Vacancy: Head of Project Operations (Volunteer)

*Before you start reading this, you might want to have a look at our website:

Starting Date: As soon as possible



End date (until further agreement): July 2020

Time commitment: 6 - 8 hours/week

Deadline for applications: 18th August


We are a group of students & recent graduates creating a platform for Scotland’s Refugees to share their voice through art. Through a research-driven educational campaign, we use our online presence and creative events to raise awareness in the local community about what it means to be a refugee, with the vision of a welcoming and accepting society.


We are looking for a Head of Project Operations to, alongside the Head of Creative, carry and motivate the team. The successful candidate will be leading a team of about 18 dedicated, skillful and highly motivated volunteers. The ideal candidate should be a natural leader, socially driven (specifically within the issues surrounding refugee and asylum seeker integration) and business minded. 


The Head of Project Operations will work directly with the Board on the direction of the project, and be key in shaping COLOURS' 2019-2020. The ideal candidate will bring with them ideas they are willing to share and implement. The will also be trustworthy and reliable in making sure team meetings run smoothly and everyone is involved. 




This is a non-paid, volunteer position, but can be one of the most rewarding and valuable opportunities you may have the opportunity to take up at university. Some benefits of this role are:  


  • Leading a team that will make a real impact

  • Raising awareness amongst thousands of people about the issues facing refugees and asylum seekers, helping to challenge misconceptions and negative perceptions

  • Make lifelong friends that have similar interests and a similar mindset to you

  • Gain valuable experience in playing a key role in developing a newly established and fast-growing social enterprise

  • Gain first-hand experience in the social enterprise scene in Edinburgh

  • Make valuable life-long connections to add to your network, especially within the third sector

  • Add an impressive role to your CV that demonstrates tangible skills, leadership, professional experience, and decision-making

  • Be a part of a social enterprise with high growth potential and potential future internationalisation



Project Management: 

  • Overseeing the operations of the entire project, directly managing the Research Lead, HR/ People & Culture Lead, Marketing Lead, Growth & Partnerships Lead (as well as the Events Lead along with the Head of Creative)

  • Creating, driving, and monitoring the COLOURS project plan for the year (with the assistance of the board and Head of Creative)

  • Organising and managing the weekly/bi-weekly whole team meetings

  • Liaising with the board on larger decisions, and reporting overall progress

  • Liaising and working with the Head of Creative to ensure that a good vision and plan is set

  • Ensuring good communications within and between the teams

  • Recruitment: Assisting with Lead recruitment and overseeing team member recruitment

  • Short-Term Strategy: Working with the Head of Creative, Board, and Growth & Partnerships team to develop the year strategy


What are we looking for? (You don’t have to tick everything off. The more, the better of course!)


  • Socially driven with the aim to use business skills to better the world

  • Interested in both the Refugee Crisis & Arts and Events

  • Friendly, approachable and understanding

  • Good leadership skills

  • Confident public speaker

  • Analytical and critical

  • Lives by the Growth Mindset / constant can-do mentality

  • Patient yet eager & ambitious

  • Excellent MS Office skills

  • Tech savvy (relatively)

  • Eye for good design

  • Marketing experience is a plus

  • Arabic language is a big plus