The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) is a world leading youth charity which gives all 14-24 year olds the chance to develop skills for life and work. We engage, inspire and empower over 300,000 young people a year across the UK and from every possible background.
The DofE Award is a game-changer. We know that perseverance and passion for long-term goals is linked to success in education, life and work. Our structured programme of volunteering, physical and skills based challenges inspire, guide and support young people to achieve.
We believe that anything is possible and the possibilities are endless. The positive effects of the DofE are proven and far-reaching. Communities are enriched with passionate and driven volunteers, businesses benefit from work-ready, competent recruits and young people are given the confidence to shine.
We are looking for a replacement Director to join our Scotland Office in Edinburgh.
Purpose of the role
Are you looking for a new challenge to help in the continuous growth of a successful grant manager in Scotland?
Are you interested in creating a stronger collaboration between the public, private and third sector to create a positive social, economic and environmental impact within communities across Scotland?
Then this is a great opportunity for you as CEO of Impact Funding Partners (IFP).
Impact Funding Partners (formerly known as Voluntary Action Fund) are looking for a new Chief Executive with a proven track record of income growth and organisational development.
We are looking for a passionate individual with experience of working across a range of sectors including Government. You will have the opportunity to create positive social, economic and environmental impact within communities while helping to shape the funding landscape in Scotland.
This is an exciting time to join IFP (formerly known as the Voluntary Action Fund) following our rebranding, the recruitment of new board members creating a dynamic and proactive Board of Directors and the launch of our new strategy – Together we can create a Fairer Future – aimed at creating a fair, inclusive society where communities thrive and people are engaged, connected, and able to shape their own lives.
We are a successful grant manager with 37 years of experience, driven by our core values of equality, relationships, authenticity, openness and dynamism.
Our proven approach is to help funders make the most of their investment so that it has the greatest impact. This can be achieved by distributing funding, increasing capacity and building trusting relationships, which helps organisations achieve even more with their funding.
Our area of expertise is managing funds which tackle inequality in all its forms. Equality and diversity are core to our work and drives everything we do and how we do it.
As IFP has entered a new phase of growth following its rebranding and has initiated a new business strategy, you will have proven experience in successfully forming partnerships and promote cross-sectoral collaboration. You will be dealing with senior stakeholders in the public, private and/or third sector, and therefore you will need to demonstrate the ability to engage with public sector funding bodies, potential new funders in the private sector, as well as understand the nuances of the third sector.
A natural leader, you will have excellent communication and negotiation skills with the ability to adapt your management style in a changing environment, and lead through example and inspiration. As the CEO of IFP you will act as brand ambassador and convey IFP’s strengths, values and priorities to a diverse audience. For that you will have the vision, strategic insight and ability to understand the environment in which IFP operates and raise its profile.
In the current changing socio-economic and political environment in Scotland, it is imperative that you value and promote innovative thinking that allows for the identification of sustainable solutions with a positive social, economic and environmental impact. Finally, you are a decision-maker who is not afraid to take calculated risks in order to support the continuous growth of IFP.
Fast Forward is recruiting a new Chief Executive
Would you like the opportunity to lead an established and respected national organisation which plays a key role in promoting the health and wellbeing of young people in Scotland?
This is an amazing opportunity for an experienced professional who is highly motivated to lead and develop Fast Forward on a national scale following the retirement of the current post holder.
You will be a dynamic leader who will maintain the momentum of Fast Forward’s varied project work, consolidate our position as a leading provider in informal education approaches to health and wellbeing, and provide sound strategic and financial direction. You will be a person with enthusiasm, determination, vision and excellent team building skills. We will expect you to provide confident engagement with our funding partners and stakeholders, creating trust and giving clarity to our vision and mission.
We would be delighted to hear from you if you believe your skills and leadership experience as a CEO or at a senior level make you a great candidate for this post.
Are you passionate about the future of rural Scotland? Do you have a track record of organisation and project management? Do you have experience of working in partnership with a range of organisations at local or national levels? If so, this post presents a unique and very exciting opportunity to help develop a co-ordinated movement for rural Scotland.
Scottish Rural Action (SRA) was established in 2013 with the dual objectives of delivering the Scottish Rural Parliament and developing a rural community movement. The biennial Scottish Rural Parliament is now recognised as a strong voice to advocate for rural Scotland; priority rural issues are identified and addressed, working in consultation with local and national interests; a strong relationship with the Scottish Government enables advocacy. The focus of our development activity is now on building Scotland’s rural movement. We are doing this in partnership with the Scottish Government, other organisations and rural communities. This is an exciting challenge, which holds the potential to build an inclusive platform for rural people, interests and places.
SRA itself is also embracing significant changes in the way it is structured and operates, and the National Co-ordinator will play an important role in this change process. We are particularly interested in developing the pipeline for thought leadership between the grassroots and policy makers, and connecting more with partner organisations with similar ambitions. We aim to embed this change at both Board and Staff level, and we will be recruiting both Staff and Board Members with the capacities to deliver this agenda.
The Board now seeks to recruit a National Co-ordinator to oversee the management of the organisation, to enable its future sustainability, and to support the change process. This post will suit a self-starter with appropriate experience in organisational management and an understanding of rural Scotland.
The National Co-ordinator post is advertised as initially part-time, 3 days per week, working from a home base but with the ability to travel throughout Scotland. The core post will focus on the management and development of SRA, with a parallel contract focussed on the outreach aspects of the rural movement development. It is envisaged that there will be a close working relationship between these distinct roles, and the opportunity to extend the contract in the future.
Full job description and further details can be downloaded here: sra.scot/scottish-rural-action-is-recruiting-a-national-co-ordinator
ARK is a major provider of Housing, Care and Support to people with long term and enduring conditions such as learning disability, mental health issues, dementia and autism. Our aim is to ensure that those who use our services get the very best out of ARK to enable them to live a good life.
We are recruiting an inspirational leader to head up the Finance function, and as a member of the Senior Leadership Team, work with colleagues to fulfil our aim to support tenants and service users to lead a good life.
Your primary role is to provide operational leadership that delivers precise governance for ARK and to put in place risk managed operational plans that will ensure its continued development within operating models that are both viable and sustainable over the longer term.
You will be accountable for leading the Finance team to develop, deliver and embed financial strategies to build an ARK culture that aligns to our values and aims and will achieve sustained high performance. Integral to this role is the provision of accurate and timely Finance performance reports, function KPIS’s, forecasts and budgets. In addition to this is the ability to analyse, interpret and report accurate monthly Finance data in a timely manner; update forecasts and plans based on the learning of month results and develop Finance options that enable the SLT to take forward operational strategies. Motivational team leadership and team development abilities are necessary with a positive commitment to continued professional development for self and others. Strong organisational, interpersonal, negotiating and influencing skills are prerequisites.
The role of Head of Finance reports directly to the Finance Director and will deputise for the Finance Director as required.
The Living Wage has been one of the most successful civil society campaigns in Scotland and the UK in recent years. Via employer accreditation, Living Wage Scotland have delivered pay rises to thousands of workers. The campaign has won cross party-political support and has gained increased acceptance amongst employers over the last 5 years.
Living Wage Scotland currently have a vacancy for a Living Wage Accreditation Officer. This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to a high-profile national project that engages with employers of all sizes and sectors across Scotland.
The successful candidate will, along with the existing team, be responsible for engaging with employers and other stakeholders to ensure that the network of Living Wage accredited employers continues to grow and that as many workers as possible receive the real Living Wage.
The post of Living Wage Accreditation Officer will suit an individual who has excellent communication and negotiation skills. Experience of managing relationships with multiple stakeholders is important as is a strong commitment to social justice and a desire to tackle in-work poverty.
SRA is seeking to recruit a new Chair who is passionate about rural Scotland and well connected in this context, has strong leadership skills and a track record in the management and funding of organisations. This is a high profile and important position in the rural sector in Scotland. The Chair will play a critical role in the development of SRA as an organization and in shaping and positioning SRA in terms of the wider rural agenda, including the development of the Scottish rural movement.
Scottish Rural Action (SRA) was established in 2013 with the dual objectives of delivering the Scottish Rural Parliament and developing a rural community movement. The biennial Scottish Rural Parliament is now recognised as a strong voice to advocate for rural Scotland; priority rural issues are identified and addressed, working in consultation with local and national interests; a strong relationship with the Scottish Government enables advocacy. The focus of our development activity is now on building Scotland?s rural movement. We are doing this in partnership with the Scottish Government, other organisations and rural communities. This is an exciting challenge, which holds the potential to build an inclusive platform for rural people, interests and places.
SRA itself is also embracing significant changes in the way it is structured and operates, and the Chair will play an important role in this change process. We are particularly interested in developing the pipeline for thought leadership between the grassroots and policy makers, and connecting more with partner organisations with similar ambitions. We aim to embed this change at both Board and Staff level, and we will be recruiting both Staff and Board Members with the capacities to deliver this agenda.
The new Chair will join the Board of Directors and will be appointed at our AGM on February 27, 2020. If you are interested in standing for Chair of SRA please read the job description, discuss with us if necessary, and apply by email, with your CV and covering supporting letter, outlining why you are interested in becoming the Chair of SRA and how you would contribute to its work, according to the duties listed below.
Ocean Youth Trust Scotland is a leading youth work charity. Through their adventurous residential sailing voyages and the help of hundreds of volunteers, they support young people aged 12-25 to realise their true potential through youth work on the waves.
Since 2008, the Scottish Government has committed £110 million to community initiatives to improve the quality of life of young people right across Scotland.
OYT Scotland currently work with groups in areas of high social and economic deprivation, and demand is high from these groups to provide them with additional voyages that can reach new intakes of young people. They aim to target groups such as these where we feel the largest difference can be made through Early and Effective Intervention (EEI).
OYT Scotland has an exciting new role as Youth Development Worker that will be key to delivering a national funded project in line with the Scottish Government’s initiatives to support young people.
Building on the success of their highly lauded previous programmes, this will be a longer-term personal development journey aimed specifically at young people most at risk of offending or entering the judicial system.
A Job Description and a Person Specification are available for download below.
Based in Duns, BHA serves around 1,800 households in various locations within Berwickshire. BHA people are positive, ready to lead on new ideas and solutions, see the workplace as somewhere to value and stay focused on our exciting vision of creating thriving rural communities.
We now wish to further enhance the strength and diversity of our Board of Trustees and are looking for enthusiastic, community-minded people from all walks of life. While we don’t need previous board-level experience, we do require people who can support our team in delivering our ambitious business plan. In particular, we would like to hear from people who have, or have held, positions in finance, business transformation, marketing or customer service.
Why apply? Although the role of Trustee is unpaid it is highly rewarding. Our Trustees benefit from support, development and a sense of real pride and satisfaction from providing quality homes for people who need them. And while we don’t offer remuneration, we pay reasonable out-of-pocket expenses and training and mentoring will be provided.
Trustees attend up to eight Board meetings a year in our offices in Duns plus an annual off-site planning meeting and various training events and conferences. Trustees are encouraged to work with at least one of the Board’s sub-committees which are: Finance and Audit Committee, and the Operations Committee. In total we anticipate a time commitment of approximately 15 days.
Friends of the Earth Scotland is looking for a new Climate Campaigner to work with our Climate & Energy Campaigner in this vitally important year of the UN climate talks (COP26) coming to Glasgow. This is a new key campaign role within Friends of the Earth Scotland to work on climate and energy policy and practice in Scotland, and to contribute to our work on Just Transition, the fossil fuel industry and the UN climate talks.
COP26 is a major opportunity to help strengthen the climate justice movement in Scotland and FoE’s central role in it. We will work in the run up, during and in the aftermath of the UN summit to strengthen the movement and use the COP as leverage for further climate action from the Scottish and UK Governments.
Managed by the Climate & Energy Campaigner, you will work closely with the Director, the Head of Campaigns and the wider team to help deliver our core Fossil Free Scotland campaign. A major part of your work will focus on the government and parliamentary processes of revising the Climate Change Plan and creating the new Scottish Energy Strategy, building on our successful campaigning to increase the ambition in the new Climate Change Act.
You will be a strong campaigner, with excellent communication skills, a good grip of technical issues and a good knowledge of climate and energy policy. You will have a naturally collaborative working style, and will thrive in a small, creative team. A good knowledge of the Scottish political context and of climate and energy policy would be a significant advantage.
You will work closely with the Stop Climate Chaos Scotland coalition and other Scottish partners.