Executive Director

Kaleidoscope Trust


Founded in 2011, the Kaleidoscope Trust (KT) is a London-based registered charity working to advance and uphold the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT+) people internationally. Kaleidoscope Trust believes that the rights of all people should be respected equally, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Kaleidoscope Trust started small and, initially, depended solely on generous individual donors. Today, Kaleidoscope Trust has established itself as the leading voice in the UK for international LGBT+ rights. There are at present three main areas of action:

Kaleidoscope Trust, supported by the Australian and British Governments, is the secretariat and organiser of The Commonwealth Equality Network (TCEN). TCEN is formally accredited to the Commonwealth and has 50 members from leading LGBT+ organisations, campaigning for LGBT+ rights in more than 40 Commonwealth countries. Building on achievements at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings (CHOGM) in Malta (2015) and London (2018), Kaleidoscope Trust, with its TCEN partners, is now developing and implementing a strategic action plan for CHOGM 2020 in Rwanda.

LGBT+ issues cross-cut with other forms of discrimination e.g. against women and girls. We are a coalition partner in the Equality and Justice Alliance, funded by the British Government, to work with three other NGOs to help civil society organisations in the global south to build an inter-sectional campaign against oppressive structures, in which LGBT+ rights feature prominently.

We are a member of an international consortium, funded by DFID, in which LGBT+ rights form a key part in an overall long-term development strategy.

Kaleidoscope Trust now has a projected turnover of £1million in 2018/19. 

The Position 

We are looking for an Executive Director (ED) who is passionate about what we do, who will drive and lead our work and continue to grow our organisation, which presently has nine full-time staff members. The post-holder will also be expected to shape and prioritise efforts to generate financial support to achieve the objectives set out in the charity’s strategy.

The ED will lead a qualified, diverse and motivated team. The Board are looking for someone with a proven track record of managing a growing organisation. The ED will be someone who will fit well into an environment which is professional but unstuffy, where team work is essential and where individual skills need to be fostered.

The Executive Director will report to the Board of Directors. The Board regularly reviews Kaleidoscope Trust’s strategy, which is designed to adapt to available resources and new opportunities. The Board are looking for someone who has vision, and the skills to deliver that vision. We need someone who can think strategically and plan and manage the financial challenges of securing both programme and core funding. The ED will be someone who can inspire both Board and staff and harness their enthusiasm and commitment.

The successful candidate will also have strong communications and relationship-building skills, policy advocacy expertise, knowledge and experience of working with governments and international institutions, a keen political sensitivity, proven skills in diplomacy, and an ability to capture Kaleidoscope Trust’s mission quickly and to deliver it effectively.

Existing experience in the sector will be valuable and we hope to attract candidates from a diverse background. But, in selecting a new ED, the Board will base its decision on candidates’ character and personality, their track record of leadership and management and evidence of measurable achievement in previous roles.

Please click here to find out more and apply for this role

Based in: 
London E8 3DL
United Kingdom
Job type: 
Full time
£55,000 per annum
Apply by: 
Tuesday, April 16. 2019 - 23:45


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