Head of People, The Reader

This is an unusual role which requires a creative, well-qualified person who loves learning new things, to lead the development of our People practice.

Why unusual? We need more than a great HR professional (though we do absolutely need you to be that!) We are very proud of our culture at The Reader and have big ideas about how we want to continue to develop it. That is why we need someone who is really interested in organisational development, and can understand why The Reader has been so excited by new thinking in books such asAn Everyone Cultureby Keegan and Lacey, orRadical Candorby Kim Scott.  The successful candidate will match our enthusiasm for new thinking in how to grow, lead, manage and support people at all levels of the organisation.

About this role:

This role will provide advice and guidance to the Directors Group on all people matters and the role-holder will be member of the senior management team reporting directly to the Director of People and Shared Reading Programmes. A small team will support you in this work.

It is vitally important to us that as well as being able to advise on all technical HR matters, the Head of People is able to bring a flexible, creative approach to their work, looking for innovative solutions to the people challenges that present themselves as we further our vision.

At the Reader we rely on a wide range of people to support our mission. Our 120+ workforce is varied and includes staff working in our Social Enterprises, a number of remote teams (some working part time and in challenging settings such as Prisons and High Secure mental health settings) and our Head Office (Calderstones Park, Liverpool) and local project teams.  We also have a volunteer base of more than 1000 undertaking a variety of voluntary roles across the UK.

The People team look after both staff and volunteers. This challenging and varied leadership role and has an important part to play in ensuring all of these people are well managed and well supported.