Managing Director

May 7, 2021
Preferred Start Date:
London Office, Remote
Contract Type:
£75,000 – £100,000

ISD is seeking a Managing Director to join its Leadership team to oversee and grow ISD’s established portfolio of 25-30 global programmes.

The Managing Director will provide day-to-day leadership to a team of 6 senior staff, managing programmes across various geographies – Europe and Five Eyes countries (Canada, USA, New Zealand, UK and Australia), as well as working closely with the Executive director for AMEA (Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, Central Asia, the Middle East and North Africa, and the Western Balkans). The post holder will ultimately be responsible for quality assurance of all project outputs including publications.

The ideal candidate will be a strong team leader, strategic thinker, writer and editor. They will have significant prior experience leading work in ISD’s focus areas, or areas relevant to ISD’s work, able to quickly grasp the significance and impact of ISD’s programming and and understand how to develop these. The post holder will also have substantial experience in financial, project, and people management.

The successful candidate will have:

  • Proven experience in a senior leadership position in a similar organisation
  • Experience leading an international team of senior staff
  • Demonstrable experience developing and delivering against strategic business plans along with the ability to make informed strategy decisions and take advantage of opportunities
  • A portfolio of published work and a representational track-record in the fields of conflict, extremism, and polarisation

The post holder will have commercial acumen, an entrepreneurial approach to fundraising and development and exceptional analytical and critical thinking skills.  Professional language skills (particularly French or German) and experience of public speaking are desirable.

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Application process

To apply, please send a one-page cover letter addressing your interest in and suitability for the position, and an up-to-date CV (no more than 2 pages) including salary expectations to [email protected]. This advert is currently open-ended.

Please note, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and applications without a covering letter will not be considered.

Shortlisted Candidates
Due to the high volume of applications we receive, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Applications without a covering letter or CV will not be considered. ISD reserves the right to reject any proposals submitted that do not meet this criteria, and to request additional information as necessary in order to evaluate applications. Please note that applications will be considered on a rolling basis and ISD reserves the right to appoint before the end of the advertisement.

Work with us

ISD is an independent, non-profit organisation dedicated to safeguarding human rights and reversing the rising tide of polarisation, extremism and disinformation worldwide.
Benefits at ISD
ISD offers competitive salaries and a range of attractive benefits including a 5% employer pension contribution, 20+ days holiday, flexible working, employee support & assistance programmes, and an annual individual training budget.
Speculative Applications 
ISD welcomes speculative applications from talented and dedicated individuals at all levels who would like to join our global team. If you are committed to challenging extremism, hate and disinformation in all its forms, please send a CV and cover letter (no more than 1 page) outlining your experience, ambitions and suitability to [email protected].
Consultant Roster Application
ISD often works with consultants to deliver on a range of projects. We invite talented researchers and consultants to join our roster in order to be considered for engagement on a range of assignments. To express an interest in working with ISD, please send a copy of your up-to-date CV, details of two employment/assignment references and a link to your LinkedIn profile or personal website (if available) to [email protected].
ISD Guiding principles
Our four Guiding Principles run through every part of ISD, reflect our culture, and define who we are as an organisation. They are:
We’re passionate about doing the right thing and holding ourselves to high standards
Together we create more than the sum of our parts
We’re dynamic, fast, responsive and proactive in our work
We take considered risks in order to drive change
Equal Opportunities
ISD is an equal opportunity employer and we welcome applications from candidates from a broad range of backgrounds. ISD is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace and we have a zero-tolerance policy towards any discrimination or harassment based on race, colour, sex, religion, sexual orientation, nationality, disability, genetic information, pregnancy, or any other protected characteristic.

We operate fair recruitment and selection procedures based on the principle of selecting the best person for the job. We make a concerted effort to ensure our workplace, employment policies and organisational culture creates an inclusive, positive and progressive environment in which all members of our team are treated with dignity and respect. For any further information about this policy or our recruitment practices, please email [email protected].