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About us

Collective Voice was created in May 2015 to ensure that the voices of the drug and alcohol treatment sector and those who use our services are represented effectively.

In 2015, the Chief Executives of the 10 largest, third sector substance misuse organisations came together to agree how they would provide leadership in the vacuum that was created by the demise of the NTA and the collapse of DrugScope. It was at this meeting that we agreed to create a short life project to assess what could be done to ensure the sector continued to represent its value both nationally and locally.

We have achieved a huge amount in the last 3 years under the expert leadership of Paul Hayes. And whilst the core membership hasn’t changed over that time we have developed our membership to reflect a broader diversity of the third sector substance misuse market and the needs of our services users.

Collective Voice is now a diverse group of organisations with a combined turnover of £380million per annum. Our strength is derived from the fact that we represent the diversity of the substance misuse sector both in size of organisation and the nature of the services we deliver.  We are now in a position to establish Collective Voice as a substantive organisation and recruit a Director.

About the role

We are recruiting for a Director to lead Collective Voice as the representative organisation for the substance misuse sector.  The successful candidate will have experience in a public sector, academic, charity or not-for-profit setting, ideally in a policy or external communications role, and be able to demonstrate their success and experience of representing an organisation and influencing key stakeholders.

The Director is responsible for a small staff team consisting of a Policy Officer and a Communications Officer. Key responsibilities include:

  • Work with the Board to develop a strategic plan for Collective Voice that responds to the needs of the sector and the membership, and reflects the challenging and dynamic nature of the sector.
  • Identify risks and opportunities within the substance misuse sector and more widely that may impact the progression of the strategic plan, highlighting issues to the Board.
  • Build effective partnerships with a wide variety of stakeholders.
  • Develop and broker regional and local consortiums to ensure the importance of substance misuse services are understood.
  • Ensure effective communication of information from Collective Voice to all key internal and external partners.

For a full job description, download the candidate pack at the bottom of this page.

To submit an application

Please send a CV and a supporting statement setting out clearly why you want to lead Collective Voice and how you meet the key areas of the Person Specification, along with
the attached equal opportunities monitoring form to

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