Down’s Syndrome Scotland was established as a charity in 1982 and is the only organisation in Scotland dedicated
solely to supporting people with Down’s syndrome, their relatives and carers. Our mission is “To support
families and people with Down’s syndrome to reach their full potential by providing a range of services,
influencing public policy and by changing attitudes”.
This mission is brought to life by a staff of 30 who are located around the country. In addition, groups of
volunteers run nine branches around Scotland who offer an invaluable peer support network at local level.
The CEO will lead the organisation in its mission with an inclusive and empathic approach, achieving positive
outcomes across the widest of stakeholder maps and never forgetting the reason for its existence.
- Liaise with, support and motivate all staff and volunteers and secure their loyalty and commitment to the
organisation’s aims, objectives and ambitions.
- Seek out, develop and maintain effective working
relationships with all relevant organisations and individuals to promote the work of the charity and facilitate
the implementation of its strategic objectives.
- Contribute to the development of, and be responsible
for, the implementation and monitoring of the Board's strategic plan.
- Continue to attract and retain
members, ensuring that members’ views and concerns inform the activities of the organisation and in particular
that the voices of those with Down’s syndrome have the opportunity to be heard.
- Be a passionate and
effective advocate in advancing the ambition to bring about cultural and legislative change so that meaningful
activity is increasingly funded, prioritised, and delivered. This will include networking at senior level with
like-minded charities, academic institutions, government, parliamentarians and local authority
- Report to and work closely with the Chair and Board of Trustees to ensure the Board’s
involvement in policy decisions and to increase the overall status and visibility of the organisation throughout
- Liaise with the Board to develop and lead on the implementation of financial plans, including
setting budgets, formulating income generation strategies and overseeing all fundraising
- Liaise with the Board to ensure that the overall governance structure, policies and
procedures are appropriate and effective, taking remedial measures and implementing changes as
This person will have had a significant leadership role in a well-managed charity or other not for profit
There will be evidence of working effectively and empathically with a wide range of stakeholders, ideally including
government, major funding organisations and crucially those whom the organisation exists to serve.
A track record of positive interaction with a governing body.
Demonstrable success in developing and motivating high performing teams and an admired reputation as an authentic
Key attributes must include being:
- a powerful and relaxed communicator; well able to perform an ambassadorial role
- financially astute with an instinctive grasp of numbers and metrics
- a natural leader with an ability to engage and inspire
- of flexible intellect; well able to switch from the big picture to the management of fine detail
- of unimpeachable integrity, someone who would instinctively subordinate their own interests to the needs of the charity.
Closing date: 3rd June 2019
Shortlist interviews will be held in Edinburgh on Thursday 13th June
Please send a full CV and coving letter explaining why you’re the right person by email to Stuart Macintyre, Chair of
the Board of Trustees, email@example.com.
Down’s Syndrome Scotland strives to be an Equal Opportunities employer.