L’Arche in the UK is part of a worldwide federation of people with and without learning disabilities sharing life together. We build Communities with people with learning disabilities rather than for them. We serve people’s emotional and spiritual lives as well as their basic needs. We are committed to mutually transforming relationships and a world where all belong.

Are you inspired to bring your skills, experience and values to support our vision of a more human society?



Job title: Community Leader (Director)

Reports to: Regional Leader

Hours of work: 37.5 hours, there will be some evening and weekend commitments locally and some events which require travel and overnight stays. 

Salary: £44,345 per annum

Place of work: Bognor Regis

Main purpose of the role: The Community Leader (Director) is responsible for ensuring that the Community is living fully the Mission of L’Arche in its four dimensions (community life, service, spiritual life and outreach).

Main responsibilities of the role:

  • To lead a dynamic intentional community of people with and without learning disabilities, faithful to the L’Arche Identity.
  • To ensure the Community is financially stable, through robust setting and management of budgets, negotiating fee levels with funding agencies, managing vacancies and co-operating with fundraising initiatives.
  • To develop and deliver against a co-created community “Mandate” or strategic plan, to effectively manage the leadership team to deliver against objectives and to nurture existing community bodies including the Community Council.
  • To foster an open and inclusive spiritual life in the Community.
  • To be a visible representative of L’Arche locally, developing strong relationships in the neighbourhood of the community, as well as with local authorities, professional organisations, faith communities and their leaders and the wider society of West Sussex.
  • To work collaboratively with a local committee, and within the structures of L’Arche UK. 
  • To develop the community’s vision for its activities programme and its future housing needs.


Download the Job Pack for this specific role before applying as well as a Who We Are pack to learn more about L’Arche.

If you wish to apply, fill out the Application Form here and send your cv to [email protected].

In addition to this, please complete our Equal Opportunities Form and read the Privacy Notice for job applicants.

Closing date for applications is 9 am on Monday 6th June.

Interviews likely to take place on Wednesday 15th and Thursday 16th June.