Scottish Rural Action
Scottish Rural Action

Charity registered in Scotland SC048086

Scottish Rural Action (SRA) seeks to be a powerful voice for the people of rural Scotland by building a rural movement which empowers and connects our communities.

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Top job! Chief Executive Officer

  • Full time
  • £38,204
  • Homeworking or in a shared office near to the successful candidates residence
  • Closing 11th January 2019


We are a grassroots-led, non-profit organisation. We seek to ensure that decision-makers understand the needs and strengths of rural communities in Scotland, and that policy does not disadvantage rural communities.

We work by:

  • Influencing policy and services at a national, regional and local level to ensure the needs and interests of people living in rural areas are not overlooked.
  • Representing the voice of rural Scotland on key Scottish Government decision-making committees including National Transport Strategy Partnership Group, Digital Expert Panel and the Rural Policy Cross-Party Group.
  • Connecting with rural communities through our developing active volunteer-led networks to build a grass-roots rural movement.
  • Organising the Scottish Rural Parliament every two years to connect rural communities with decision-makers and to raise the profile of rural needs and strengths.
  • Providing opportunities for rural communities to connect, share and learn from each other.

After 5 years of service with SRA where our current CEO has helped the organisation to mature and develop, culminating in the recent successful and highly regarded Scottish Rural Parliament, our CEO has decided that it is time for fresh challenges and will leave the post at the end of February 2019.

It is our intention to appoint an Interim CEO for a period of 6 months (initially) in order to cover the CEO responsibilities and fulfil a specific series of tasks. The position is available on a full time or part time basis depending upon the availability of a suitable candidate.

Who might this post suit?

We are looking for an established CEO with significant experience. The successful candidate will have proven skills and reputation in issues relating to rural affairs and rural community development. Because of the nature of the immediate challenges, this post would not suit someone wanting to transition from a second tier post.

We have an active and supportive Board, with specific skills that the CEO can call upon: however with its main focus on governance, the CEO will need to be a self-starter with a high drive to complete based upon self-direction and in close co-operation with the Chair to whom this post reports.

We are aiming for this post to have up to a month of handover with the current CEO.

Specific Qualities sought for this Interim position

  • Strong representation skills ideally with experience in working with the Scottish Government at a senior level.
  • Experience in creating and managing fundraising strategies with an emphasis on foundations and major gifts. (SRA has an experienced development committee which will assist in this process; a fundraising research budget is available.)
  • Experience in building new teams and in managing staff in periods of strategic change.
  • Experience of rural issues and ideally experience in working with and living within a rural community.
  • A high commitment to organisational promotion through communication and marketing techniques.

Specific Tasks

A full permanent job description can be downloaded below because it gives a starting point to understanding the challenges of this position. However, within the period of the Interim position, these are the specific activities that will be given priority.

  • Completing the development of the new strategic plan and business plan.
  • Designing and negotiating the new staff structure, to fulfil the objectives in the strategic plan.
  • Recruitment of new staff members.
  • Assisting the Board in negotiation of funding and grant agreement with Scottish Government
  • Assisting the Board in the design and implementation of a fundraising strategy, including grants, donors, strategic partnerships and self-generated income.
  • Reporting to grant funders including Scottish Government.
  • Assisting the Board in recruiting the permanent Chief Executive Officer for SRA.
  • Completing an update of SRA policies and procedures.


The staffing position is currently flexible. There are two immediate part time staff, a Finance and Administration Officer and a Volunteer and Campaigns Coordinator, but there is a budget for further appointments based upon the demands identified in a strategic review due in January 2019.

Conditions and remuneration

Salary: £38,204 per annum ( Pro Rata )

Hours of work: Flexible. Travel and overnight stays are a regular part of the role.

Holiday: 38 days/annum ( Pro Rata )

Pension: 6% of salary

Based: Homeworking or in a shared office near to the successful candidates residence