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Top job! Assistant Director – Shelter Scotland

  • Full time
  • £60,000
  • Flexible – can be home based but requires considerable travel around Scotland*
  • Closing 21st June 2020

  • Advertised from 27th May 2020
  • excellent benefits including 30 days holiday


Do you have extensive experience in managing operations at a senior level in the voluntary or public sector? Do you have experience of community development and working with partners to develop new services and initiatives that bring the voice and experience of service users to the fore? Do you have a desire to play a unique role within a high profile campaigning organisation that’s focused on driving change? Then join Shelter Scotland as Assistant Director and you could soon be responsible for leading and managing the services we provide in order to tackle Scotland’s housing crisis.

Shelter Scotland has been changing lives since 1968. Through our national network of services, including our website and telephone helpline, we provide vital advice and support to people in housing need across the country. We operate four community hubs in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee and Aberdeen which work with local communities and stakeholders to identify and take action on local housing issues. We’ve also got an ambitious three year strategy in place that’s set clear and bold goals to be achieved in a complex and turbulent environment, so now is the ideal time to seize this career-defining opportunity that will see you drive change to our services across Scotland.

About the role

We’re proud of the services we provide, but we want them to be even better in the future. We want to enthuse and energise local communities and stakeholders to drive change according to the priorities of local people. This role won’t just be about leading and managing our services, it will also be about taking responsibility for a wide range of associated activities. As a key member of our Executive Leadership Team, you’ll help implement organisation wide initiatives, including a culture development programme. We believe change is possible. We know that in every area where we work, people are deeply concerned about the housing emergency. Our role is to empower and inform people so that together we achieve more than any of us could do alone. You’ll be instrumental in helping make that happen.

About you

As well as proven operational management experience and project/change management skills gained at a senior level, you must be able to demonstrate a flair for innovation when creating or developing community services and the ability to work collaboratively and cooperatively to improve and sustain change outcomes. You must also relish the challenge of making sure that the voice and experience of people who use our services is brought to the fore and that local communities have a real say in how services and campaigns are designed and delivered. What’s more you have the confidence and communication skills it takes to be a spokesperson and ambassador for Shelter and represent us externally as required.

* Because of the wide remit of this role, it involves considerable travel around Scotland and you will be expected to spend at least part of each week in Edinburgh.


We offer a wide range of benefits, including 30 days of annual leave, enhanced family friendly policies, pension and interest free travel loans. Our employees also have access to a tenancy deposit loan, cycle to work scheme and an employee assistance programme.

Shelter Scotland helps over half a million people every year struggling with bad housing or homelessness through our advice, support and legal services. And we campaign to make sure that, one day, no one will have to turn to us for help.

To find out more about the role and the benefits of working for Shelter Scotland please visit our website.

Apply to be part of our Operations team and be the change you want to see in society.

Application notes

Safeguarding is everyone’s business. Shelter is committed to protecting the health, wellbeing and human rights of those we support, and enabling them to live free from harm, abuse and neglect. All our staff will be expected to observe professional standards of behaviour and conduct their work in line with our Safeguarding Policies.

At Shelter Scotland, we welcome and encourage applications from everyone regardless of age, disability, gender, ethnicity, religion and sexual orientation. We also encourage applications from people, who have been homeless or have been at risk of homelessness. We are facing diverse problems, so need diverse people to tackle them. In addition to this, we encourage an approach to involving people with personal insight of housing issues and homelessness in our recruitment processes.

Shelter does not accept unsolicited CVs from external recruitment agencies nor accept the fees associated with them.

To apply please email your CV and a supporting statement that addresses the key criteria on the job description to

Closing date: 21 June 2020 at 11.30pm.

Interviews will be held on 3rd July 2020.