BASW is the largest professional association for social work in the UK, with offices in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. We’re here to promote the best possible social work services for all people who may need them, while also securing the well being of social workers. BASW has established an arms length trade union, the Social Workers Union (SWU) which together with our Advice & Representation Service offers a range of services to improve the protection of our members in the workplace.
SASW is supported by a small staff team of professional 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, 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.
BASW is seeking to appoint our next National Director for SASW, to further drive the development and growth of the Association in Scotland. The role includes providing leadership to develop the engagement of and support to members, recruiting social workers to the association, building stakeholder networks, influencing and leading on social work policy in Scotland, developing our professional education and events activities, and delivering the SASW business plan.
Applications 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 inter-personal skills as well as the confidence and credibility to represent SASW at Government level and in the media. Leading a committed, dispersed team of staff, the role requires a high degree of autonomy and 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 political agenda and environment particularly in Scotland.
Leadership experience at senior practitioner and/or management level.
Significant social work experience and be registered, or willing to register with the appropriate regulator.
Excellent interpersonal skills.
Experience of working in challenging, senior leadership situations with conflicting time scales and priorities.
To be prepared to work collaboratively, including via virtual environments and digital communications.
A demonstrable commitment to the BASW Code of Ethics.
The work is fast paced but you will be well supported and guided by experienced, supportive colleagues to ensure you reach your full potential and are able to deliver the best outcomes for members.
Are you a registered social worker committed to promoting the voice of social workers, ethical values and excellent social work practice?
If you have answered yes and have the requisite professional qualifications, skills and experience we want to hear from you!
This is a diverse role focusing on recruitment and support of SASW members, stakeholder engagement, building local branch networks, developing policy and position statements, developing, designing and supporting social work professional identity initiatives within the Scottish Social Services context and leading on consultations responses. The post holder(s) will work with a variety of partners including social workers, users of services, government representatives, media representatives, politicians, social work employers, educationalists and the third sector.
The role will support SASW’s capacity to shape and respond to national policy, research and practice development priorities.