ORG seeks full-time Executive Director

The Open Rights Group has grown astonishingly quickly over the last year, thanks to the hard work of the Board, the Advisory Council, our volunteers and part-time staff. Indeed, things have grown so fast that it’s now time to recruit a full-time Executive Director who will be able to get organised some of the things that I’ve not had time to do, such as find us a new office! I am unfortunately not able to take on this full-time role, but I am confident that we will be able to recruit someone who can pick up the torch and keep ORG moving. I will be staying with ORG as a Board member, however, so that I can help the new Executive Director to settle in and continue to help steer the organisation in the right direction. Over the last year, ORG has been a real labour of love for me, and I am very much looking forward to expanding the team and bringing on board some new blood. Applications are open to everyone. If you are interested, then please apply, and please do forward this ad to anyone you think might be suitable. We will be advertising in the press and in volunteer sector publications, but we’d like to spread the net far and wide so that we can get the best applicants. Job title: Executive Director Organisation: The Open Rights Group Location: London/Online (must have home office) Salary: Neg Type: Full-time Start date: ASAP Closing Date for Applications: 13 November 2006. The Open Rights Group is a new and fast-growing NGO focused on raising awareness of issues such as privacy, identity, data protection, access to knowledge and copyright reform. We aim to improve both understanding and policy in digital rights matters that affect both businesses and the public. We are funded by small grants and donations from supporters. Our activities include organising campaigns, lobbying government, and helping journalists find experts and alternative voices for stories. ORG now needs a full time Executive Director (ED) to build our supporter numbers and expand our activities. The ED reports to the ORG Board, and has the support of an Advisory Council of digital rights experts. The ED will be a passionate, professional and decisive self-starter who can prioritise a substantial work load, manage staff, lead volunteers and talk eloquently to the media. She/he will be responsible for: * Maintaining a sustainable organisation in terms of numbers of members and staff, participation, income, public profile and reputation. * Preparing and executing ORG’s strategy based on a balance of media work and policy influence. * Increasing the public’s understanding of, and engagement with, a range of digital rights issues. Desired skills and experiences include: * Management experience, preferably for a NGO/not-for-profit or start-up. * Expertise, or the willingness to acquire expertise across the full range of digital rights issues. * Media, public communications and campaigning work. * Knowledge of law or public affairs strongly valued. * Experience of internet-based communications and management tools (including WordPress, MediaWiki and Socialtext) highly beneficial. We have a more detailed job spec if you require more information. Please send your CV in PDF format only to Michael Holloway by 13 November 2006.