Chief Executive

British Association of Art Therapists
Closing date 26 October 2020
Location Home working with occasional visits to office in London
Position type Permanent
Role Leadership / Strategy
Education Bachelor's
Experience 3-5 years
Salary From GBP 45,548
Benefits See below

Job description

The British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT) is seeking to recruit a Chief Executive Officer. The successful applicant will be an inspirational leader and have a proven track record in membership organisations, engaging members and other stakeholders, providing strategic leadership, managing staff teams, projects and networking. Awareness of the work of BAAT and of art therapy professional issues is also required. Excellent communication skills and the ability to grasp complex issues are essential requirements of the post, as is the ability to represent the views of BAAT in strategic meetings and to a wide range of audiences. The successful applicant will be mentored by the former CEO for up to one year after starting in post.

Job Purpose

To provide leadership and clear strategic direction for the development and management of BAAT so that it is recognised as a beacon of dynamism and innovation for UK art therapy. • To support BAAT members in upholding their professionalism, and contribute to the engagement, within BAAT, of art therapy service users and their carers. • To be responsible for the organisation’s administration and financial management. Working closely with the BAAT Council, to develop BAAT’s long-term strategy, budget and business plan and ensure it complies with legal and regulatory requirements.

Mission, Policy and Planning

  • In conjunction with BAAT Council and in consultation with members, to develop and regularly review BAAT’s values, mission, vision and goals.
  • In conjunction with BAAT Council to set out strategy and develop a clear business plan identifying the key goals and milestones to achieve it. The plan needs to include the financial and budget requirements and be flexible enough to respond to unforeseenevents e.g. Brexit. 2
  • Help Council monitor and evaluate organisation ’s relevance, effectiveness, and results.
  • Keep Council fully informed re: organisation ’s condition and all factors influencing it. • Ensure that appropriate policies are in place to guide BAAT’s work in all areas.
  • To ensure BAAT is responsive to social changes and national initiatives that have a bearing on the work of art therapists, especially regarding issues of equalities and diversity within the profession.
  • Ensure that the service user and carer voice is represented wherever possible in BAAT.


  • Demonstrate initiative and creativity in identifying and addressing strategic issues facing BAAT.
  • Effectively manage continuity, change and transition. • Set and achieve clear and measurable goals and reasonable deadlines.
  • Deal effectively with demanding situations and design and implements effective interventions.
  • Consistently display integrity and model BAAT’s values.

Professional Support to Members

  • Keep informed at all time of external and internal events which may impact professionally on members and service users, whether as a threat or as an opportunity
  • Identify and action appropriate response whether internally (e.g. need for new professional guideline) or externally (e.g. lobbying work to challenge a policy) in consultation with BAAT Council.
  • Respond to members’ professional queries.
  • Support members involved with professional issues such as complaints, investigations, etc., when appropriate.

Legal & Regulartory Compliane

  • Ensure that BAAT complies with all relevant legal and regulatory requirements.
  • Keep BAAT Council updates of any relevant changes in the legal and policy environment.
  • Ensure BAAT is responsive to key legal and policy changes.
  • Ensure BAAT’s compliance with legal requirements with distribution and website postings of approved Council minutes.
  • Ensure BAAT’s compliance with legal requirements with AGM, including completion and distribution of annual report, accounts and AGM notice to meet statutory deadlines.
  • Oversee update of information on Company House website including removal and appointment of Directors and posting approved accounts.

Management & Administration

  • Ensure BAAT has an appropriate structure of paid and voluntary roles
  • Ensure key roles are organised and their holders’ skills utilised to give best value to BAAT • Develop good knowledge of office protocols and structures.
  • Organise regular staff meetings to plan strategy for administrative, IT structures and events.
  • Supervise individually all BAAT staff and provide annual individual reviews.
  • Manage payroll and pension issues.
  • Provide general oversight of all agency activities, manage day-to-day operations, and ensure a smoothly functioning, efficient organisation. As BAAT is a small organisation, the CEO and other staff members may need to ‘act down’ at times in order to ensure services to members are maintained.
  • Ensure process for selecting, developing, motivating, and evaluating staff and volunteers.
  • Recommend staffing, compensation, and financing to Council. Recruit personnel, negotiate professional contracts, and ensure development and maintenance of appropriate salary structures.


Work effectively with Council, its officers and committees to define their roles and responsibilities.

Work with Council Chair to enable Council to fulfil its governance functions and ensure timely attention to core issues.

Work with Council officers and committee chairs to get best thinking and involvement of each Council member & to stimulate each Council member to give their best.

Frame significant questions and complex issues in ways that facilitate Council dialogue and action.

Recommend volunteers to participate in the Council and its committees. • Advise Council of any BAAT policy that needs updating or new policy that may be required.


  • Ensure BAAT has the financial resources to achieve its strategic goals in consultation with finance manager.
  • Ensure BAAT’s activities are conducted in a cost-effective manner, employing economy while maintaining a high level of quality.
  • In consultation with Council, set appropriate level of membership fee. • Develop other means of income generation e.g. from CPD in consultation with key BAAT staff.
  • Recommend to Council effective actions if unforeseen drop of income happens and implement agreed actions.
  • Present a financial report to elected Directors at BAAT Council meetings or when requested by the Chair.

Relationship building

  • Maintain productive links with key governmental and non-governmental bodies.
  • Maintain links with other UK arts therapies professional associations.
  • Represent BAAT to Art Therapy trainees.
  • Ensure BAAT contributes to relevant national consultations.
  • Develop and maintain productive links with professional associations in the UK and other countries.
  • Identify the key relationships necessary to support BAAT’s work and ensure proper planning, relationship building and communications to develop and maintain these.
  • Act as an advocate, within the public, voluntary and private sectors, for issues relevant to BAAT, its services and constituencies.
  • Listen to clients, volunteers, donors and the community in order to improve services and generate community involvement. Ensure community awareness of the organisation ’s response to community needs.
  • Serve as BAAT’s chief spokesperson and act as advocate for issues relevant to BAAT. 
  • Work with legislators, regulatory agencies, volunteers and representatives of the non-profit sector to promote legislative and regulatory policies that are in keeping with BAAT’s aims and values.
  • Respond to press and media enquiries and develop media communications skills.

How to apply

To request an application form, please email

Deadline for applications: 26th October at 17.00pm

Please note: as we are a small organisation, we will not be able to respond to requests to discuss this post on the phone at this stage. Please visit our website for any information on the work we do, our council, personnel, code of ethics, training, events, etc. If you are shortlisted, you will be able to contact us for a phone discussion prior to interview.