Bertha Foundation Latest Job Vacancy – Apply Now!

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27 Nov, 2020

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Vacancies South Africa

Bertha House is a multi-purpose building designed to serve activists including organisers, educators, storytellers, and other changemakers working to build a more just city, country and planet.

We aim to provide inclusive, stimulating, safe and exciting spaces in which a diverse range of people and groups come together to work, organise, learn, create, and collaborate.



Job Title: Director
Location: Central Cape Town suburb of Mowbray Bertha House

The Bertha House project is about much more than just a building. It is about growing and nurturing a vibrant community of people wanting to change the world – a place that is recognized locally and globally as a cutting-edge hub for collaboration and innovation in activism.In Bertha House we also aim to build an alternative model on how work spaces are managed – where membership and access is not based on exclusive fees – but rather a practised commitment to justice, community, reciprocity, cooperation, and mutual aid. presently home to the Tshisimani Centre for Activist Education – plans on growing its occupants and offerings in 2021 to include an activist cowork community, expanded events and activity spaces, a cafe, a media and storytelling lab, and a movie house.

The purpose of the Bertha House Director will be in charge of implementing this vision working very closely with Bertha Foundation’s Global Spaces team. As a new initiative, we are looking for a strong leader who can shape and implement strategy, create collaborative work environments, build organizational culture, lead teams, and actively recruit and support users of the space.
Key Responsibilities:

  • Development and implementation of the vision and strategy and for Bertha House in partnership with Bertha Foundation’s Global Spaces team and other key partners;
  • Day-to-day management of Bertha House operations and activities with support from a Finance and Operations Manager, a Programmes Manager, other staff and partners;
  • Proactive recruitment of new individuals and organizations to ensure maximum space utilization of space including the cowork community space and events and activity spaces (minimum target of 75% occupancy/use in the first year of operations);
  • Managing community relations with all members and partners including the development of regular programming through an inclusive and collaborative process;
  • Representing Bertha House in various forums to communicate project objectives, communal work, and recruit new partners;
  • Working closely with Bertha Foundation to build working connections between Bertha House and other Bertha spaces in South Africa and globally.

Experience & Requirements:

  • A minimum of 10 years experience working with activists, social movements, NGOs, and other actors working to advance social justice and human rights;
  • A minimum of 5 years experience in a senior management position with a proven track record in leading and managing people and teams, finances and material resources;
  • A relevant graduate-level degree;
  • Experience in building and maintaining networks locally, regionally and globally;
  • Experience in designing, managing and sustaining collaborative decision-making processes;
  • Excellent interpersonal and conflict resolution skills;
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills;
  • Speaking more than one South African language preferable.

To Apply

Bertha is offering a full-time permanent contract (subject to funding availability) with a 6-month probation period.  Compensation is commensurate with experience. We are looking for someone to start in January 2021. Please send applications to [email protected] no later than Monday 14 December 2020 with the following information:

  • A short CV/resume;
  • A short motivation letter (no longer than one typed page) describing why you are interested in and qualified for the position;
  • A list of three referees with their contact information.

Application Deadline: Monday, 14 December, 2020

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