Staff Vacancies

BRR is recruiting for a new CEO!!

We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced leader to join the organisation as Chief Executive Officer, to develop the strategic aims of the organisation and set the overall direction.

  • Position: Chief Executive Officer
  • Location: Wellspring Settlement (with occasional home working), Bristol
  • Hours: 37 hours per week
  • Salary: £44,539-£47,573
  • Contract: Permanent
  • Benefits: Pension Scheme, Cycle to Work Scheme, Flexible Working, Life Insurance
  • Closing Date: Monday 12 December

Please send your CV and a covering letter of no more than 500 words outlining how you meet the person specification for this role and why you have applied to by the closing date of midnight, Monday 12th December 2022.

The Role

Reporting to, and working closely with, the Chair of the Board of Trustees, the Chief Executive Officer will provide leadership and direction to Bristol Refugee Rights in the development and achievement of its vision, mission, and values. For further information on the work, vision, mission and values of BRR please visit our website.

The post holder will be the lead senior executive with overall responsibility for the operation of the organisation. Working closely with the Chair of the Board of Trustees, the Chief Executive Officer will:

  • Champion the rights of people seeking asylum and refugees and develop BRR as an organisation which values empowerment and lived experience leadership
  • Promote and develop the whole organisation in terms of size, turnover, impact and service areas
  • Be ultimately responsible for income generation and turnover
  • Lead on partnership development and collaborative fundraising
  • Ensure cash flow and expenditure are in line with income
  • Represent the organisation, locally, regionally, nationally and internationally – both as key speaker and as delegate
  • To be an ambassador and representative for Bristol Refugee Rights

Responsibilities include:

  • Long Term Planning & Sustainability
  • Partnerships and Policy Development
  • Financial Management
  • People Management

About You

As Chief Executive, you will be able to demonstrate experience and knowledge in leading non-for-profit organisations successfully.

You will have experience of:

  • Minimum of three years’ experience of leading teams in the not-for-profit sector
  • Substantial experience of business and strategic planning, with an ability to track performance against objectives and deliver results
  • Developing and fostering close working relationships with a Board of Directors or Trustees, in particular the Chair of the Board
  • Human resource management, including recruitment, succession planning and workforce development
  • Successful delivery of bids
  • A good understanding of local government and voluntary sector infrastructure and the statutory and legal requirements for voluntary sector organisations, including charity law and governance
  • Income generation and maximisation
  • Strategic and day to day financial management

You may also have experience in areas such as CEO, Chief Exec, Chief Executive, Director, Head of, Senior Executive, Managing Director, MD, Manager, Board Member, Chair of the Board, CFO, COO, Community Support.

If you would like to attend our Q&A on what it is like to work at our organisation,
please email so we can invite you to a 1 hour online session with our current CEO and Office Manager between 1.00 – 2.00 on Monday 28th November.

A full job description and person specification is available in this recruitment pack 

People of refugee background or with lived experience of seeking asylum are strongly encouraged to apply.  Applications are welcomed from all sectors of the community currently under-represented in our workforce.

We are proud to be a member of the Experts by Experience Employment Network, which aims to create a charitable sector that is led by people with lived experience of the asylum and immigration system. As part of this network, we challenge the one-size-fits-all approach in our employment practices, and respect personal circumstances and needs of people with lived experience. We believe that every individual should have the right support when applying for our roles.

This network could provide independent and confidential support for applicants with lived experience of the UK asylum and immigration system, depending on availability of mentors from the sector. Please directly share your draft application through this form to get some feedback and support for your application, or get in touch with the network via i. More information and resources are available at

Successful candidates must have the right to work in the UK. This post will be subject to an enhanced DBS check with child and adult barred list checks.

Please send your CV and a covering letter of no more than 500 words outlining how you meet the person specification for this role and why you have applied to by the closing date of midnight, Monday 12th December 2022.

Shortlisting and Selection for Interview

In line with our recruitment procedures all disabled applicants and applicants from a refugee or asylum seeking background will be offered an interview if they fully meet the person specification of this post. We think our organisation will be stronger with greater diversity and welcome applications people of all backgrounds as we believe that each person brings their own valuable experiences to what we do. If you would like to discuss how your particular experience or skills might translate into the criteria set out for this job please don’t hesitate to contact us.

If you are applying for this role and you have experience of seeking asylum you may find some practical tips and useful information on this website –

Bristol Refugee Rights Policies on Safeguarding of Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults

Bristol Refugee Rights (BRR) is committed to safeguarding all the children, young people and vulnerable adults that we come into contact with.  BRR considers that safeguarding the welfare of child and young people is the paramount consideration in every situation and all staff, trustees and volunteers are expected to share this commitment.  It is the duty of all those working with and for BRR to ensure that they have appropriate procedures to safeguard the wellbeing of children, young people and vulnerable adults and protect them from abuse.

Bristol Refugee Rights operates Safeguarding Policies for the purpose of protecting Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults.  In accordance with these policies, and with our recruitment policy, we practice “Safer Recruitment”. All staff members are required to undergo Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service DBS checks.  Enhanced DBS checks are also required for all Trustees and are for some volunteers depending on the volunteer role.

All staff, volunteers and trustees are required to undergo regular training on child protection and safeguarding.  We are also vigilant to prevent abusers gaining opportunities – as staff, volunteers, trustees or visitors – to access those whom we regard as vulnerable, whether or not they come under any formal definition of vulnerability.

Our Policies on Safeguarding can be viewed here: Child Protection Policy/ Safeguarding Adults Policy

BRR Statement on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

BRR aims to be an anti-discriminatory organisation committed to the promotion of equality and diversity and, in line with the Equality Act 2010, the elimination of all forms of discrimination on grounds of any of the following ‘protected characteristics’:

  • age
  • disability
  • gender reassignment
  • marriage and civil partnership
  • sex
  • pregnancy and maternity
  • race or ethnicity
  • sexual orientation
  • religion and belief

BRR will also not discriminate on grounds not covered by the Act such as immigration status, socio-economic disadvantage and trades union activity, and will encourage compliance with the Human Rights Act 1998.

You can read our policies on: