Acting Director

London (Greater)
05 Oct 2017
27 Oct 2017
Human Rights
Full Time
Contract Type

Are you ready to lead one of the UK's foremost detention NGOs, a small charity punching above its weight in creating real change? 

This is an exciting opportunity to lead one of the UK’s detention NGOs and make a real difference to the lives of those experiencing immigration detention across the UK. AVID is a small national charity based in East London with a solid reputation for punching above its weight in delivering concrete policy change and promoting volunteer visiting nationally. We are one of the leading experts in immigration detention and exist to ensure that all those in detention have access to a volunteer visitor, while seeking to challenge the injustices of the system at both national and local levels.

As our Director is due to go on maternity leave, the opportunity has arisen for Acting Director. This will be a full time post, on a temporary basis for up to one year, based in our office in East London. 

With a small team of three people, a membership of 17 organisations (representing 650 volunteers), and over 28,000 people detained every year, this is a challenging role with a wide scope. Our small team carries out the following activities:

  • We support our membership network through the provision of high quality training, advice, support, information and resources on all aspects of volunteer visiting in immigration detention. This includes - for example - delivering our bespoke training modules, providing intensive development support and guidance to new groups, or providing briefings on detention policy and practice to ensure volunteers are up to date.
  • We work to raise awareness of the realities of immigration detention based on lived experiences. This includes providing a credible and authoritative evidence base on the use of detention nationally to a wide range of audiences including our membership, the public, government, statutory bodies, parliament, the media, academics and others.
  • We lobby for positive change in the use of detention nationally, and improvements in the conditions and treatment of detainees locally. This includes a substantive advocacy role representing our members and the detainees they support in a range of forums, producing policy responses, briefings, and reports which further AVID’s strategic aims.

This is an opportunity for an exceptional individual with proven experience to provide leadership and guidance, overseeing AVID’s work. You will have proven senior management experience, strong communication and relationship building skills and a desire to implement change at all levels from grassroots to high level policy work. With a commitment to human rights and advancing the rights of migrants in the UK, you will be self-motivated, able to work flexibly, juggle competing priorities with minimal supervision, make strategic decisions based on limited resources and be committed to ensuring the sustainability of our small and friendly team. 

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