Making Rights Real is a new Scottish charity that aims to shift how grassroots communities access and understand human rights. We aim to use human rights as practical tools, to support marginalised communities achieve sustainable social and economic change.
We are seeking a Director to help the Board launch our work initially funded by the Corra Foundation and Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust and the successful candidate will be a central figure in realising our vision.
The Role:The Director will provide strategic leadership within the organisational structure, build and support the staff team, develop funding strategies, and implement clear governance processes and operational practices for the successful running of the organisation. The Director will work with the Board to implement the mission and vision of Making Rights Real and to embed the values of the organisation.
Human Rights Campaigner: We are looking for a Director with strong working knowledge of using human rights to achieve social and economic change. The individual must have a sustained and demonstrable commitment to working with marginalised communities effectively, experience in leading community development initiatives. Working with academia is desirable. The successful candidate will have a keen insight into the urgency of challenging social and economic rights abuses experienced by communities across Scotland and be able to demonstrate the capacity to attract diverse stakeholders to support grassroots initiatives.
Leadership: We are looking for a dynamic team player who can work collaboratively with an established Board of Trustees and can create a new, mission-driven staff team to deliver the innovative work of MRR.
Organisational Development: Our Director will have a strong track record in a senior management role, with sound knowledge of charity reporting, finance and HR. Experience of recruitment, leadership and delegation are essential. Critically we are looking for a leader who can apply a human rights-based approach to recruitment of the team and the terms and conditions of employment.
Funding Sustainability: We are looking for someone who can develop MRR into a sustainable organisation by strengthening relationships with existing funders and developing new funding partnerships. Experience of attracting funding from major philanthropic organisations is essential.
Building Networks: Our Director will be our public face and an ambassador for the organisation. A strong legacy of knowledge exchange with key stakeholders and dissemination work in Scotland is essential and we are keen to hear from candidates who can demonstrate reach across the UK and beyond. An awareness and appreciation of the need for a strong social media presence, and the ability to harness this medium is critical.
The successful candidate will be our first Director. We are looking for a leader with passion and commitment; one with the vision and commitment to use MRR as the vehicle to drive both human rights and the participation of marginalised communities into the centre of our national decision-making processes.