Greater London
£45,000 - £55,000 dependent on experience
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

DEADLINE: 11th JUNE 2021

Are you a passionate leader who believes in the power of lived experience to drive social change? Radar is looking for a Managing Director to lead our small interdisciplinary organisation in amplifying the voices of those on the margins of societies across the world

A vibrant and motivational team builder, you will relish creating new partnerships and nurturing existing relationships, and see the value of both processes and people to deliver our social mission.

You will manage an international team of 10+ talented practitioners and project leads working at the crossroads of community engagement, journalism, civic accountability, and social tech. Your role will be to nurture, motivate and support the team while setting necessary boundaries to keep the bigger strategic picture in mind. As a creative problem solver, you’ll be comfortable with the uncertainty inherent in co-production and will have the courage to hold responsibility for risks and difficult decisions.

Whether your passion comes from your own lived experience or your professional experience in the third, public, or news and media sector, the prospect of overseeing a broad portfolio of projects should excite you. You will proudly champion our shared call to shift the power,  that pushes for a paradigm shift in the way that societies engage with marginalised communities – from seeing them as problems to be discussed and solved, to viewing them as valued collaborators to societal solutions and enriched public dialogue.   

Your flexibility to work across different communities, countries, and contexts and manage diverse partners and personalities will be valued. While you’ll find the team routinely go above and beyond to deliver, you’ll know that the buck stops with you and be the first on the front line when challenges arise.

In return, you’ll find your days wonderfully varied and purposeful, filled with learning and innovation and a chance to take an exciting mission to its next level.



£45,000 to £55,000 dependent on experience


London ideal but remote or other locations considered (+/- 3 hrs of UK timezone) All applicants must be eligible to work in the UK


Permanent, full-time, UK office hours (flexible)

We are open to discussions around working hours and arrangements. We will need the Managing Director to work such hours and days as are necessary for the successful performance of the role but short or compressed weeks may be considered, as may two people delivering the role in a job-share.


  • 25 days paid holiday (in addition to all UK public holidays) increasing with length of service
  • Auto-enrolment flexible pension scheme
  • Family-friendly employer with supportive parental leave and realistic expectations of working parents
  • Broad and generous dependent care policy that includes ‘pets, parents and partners’
  • Flexible working hours and locations – including access to fabulous co-working space 1 minute from Peckham Rye national rail and overground station, surrounded by a vibrant food market, bars, and cafes
  • Opportunities to travel nationally and internationally
  • Introduction to a dynamic and diverse portfolio of partners across multiple sectors  
  • Ample opportunities to innovate new ideas and tinker with new technologies
  • Formal training and informal personal development opportunities in areas critical to Radar’s success and to bridge gaps where the successful applicant has less familiarity.
  • A clear and extended handover to ensure a smooth onboarding and transition
  • Support of a new Board of Directors chaired by the Founding Director

Core expectations of the role include:

Team leadership and management – Overall leadership of all aspects of the team’s success, delivery and well-being; overseeing, supporting and nurturing a largely self-managing operational and delivery team.

Operational oversight – Responsibility for successful and impactful delivery of all projects, acting as backstop and escalation point when necessary, balancing innovation with consistent delivery of good practice and capacity development of our partners.

Organisational growth and development – With the Board of Directors, lead the team to deliver on Radar’s strategic goals and remain relevant to societal and sector shifts. Current goals include clarifying and embedding our ways of working across our global team, developing an African chapter with our active Sierra Leone network, and exploring the potential for an independent media production arm.

Partnership development and thought leadership – Ensuring Radar remains well-funded and continues to be visible as a pioneer and vocal leader on voice and agency; growing our diverse portfolio of work, ensuring a healthy pipeline of future partnerships.

Financial oversight and governance – Oversight of all areas of finance and governance, working closely with the Board and senior team to ensure the health of our accounts, strong and timely decision-making, and adherence to best policies and practice.

We are interested in hearing from diverse applicants; whether you have experience in all the areas outlined below or experience in some areas combined with a desire to learn and grow into the rest.

Essential skills & experience

  • Leadership and management, ideally of interdisciplinary teams 
  • Partner relationship development 
  • Strategy development and delivery 
  • Financial and operational management 
  • Portfolio project/programme management 
  • Business development 
  • Effective communication skills 
  • Awareness of drivers of inequality 
  • Experience of delivering or overseeing community engagement projects within one or more of the following sectors: 
    • International development and humanitarian action
    • Community development 
    • Civic accountability and advocacy 
    • Public service delivery 
    • News and media, and/or;
    • Social tech 

Desirable skills & experience

  • Project management methodologies (particularly agile/adaptive approaches) 
  • Management of participatory processes and co-production methodologies 
  • Use of accessibility and inclusive development frameworks 
  • Involvement in the development of new products, methodologies or processes 
  • Familiarity with, or a desire to learn about digital, data and connectivity tools 
  • Development of effective risk management and safeguarding policies 
  • Relevant and active networks across our key funding and partnership spaces 
  • Successful fundraising experience 
  • Experience managing remote or dispersed teams 
  • Lived experience that can inform and improve our work



We’ve been overwhelmed with great applications and the deadline for this vacancy (11th June) is fast approaching. If you’re interested in applying, this is your last chance.

If you are selected for an interview, you can expect to be contacted by a member of our team within 5 working days. We are a small team so we may not be able to give detailed feedback on each application but, when requested, we will endeavour to share our reasons for the decisions we make. 

Please click on How To Apply below to request a full candidate application pack, and with any questions.


Equal Opportunities Statement

On Our Radar is an Equal Opportunities employer.  We celebrate and support diversity and are committed to achieving a working environment that is inclusive and which provides equality of opportunity and freedom from discrimination on the grounds of race, colour, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy and maternity, marital or civil partnership status, family or parental status, disability, faith, religion or beliefs, or age.

We aim to remove unfair and discriminatory practices and to encourage full contribution from our diverse community. We are committed to actively opposing all forms of discrimination and harassment, and providing a service that does not discriminate against anyone in the means by which they can access the services and goods we supply.

On Our Radar believes that all employees and stakeholders are entitled to be treated with respect and dignity.

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