YWCA Scotland
YWCA Scotland

Charity registered in Scotland SC034132

YWCA Scotland is a feminist organisation and part of a worldwide movement of women leading change. Our vision is a world where every woman can shape her own life journey and fulfil her potential, where the voices of women are heard, respected and celebrated.

Current vacancies

Chair & Trustee

  • Management Board
  • Unpaid
  • Anywhere in Scotland
  • Closing 9th October 2022

YWCA Scotland - The Young Women’s Movement is looking to appoint a new Chair and Trustees to join our Board.

The new Chair will lead our skilled and passionate Board of Trustees. We’ve had a significant period of growth over the last year, and we’re entering an exciting and ambitious time for the organisation as we finalise our next three-year strategy.

The new Trustees can be from anywhere in Scotland and will join our current Board of Trustees. In their own words, here’s a message from our current Board (Catherine W, Gabrielle, Catherine H, Molly, Pauline, Lizzie and Lauren):

I joined the board because I wanted a seat at the table where my contributions and opinions would be valued but also be taken on an actionable basis. The YWCA board has enabled me to experience conversations and topics I had not previously ventured into, that experience is invaluable. When I look at the board, I see a better reflection of the kind of sisterhood I want to see more in society and having that seat is a big responsibility but a privilege.

Do you share our belief that every young woman can shape their journey? Do you feel strongly that the voices of all women in Scotland are important? Do you want to help women, girls, non-binary, and gender fluid people feel valued, learn, grow, and fulfil their potential? If you share our passion, then we want to hear from you.

CHAIR

WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU

  • Shape the direction of women’s leadership & gender equality in Scotland (and globally as part of the world’s largest women’s movement)
  • Scope for personal development including advancing your leadership skills and knowledge
  • Opportunity to attend events and act in an ambassadorial role on behalf of YWCA Scotland – The Young Women’s Movement
  • Help raise awareness and create long-lasting positive change for women, girls, non-binary and gender fluid people in Scotland
  • Lead the only Board in Scotland that puts young women leaders first

WHAT’S INVOLVED

  • The Chair is responsible for providing strategic leadership and direction to a strong and experienced Board of Trustees to ensure the ongoing delivery of sound governance and management of YWCA Scotland – The Young Women’s Movement
  • The Chair will work in partnership with and provide support to the Chief Executive as well as maintaining a relationship of mutual trust and respect with staff, trustees, and stakeholders
  • A reasonable time commitment of 6 Board meetings per year; monthly 1 to 1 support with the CEO; a weekend residential and AGM in November; CEO annual performance review and goal setting; strategy development and ad hoc meetings where required
  • A commitment to shared values and objectives of the organisation
  • A basic disclosure check is required. Please note: your past experience might not necessarily limit you from involvement

TRUSTEE

WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU

  • Shape the direction of women’s leadership & gender equality in Scotland (and globally as part of the world’s largest women’s movement)
  • Scope for personal development
  • Help raise awareness of issues that affect women and girls in Scotland
  • Be part of the only Board in Scotland that puts young women leaders first

WHAT’S INVOLVED

  • The Board is responsible for establishing and maintaining the overall strategic and governance direction of YWCA Scotland – The Young Women’s Movement
  • A reasonable time commitment of 6 Board meetings per year (weekday evenings)
  • A commitment to shared values and objectives of the organisation
  • A basic disclosure check is required. Please note: your past experience might not necessarily limit you from involvement
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Business Development Manager

  • Full time
  • £35,000
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 22nd September 2021

We’re excited to announce this opportunity to join our wee (but powerful) group of feminists working in our national team as a Business Development Manager, £35,000 (full time, 28 hours per week)

The purpose of this role is to develop and drive the business development plan, identifying new opportunities that fit with our strategic vision and mission to inspire young women in Scotland and to reduce gender inequality. You will lead the development of consultancy and training opportunities to generate income. You will 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. You will support the CEO with developing leads for new services/income streams. You will also support evaluation of our programmes.

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 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 and mental health sick days
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Top job! CEO

  • Full time
  • £40,000
  • Edinburgh or Glasgow
  • Closing 6th June 2022

Purpose

To provide leadership and direction to YWCA Scotland - The Young Women’s Movement, enabling the organisation to thrive while fulfilling its charitable objects and its mission to create spaces for Scotland's women and girls to lead social change.

Responsible for:

● Providing leadership and strategic direction to The Young Women’s Movement. Ensuring it aligns with the charity’s mission, vision, strategic objectives and annual performance targets

● Managing Board meetings and translating the Board’s strategic vision into our day to day work and practice

● As acting Company Secretary, responsibility for ensuring that all legal and procedural matters of the charity are met

● Ensuring the ongoing financial sustainability of the charity, by developing income generation plans for grant funding and business development and overseeing their implementation

● Developing national opportunities through strong working relationships, partnerships and networks. Managing relationships with funders and partners

● Embedding young women’s voices in programme and product design and delivery. Overseeing research projects e.g. the Status of Young Women in Scotland

● Acting as a champion and advocating for The Young Women’s Movement mission, building and maintaining effective stakeholder relationships in order to maximise our reach and impact

● Representing The Young Women’s Movement in public appearances at various key internal and external events, in national and local media and on various social media platforms

● Leading campaigning, influencing, and public policy work around gender equality. Coordinating responses to public policy consultations on behalf of The Young Women’s Movement

● Tracking and reporting on achievements and lessons learned. Overseeing monitoring and evaluation activity

● Overall responsibility for the management of a team of 10 (and growing!). Overseeing HR strategies, HR compliance, and ensuring our team are supported, skilled, and developed. Direct line management of executive team members in Glasgow and Edinburgh offices

● Overall responsibility for finances and resources. Monitoring the organisation’s financial position, results and drafting budgets. Agreeing and signing key contracts/documents

● Engaging as part of the worldwide YWCA Movement

Person Specification - Essential

● A good standard of education in relevant field or demonstrable equivalent skills through continued professional development

● Passionate about achieving gender equality and advancing young women’s leadership ‘for and by young women’

● Value fit with YWCA Scotland – The Young Women’s Movement

● A successful leadership record within a similar organisation

● Evidence of leading change in the charitable sector

● Experience in developing and implementing strategy within a small and growing organisation

● Strong experience of fundraising, managing grants, and reporting to funders

● Experience of building new income streams and leading successful business development

● Evidence of sound financial management and charitable governance

● Experience of empowering, motivating and building teams through exceptional people leadership and interpersonal skills

● Experience of raising the profile of an organisation

● Evidence of effective communication and relationship management with a wide range of stakeholders, able to develop successful partnerships and encourage support

● Experience of building and maintaining relationships with policy makers within the women’s sector

● Experience in hosting online and in person events and training

● Understanding of good charity governance

● Up to date awareness and understanding of charity fundraising and business development

● Understanding of accounts, finances and budgets

● Knowledge of legislative frameworks and good practice that supports ethical fundraising

● Understanding of the Scottish policy landscape around gender equality and young people’s rights

● Ability to manage small and agile teams through periods of growth and change

● Excellent verbal and written communication skills

● Comfortable using a range of communication methods, including digital and social media

● Ability to work under pressure and prioritise workload for yourself, team members, and the organisation as a whole

● Ability to work with a diverse range of stakeholders

● Experience of working in women-only spaces, with a focus on young women

Person Specification - Desirable

● Experience in women’s rights activism and advocacy

● Passionate about achieving gender equality and advancing young women’s leadership ‘for and by young women’

● Previous director experience or similar role

● Experience of designing and leading participatory research projects

● Experience of generating income through training and consultancy

● Experience of setting up or managing a policy think tank

● Experience of delivering inclusive and engaging social media and digital communications

● A track record of growth; building an organisation and significantly increasing income

● Understanding of trends in digital and social media marketing and engagement with young women

● Understanding of participant-led research

● Understanding of U.K. and International policy landscape around gender equality and young people’s rights

● Experience with Xero

Additional Information:

● We operate a 4-day working week with full time hours of 28 hours per week on a Monday to Thursday basis. However, it will be necessary at times to work evenings or weekends to meet the demands of the role. The workday pattern is flexible.

● Annual leave entitlement of 28 days per year. This includes public holidays

● Access to a stakeholder pension scheme to which YWCA Scotland and employees contribute

● All appointments are subject to a minimum three-month probationary period

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Research and Facilitation Coordinator

  • Full time
  • £26,526
  • Remote from anywhere in Scotland but with ability and flexibility to travel to Edinburgh and Glasgow when required.
  • Closing 4th September 2022

YWCA Scotland, in partnership with Code Clan, are delighted to embark on a new project, Young Women Code, that will contribute to ending gender disparity in the digital technology sector in Scotland.

This new partnership project will see YWCA Scotland and Code Clan work collaboratively as experts in our respective sectors to identify, address and reduce the intersecting barriers and challenges facing women entering and progressing within the digital technology sector. The project will take an intersectional approach to identify and address the multiple barriers that women may be experiencing such as age, gender, race, class or sexuality, and others.

Diversity and a skilled workforce go hand in hand: we cannot address one without the other. Closing the digital skills gap is dependent on empowering women and girls of all backgrounds to enter into, and progress in, digital technology careers.

YWCA is recruiting a Research and Facilitation Coordinator to deliver this project with support from the Research and Impact Manager. This post will spend the majority of their time specifically working on the 'Young Women Code' project.

Responsibilities

• Carrying out robust qualitative and quantitative research, through desk-based reviews, interviews and focus groups with an intersectional feminist lens.

• Evaluating training programmes with an intersectional lens, assessing what barriers exist in the digital sector to the participation of young women.

• Using participatory approaches to research, including young women in the design of research projects.

• Engaging and accessible report writing and presenting.

• Identifying, engaging with and maintaining/nurturing strong networks with our project partners.

• Working with private sector partners to develop learning and apply them to their existing programmes along with supporting work placements in the private sector for women and girls learning to code.

• Developing tools, training and resources informed by the research.

• Facilitating training sessions and workshops with partners to create inclusive workplaces for women.

• Providing tailored support to partners to embed recommendations to support more inclusive workplaces for women

• Leading on sharing research findings, information and best practise with networks and partners.

• Supporting the research and evaluation work of YWCA, supporting across projects.

• Supporting the Senior Leadership Team with any other duties.

Person specification Essential

• A good standard of education in relevant field or demonstrable equivalent skills through continued professional development.

• Passionate about achieving gender equality and advancing young women’s leadership.

• Value fit with YWCA Scotland – The Young Women’s Movement.

• Experience of designing and carrying out successful participatory research projects using qualitative and quantitative methods.

• Evidence of producing high quality, accessible and engaging research outputs.

• Ability to develop evidence-based tools, resources and training.

• Experience of facilitating and delivering workshops, group discussions and/or delivering training.

• Experience of building and maintaining successful partnerships working across different sectors and interests.

• Understanding the barriers women in STEM workplaces face to access and progress in STEM career pathways.

• Experience of managing time well with competing demands.

Person specification desirable

• Experience of working in/researching around STEM subjects.

• Experience of project management in a research role.

• Experience working within the women’s sector / experience working with women, girls and non-binary communities.

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 27.5 days a year, including public holidays.

• 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 and mental health sick days.

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