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CLOSED: Executive Director, The Roddick Foundation

Closing date: Wednesday 20 November, 2019
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Salary: Negotiable
Location: West Sussex or home-based
Hours: Flexible, open to candidates who want to work flexible hours and to the possibility of a four-day week

Are you the Executive Director of the Roddick Foundation?

Are you passionate about issues such as social, labour and environmental justice?

Are you courageous and keen to support and work with us on our programme of what Anita Roddick called “difficult philanthropy”?

Do you have experience of grant-making and leadership, and are you ready for an exciting and rewarding challenge?

If so, then you might well be the right person to join the Roddick Foundation at this key point in our lifespan.

About the Roddick Foundation

The Roddick Foundation is dedicated to supporting, empowering and celebrating those who make the world a better place. Our mandate is simple: to be courageous in our decisions as to who we support. We make grants to organisations and campaigns that effect social change.

The Roddick Foundation was established by Gordon and Anita Roddick, founders of The Body Shop, and is overseen by the Roddick family. In our two-plus decades of work, we have set ourselves apart from traditional charitable giving by focusing on people and organisations that take unconventional approaches to advancing justice and empowering communities. We push the boundaries of grant-making when necessary.

Why now?

Social and political upheaval around the world … the grave prognoses given the global environment … we urgently need connected holistic solutions, now more than ever. There is a palpable urgency in our commitment to find and support the critical work being done at the grassroots.

Opportunities for the Executive Director to help us do this include:

  • Working with strategically to map our way forward and taking ownership of our grant making processes, management and governance.
  • Working strategically with Trustees and grantees to effect influence with policymakers, other funders, the media, and beyond.
  • Collaborating with grantees.
  • Refining our place-based giving in West Sussex.
  • Working with us to further our commitment to the women’s movement.

About you

The Executive Director may come from any of a wide array of relevant backgrounds. You should be ready to take on a demanding but rewarding leadership role within a collaborative and collegiate group. Whatever your background, we are excited to hear from you, especially if you, amongst other things:

  • Have knowledge and experience of the grant making world and a relevant management and leadership background.
  • Are open-minded, even-handed, and emotionally empathetic — an active listener and team player, with a sense of humour, courage, enthusiasm and integrity.
  • Are keen and able to do some moving and shaking with grantees and are able to see potential in the quirkiest ideas that come from grassroots groups.

How to apply

  • Download the Candidate Pack.
  • Download this Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form.
  • Make a video (maximum three minutes), saying why you would like this role, what your approach to it would be and what three key areas of expertise you would bring. Please save the video with your full name as the filename.
  • NEW INSTRUCTIONS: Send the three files using to (Note to previous applicants: all files were received, but this new method streamlined the process)

Closing date: Wednesday 20 November, 2019