SWAN: Scottish Women's Autism Network
SWAN: Scottish Women's Autism Network

Charity registered in Scotland SC046946

SWAN is a network of women each with a unique perspective, shaped by individual experiences and circumstances; we represent a range of views on all sorts of issues from diagnosis to gender, from ASC as a difference rather than a disorder, to life in general.

Current vacancies


  • Management Board
  • Unpaid
  • Scotland
  • Closing 26th February 2021


The Scottish Women’s Autism Network (SWAN) was formed in 2012 with a mission to ensure that Scotland is a home where autistic women and girls can flourish. We empower autistic women and girls by running peer-support local groups across Scotland, manage online forums, work to raise levels of knowledge and understanding through participatory and lived-experience research. We then share what we learn, work collaboratively with other charities, other organisations and with Scottish Government, to advise, inform, educate and advocate.

SWAN now seeks three new trustees to join the current Board of six members. The role of Treasurer will become vacant in January 2021 and, as such, good accounting skills would be required. In addition, post a Board skills audit SWAN is looking to recruit individuals with general business skills with a focus on fund-raising, business development, marketing, and or legal, and the ability to be a strong advocate for the charity.

Read more about the work of the Scottish Women’s Autism Network via the website at swanscotland.org

Closed vacancies
This vacancy has now closed

Autism Employment Project Lead

  • Part time
  • £32,500 pro-rata
  • Home based (with travel once restrictions are lifted)
  • Closing 21st May 2020

Swan: Scottish Women’s Autism Network: Who We Are

We are an autistic-led charity. We run informal meet-ups across Scotland and an online closed forum for individuals who identify as autistic and female. We have, since 2012, continued to raise levels of understanding of autism, particularly for women and girls, to inform and educate. We are an inclusive organisation and welcome diversity.

The Role

This is an exciting and vital opportunity to improve the lives of autistic women and to raise levels of understanding of autism in the workplace. The role is to liaise with employers, managers and colleagues across Scotland and to support them in creating the best possible environment for their autistic staff. It also involves working with the wider SWAN community to organise peer-support mentoring for autistic women.

Who You Are

You will be passionate about creating positive change, supporting and educating. You will have good organisational/admin skills and be an excellent communicator. You will be motivated and able to direct your own schedule. You will be confident in approaching management and staff across a range of employment settings and cultures, to support and enable change within their working practices.

Specific Skills Required

The ability to: influence and create an environment for positive change; work in partnership; support and educate; challenge management and staff where required.

A knowledge of the relevant equalities legislation and how that may be applied within the workplace is preferable; however, training will be given.

Understanding of the lived experiences of autistic adults is preferred; however, training will be given and where appropriate, you will be supported by an autistic mentor.


What we are looking for most of all is someone with appropriate abilities, skills and commitment for this role.

A Role Description is available for download below.