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As a growing organisation, we’re often on the look-out for passionate, determined and committed people to join our award-winning team.

You might want to join us because

  • We are considered experts in our field; we provide specialist support
  • We are a people focused organisation and consider it a privilege to meet, engage and support somebody at their moment of crisis
  • We are often the first people that a somebody has told about violence or abuse – a responsibility we take extremely seriously
  • We listen, empathise and see people that use our services
  • We believe that people have a choice whether to engage with us. We will always respect their life choices
  • We encourage people to find their voice, empower them to make positive change in their lives and thrive in a positive future
  • We stand beside people, often advocating on their behalf to get better outcomes

We particularly welcome applications from people who share our vision, mission and organisational values.


Chief Executive

Salary: £55,000 – £65,000 per annum dependent upon experience

Working hours: 37.5 hours per week – with frequent work outside of this time, including membership of the out of hours duty management rota (evenings / mornings, weekends and bank holidays).

Base: Plymouth – with travel across Wiltshire, Devon and Cornwall.

Contract: Permanent

First Light is a multi-award-winning charity that supports people affected by domestic abuse and sexual violence in Cornwall, Devon and Wiltshire. We are independent of statutory agencies and every year we help thousands of women, men and children across the southwest to lead safer lives, free from violence and abuse. We employ some 65 staff, supporting volunteering across some of our programmes and services and have a turnover of about £2.3m per annum. You’ll be joining First Light at a hugely exciting time following a period of growth. We’re in a phase of consolidation, service implementation and will soon start to collaboratively re-design our organisational strategy and service development plans with our teams and volunteers to achieve our vision of a world where everyone can live in safety, free from violence and abuse.

To apply: All applicants will be police vetted and subject to the Disclosure & Barring Scheme and it is essential that you have the capability to travel across Devon, Cornwall and Wiltshire. Please complete both sections of the application form (see links below). Ensure that you outline your relevant experience and evidence suitability for the role against the role profile and person specification, ensuring that your personal statement is no longer than 2 pages. Alternatively, you can ring 03458 121212 to request an application pack.

CVs will not be accepted.

Deadline for receipt of applications: 8:00 am Wednesday 29 May 2019

Expected date for assessment day (full day) : Thursday 6 June 2019

If you do not hear from us by Tuesday 4 June, please assume you have been unsuccessful at this time. Unfortunately, due to the high volume of applications we receive, we will not be able to provide feedback to applicants who have not been shortlisted for assessment.

For SECTION ONE of the application form please click here

For SECTION TWO of the application form please click here

For completion of our Equality and Diversity monitoring form (optional) please click here

To view the CEO recruitment pack please click here

First Light’s recruitment procedures are in line with recommended best practice to safeguard all adults, children and young people who use our services. It is vital that all of our staff understand their roles and responsibilities, and expectations of our staff are set out in the following safeguarding policies which are regularly updated to meet the local safeguarding board requirements. For more information on the data we process, why we process it, our legal basis, how long we keep it and the rights of prospective employees, please see our Fair Processing Notice for Prospective Employees.

To read our Safer Recruitment policy please click here

To read our Safeguarding Children and Adults policy please click here

To read our Fair Processing Notice please click here


Click here to find out about current volunteering opportunities at First Light.