Vacancies: Board Member

We’re looking to recruit new non-executive directors to join the Level Up board. Alongside the Executive Director and other board members, you’ll be responsible for ensuring good governance, overseeing overall strategy and providing financial oversight of a new feminist organisation. You’ll also be responsible for providing independent advice, support, and constructive challenge to the Executive Director in their day-to-day running of Level Up.

About Level Up
Level Up is a new feminist organisation. Our vision is a world where everyone is free to achieve their potential regardless of their gender. We’re a growing community of people working together to change sexist rules, laws and behaviour, and support each other to challenge sexism in our own lives. We want the UK to be a place where all women and non-binary people can live their lives safely - at home, at work and in the street.

About the role
Board members are jointly responsible for the overall governance and strategic direction of the organisation. You’ll be helping to build a new community of feminists to work together to end sexism in the UK by:

  • Governance: along with other board members, you’ll hold ultimate responsibility and accountability for Level Up’s financial health and reporting, reputation, legal compliance, and fulfilment of our mission. You’ll collaborate with the rest of the board on key decisions on strategy, finance, governance and employment. You’ll hold the Executive Director to account for implementing decisions effectively.

  • Strategic guidance: you’ll draw on your professional experience, networks, and expertise to provide advice and challenge to the Executive Director across areas of Level Up’s strategy. This may include ad hoc advice on a specific campaign at short notice, as well as key decisions made at board meetings.

  • Ambassador for Level Up: you’ll assist the Executive Director and staff team in building networks of organisations, funders and individuals who can help further our mission

Time commitment
Approximately six days a year. All board members are expected to attend quarterly board meetings, usually on a weekday evening in London with videoconferencing capability as well as ad hoc conversations, networking and strategic advice. There are likely to be one or two board awaydays per year.

Remuneration
Our board is voluntary but travel and food expenses can be covered.

What we’re looking for
We’re particularly interested in hearing from candidates with experience in at least one of the following areas:

  • Experience of governance or leadership of a startup

  • Experience of grant or major donor fundraising

  • Experience of finance or accountancy

  • Experience of HR and cultures of excellence

  • Experience of using technology to drive social change or bring people together

  • Governance experience

We’re looking for these skills and qualities:

  • Commitment to intersectional feminism and the belief that building a community of feminists can end sexism in the UK

  • Able to bring impartiality and objectivity to decision-making, and up for taking calculated risks

  • Strong strategic skills and the ability to interrogate and strengthen Level Up’s strategy and decision-making

  • Able to think differently, come up with new ideas, and challenge existing thinking

  • Commitment to bringing high standards of ethics and transparency to Level Up’s governance.

How to apply

  • If you feel you match some but not all of the criteria for the role, we welcome your application

  • Please submit your CV and a short covering letter setting out why you want to join the board and what experience you’d bring to it. Your covering letter shouldn’t be longer than one page. Please send this to hello@levelup.org.uk with ‘board recruitment’ in the subject line.

  • Please feel free to email us with any further questions on EMAIL

  • deadline for applications: 31 March but please note we’ll consider applications on a rolling basis

  • Interviews: w/c 1 April

We actively encourage applications from people with a variety of backgrounds, experience, and perspectives. To strengthen our diversity, we particularly encourage applications from people from ethnic minorities, with disabilities, from the LGBTQ+ community or from other groups that are underrepresented in the campaigning and technology sector.