its core values and culture.

Salary and benefits

  • Competitive salary c£50,000 pro rata
  • Self employed
  • Flexible working opportunities

The working position is available as a part-time role for between 14-21 hours per week and is on a two-year contract. Much of the work can be carried out at home, working remotely. This is a face-to-face role with an expectation of reasonable travel for meetings, functions and events. The realities of travel and face-to-face meetings will adapt depending on the current COVID-safe guidance.

To apply, please register your interest and submit your CV by clicking ‘apply now’ below with a covering letter.

You are applying for:

CEO in The Bowlby Centre £50,000 pro rata (two year fixed contract)

Self employed

Date closing: 31/08/2022

Interviews: 09/09/2022

Please send your CV and covering letter to: Siobhan Swinscoe

The Bowlby Centre is committed to a policy of equal opportunities for all job seekers and shall adhere to such a policy at all times and will review on an on-going basis on all aspects of recruitment to avoid unlawful or undesirable discrimination. We will treat everyone equally irrespective of sex, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital or civil partnership status, age, disability, colour, race, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, political beliefs or membership or non-membership of a trade union and we place an obligation upon all staff to respect and act in accordance with the policy.

Welcome to the Bowlby Centre attachment based psychoanalytic psychotherapy training, short course, and psychotherapy referrals organisation

The Bowlby Centre Attachment Based Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training and Referrals. We are an organisation committed to the development, promotion and practice of an attachment-based, psychoanalytic relational approach to psychotherapy.

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