Information Services Leader

Job Description

Torch Ethos

The Torch Trust aims can be summarised as ‘enabling people with sight loss to discover Christian faith and lead fulfilling Christian lives.’ To achieve this we provide Christian resources and activities for blind and partially sighted people worldwide.

Torch Trust has a distinctive culture that reflects its Christian beliefs and has been shaped by its history of seeking to be faithful to God’s guidance. Our values inform the choices made by Torch, what we do and the way we do it. Our values are:

Christ-centred; People-focussed; Open; Creative

We are a Christian mission and will seek to faithfully represent the Christian message in what we do and in what we say but we will never impose our faith or belief on others.

Occupational Requirements

Torch is a Christian Mission working primarily with Christian organisations and Christian clients. This role is at Leadership level and it is therefore a requirement that the person holding the appointment sets an active example in Christian leadership that reflects the Torch Ethos. The role also requires that the appointed person is in close contact with our users and/or supporters who are likely to expect to be interacting with a Christian person and may be required to pray and share Christian experiences. It is therefore a requirement of Torch Trust for the Blind that the person appointed is a committed Christian and able to accept the Torch Basis of Faith.

Job Context

As a crucial aspect of the implementation of our 5-year Strategic Plan we are up-scaling our communications and information sharing.

We need to reach more and engage our audiences more deeply.

There are four audiences that are important to us ...

We will use a multiplicity of methods, recognising that effective information sharing now require a more interactive and engaging approach and that social media will figure large in our future communications programme, and also in service provision.

Our website(s) is being overhauled in content, organisation and presentation and will become the primary way of providing information to our various audiences.

With the aim of serving a growing number of people living with sight loss we will strive to extend our reach through well targeted and engaging information.

The resources we need to operate come largely from the support of Christian people so we also need to be effective in engaging this audience too. So for Torch to become more effective we need to become better at sharing with both audiences.

We will give attention to the “who”, “what” and “how” of our information and commit to a programme of work to greatly improve it with an emphasis on reaching those we exist to serve.

Job Description and detail

Job Title

Information Services Leader

Reports to

Chief Executive and other Executive staff as appropriate.

Reporting to this post

In addition to external agencies and personnel you will be drawing on the efforts and expertise of staff and volunteers from across the organisation.

Key relationships:

All current Leaders and in particular the Executive Team of :

Chief Executive Officer

Chief Operating Officer

Chief Development Officer

Chief Technical Officer

Employment Contract:

This is a permanent full time 35 hours per week salaried appointment based at Torch House, Market Harborough, Leicestershire. Salary £22331 p.a.

Main Purpose:

To work with and support the Executive and Leadership of the Torch Trust by leading, developing, planning, managing and delivering appropriate and engaging information, including news and product/services information, to the various audiences with which Torch connects – and to extend and widen our reach to those audiences.

Key Tasks:

To achieve this you will need to draw together skills and resources inside the organisation and outside of it, making creative use of those resources within the budget constraints.

Your effectiveness will be witnessed in the widening awareness of Torch Trust, to both those who benefit from our activities and services and those who support the work through prayer, finance or volunteering.

Main Duties

Person Specification, Skills and Attributes

This is a key appointment in Torch Trust; as such the person appointed will be able to demonstrate a sense of God’s calling to the work and be able to show that they are motivated by their personal Christian faith in this work.

The following attributes are essential requirements

Torch Trust for the Blind

Charity Number 109504

December 2017