Head of Operations

Salary £45-50,000 p.a. depending on experience, London, with UK Travel, Permanent - Full Time 

The Sheila McKechnie Foundation is a registered charity dedicated to equipping campaigners with the skills they need to change the world, and connecting individuals and groups to increase their campaigning impact and influence.

SMK is approaching its 10th anniversary and to build on our successful track record over the last decade we have created a new senior role.  The Head of Operations will help secure our long-term sustainability, and continue to meet the needs of the groups and individuals who take part in our programmes.  This new role will strengthen our capacity to increase our resources and use them to greatest effect, as well as enhancing our operations and delivery functions. The postholder’s responsibilities will include:

• Planning and managing the delivery of SMK’s Learning & Development programmes

• Achieving income targets by generating grants, donations, with  particular responsibility for income generated through commissioned work and fees

• Managing and coordinating back office functions such as office management, Finance and IT – through direct reports or external suppliers

• Formally deputising for SMK’s CEO as required

You will be a highly motivated, creative and successful manager and entrepreneur with a proven track record of business planning, delivery and income generation. 

If you are interested in applying, please apply by sending your CV and a covering letter (no more than six pages in total for both please) that clearly address the Essential and Desirable headings in the Job Description and Person Specification and complete the monitoring form and email to iffat.shahnaz@smk.org.uk.

Applicants who are short listed for interview will be contacted shortly after the closing date 10am Monday 17 November. Applicants who are not contacted should assume that their application has not been successful. Interviews will be held the week beginning the 1 or 8 December 2014. 

 If you wish to discuss this role before applying, please email your query to iffat.shahnaz@smk.org.uk.

Policy & Communications Officer

Salary £25-27,000 p.a. depending on experience, London, with UK Occassional Travel, Permanent -Full Time 

The Sheila McKechnie Foundation is a registered charity dedicated to equipping campaigners with the skills they need to change the world, and connecting individuals and groups to increase their campaigning impact and influence.

 The post of Policy and Communications Officer is a key role in the organisation, responsible for supporting the policy work and profile of SMK, carrying out background research, preparing briefings and being involved in various activities. You will play a central role in SMK communications, getting involved in press and media work, our website content and preparing corporate materials (e.g. annual impact report) and briefings.

The successful candidate will need to be flexible, creative, enthusiastic, self-motivated, with strong communications and interpersonal skills.

Working closely with the Chief Executive and other staff members to publicise and raise the profile of the Foundation, including its role, purpose, and services.


The post of Policy and Communications Officer is a key role in the organisation, responsible for:

• To generate press/media/online content and coverage

• To project manage key communications tasks

• Preparing briefings relating to policy or practice, and represent SMK where necessary in relation to external policy work and coalitions

• To support the planning, development and implementation of   communication strategies, including social media  

This is not a job for someone who likes to work in a ‘box’. You will have an opportunity to get involved in a range of tasks and activities that may enhance your existing skills and CV and means you won’t ever get bored.

 If you are interested in applying, please apply by sending your CV and a covering letter (no more than four pages in total for both please) that clearly address the Essential and Desirable headings in the Job Description and Person Specification here and complete the monitoring form.

Please e-mail to iffat.shahnaz@smk.org.uk no later than 10am Monday the 17 November. Interviews will be held the week beginning the 1 or 8 December 2014.

Applicants who are short listed for interview will be contacted shortly after the closing date. Applicants who are not contacted should assume that their application has not been successful.

If you wish to discuss this role before applying, please email your query to iffat.shahnaz@smk.org.uk.

Heritage Project Volunteer

SMK is looking for volunteers to assist with the development of our exciting new heritage project The Mark of A Great Campaigner, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

With her background in the feminist movement, trade unions, at Shelter and then at the head of the consumer rights movement, Sheila McKechnie made a positive and on-going difference to the lives of millions of people, always fighting for social justice. Sheila’s story shows how ordinary people can impact on government, society and popular consciousness and play their role in democratic change. This project will help us understand the social and political changes of the 1970s-90s in new ways. 

Heritage Project Volunteers will help SMK work together with a number of organisations to conduct research about Sheila’s life to create a new online archive and learning resources for schools and prepare for a public exhibition in Spring 2015.

Volunteer roles are part-time (up to 2 days per week) for a period of 2-3 months. We are flexible about the days and hours that you work, and the role can be structured flexibly around your schedule. Travel (within London) and lunch expenses will be covered.

Volunteers will be supported by the Heritage Project Manager. Training will be offered.

Key responsibilities   

Heritage Project Volunteers may provide support to the SMK staff team in a range of ways to be agreed with the Heritage Project Manager.  These include:

1.    Conducting research about Sheila’s life by consulting archives and materials (eg through the Bishopsgate Institute, the British Library, Which?  Shelter and Falkirk Community Trust) and assisting with the creation of a digital archive

2.    Conducting and summarizing oral history interviews with people who knew Sheila and have memories about her campaigning work and creating a film

3.    Creating text about Sheila’s life for our exhibition and learning resources

4.    Designing publicity materials and helping keep our social media channels up to date about the project i.e. Twitter, Facebook, Flickr and YouTube

5.    Participating in project creative brainstorming meetings and heritage training

6.    Providing general assistance to the Heritage Project Manager as required.

If you are interested in applying, please read the person specification here and complete the expression of interest form, which can be downloaded here.

Please email this to zibiah.loakthar@smk.org.uk.