Sussex VCSE Leaders Alliance – Strategic Lead (East Sussex)

Working pattern: part time – 21 (.6 FTE) hours per week (may involve some evening or weekend working)

Salary: £43742 full time equivalent (Pro rata £26,246)

Annual Leave:  26 days (pro rata), plus bank holidays 

Contract duration: Fixed Term to March 2025 (with option to extend for a further year subject to funding review)

Location: Hybrid working with requirements for travel across Sussex

East Sussex Community Voice (ESCV) is supporting the Sussex voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) Leaders Alliance (SVLA) in developing a new team to work on behalf of the VCSE with health and care partners across Sussex.

We are seeking a Strategic Lead, the role is part time (0.6 FTE) and will cover East Sussex. The roles require hybrid working, with the flexibility of office, home and some travel.

You will be part of a new team of 4 Strategic Leads, with counterparts based in Brighton and Hove and West Sussex, working to develop the sectors strategic role as a partner in the emerging health and care integrated structures to reduce health inequalities and improve population health for people living in Sussex.

The postholder will work closely alongside the VCSE within East Sussex and as a team with the Sussex Strategic Lead to develop and enable strong relationships to support the VCSE in its preparation and response to the developing strategic commissioning approaches in the health and care sector. Recognising the breadth of the VCSE sector, the multiple funding arrangements and the introduction of the new structures, the postholders will enable collaborative working between NHS, Sussex with the range of VCSE providers at neighbourhood, place and system level.

The work will include developing health and care partners understanding of the local VCSE eco system and developing and embedding the principles of co-design, co-production, and strategic commissioning within the commissioning and funding cycle that will drive improved population health outcomes for the integrated care system.

The successful candidate will be strategic thinker with strong leadership experience and understanding of the needs, complexities and challenges faced by the VCSE sector, NHS and local government partners. They will have excellent knowledge and understanding of the strategic national and local context and key drivers across the breadth of local health and care structures, bringing significant experience and understanding of strategic commissioning and the range of funding models and mechanisms to the team and be comfortable working in an environment of transformational change.

They will also hold a track record in engaging, influencing, and securing shared ownership to enable a collaborative vision to be realised along with experience of working in rapidly changing environments. Experience of developing and managing a varied range of projects with demonstrable success in delivery and budget management of simple projects, along with some experience of governance either through Board or Committee membership are a must.


“East Sussex Community Voice is an Equal Opportunities and Diversity employer and welcomes candidates from all sections of the community.”


How to apply:

Applications are by CV and personal statement (maximum of 2 sides A4).

In the personal statement please refer to the Job Description and Person Specification to tell us about any relevant skills and experience and why you are applying for the role.

Download the Job Description/Person Specification Below.

Please send your completed application to info@escv.org.uk) with the email subject: ‘Sussex VCSE Leaders Alliance – Strategic Lead (East Sussex).

Hard copies can be posted to ESCV, Unit 31, The Old Printworks, 1 Commercial Road, BN21 3XQ. Please mark the envelope with ‘Sussex VCSE Leaders Alliance – Strategic Lead (East Sussex).

Once submitted, applications will be acknowledged, however, in the interests of economy an acknowledgement will only be sent to postal applications if you supply a stamped addressed envelope.

Deadline for applications: Midnight on Sunday 21st July 2024, we will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis and reserve the right to close applications early.

Interview date: Interviews will be held w/c 29th July 2024 at our offices in Eastbourne

Contact Us:

For further information or queries please contact:
info@escv.org.uk or 01323 403590
East Sussex Community Voice
Unit 31
The Old Printworks
1 Commercial Road
BN21 3XQ