Government seeks new Office for Civil Society director

The brief is to develop a new direction for work on civil society at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport


The government has begun advertising for a new director for the Office for Civil Society, who will "develop a new direction for work on civil society".

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport has published an advertisement for the vacancy, which has arisen because Mark Fisher, who was director of the OCS from October 2014, has become director general of the Cabinet Office.

The online advert says the job is a "high-profile role with a huge potential impact".

It says: "You will develop a new direction for work on civil society across government, supporting the transition of the National Citizen Service to a public body, providing strong stewardship of the Big Lottery Fund and putting in place a strong relationship with the Charity Commission."

It also says the post-holder will "develop a range of innovative funding approaches with the private sector and help to lead the responsible business agenda".

The new director will work alongside Tracey Crouch, the Conservative MP for Chatham and Aylesford, who was given the charities brief after the general election in addition to her ongoing responsibilities as sports minister.

The successful candidate is likely to have a good understanding of the voluntary and community sector and philanthropy, the advert says.

The job is being advertised with a salary of about £90,000 a year. Fisher was paid between £125,000 and £130,000 plus a bonus of between £10,000 and £15,000 for his role as director of the Office for Civil Society and Innovation in the year to the end of March 2017, according to the DCMS’s most recent accounts.

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