The British Association of Social Workers (BASW) is the UK’s professional membership organisation for social work. We are the independent voice of social work. We champion social work and help members achieve the highest professional standards.

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Top job! National Director – Scottish Association of Social Work

  • Full time
  • £53,356 – £70,755
  • Edinburgh office or home based subject to discussion & Covid requirements
  • Closing 30th June 2020

BASW (the British Association of Social Workers) is the independent professional association for social workers across the UK. We are seeking to appoint our next National Director for Scotland to lead the SASW, the Scotland team.

The role is focused on driving the development and growth of the Association in Scotland, providing leadership to develop the engagement of and support to members and recruiting social workers to the association. The ND will be proactive in building stakeholder networks and creating a presence in the media, influencing and being the independent, profession-led voice on social work policy in Scotland. The post holder will also develop our professional education and events activities and deliver the SASW business plan.

SASW has a small staff team of professional social worker and administrative colleagues, and a well-established, enthusiastic committee of members that are driving the growth and development of BASW in Scotland. With an office and meeting base in Edinburgh (subject to Covid restrictions), SASW is excellently placed to reach out to more social workers and work in closer collaboration with partners and stakeholders across the sector to improve social work, the work experience of practitioners and the lives of people needing social work support.

At the current time, all BASW staff across the UK, including in SASW, are working from home, and using BASW’s excellent online facilities, resources, and equipment to continue in our work. BASW is responding to the Covid crisis creatively while prioritising safety for staff and members and will continue to do so.

Applications for the ND post are invited from qualified social workers who have the energy, determination, leadership, and management skills to develop and deliver our ambitions for SASW. The ideal candidate will have excellent interpersonal skills as well as the confidence and credibility to represent SASW at Government level and in the media. You will understand accountability within a member-led organisation and be able to facilitate communications and relations between SASW members’ committee and staff.

Leading a committed team of staff who may be working from home or from other locations much of the time, the role requires a high degree of autonomy, self-organisation and ability to seek and use support. Candidates should be self-motivated whilst capable of working consistently and flexibly as part of a UK-wide organisation. We are looking for someone who is passionate and knowledgeable about social work and who is committed to high standards of professionalism underpinned by BASW’s Code of Ethics for Social Work.

If you would like to be part of this dynamic, motivated team renowned for its dedication and professionalism while working in a challenging environment. You will need:

  • Knowledge of the current social work policy and political agenda and landscape, particularly in Scotland.
  • Leadership experience at senior practitioner and/or management level.
  • Significant social work experience and be registered with a UK regulator, or willing and eligible to register with the appropriate regulator.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Experience of working in challenging, senior leadership situations with conflicting time scales and priorities.
  • Willingness to work collaboratively, including via virtual environments and digital communications.
  • A demonstrable commitment to the BASW Code of Ethics.
  • Ability and willingness to work in a member-led organisation and to support and facilitate the good functioning of the SASW committee of members.

The work is fast paced but you will be well supported and guided by experienced, supportive colleagues across the UK and in Scotland to ensure you reach your full potential and are able to deliver the best outcomes for members.

If you believe you have the skills, motivation, and determination to succeed in this role we would like to hear from you.