Executive Director

Job Description


Contract: Full time (40 hours per week), Permanent

Salary: £50,000-£60,000 DOE

Apply by: 5pm, 1st July 2021

Interviews: w/c 19th July 2021 (via Zoom); second interview in person where possible

The WOW Foundation was established in May 2018 to run the activities of WOW - Women of the World. WOW is dedicated to building, convening and sustaining a movement of people of all genders who believe a gender equal world is both desirable and possible.

The WOW Foundation produces festivals, events and programmes independently and in partnership - they are catalysts for change, celebrating what women, girls and non-binary people have achieved, having frank conversations about the obstacles that still exist and creating solutions together.

As a team we are about to embark upon a six month Equality and Diversity training course, the newly appointed Executive Director will be expected to participate.


The WOW Foundation is recruiting an Executive Director to support the Director of WOW in delivering the charity’s aims and objectives, and in leading the strategic and sustainable development of the charity.

Alongside the Director and Director of Festivals and Programmes, the role will be responsible for building WOW’s business plan. The role will be specifically responsible for the financial well-being and risk management of the company, governance and operations, management of staff, and measuring the growth and impact of the WOW movement globally. They will lead on the management of WOW’s public and private funding partners and ensure excellent communications with WOW’s Board of Trustees. They will be the key driver in exploring new business and income opportunities for WOW.


Please download and read the job description. Please send a CV, plus a covering letter (no more than two pages) or a video (no more than three minutes) outlining why you are a good candidate for the role to recruitment@thewowfoundation.com by 5pm on 1st July 2021. We also ask applicants to complete an anonymous Equality and Diversity Form here. Please note that you are not obliged to complete any or all sections of this form.

WOW will consider job share applications from two candidates who choose to
apply for the role together via a shared application.

At The WOW Foundation we believe that collective contribution inspires a better, healthier and creative world. That is why it is at the heart of everything we do. We know that our differences enrich every part of our organisation and those we engage with, and create a culture based on equality of opportunity. We're committed to creating an environment of mutual respect where equal employment opportunities are available to applicants without regard to race, religion, sex, pregnancy status, national origin, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, and any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

We aim to drive positive engagements that create and foster a diverse and inclusive environment and we seek to recruit, develop and retain the most talented people from a diverse pool of candidates.

We believe that we must recruit the best person for the job and that discrimination sometimes prevents this from happening. We recognise that because of systematic inequality, some people may have missed out on chances to gain experience. WOW operates a guaranteed interview scheme for any applicants who meet the job specification and declare a disability in their covering letter/video application. We will provide any relevant support required for interviews, for example BSL interpreters or captioning, upon request.

Candidates will be selected based on merit, however in the event of a tie or two equally matched candidates we will select the candidate with lived experience of the issues, communities and causes WOW is seeking to address through our work and festivals. We are an organisation that welcomes everyone and it is important to note that the intersections of your identity will not increase or affect the amount of labour (both work labour and emotional labour) you are asked to do. If you wish to draw on your own lived experiences that will be both encouraged and supported, but it is not nor ever will be a prerequisite of this role.

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