May 25, 2020

CLOSED – Vacancy: CEO of The Iris Initiative

No Longer Accepting Applications.

We are seeking a new CEO!

“You will have vision, you will have energy and empathy, you will undoubtedly be creative and business-like.”


The Iris Initiative is the Scottish registered charity that runs The John Byrne Award; Scotland’s largest and most inclusive creative arts platform. The award, which has a focus upon beliefs and values, is an online, multidisciplinary exhibition and competition, open to everybody over 16, living in Scotland. We accept creative work in any medium, on any theme or topic, and exhibit all entries in our online gallery; showcasing Scottish creativity to an ever-growing audience via our social media channels.

Currently, over 200,000 people see our content every month, and we expect to receive at least 4,000 entries over the 2020-21 competition year.

We are developing The John Byrne Award archive of thousands of creative entries, into a resource of national significance, documenting the creative output and personal values of thousands of Scottish citizens.

In addition to sustaining resources through the receipt of charitable donations and funding, the charity will again be hosting a large, celebratory, and fundraising event in 2021.
The Iris Initiative’s core purpose is to encourage thought and debate about the beliefs and values that drive our actions. As CEO of the charity, you will have the opportunity to build complementary projects from the ground up. The new projects are essential to our ambition of expanding our engagement to include all communities within Scotland.

The long-term vision is for The Iris Initiative to create a series of complementary, nation-wide projects, each offering millions of people an open and engaging platform to share and explore the beliefs and values that drive our actions.



Strategic Leadership:

    • Ensure that all the Charity’s activities are aligned with the Charity’s aims.
    • Proactively manage the Charity’s finances, risks, and reputation.
    • Maintain awareness of cultural and social developments and ensure that the Charity’s programmes remain relevant to our audience and sector.
    • Work to develop and improve the long-term vision for the organisation.


    • Lead the delivery of at least one major fundraising event per year.
    • Build the fundraising capacity of the Charity.

Ensuring good governance:

    • Provide the board with the information required to govern the Charity effectively.
    • Organise and report to several board meetings per year.
    • Ensure that The Iris Initiative fulfils any legal obligations which must be observed by the Charity.

Resource Management:

    • Ensure that the Charity has the resources required to carry out its work.
    • Manage the Charity’s finances with support from the Board and accountant.
    • Provide leadership and supervision of staff.
    • Maintaining and improving The John Byrne Award infrastructure.
    • Direct the organisation’s in-house social media marketing strategy.
    • Oversee the maintenance and development of the website by external providers.
    • Lead the creative development of The John Byrne Award platform.



    • Leading a cultural or digital program towards a long-term vision.
    • Leading on an effective fundraising strategy.
    • Managing and developing diverse working relationships.
    • Proven ability to prioritise and manage multiple demands upon your time.
    • Achieving results over extended periods of home-working.
    • Active interest in the Scottish cultural scene.



    • Taking the lead role in The John Byrne Award, helping to build the most inclusive creative arts platform and competition in Scotland.
    • Joining a small team of passionate, dedicated people.
    • Competitive salary, flexible working hours, 25 days holiday per year plus public holidays, matched 4% pension contributions.
    • £30,000- £35,000 FTE. Minimum 22.5 hours offered.
    • Home-based working for the foreseeable future. Regular meetings in Edinburgh.



Please email [email protected] telling us why you’re a good fit for the role and include your CV. We look forward to hearing from you.