Purpose of the role
To be responsible for the operational management, strategic direction and ethos of The Welcoming and the positive impact of all aspects of its work. To ensure a sustainable funding portfolio, lead and manage staff and liaise with and report to its Board of Trustees to ensure that all projects achieve their outcomes.
The Welcoming Association Edinburgh supports migrants and refugees to build positive lives, achieve their potential, have choices and fully participate in society. We are known for our deep commitment to being a place of welcome, and for providing a responsive, accessible, high quality service to enable newcomers to learn new skills, make local friends and learn about and participate in life in Scotland.
Our vision is delivered though a range of programmes spanning drop-in English classes, befriending schemes, accessible fitness sessions, environmental sustainability and employability skills development. Volunteers and participants play a central part in influencing the direction and activities at The Welcoming. We work in partnership with government, universities and NGOs in Edinburgh and beyond. For example, we partner the City of Edinburgh Council Refugee and Migration Programme team and Saheliya in the delivery of the Syrian Resettlement Programme.
About the role
This is an exciting time to join The Welcoming Association Edinburgh. We are building on eight years of consistent growth and are developing new initiatives for the future. The new Director will play an important strategic leadership role to take the organisation into its next stage, working alongside a high calibre Board of 10 Trustees, a highly capable and motivated staff team of 8 FTE and 180 dedicated volunteers. The role will work in close partnership with the Associate Director to build on the culture, values, learning and networks built over the past decade, and bring in fresh energy, ideas and perspectives. A detailed job description is attached.
We are looking for a dynamic, experienced and highly skilled leader with the vision and ability to
The successful candidate will be a deeply principles and values based leader, driven by enthusiasm for empowering newcomers to achieve their potential and commitment to the values of welcoming, equality, respect, creativity and learning. The post holder will demonstrate the capacity for positive external liaison - working collaboratively with existing government, agency and charity partners in Edinburgh and seizing opportunities to develop new relationships.