Executive Director of Engender

Position: Executive Director

Salary: Circa £50k

Pension: 8% employer contribution

Hours: Up to 35 hours per week (full time). We actively welcome applications for part-time, job share or other flexible working arrangements and will work with you to support the realisation of this.

Leave entitlement: 38 days pro rata (including public holidays)

Location: 10 Old Tolbooth Wynd, Edinburgh, EH8 8EQ (home working during the Covid-19 pandemic)

Responsible to: Board of Trustees

Closing Date: Monday 10th January 2022 at midnight


Engender is Scotland’s feminist policy and advocacy organisation. We work to dismantle structural sexism to create a Scotland in which women have equal opportunities in life, equal access to resources and power, and are equally safe and secure from harm. We work at Scottish, UK and international level to produce research, analysis, and recommendations for intersectional feminist legislation and programmes. We believe in an intersectional and inclusive feminism, and seek to conduct our work through this lens.

Engender is seeking an Executive Director (ED) to represent represents the organisation with dynamism and a high degree of professionalism. The ED is the most senior position at Engender, and will be a passionate advocate for women’s rights and equality in Scotland and beyond as part of a global intersectional feminist movement.

The ED has overall responsibility for Engender’s strategic direction and policy development, working closely with the Board and staff team, providing leadership, vision, and sound financial management. The ED is an ambassador for Engender and ensures a high public profile for the organisation externally, building and maintaining excellent relationships with a wide range of stakeholders and driving the development of programmes and fundraising.

Engender has a vision for a Scotland in which women and men have equal opportunities in life, equal access to resources and power, and are equally safe and secure from harm.

Engender is a policy organisation and through our research and analysis we aim to make women’s inequality visible and persuade those with power to make positive changes to services, policy, regulation, practices, and laws that negatively affect women.

Our Gender Matters Roadmap sets out the steps we think are needed to bring women’s equality closer to being a reality. We also work on specific policy areas such as social security, abortion and women’s unpaid work. You can find all of our briefings, research papers, and consultation responses in publications.

We’re proud to be a membership organisation and our members include women’s and equalities organisations, voluntary groups, and a huge network of individuals across Scotland. You can find out more about more about Engender’s membership here. We hold regular events, host women’s writing on our blog and host On the Engender, Scotland’s feminist policy podcast.

Engender believes feminism must be intersectional, and we strive to conduct all of our policy work using an intersectional lens. We work with a range of organisations to help us do this and encourage partner organisations to recognise that all women’s lived experiences are different. Our feminism is trans inclusive, strives to be as diverse and accessible as possible, and draws on a ideas from Black feminist thought and a history of women’s equality campaigning around the world.

Engender is committed to equality in recruitment and selection. We particularly welcome applications from women, people of colour, disabled people, LGBT people, and other minoritised and under-represented groups.

Please let us know if you need recruitment information in another format, or if you have any other communications and/or accessibility requirements.

We actively welcome applications for part-time, job-share or other flexible working arrangements and will work with you to support the realisation of this. Engender has also committed to moving towards implementing a 4-day working week.


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