The Young Women's Movement
The Young Women's Movement

Charity registered in Scotland SC034132

Scotland’s national organisation for young women’s feminist leadership and collective action against gender inequality.

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Communications and Influencing Lead

  • Full time
  • £31,000
  • Edinburgh/Hybrid across Scotland
  • Closing 28th September 2023

Our vision is for a fairer Scotland for all self-identifying young women and girls. A Scotland where young women are meaningfully heard, valued and supported to lead collective action and enact transformational change throughout society, systems and structures.

To help us achieve this, the role of Communications & Influencing Lead has been created to:

  • Manage all of the Young Women’s Movement external and internal communications through an intersectional feminist approach.
  • Develop and lead the Young Women’s Movement’s Communication and Influencing Strategy, with the objective of growing our profile, influencing policy, driving income and continuing to establish us as a recognised brand.
  • Ambitiously extend our reach to even more young women and girls through a range of innovative campaigns and influencing strategies.

Everyone who works at Young Women’s Movement:

  • Has equality at the heart of everything they do.
  • Takes a participatory approach to our work. We are for young women and by young women.
  • Builds communities of friendship and support networks, finding joy in our collective actions and connections.
  • Understands the impact of challenging inequality on those most affected by it. We lead with kindness and empathy, putting collective wellbeing at the core of our organisation.
  • Delivers our work with integrity and are proud of the work we do.
  • Is bold and brave. We do not shy away from challenging the status quo and taking radical steps to make gender equality a reality in Scotland

Key Responsibilities

Media and Stakeholder Engagement

  • Lead and develop the Young Women’s Movement public relations activity including writing press releases; securing opinion pieces in relevant publications; preparing briefings for interviews/media engagement and proactively monitoring media trends.
  • Lead our public affairs activity, working closely with the Research and Policy Lead to ensure that the voices of young women and girls are influencing and driving policy, service design and funding decisions.
  • Cultivate and sustain relationships with key journalists and outlets across Scotland and the UK, being prepared to respond to comment requests.
  • Oversee and manage the development of innovative, creative and high-performing campaigns, tactics and content that drive signups, fundraising and advocacy.
  • Responsible for key messages across the organisation and the brand positioning of The Young Women’s Movement.
  • Work closely with the wider Young Women’s Movement team, advisory collective and young women and girls involved in our work to share compelling impact stories.

Strategic Leadership

  • Develop a Communication Strategy for the Young Women’s Movement media and marketing campaigns and manage the implementation through the Communications Team.
  • Work alongside our Communication Coordinator to develop and deliver our digital strategy by managing the development of our new website and digital resources.
  • Work closely with the Young Women’s Movement Partnerships and Innovation Team on income generation campaigns and events.
  • Work with the CEO and Head of Partnership & Innovation to create strategic thought leadership content.
  • Contribute to the overall strategic direction of the Young Women’s Movement, ensuring all communications and influencing activity aligns with our strategic pillars and theory of change.

Line Management

  • Maintain a supportive working environment with a focus on feminist wellbeing within the Communications and Influencing Team.
  • Line management of the Communication and Influencing Team’s workload, activities and professional development.
  • Identify and manage external agencies/consultants for creative, digital and communication projects as and where required.

Operational Leadership

  • Develop and implement internal communications processes and systems to ensure collaborative and streamlined working across teams.
  • Ensure the Young Women’s Movement is compliant with the Lobbying Act.
  • Ensure compliance with online safety, cyber security, data protection and GDPR policy.
  • Report and monitor the impact of our communications and campaigns work through a CRM system and/or other media tracking platforms.
  • Contribute strategically to team and organisational planning, setting and monitoring objectives, targets, and budgets.

Other

  • Undertake any other reasonable duties that occasionally arise.
  • Demonstrate a willingness and ability to operate within a constantly changing environment and as such work priorities and targets may change.

Let’s talk about you - you will already have or be working towards:

  • Experienced communications professional with a proven track record in public relations and public affairs.
  • Experience in developing and delivering innovative engagement and communication strategies.
  • Experience managing media inquiries and coordinating interviews, statements and producing press releases.
  • Existing links to key journalists across Scotland.
  • Knowledge of the latest digital tools and techniques to engage young women, partners and stakeholders.
  • Exceptional relationship management skills, with experience of working with and harnessing a wide range of supporters, including high-profile individuals, activists and brands.
  • Strong written communication skills with the ability to synthesise and communicate complex information to a wide range of audiences.
  • Strong verbal communication and presentation skills and experience of representing an organisation publicly.
  • Management experience and/or experience of working in a leadership capacity.
  • Experience in budget setting and management.
  • Passionate about advancing gender equality for young women and girls across Scotland.
  • A strategic doer who strikes the balance between leadership, tactics and being hands-on as required.
  • A flexible and adaptable approach, coupled with the ability to operate under pressure and prioritise workload to meet deadlines.
  • Willingness to work flexibly and travel across Scotland when necessary.
  • Commitment to own continuing professional development.

Due to the nature of our work with children and young people, successful applicants will be required to undergo a disclosure check through the PVG Scheme.

Why should you want to work with us?

  • We operate a 4-day working week, which means full-time is 28 hours.
  • We offer flexible working options and patterns, including the option to hybrid work from anywhere in Scotland.
  • Our annual leave entitlement is 22.5 days a year, plus 6 public holidays.
  • We provide 1 additional day of annual leave for your birthday (or to take another time that you would like to celebrate)
  • We are committed to supporting staff development through training and coaching opportunities.
  • Wellbeing and mental health support are our priorities, all of our staff can access counselling through our EAP package.

Don't meet every single requirement?

Studies show that women and Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic people are less likely to apply for a job unless they meet every qualification. So, if you're excited about this role but your experience doesn't align perfectly with the job description, we'd love you to apply anyway. You might just be the perfect person for this role, or another role within The Young Women’s Movement.

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Research and Policy Lead

  • Full time
  • £31,000
  • Edinburgh/Hybrid with travel across Scotland
  • Closing 23rd August 2023

About The Young Women’s Movement

Our vision is for a fairer Scotland for all self-identifying young women and girls. A Scotland where young women are meaningfully heard, valued and supported to lead collective action and enact transformational change throughout society, systems and structures.

To help us achieve this, the Research & Policy Lead will:

  • Continue to establish The Young Women’s Movement as a credible, accessible and established research and policy organisation.
  • Evolve and deliver participatory research approaches and projects with young women that will influence policy and challenge systemic inequality.
  • Collaborate with the Partnership Development and Innovation team to develop long-term, high-value partnerships that raise both significant income and brand visibility for the Young Women’s Movement through our research and policy hub.
  • Work closely with the Head of Partnership Development & Innovation, Team Leads, and partners to ensure that the voice of young women and girls influences and drives policy, services, and funding decisions both internally and externally.

Everyone who works at Young Women’s Movement:

  • Has equality at the heart of everything they do.
  • Takes a participatory approach to our work. We are for young women and by young women.
  • Builds communities of friendship and support networks, finding joy in our collective actions and connections.
  • Understands the impact of challenging inequality on those most affected by it. We lead with kindness and empathy, putting collective wellbeing at the core of our organisation.
  • Delivers our work with integrity and are proud of the work we do.
  • Is bold and brave. We do not shy away from challenging the status quo and taking radical steps to make gender equality a reality in Scotland.

Key Responsibilities

Research & Policy

  • Lead on the development of research projects to generate a substantial evidence base of young women’s experiences that feed into the creation of projects and media campaigns, and influence policy.
  • Lead the production of the annual research project (The Status of Young Women in Scotland), ensuring young women are involved at every stage of project design and delivery.
  • Manage policy projects, monitor the national policy and political landscape, and create written outputs, including policy positions and briefings on key issues affecting young women and girls.
  • Build positive relationships with key political and policy stakeholders and represent the Young Women’s Movement at external meetings and events.
  • Monitor the latest research, track political debates, and identify new policy developments in the areas of gender equality and youth work.
  • Ensure the work of the Research and Policy team is influenced by the outputs generated within the Collective Voice and Action and Learning and Engagement Programmes.
  • Collaborate with the Communications and Influencing Lead to maximise the impact of our research through policy and public affairs activity.
  • Manage and coordinate research partnerships, which could include academic partners, other third-sector organisations, and public or private sector partners.

Strategic Leadership

  • Develop and grow the Young Women’s Movement Research and Policy activity and continue to build our recognition as the leading organisation in Scotland that provides research, guidance, and resources for those who consult and work with young women.
  • Develop and implement a policy and influencing strategy in line with our five-year strategic vision, that centres participatory practice with young women.
  • Work in collaboration with the Head of Partnership Development & Innovation to maximise and coordinate our external research consultancy offer.
  • Collaborate with the leadership team to streamline the journey between young women’s participation in programmes to support the work of the research and policy team.
  • Contribute to the overall strategic direction of the Young Women’s Movement, ensuring all research & policy activity aligns with our strategic pillars and theory of change.

Line management

  • Maintain a supportive working environment with a focus on feminist wellbeing within the Research and Policy team.
  • Line management of the Research and Policy Team’s workload, activities, and professional development.

Operational Leadership

  • Lead the implementation of our evaluation framework and work with the leadership team to ensure the framework is embedded across the organisation.
  • Coordinate internal evaluation and reporting activity and support the leadership team to create key reports and publications for the organisation.
  • Coordinate our annual impact report with support from the leadership team.
  • Support the Head of Partnership Development & Innovation to ensure that grant applications and income generation activity are developed with a robust evidence base.
  • Contribute strategically to team and organisational planning through the setting and monitoring of objectives, targets, and budgets.

Other

  • Undertake any other reasonable duties that may arise.

Let’s talk about you - you will already have or be working towards:

  • Experience in leading and carrying out a range of high-quality, impactful and diverse research projects, including strong facilitation skills and working with young people in a research setting.
  • Experience in embedding and delivering participatory and/or peer-research approaches in research methodology.
  • Experience in managing organisational monitoring and evaluation, including developing and implementing a CRM system/database.
  • Experience of working in the Scottish political context to influence change, including engagement with parliamentarians, committees, and public services, and campaigning using participatory practice.
  • Experience in maintaining safe spaces for young women and people of marginalised genders and a passion for championing gender equality.
  • Strong written communication skills with the ability to communicate complex issues to engage and inspire diverse audiences in an accessible way.
  • Strong verbal communication and presentation skills and experience of representing an organisation publicly.
  • Excellent relationship management and collaborative interpersonal skills.
  • Management experience and/or experience working in a leadership capacity.
  • Ability to evaluate projects meaningfully and effectively for maximum impact.
  • Experience in budget setting and management.
  • A flexible and adaptable approach and the ability to prioritise workload to meet deadlines.
  • Willingness to work flexibly and travel across Scotland when necessary.
  • Commitment to own continuing professional development.

Due to the nature of our work with children and young people, successful applicants will be required to undergo a disclosure check through the PVG Scheme.

Why you should want to work with us:

  • We operate a 4-day working week, which means full-time is 28 hours.
  • We offer flexible working options and patterns, including the option to hybrid work from anywhere in Scotland.
  • Our annual leave entitlement is 22.5 days a year, plus 6 public holidays.
  • We provide 1 additional day of annual leave for your birthday (or to take another time that you would like to celebrate)
  • We are committed to supporting staff development through training and coaching opportunities.
  • Wellbeing and mental health support are our priorities, all of our staff can access counselling through our EAP package.

Don't meet every single requirement?

Studies show that women and Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic people are less likely to apply for a job unless they meet every qualification. So, if you're excited about this role but your experience doesn't align perfectly with the job description, we'd love you to apply anyway. You might just be the perfect person for this role, or another role within The Young Women’s Movement.

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Collective Voice & Action Worker

  • Full time
  • £25,000
  • Hybrid/Flexible (Scotland)
  • Closing 4th July 2023

Our vision is for a fairer Scotland for all self-identifying young women and girls. A Scotland where young women are meaningfully heard, valued and supported to lead collective action and enact transformational change throughout society, systems and structures.

To help us achieve this, the Collective Voice & Action Worker role will:

• Ambitiously extend our reach to even more young women and girls through a range of system changing campaigns and programmes that are co-designed for and by young women.

• Create safe spaces for young women to engage, connect and build networks and skills that mobilise collective action.

• Supporting the delivery of the YWM’s collective voice and action opportunities for young women and girls.

Key Responsibilities

• Support the implementation of a co-designed voice and participation framework to ensure young women and girl's voices are at the heart of everything we do by participating, co-designing and leading.

• Support the delivery of our collective voice and action activity e.g. Young Women Lead to create radical system change across Scotland.

• Work with young women and girls on our programmes and signpost them to opportunities for their continued engagement both within our movement and in communities/wider society.

• Assist the Collective Voice & Action Coordinator with support to our advisory collective of young women, ensuring a participatory approach.

• Undertake administrative tasks to support the planning, delivery and evaluation of our learning & engagement programmes.

• Create safe, sustainable spaces with and for young women.

Everyone who works at Young Women’s Movement:

• Has equality at the heart of everything they do.

• Takes a participatory approach to our work. We are for young women and by young women.

• Builds communities of friendship and support networks, finding joy in our collective actions and connections.

• Understands the impact of challenging inequality on those most affected by it. We lead with kindness and empathy, putting collective wellbeing at the core of our organisation.

• Delivers our work with integrity and are proud of the work we do.

• Are bold and brave. We do not shy away from challenging the status quo and taking radical steps to make gender equality a reality in Scotland.

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This vacancy has now closed

Head of Partnership Development & Innovation

  • Full time
  • £35,000
  • Flexible / Remote
  • Closing 4th May 2023

We’re excited to announce this unique opportunity to join our wee but mighty team of intersectional feminists as we launch our new five-year strategic plan and brand identity.

This is an extremely exciting time to join The Young Women’s Movement Team and help us achieve our bold and ambitious vision of a fairer Scotland for all self-identifying young women and girls. A Scotland where young women are meaningfully heard, valued and supported to lead collective action and enact transformational change throughout society, systems and structures.

To help us achieve this, the role of Head of Partnership Development & Innovation has been created to:

  • Develop and implement YWM’s Business Development and Fundraising Strategy.
  • Build relationships with organisations that will result in long-term, high-value partnerships that raise both significant income and brand visibility for the Young Women’s Movement (YWM).
  • Support our strong track record of securing funds from trusts and foundations through grant applications as well as leading on the growth and future development of new income streams from corporate partnerships and other sources.
  • Ambitiously extend our reach to even more young women and girls through system-changing fundraising & campaigns for and by young women.

Why you should want to work with us!

  • We operate a 4-day working week, which means full-time is 28 hours.
  • We offer flexible working options and patterns, including the option to work remotely from anywhere in Scotland.
  • Our annual leave entitlement is 28 days a year, including public holidays
  • We provide 1 additional day of annual leave for your birthday (or to take another time that you would like to celebrate)
  • We are committed to supporting staff development through training and coaching opportunities.
  • Wellbeing and mental health support are our priorities, and all of our staff can access free counselling and mental health sick days.

Don't meet every single requirement?

Studies show that women and Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic people are less likely to apply for a job unless they meet every qualification. So, if you're excited about this role but your experience doesn't align perfectly with the job description, we'd love you to apply anyway. You might just be the perfect person for this role, or another role within The Young Women’s Movement family.

Reporting to: CEO

Direct Report: Partnership & Events Lead

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