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enke means ‘Ink’ in SeTswana and ‘take it’ in SeSotho and that’s what we do. We empower youth to be the authors of their futures by seizing opportunities that will change their lives and those of their communities forever. We help young people make their mark.

Through leadership and social action programmes, we provide young people (ages 15-35) with the networks, entrepreneurial skills and inspiration to realise their value and thrive. We provide value to communities aligned with Sustainable Development Goals 4, 5 and 8.

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  • enke

Chief Executive Officer

  • Deadline:
    08 March 2024
  • Region:
    Johannesburg (hybrid)
  • Type of employment:
    Full time

Job Description

Contract: Full Time, Minimum 5-year contract with option to renew
Office: Hybrid working environment (minimum 2 days per week in the office in person) Some travel expected.

Enke is a leadership development organisation that generates and incubates youth-led social impact. The Board of Directors is seeking to appoint a new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to succeed the incumbent. The CEO will lead and support the team to deliver on the strategic vision of the organisation and report directly to the Board of Directors. The role will be based in Johannesburg (hybrid – two days per week in the office) with some travel expected. 

The CEO will lead and support the team to deliver on the strategic vision of the organisation and report directly to the Board of Directors. The CEO role is ultimately responsible for the organisation’s performance. The main responsibilities that we currently foresee are threefold: income generation and relationship management; strategic planning and new business; and leadership and management. The CEO will work closely with the Board of Directors and heads of department (Head of Programs and Head of Operations & Finance) to implement the organisation’s strategic priorities. It is expected that the CEO role will continue to evolve as the organisation’s needs change, particularly in light of the growth plans over the long term.

Roles and Responsibilities

1. Strategic Vision & Organisational Leadership

  • Lead the development and implementation of the strategic plan in collaboration with the executive team and board.
  • Provide inspirational leadership to the organisation.
  • Establish effective decision-making processes for achieving long- and short-term goals.
  • Foster a professional and efficient organizational culture based on their values.
  • Drive collaborative efforts to impact the sector more broadly.
  • Develop and build effective partnerships with strategic partners.
  • Ensure open communication about financial, programmatic, and impact performance.
  • Encourage organizational reflection, growth, and transformation.

2. Income Generation & Fundraising

  • Ensure the consistent inflow of opportunities for the organisation to build its impact, scale and resilience, while guiding the decisions around which opportunities to leverage.
  • Ensure the mobilisation of resources to achieve organisational goals and strategic impact targets; secure multi-year commitments to cover annual budgets and raise unallocated funds towards building a financial reserve.
  • Create and execute fundraising strategy and implementation plans.
  • Develop new income generation strategies, including for-profit products and services.
  • Utilize external presence and relationships to garner new opportunities.
  • Ensure consistent representation of the organization and its mission while fundraising.

3. Stakeholder Engagement & Stewardship

  • Lead the overall approach to key stakeholder management.
  • Ensure fit-for-purpose approaches for managing each key stakeholder/group.
  • Develop and implement the organization’s communication strategy.
  • Formulate and execute comprehensive communications strategies.
  • Enhance revenue from major donors through effective stewardship.

4. Team Management and Governance

  • Work closely with the Board to ensure good governance,
  • Align strategy development, planning, and measurement with organizational goals.
  • Ensure heads of departments (executive team) are meeting and exceeding in assigned performance metrics, working together to achieve organisational strategic priorities and objectives.
  • Lead, coach, develop, and retain executive and management teams.
  • Support a values-based, inclusive, learning culture and organisational climate that encourages development and collaboration.
  • Strengthen and maintain the organization's management and governance culture.
  • Establish systems to track scaling progress and measure successes.

5. Compliance & Risk Management

  • Ensure highest ethical standards prevail throughout the organisation and be the example to the organisation, putting in place mechanisms required to support this.
  • Implement comprehensive Child & Youth protection policies.
  • Uphold ethical standards throughout the organization.
  • Ensure organizational compliance across Finance, HR, and related legislation.
  • Manage governance and risk through effective systems and processes.

Qualifications and Requirements

Qualifications & Experience

  • Minimum of 5 years in a senior leadership position
  • A minimum of 10 years of overall professional experience
  • Solid educational background – minimum undergraduate degree required; relevant post-graduate qualification preferred.
  • Proven track record in fundraising, business development and/or sales
  • Strategy and organisational development experience
  • Prior social enterprise or non-profit experience ideal
  • Experience in leading, managing, and/or developing high impact teams.

Skills, Competencies & Knowledge:

  • Strategic Leadership: A savvy and entrepreneurial leader with a proven ability to set clear priorities, delegate effectively, and guide investments in people and systems to achieve organizational goals.
  • Analytical and Problem-Solving Skills: Demonstrates strong analytical, organizational, and problem-solving skills to gather and interpret data, identify root causes, and develop sound solutions.
  • Effective Communication and Collaboration: Possesses exceptional written, oral, interpersonal, and presentation skills, fostering collaboration and building strong relationships with diverse internal and external stakeholders.
  • Persuasive Negotiation and Decision-Making: A persuasive negotiator adept at navigating differing viewpoints and able to make decisions that drive organizational success.
  • Team Development and Talent Management: Demonstrates a strong commitment to the professional development of staff, with a proven track record of recruiting, developing, and retaining a diverse and high-performing team.
  • Interpersonal and Communication Expertise: Engages effectively with people from all backgrounds, particularly young people, demonstrating exceptional interpersonal and communication skills to foster understanding and build trust.
  • Passion for Social Impact: Driven by a deep passion for social impact, with a demonstrated ability to mobilize networks and resources to create positive change.
  • Value-Driven Leadership: Values people and their potential, fostering a culture of respect, empowerment, and growth, prioritizing human well-being alongside organizational success.

Additional Information about CEO characteristics

Our client is a youthful organisation, characterised by passion for their work, drive for excellence and their ability to have fun and learning while creating meaningful impact. They are looking for someone with some or all of the following:

  • Visionary Leadership – We're seeking a strategic visionary with a demonstrated ability to drive organizational growth and navigate complex challenges. Our ideal candidate will possess the foresight to identify emerging trends and opportunities, the courage to take calculated risks, and the unwavering determination to achieve ambitious goals, charting a bold and inspiring course for the company.

  • Passion for social impact – Our CEO would be a driven changemaker that is committed to creating measurable positive impact. Deeply passionate about harnessing the power of business to drive real social change, the person will believe that social impact and its effective measurement is not just a responsibility but a core tenet of the company's mission.

  • Have an entrepreneurial mindset – We're in pursuit of a leader who will have a knack for identifying and implementing creative solutions. Thriving in a dynamic environment, the individual will actively seek fresh ideas, technologies, and approaches to enhance our programs and services. With a focus on fostering a culture of innovation, our ideal CEO will empower team members to think outside the box and challenge conventional thinking.

  • Operational excellence and financial know-how - Our CEO is someone who will be able to ensure that organizational operations are effectively run by those assigned to lead them, while maintaining financial health of the organisation. Demonstrating an understanding of business fundamentals and a relentless focus on achieving operational efficiency and financial sustainability, the individual will utilize a data-driven approach and a commitment to continuous improvement, ensuring that the organization's resources are utilized effectively to achieve strategic objectives.

  • Have a track record of building and mobilising their network - Our CEO will need to be able to build and cultivate relationships, as well as leverage their network to create opportunities, secure vital resources, and expand the company's reach. Through their strategic approach to networking, the individual will play a pivotal role in amplifying the company's impact and achieving its goals. Ideally, the candidate will bring their own network to the table and cultivate new connections while nurturing existing relationships, including our enke network.

  • Value people, not just the bottom line - While we have a grand vision for growing our impact, it should never come at the expense of our team members. Our CEO needs to understand that our primary stakeholders are the young people we serve, and their well-being should always be at the forefront. Building on the strength of our team, the incoming CEO should create a positive and supportive work environment that fosters a sense of belonging and empowers team members to reach their full potential.

  • Be able to engage with people of diverse backgrounds, particularly young people – Connecting across diversity is part of our mission. Our CEO should be able to connect with people from all walks of life.  An enthusiasm for engaging with program participants, especially young people, is essential.

  • Have a natural curiosity that sparks and supports organisational learning. We believe there's never a single "right" answer. We are continuously testing our ideas and striving to discover better methods. Our CEO would be someone who champions seeking new knowledge and perspectives, embraces experimentation, and drives the organization's continuous learning and adaptation.

How to apply

MaraisButton & Associates has been retained to run this recruitment drive. Interested candidates must send a motivation letter highlighting your leadership achievements / successes, and experience aligned with the skills and requirements outlined above, with your updated CV and contact details of three work-related referees to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  The deadline for applications is 17h00 SAST, Friday 08 March 2024.

NB: If you have previously applied for this vacancy, please do not re-apply.

Contact will only be made with shortlisted candidates.

  • Date posted:
    23 February 2024

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