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Job opportunities and volunteering at the Howard League for Penal Reform

Chief Executive

For more than 150 years, the Howard League has been at the forefront of penal reform. Everything we do is aimed at reducing the harms associated with both crime and punishment, and with building a safer and fairer society for all. To drive our work forward, we are seeking an outstanding leader.

Our new CE will be inheriting an extraordinary legacy, and will also be visionary in enhancing our influence and impact on policy, practice and public debate, as we continue to navigate the complexity of change and challenge across the criminal justice sector.

Combining intellectual curiosity and a senior track record in a relevant role or roles, our CE will lead the organisation, ensuring that our culture and practices reflect our values: We continually balance being influential and engaged, while also being fearlessly independent and radical. If that combination excites you, find out more about this exceptional leadership opportunity.

Closing date: 10 May 2021  Salary: £112,500 to £122,500 depending upon experience

Further information and an application pack is is available from:

Kickstart placement vacancies

We’re working in partnership with Charityworks, the UK-non-profit sector’s Kickstart gateway as part of a collaborative effort to power up our sector with exceptional talent and make a real impact on youth unemployment.

Kickstart offers an opportunity of a six-month work placement accessible to young people aged 16–24 who are in receipt of Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment.

We have two Kickstart placements available (Administrative Assistant roles).

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Please note that to apply, you will need to speak to your Work Coach at your local Job Centre.

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