Chief Executive Officer, The Sussex Archaeological Society

Reference No.N/A Location:East and West Sussex Salary:£60K plus, negotiable dependant on experience Main duties:

Key Accountabilities:

 Strategy & Business Planning

  • To develop and deliver a new Strategy for the Society which is supported by annual business plans that deliver against challenging yet achievable key performance indicators.


  • To develop and maintain a strong culture, identity, and reputation for the Society, building healthy relationships with stakeholders across the private, public and third sectors.
  • To establish and lead a suitably skilled senior management, staff and volunteer team, fostering a culture of high performance and job satisfaction, including operation of a robust performance appraisal system.
  • To ensure the organisation is resourced to meet its objectives, promoting learning, development, and training opportunities.


  • To ensure the Society’s long-term financial sustainability through delivery of an affordable operating model that maximises income, manages costs and builds healthy unrestricted reserves, providing investment capital for future growth.
  • To ensure the Society operates a system of effective and efficient financial control through preparation and monitoring of annual budgets, regular rolling forecasts and cashflows with timely review of actual results against target.
  • To ensure the Society meets its statutory reporting obligations to all statutory bodies and prepares appropriate, detailed annual reports and Financial Statements with unqualified audit reports.
  • To develop and deliver a successful commercial strategy, maximising income from across the Society’s portfolio of properties and activities including ticketing, retail, catering, events management, licensing, and other opportunities.
  • To develop and deliver a successful fundraising strategy, maximising income from the public, private and third sectors, proactively cultivating new relationships.


  • To work collaboratively with the Council of Trustees and its Committees, ensuring they are kept suitably informed in order to govern the Society effectively and provided with timely, accurate and appropriate reports suitable for an organisation of the Society’s size and scale.
  • To lead the Society’s risk management processes ensuring risks are identified and assessed on a timely basis and that appropriate mitigating actions are identified and implemented.
  • To ensure the Society complies with all relevant legislation and guidance, including promoting equality of opportunity, diversity, and inclusion at all times and across all its activities.


  • To ensure the Society adequately cares for its significant heritage and archaeological collections and properties, meeting and where possible exceeding required accreditation standards.
  • To continually improve the Society’s visitor and membership offer, to underpin financial performance, employing best practice in interpretation, facilities, marketing and communications and ensuring they meet, and often exceed, visitor satisfaction levels and are recognised as excellent.


  • To develop and deliver accessible and impactful learning opportunities and activities for the Society’s physical and online visitors and audiences.
  • To ensure the Society delivers research and advocacy, promoting history, heritage and archaeology and enjoying national and international visibility for its work.
  • To develop and deliver capital and other major programmes that support the Society’s strategic ambition, securing appropriate funding as necessary.
  • To ensure all activities are adequately resourced by fit-for-purpose technology and equipment.



There may from time to time be other duties and requirements associated with the role which the postholder may be asked to undertake and as may reasonably be required. The Society reserves the right to update this job description at any time.



Closing date:15/02/2021 Job Description:

The Sussex Archaeological Society (trading as Sussex Past) is a multifaceted organisation

operating six high-profile visitor attractions and museums across Sussex (including

Fishbourne Roman Palace which is the largest Roman villa in Northern Europe), producing

high quality archaeological and historical publications, supporting research initiatives and

providing learning opportunities for thousands of schoolchildren and students.

The Society is at a critical stage of its development, working hard to stabilise and recover

from the impact of the Covid crisis and seeking a truly sustainable financial operating model

for the future.

We wish to appoint an experienced and innovative CEO with a proven track record of

success to lead the Society’s team of 62 staff and over 300 volunteers. The CEO will be

someone with the drive, creativity and entrepreneurial approach to energise and mobilise a

wide range of stakeholders including staff, members, visitors, funders and donors.

The postholder will be responsible for developing with the Trustees, a new Purpose &

Vision for the Society and a new 5-year strategy that has the buy-in of all stakeholders. This

strategy will be expected to develop the Society’s financial sustainability, grow and diversify

its visitor and audience profiles, care for its significant collections and properties and deliver

research and advocacy.

If you are interested in applying for this role please email your CV and a supporting

statement to Your supporting statement should set out

clearly how you meet the essential criteria of the post and supply specific examples and

evidence of success (including figures where possible). It should be no more than two pages

in length.

Further information about this role can be found on our website:



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