Executive Director @ Medact


Medact brings together health workers to fight for health justice. We recognise that health injustice is driven by political, social and economic conditions, and we mobilise the health community to take action to achieve systemic change, working together towards a fairer, better, safer world.

We address some of the most pressing national and global threats to health and wellbeing including climate change, human rights abuses, militarism, institutional racism, and rising health and social inequality. We are a member-led organisation, and our members are made up of a range of people who work in health and social care including nurses, doctors, midwives, and clinical researchers. We strive to embed anti-oppressive politics in our programme of work and governance.

Closing date: 2nd January

Interviews: w/c 22nd Jan 

Salary: £44,820 p/a pro rata

Contract: Permanent

Hours: 3–4 days per week

Location: The Medact office is in London. Staff work remotely and/or from the office in Bethnal Green. We work as a team one day per week, and staff based outside London come in at least once a month.

Medact has grown significantly over the last five years and is entering an exciting new period as an organisation. As we develop our next five-year strategy we are looking to refine our campaigning and organising practice and grow our membership base to secure long lasting victories in our campaigns for health justice. 

About the role 

The new Executive Director will be responsible for leading the organisation in developing a new strategy to guide us through the next phase of the organisation’s growth, while leading the team through an unsteady political and economic climate.

Grants fundraising is of particular importance to the role, and the successful candidate will be the lead person responsible for securing funding for our campaigning and organising work, and maintaining strong relationships with major donors. 

Our Executive Director will lead an experienced team and an organisation that deeply values collaborative working, consultative decision making, and a commitment to transparency. 

About you

We are looking for someone who is passionate about addressing health, climate, racial and economic injustice and the health impacts of conflict and militarisation, and who understands the vital role that health professionals have in making the connections between these issues and working for peace, to make the world a better, fairer and safer place.

You will have an understanding of the national and international framework within which Medact operates, and you will be able to demonstrate that your values and politics align with those of our organisation. Ideally you will have experience of working in health or with health workers, so that you have an appreciation of the culture within which they work and the potential of their contribution.

You will have strong leadership skills so that, valuing the collaborative approach of our team and respecting varying views, you are able to arrive at clear decisions. You will also have a track record in fundraising in similar fields and a good knowledge of the range of potential supporters.

Person spec and job description

How to apply

Please submit a CV and accompanying cover letter explaining how you meet the criteria in person spec to [email protected]. Do not state when or where you were educated on your application. Please also complete our monitoring form.

If your application is shortlisted, we will invite you to an interview, which can be conducted online or in person. Interviews will involve: a presentation, for which we will ask you to prepare in advance, and a conversation with a panel of interviewers. Interviews will be conducted in-person in Bethnal Green, or on Zoom if necessary, in the w/c 22nd January 2024. If necessary, we may ask you to attend a second interview.

We are happy to reimburse shortlisted candidates for childcare and travel costs as a result of attending interview(s). If invited for interview, please share any reasonable adjustment requests, which we will do our very best to accommodate.

Help applying

We have members of the team and board on hand to talk to any candidates about the post and the application procedure. They won’t be involved in the recruitment process and any chats will be kept completely confidential. If you think this could be helpful, email [email protected].

Key dates

Closing date: 2nd January 2024 

Interviews: w/c 22nd January 2024 

We aim to let candidates know the outcome of their application by the end of January 2024. 

Our recruitment principles

Medact aims to be an inclusive and supportive employer, and we recognise that recruitment processes don’t work for everyone. We acknowledge that people from certain backgrounds are under-represented in the NGO sector, and we’re committed to doing what we can to correct this. We welcome applications from people with marginalised identities or lived experience of the issues Medact works on. If you have any questions or uncertainties about this position, and whether you are right for it, please do get in touch.