Executive Assistant to CEO & Project Coordinator Employer At Fridom FromTorture

Contract: Permanent

Hours: 35

Location: London

Starting salary: £37,874 per annum (London Weighting Allowance included)

Closing date: We may interview candidates as they apply. We reserve the right to close the vacancy early if we receive a high volume of applications.

Expected date of interviews: TBC

Job ref: VA684

Freedom from Torture is the Winner of the Overall Award for Excellence and the top prize for Campaigns and Advocacy at the 2023 Charity Awards.

We have an exciting opportunity for an Executive Assistant to support the Chief Executive and her office to boost the impact of our holistic clinical services and campaigning for the benefit of torture survivors.

Would you like to join our award-winning organisation?

About the role

You will support the Chief Executive to ensure the smooth running of Freedom from Torture’s services and national and global influencing work against torture and for the rights of survivors of torture.

You will work at the highest levels of the organisation, with Freedom from Torture’s Board of Trustees and Senior Management Team, and help to manage important relationships for the Chief Executive including with government and civil society.You will report to our Head of CEO Office and spend a small portion of your time providing light-touch executive support to our Director of Fundraising and Communications.

You will also support our Chair to ensure our Board of Trustees provides the best possible governance for Freedom from Torture including compliance with legal requirements and best practice in areas such as charity finance, risk management and safeguarding.

There is also scope within the role to coordinate projects to support the continuous development of Freedom from Torture.

About you

You will be a born organiser, with superb judgment, a diplomatic approach and problem-solving skills. You will have the ability to think two steps ahead, guided by our strategic and operational priorities, and the confidence to steer senior managers accordingly.

You will be enthusiastic about using digital collaboration and design techniques to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of Freedom from Torture’s leadership team.

As a right-hand person to the Chief Executive, you will bring a meticulous attention to detail and exemplary skills in prioritisation, time management and task completion. Your written and verbal communication skills will be first-rate and you will be comfortable handling confidential material with the utmost discretion.

Do you possess the essential qualities, experience and skills for this important role? We would love to hear from you.

In return, we offer a competitive package, with a generous 30-day annual leave entitlement, and 6% employer pension contribution (minimum 1% employee contribution).

Freedom from Torture is committed to showing the salary for all advertised roles and not negotiating salaries for roles, in light of evidence that this contributes to structural inequality.

Our policy is that all appointments will be at the start of the salary range but successful candidates will have the opportunity to move up the scale over time. The progression up the salary range is reviewed on an annual basis and subject to affordability. For this role, the salary range is £37,874 – £43,934.

To view the Job Description and Person Specification, please visit our website.​

Please note a CV and a cover letter addressing the job description and person specification of the role are mandatory to be considered for the position.

Freedom from Torture is dedicated to healing and protecting people who have survived torture. We provide therapies to improve physical and mental health, we medically document torture, and we provide legal and welfare help. We expose torture globally, we fight to hold torturing states to account and we campaign for fairer treatment of torture survivors in the UK.

We campaign for national and global change, using evidence from our services and survivor voices to protect and promote survivors’ rights and hold torturing states to account. We are proud to play a significant role in the global anti-torture movement. Survivors, active and empowered, are at the centre of all of our work.

Freedom from Torture is committed to its responsibilities under safeguarding, and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This post is subject to a satisfactory standard disclosure, as well as a need for full employment history and up to date employment references.

Freedom from Torture is an equal opportunity employer. People with lived experience of torture or asylum, from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, LGBTQIA+ individuals and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

We reserve the right to close the vacancy early if we receive a high volume of applications.

No agencies please.


February 2024