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Top job! Executive Director

  • Full time
  • Circa £50,000
  • Initially remote, office is in Edinburgh - 10 Old Tolbooth Wynd, EH8 8EQ, future working arrangements to be determined.
  • Closing 10th January 2022

  • Advertised from 22nd November 2021



Engender is Scotland’s feminist policy and advocacy organisation, working to increase women’s social, political and economic equality, enable women's rights, and make visible the impact of sexism on women and wider society. Engender believes feminism must be intersectional, and we strive to conduct all our work using an intersectional lens.

Engender works at Scottish, UK and international level to produce research, analysis, and recommendations for intersectional feminist legislation and programmes, advocating for those with power to make positive changes to services, policy, regulation, practices, and laws that affect women. We are proud to be a membership organisation and our members include women's and equalities organisations, voluntary groups, and a wide network of individuals around Scotland. We work to bring women and organisations together in a range of ways to share experiences, tell their stories, and influence decision makers.

As a feminist employer we strive to reflect our principles in our practice. We are proud to offer and consider a wide range of flexible working opportunities to enable our staff to combine paid employment with childcare, caring or other responsibilities, and to support work/life balance.

Engender is an accredited Living Wage Employer and was shortlisted for the 2020 top employer awards for our carer-positive position.

Engender is committed to equality in recruitment and selection. We particularly welcome applications from women, people of colour, disabled people, LGBT people, and other minoritised and under-represented groups.

Please let us know if you need recruitment information in another format, or if you have any other communications and/or accessibility requirements.

Job Purpose

The ED is the most senior role at Engender and represents the organisation with dynamism and a high degree of professionalism. The ED is a passionate advocate for women's rights and equality in Scotland and beyond as part of a global intersectional feminist movement.

The ED has overall responsibility for Engender’s strategic direction and policy development, working closely with the Board and staff team, providing leadership, vision, and sound financial management. The ED is an ambassador for Engender and ensures a high public profile for the organisation externally, building and maintaining excellent relationships with a wide range of stakeholders and driving the development of programmes and fundraising.

*We actively welcome applications for part-time, job-share or other flexible working arrangements and will work with you to support the realisation of this. Engender has also committed to moving towards implementing a 4-day working week.

Application notes

More Information: Please contact Donna McKay or Alan Surgeon to arrange a confidential discussion about the post.

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Closing Date: Monday 10th January 2022 at midnight