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New Job Opportunity Chief Executive SMK


Chief Executive, SMK

London £60-£70k depending on experience

The Sheila McKechnie Foundation (SMK) has been championing campaigners for 10 years. It is a unique charity, supporting campaigners who make a difference to lives and communities across the UK.

We are looking for an energetic, ambitious new Chief Executive to lead SMK onto the next stage of its development. Working with a small team, the Chief Executive is the face and the voice of campaigning in the UK. We need someone who has a proven track record of fundraising and who is passionate about the difference campaigning and activism makes to our society. You don’t need to be a Chief Executive right now, but you should be ready to take the next step up, to be an advocate for SMK, our programmes and the power of campaigning, and to lead our team and provide the drive and vision we need to ensure the continued success of our work.

The role is permanent, 5 days per week and based in London with some travel.

Salary £60k-£70k depending on experience

To apply: Send a covering letter (which should be no more than 2 sides) setting out why you should be our next Chief Executive, along with your CV and the completed monitoring form to

Our Chairman Mike Schwarz and our current Chief Executive Linda Butcher are happy to have an informal and confidential discussion – to arrange a conversation please contact Dawn Richards

Closing date for applications is Friday 11th September

Interviews will take place the morning of Wednesday, 23 September and throughout the day onThursday, 24 September.

Candidates shortlisted for an interview will have heard from us by Wednesday, 16 September.

About SMK

SMK runs programmes for individuals and groups providing support, advice and a place to share information on key areas of effective campaigning: from strategy, tactics, and targets to evaluating successful campaigns.

Whatever your issue, whether you are trying to improve disabled access on local transport or promote solutions to conflict, we can help you to develop new tactics and plan high impact campaigns through our awards programme, workshops and training programmes, and bespoke consultancy.

Download the job description, role description and organogram