£36,000 - £42,000 per year (pro rata)
Permanent, Part-time
Job description

Job Title: Director

Salary: £36,000 - £42,000 pro rata (dependent on experience)

Responsible to: Trustees

Working Hours: 2.5 - 3 days per week 

Start date: As soon as possible

Location: Currently working remotely due to COVID-19. Some European travel may be required when safe to do so. 

About RLS

Refugee Legal Support (RLS) works in solidarity with people who migrate. We advance safe migration through legal support, casework, strategic litigation, outreach, training and partnerships. We advocate for the promotion and protection of people’s rights throughout the migration process.

Founded in 2017, we run a free legal clinic for refugees in Athens who seek asylum or family reunification in other European countries. Brexit has brought new, significant restrictions to legal routes for refugee family reunion and heightened hostility towards people on the move. To tackle these enormous challenges we have mobilised and launched an islands project based on Lesvos and casework capacity in the UK, to coordinate applications for family reunion from Greece to the UK. 

Our values

  • We recognise that immigration systems are weighted against those forced to migrate and we challenge hostile policy in an effort to level the playing field

  • We stand opposed to all forms of violence against people compelled to migrate, including those who are undocumented.

  • We support the global movement that fights entrenched inequalities, racism and other forms of discrimination that force people to migrate.

  • We strive to develop inclusive, sustainable and regenerative ways of working and facilitate  the inclusion of  those with lived migration experience.

The role

This is a new position with funding in place for two years. You will work alongside RLS teams, Advisory Panels and Trustees, and have oversight of projects, HR, fundraising, financial compliance and operational governance.

Key responsibilities: 

  • Coordinate and oversee RLS’ operations, including the legal clinic in Athens and casework services on Lesvos and in the UK. 

  • Contribute to establishing, initiating and maintaining new relationships.

  • Collaborate with RLS teams, Advisory Panels and Trustees to develop the governance of the organisation, advance RLS’ mission and respond to changes in the external environment to ensure that RLS continues to meet the needs of people on the move. 

  • Taking an innovative and imaginative approach, develop and implement an effective fundraising strategy and generate income.  

  • Ensure compliance with charity law and guidelines, and other relevant regulatory requirements. 

  • Contribute to and direct campaign strategies in line with RLS’ strategic goals.

  • Oversee HR functions and provide effective and inclusive leadership to ensure staff well-being and flourishing. 

Person specification

This is an exciting opportunity for a transformative thinker and dynamic individual with a deep commitment to and understanding of migrant and racial justice, exceptional interpersonal and communication skills and an ability to manage competing priorities. Please note that the list below is not exhaustive. Rather, we want to know about you, what you stand for, and how you will help drive forward the work of RLS. 

Experience / Knowledge:

  • Experience in managing projects, resources and budgets.

  • Experience of fundraising and communications. 

  • Experience of working alongside marginalised communities and advocating for the rights of refugees and migrants.

  • Understanding of charity governance. 

  • Knowledge of the legal and regulatory context and the functioning of the procedures within which RLS delivers its core services.


  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

  • Inclusive leadership skills and an ability to pull people together to work collaboratively and collectively.

  • Savvy around communications with an ability to lead on RLS’ key messaging across platforms (electronic and print). A flair for writing and creative thinking in this area will be a distinct advantage.

  • Good IT, administrative and organizational  skills. 


  • A determination to lead RLS in the wider struggle against systemic immobilisation and disempowerment of refugees and migrants. 

  • Experience of promoting racial justice, equality and transformation. 

  • Imaginative, critical thinking and creative problem solving skills. 

  • A desire to learn and an openness to listen, question and collaborate. 

How to apply

If you would like to demonstrate your range of skills, abilities and qualities as outlined above, please send us your CV and a covering letter by midnight on Friday 23rd April. For more information, please see the attached Job Description. 

Please also freel free to contact us with any questions about the role and application process. 

We look forward to hearing from you!

Additional documents
RLS Director Job Description (.pdf)
Posted on: 06 April 2021
Closing date: 23 April 2021
Tags: Senior Management, Operations

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