Top job! CEO

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

  • Advertised from 5th May 2022
  • Full-time, 4-day work week



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

Application notes

Apply online here. Closing date 12 noon 6 June 2022, Stage 1 interviews 10 June 2022, Stage 2 Interviews 13 June 2022. For informal chat about the role contact current CEO Patrycja Kupiec at or Chair of the Board of Trustees Briana Pegado at

Application pack