Managing Director

  • Location: Post based at Why Comics’ Office in SOAS University of London, Russell Square
  • Reporting to: Executive Director, Dr Ben Dix, Senior Fellow at SOAS
  • Salary: £36,000
  • Contract: 12 months
  • Holiday: 28 days per annum
  • Working Hours: 10:00 to 18:00 Monday-Friday (35 hours per week)

Job Description

Why Comics? Education Charity is looking for a multi-talented self-starter to become their Managing Director. This is an exciting opportunity to lead a small, dedicated team of staff based at SOAS University of London, Russell Square and reflects our continued commitment to providing free educational resources for 7-18-year-olds around vital global humanitarian and social issues to help tackle racism and intolerance in schools.


The Managing Director will be the vital member of staff with lead responsibility and strategic oversight for our engagement work with primary and secondary schools across the UK, and the additional 26 countries worldwide that currently use our resources. The successful candidate will build on our existing work and shape our future programmes over the coming year. The post holder will need to deliver effective, highly competent senior managerial support and consistently deliver in a person-centred environment which promotes positive relationships.


Reporting to the Executive Director, this role will offer the successful candidate a great opportunity to work in a supportive working environment with lots of potential for development. If you are an ambitious and driven senior manager, we are looking to hear from you.


Essential criteria

  • Educated to postgraduate level, with an enthusiasm for/knowledge of education, the arts and development studies/the humanitarian sector
  • Proven track record of excellent senior project management, written and oral communication skills
  • Project Management Qualification (e.g. PRINCE2 Practitioner or similar)
  • Highly motivated, keen attention to detail and flexible mindset to adapt to a variety of different projects and tasks
  • Experience of managing multiple staff, and multiple projects of 3-18 months in duration
  • Considerable fundraising from trusts, foundations or other sources (with proven success of substantial income generation), and management experience of large budgets
  • Ability to take initiative, and work both autonomously and as part of a team
  • A background in teaching or other aspects of formal education
  • Experience of public engagement work
  • Experience of the third sector as a volunteer or employee
  • Knowledge of the UK National Curriculum for Key Stages 2-5, and/or developments in education policy
  • Comfortable interacting with people of all backgrounds
  • Experience of a Content Management System (CMS), such as WordPress
  • Experience of managing social media channels
  • Excellent IT skills, including Word, PowerPoint and Excel
  • Be prepared to undergo, or already have a current, Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check

Desirable criteria

  • Professional experience of proofreading
  • Experience of design/digital marketing
  • Experience of audience building and using social media analytics such as HootSuite and Followerwonk
  • Experience of Google Analytics
The post has 28 days annual leave entitlement (inclusive of bank and public holidays, but exclusive of Why Comics? Team Privilege days).  

Typical working hours are 10:00 to 18:00 Monday-Friday, however as this position involves travelling and meeting with stakeholders and attending events, flexible working will be required, including covering occasional early evening and weekend events.


How to Apply:

Candidates must submit a succinct covering letter (no more than 2 pages) explaining how they satisfy the requirements of the person specification, in addition to a CV highlighting relevant experience (no more than 3 pages).  The successful candidate will also be asked to provide 3 professional referees, one of whom must be from their most recent employer.


Candidates are also asked to provide 3 examples of their writing (such as a press release/news article, funding application with the corresponding criteria, blog, mail-out, report, journal or strategy). All applications should be addressed to Dr Benjamin Dix, Executive Director (


You need to have the right to work full time in UK to be considered for this position


Why Comics? exists to educate, inspire and engage students and teachers on contemporary humanitarian and social issues to promote equality and diversity through innovative educational resources. If you share our mission, are passionate about making it happen and strongly believe you can contribute, then join us and we'll give you every opportunity to succeed. We look forward to hearing from you. 

  • Closing date: 6pm, 5th October 2017

  • First interviews (telephone) will be held during the week commencing 9th October 2017
  • Second interviews will be held during the week commencing 16th October 2017

About Why Comics? Education Charity

Why Comics?  is based at the SOAS University of London where we are working with the University to humanise academic research to a wide audience. Why Comics? brings contemporary humanitarian and social issues (such as racism, conflict, migration, trafficking and climate change) into the classroom through interactive literary comic books based on real-life testimony.


Our resources build empathy and enhance learning for students and teachers alike alongside national-curriculum relevant lesson plans to support multiple subjects. Why Comics? encourages critical and reflective thinking on vital global themes, whilst encouraging learners to make connections between their own lives and lives of others throughout the world thereby promoting social change, and helping tackle racism and intolerance in schools.


The above noted job description is not intended to describe, in detail, all the tasks that may be assigned but rather to give the job holder a general sense of the responsibilities and expectations of his/her position. As the nature of business demands change so, too, may the essential functions of this position.

Specific duties include:

  • Line Managing our Education and Research Programme Manager, and managing consulting/senior staff on various projects
  • Managing client relations and working closely with our partners and other organisations with related aims, including but not limited to: PositiveNegativesSOAS University of London, The Choices ProgramHogan LovellsIDEOPaul Hamlyn Foundation, the Brooks Foundation, Think Global's Global DimensionPop Up Projects, Refugee WeekYoung Careers, HEC Global Learning CentreEmpathetic MediaSCOOP Magazine, andCommon Everybody.
  • Engaging in regional travel to meet current, or potential, partner organisations and represent Why Comics? at relevant events/networking opportunities
  • Overseeing presentations, workshops and focus groups in primary and secondary schools, mainly in London and the southeast, but occasionally further afield across the UK or abroad
  • Overseeing the Education and Research Programme Manager work closely with the curriculum developers and innovation specialists to produce national-curriculum relevant lesson plans to harness our work and drive it forward into schools internationally.
  • Overseeing the monitoring and evaluation process of assessing the efficacy of education and outreach activity supported by, and using, Why Comics? materials worldwide
  • Overseeing a rolling programme of submissions to Trusts and Foundations for both core and project grants with the Education and Research Programme Manager
  • Tracking project deliverables using appropriate tools. Present reports defining project progress, problems and solutions. Implement and manage project changes and interventions to achieve project outputs when required
  • Lead oversight of the development of the Why Comics? website and social media channels (Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram), with emphasis on audience building
  • Lead oversight of the improvement and implementation of the social media and dissemination strategies
  • Ensuring that the Why Comics? brand is fully coherent and implemented effectively across all channels and materials.
  • Working with the Education and Research Programme Manager to ensure that all work is in line with the communications and impact strategy, and 5-year Strategic Plan
  • Assisting the Executive Director to develop and maintain varied international stakeholder relations and develop collaborations to further our impact
  • Working with the Executive Director to attract new projects to develop bespoke education resources with key organisations and partners
  • Conducting all the funders and Charity Commission reporting requirements, assisted by the Education and Research Programme Manager
  • Overseeing the quarterly reports and annual budget to report back to our Board of Trustees every quarter