Four or five days per week, £51,066 – £59,875 pro rata. 

Edinburgh, Head office 

Friends of the Earth Scotland is seeking a value-driven and collaborative Director to lead and guide our dynamic and creative organisation. This key role will lead and promote Friends of the Earth Scotland’s unique role in the urgent and critical context of the climate and ecological emergency. Working closely with the Senior Management team, together with the board and staff team, you will initially focus on the development of a refreshed organisational strategy.

The ideal candidate will be passionate about securing climate and social justice and committed to system change. You will be an excellent communicator, with sound political judgement, and the vision to galvanise the movement to achieve tangible impact for people and the environment. You will have a good understanding of the Scottish political context, social movements and how change happens, and a track record of securing change. You will bring significant experience in the third sector, in a senior or leadership role, and of financial management and governance. You will value and prioritise ongoing reflection and learning, both on a personal and organisational level. You will have a naturally collaborative leadership style and a strong track record of developing and implementing effective cross-organisation strategy.

This is an exciting opportunity to work at Scotland’s leading environmental campaigning group, working to help people in Scotland look after the planet for everyone’s future.

Closing date: 10:00BST, Friday 27 May 2022

1st interview date: 13 June 2022

2nd interview date: 22 June 2022

To apply, please complete the application form and equal opportunities form, and send them to

Recruitment information

Application and equal opportunities forms


Staff benefits

  • We offer a pension scheme via Nest with the employer contribution at 6% (this is above the minimum required level)
  • 28 days holiday and 11 public holidays
  • We work from our office in Edinburgh city centre and also offer hybrid working between home and office to enable a good work/life balance

Selection process

Once we have reviewed the applications, successful candidates will generally be invited to a single-stage selection process. This 90-minute process includes a written task (unseen), giving a short presentation to the interview panel (topic provided in advance) and a competency based interview.

This is our normal selection process. Some roles may have a slightly different process and you will be advised in advance of any changes.

All selection is currently being done via Zoom whilst COVID-19 measures are in place.

Equal Opportunities

We would particularly like to encourage applications from people of colour and people most impacted by climate change or impacted by other kinds of environmental, social, and economic injustice who are currently under-represented in the climate and environmental movements in the UK.

The successful candidate will be selected on the basis of how well they fit the person specification, as judged by their application and interview. Where two or more candidates are judged to be of equal merit, priority may be given to a BAME or migrant candidate as these groups are currently under-represented in the climate and environmental movements in the UK.

We are required by law to ensure that all employees are entitled to work in the UK. We cannot consider applications from people who do not already have the right to work in the UK. All prospective employees, regardless of nationality, must be able to produce original documents (such as a passport) before employment starts, to satisfy current immigration legislation. The list of acceptable documents is available from UK Visas and Immigration.

About Friends of the Earth Scotland

Friends of the Earth Scotland is Scotland’s leading environmental campaigning group, working to help people in Scotland look after the planet for everyone’s future.

We think globally, and act in Scotland, delivering solutions to climate change and other environmental problems, by enabling and empowering people to take individual and collective action. From stopping dirty fossil fuels and campaigning for a just transition, to reimagining our economy and our places, we are making a real difference.

● We are committed to democracy, accountability and equality
● We strive to work with communities in our campaigning for positive change
● Our work will always be based on objective evidence and a long-term, global perspective
● We believe that everyone has an equal right to a healthy environment and a fair share in the world’s resources

We have 23 staff and 12 local groups, and are normally based in central Edinburgh.

Please sign up to our mailing list to receive updates, or check out our network of local groups for more ways to get involved near you.


We occasionally need need help at events (promotion, set up, staffing stalls, raffle ticket sales, etc.). This is a great way to meet like-minded people and practice engaging the public in environmental issues, and we provide all relevant training. We also infrequently have specific, office-based volunteering positions available.

Volunteering opportunities are advertised on this page when they become available.

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