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We are hiring a Chief Operating Officer!

This is a one-of-a kind opportunity to take the lead in a challenging, hands-on role in an ambitious and unique social start up on its journey to scale and increase its impact.

Fearless Futures is a movement of fearless young women’s leadership.

We exist because sexism and gender inequality are deeply embedded in our society and internalised by all of us, including girls and women.

Without knowledge of gender norms, girls and women are unaware of how these invisible limitations affect their well-being, choices and aspirations. Why should they, they’re told “it’s just the way it is”.

We are different to the conventional approach: instead of dealing with the effects of gender stereotypes, we deal with the root cause.

We don’t tell girls they should be engineers, we explore with them why there are so few. We don’t tell women they should be CEOs, we explore with them why there are so few female leaders.

With this knowledge of our gendered society, and the space to discover their courage, they are able to see their potential and are empowered to lead change.

Our goal is a world where girls and women know their rights, believe in their worth and can identify and challenge gendered barriers in their and others’ way – changing the world for us all. 

We are a year old organisation embarking on a phase of exciting growth as we expand in schools, and complementing this with our university and early career programme offerings.

Fearless Futures is run by Founder & CEO Hanna Naima McCloskey and is supported by a contingent workforce of trainers (our Trailblazers) who run our in-school programmes. You will be the second fulltime employee, alongside Hanna, and will work in partnership with her to shape and drive the business.

Responsibilities

The Chief Operating Officer (COO) will be responsible for establishing the architecture for the smooth running of the business. This means: managing relationships with schools, coordinating and managing our team of Trailblazers, overseeing data management for impact measurement, overseeing budgeting and financial planning, strategy planning, contract management with clients and trainers, establishing the processes and systems to ensure we grow sustainably and securely and building relationships across the education sector.

You must be a self-starter who can move easily from strategy to execution, be adaptable and flexible, creative and thoughtful in approach, have an instinct for relationship development and know how to get things done! As important as those skills is a fundamental belief in our mission and approach as a way to change the world for the better.

We are looking for an individual with experience across the following:

Essential

  • Project Management: organisation, logistics, coordination, scheduling
  • Strategy / long-term planning
  • Commercial acumen (including cost control and contract management)
  • People management
  • Business development
  • Software management (e.g CRM and finance)

Desirable

  • Comfortable pitching and presenting ideas to potential stakeholders and partners
  • Experience with social media and marketing
  • Experience in the UK education sector

Start date: January 2016

Compensation details: Salary £27,000-32,000 dependent on experience (open to review with business growth), flexible working and 25 days holiday

Office location: Shepherd’s Bush, London

Application deadline: Midnight on Sunday 22nd November

First round (longlist) interviews: w/c 30th November

Shortlisted candidate interviews: w/c 7th December

So you’re excited about the role and want to apply for this extraordinary opportunity – what do you do now? Please email Hanna with your CV and cover letter sharing your skills, experience and what you’ll bring to the role at: hello@fearlessfutures.org

Fearless Futures’ interactive and practical multi-week programmes:

We run innovative leadership development programmes that last at least 8 weeks and incorporate “peer power”, where participants run workshops for their peers in school, university or their organisation. Our curriculum covers:

  • Individual barriers to fulfilling our potential our potential: understanding our fears and challenging them; recognising our worthy; stepping out of our comfort zone; using our voice
  • Systemic barriers to women’s advancement: from subject choices, women in the media through to political representation, unequal pay, maternity leave, power and privilege
  • Understanding and disrupting gender stereotypes and examining girls and women’s roles as change agents within their communities
  • Actualising leadership by teaching and empowering peers whether that’s in school or the workplace

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