Charity registered in Scotland SC024328
The Refugee Survival Trust (RST) vision is a welcoming, inclusive, safe Scotland for refugees and asylum seekers, where all live free of destitution and have the means and opportunities to realise their full potential.
After a period of growth and diversification we’re improving our structure and focusing on longer term strategic planning and governance. We have recently appointed a CEO to develop and implement the future strategy and work of RST’s vision and aims. This is an exciting and challenging opportunity for an independent, driven and creative individual to join a small committed team who deliver incredible impact for their size.
We are looking for a creative fundraiser with an entrepreneurial attitude towards fundraising to join our team. Raising funds is becoming more challenging and our destitution grant funds are in more demand than ever. You will be responsible for ensuring that these funds are continually topped up and maximised to meet demand. You will have considerable digital fundraising experience, including planning, evaluating and delivering successful campaigns.
RST makes a dramatic difference to the lives of asylum seekers and refugees in Scotland, many of whom face destitution and uncertainty. . As well as providing practical support in times of need, we also raise awareness of issues affecting asylum seekers and refugees and influence public policy. Your skills and experience will have an impact for good, helping to improve the life chances of people experiencing challenging circumstances.
RST is in an exciting phase of our development, having recently been awarded significant funding to better structure the organisation, including the appointment to a new CEO role. We're in the midst of the second three-year phase of our Destitute Asylum Seeker Service and have a special focus on developing our programme of emergency financial and accommodation support. We've also introduced new programmes that help asylum seekers and refugees make connections with their new communities in Glasgow and gain experience in a work environment.
Your skills and experience as part of a motivated, friendly team, will be central to securing safety and stability for people going through the asylum process. We are looking for an experienced fundraiser who can grow our existing supporter base, securing significant donations from individuals, charitable trusts and foundations and other grant giving bodies. You will need to have great writing and relationship building skills allowing you to tell our story compellingly, sound financial acumen, the ability to run online campaigns and to juggle multiple priorities.
The Refugee Survival Trust (RST) is a Scottish charity that has been operating for more than 20 years to assist some of the most vulnerable members of our society, particularly those who are facing destitution. Our mission is to provide refugees and people seeking asylum with practical support when it is most needed, build connections between people and use what we learn to campaign for change.
The new post of CEO is the keystone to RST’s operations. You will front the organisation and oversee the day-to-day operations, providing direction and leadership to the staff team, working collaboratively with the Board and ensuring sound financial, operational, risk and people management.
Key responsibilities include –
· Developing strategic and operational plans and managing a staff team to effectively implement them.
· Securing sufficient resources to support business continuity, organisation sustainability and project development; for example grant funding and donations
· Managing finances at senior management level including leading on budget preparation, income and expenditure monitoring and forecasting
· Developing new services and projects including setting realistic and achievable targets and outcomes.
The successful candidate will have a strong track-record leading or working within senior management of a third sector or similar organisation. You will be central to the development and implementation of future strategy and work in support of RST’s vision and aims, as well as structures and processes that enable RST to be effective and efficient.
RST's work makes a dramatic difference to the lives of asylum seekers and refugees in Scotland, many of whom face destitution and uncertainty. As well as providing practical support in times of need, we also raise awareness of issues affecting asylum seekers and refugees and influence public policy. We want to recruit a Chair who will support the Chief Executive and the organisation to meet its charitable and strategic objectives. As our new Chair, your skills and experience will have an immediate positive impact on people's life chances.
RST is in an exciting phase of our development, having recently been awarded significant funding to better structure the organisation, including the appointment to a new CEO role. We're moving into the final phase of our longstanding Destitute Asylum Seeker Service and we're excited about how we bring our reflections and learning from this groundbreaking work into our future context and programmes. We are using our evidence and expertise to inform policy development, highlighting issues and proposing solutions.
At such a pivotal time for the organisation we are looking for a special person to lead us into the next phase of our growth and development. As our new Chair you will bring strong strategic experience of leading/managing at Board level (ideally in the third sector), knowledge and experience of good governance, and the ability to build a high performing team, bringing out the best in our trustees.