Work Avenue recruits for top job after CEO announces aliyah plans

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Work Avenue recruits for top job after CEO announces aliyah plans

Finchley-based job recruitment centre is accepting applications for chief executive, after Debbie Sheldon says she is moving to Israel after 15 years with the charity

Debbie Sheldon speaking at a Work Avenue event
Debbie Sheldon speaking at a Work Avenue event

One of the community’s top job recruitment hubs is recruiting for its top job.

Debbie Sheldon will leave Work Avenue in May, having risen through the ranks holding every role from receptionist and adviser to marketing manager and chief executive.

“I have truly loved every moment of my fifteen years at Work Avenue”, she said, having seen it “grow and develop from a desk, chair and notebook.. to an organisation that reaches and delivers right across our wonderful community, helping people earn a living to support themselves and their families.”

In the last year, Work Avenue has helped people cope with the impact of the pandemic, raising £1.1m in a 36-hour campaign in January to support its services. This comes after a poll by the charity in December last year showed that 50 percent of British Jews were worse off financially due to the pandemic.

Debbie Sheldon at Work Avenue (Blake Ezra)

Sheldon, who took over as CEO four years ago will make Aliyah in the summer. Reflecting on the task ahead for her successor, she said “the impact of the pandemic and the economic indicators tell us that Work Avenue’s services are more in demand than ever before. I am sure that whoever takes over will work with our passionate and caring team to meet the challenges of times, ensuring no one faces the indignity of poverty through a loss of income.”

Chair Mark Morris said: “We are seeking a dependable, visionary and inspirational leader who will build on Debbie’s success and seize the opportunity to take Work Avenue to the next level, ensuring we can assist everyone, at any life stage, throughout the UK.”

Applications for the role will be open until 6 April, with the chosen candidate appointed by the end of the month.

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