Humanist Society Scotland
Humanist Society Scotland

Charity registered in Scotland SC026570

Humanist Society Scotland (HSS) is the Scottish charity working on behalf of non-religious people who seek to live ethical and fulfilling lives on the basis of reason and humanity. HSS is part of a UK, European and wider international movement of people and organisations. In Scotland, HSS members have a clear vision of a secular Scotland, and the activities that HSS can pursue to achieve that end. We are a registered charity in Scotland, and governed by a board of Trustees elected by members. The day-to-day work of the Society is undertaken by a team of staff and volunteers overseen by the Senior Management Team.

Current vacancies

Top job! Chief Executive Officer

  • Full time
  • £45,000 – £51,000
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 5th April 2019

The Board of Trustees of Humanist Society Scotland is currently looking to appoint a new Chief Executive Officer.

The Society is already a successful organisation, so we are looking for an exceptional leader to take it to the next level so as to develop and maximise our impact, profile, visibility, membership and income.

Based in Central Edinburgh, Humanist Society Scotland is a national charity and exists to promote Humanism and its values within Scotland. It initiates, leads on and engages with major social, education and campaigning activities, as well as being the major provider of Humanist wedding, funeral and naming ceremonies, with a celebrant body of circa 130 across all of Scotland.

In the last four years, led by our departing Chief Executive Officer, the charity has developed and continually grown in strength. Having been an organisation run entirely by volunteers, it currently has a professional staff team of 6.5 FTE.

Reporting to the Board, the new CEO will be a key member of our leadership team, playing a crucial role in developing Humanist Society Scotland’s core activities. You will also be responsible for ensuring the effective running of the office on a daily basis, leading the staff to provide a comprehensive range of support, services and events for Humanist Society Scotland and our members. Further, the CEO regularly represents Humanist Society Scotland in media interviews in response to policy issues.

About You:

A dynamic senior leader, you will be an innovative and creative thinker, with drive and ambition to campaign and lobby for change. A confident public and media speaker, you will be able to inspire a wide range of different stakeholders.

You will also be an imaginative and collaborative manager, inspiring and motivating your team in a manner that is positive and supportive of our vision, mission and values. Working collaboratively with the staff team and Board of Trustees, you will have excellent interpersonal skills enabling you to build a strong network of relationships. You will have the ability both to provide direction and also to work as a committed team player delivering effective strategy and action plans.

Humanist Society Scotland is a values-based organisation and all candidates will be required to demonstrate their commitment to Humanist values.

Job share applications are also welcomed.

Closed vacancies
This vacancy has now closed

Administrative Assistant

  • Part time
  • £16,895 pro-rata
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 4th February 2019

Humanist Society Scotland promotes Humanist values to people in Scotland, campaigns for an ethical, rational and secular future, and gives voice to the millions of people in Scotland who live without religion.

We support a community of 14,000 members working together for a compassionate, dignified and respectful vision of Scotland and the world. We provide services, such as ceremonies and school visitors, which enable people to discover Humanism and live their lives as Humanists.

We're currently recruiting for an Administrative Assistant to join the team, based in our central Edinburgh HQ. The role involves general administration across the organisation, particularly finance, supporting our board of trustees and its committees, and membership.

The ideal candidate has great communication skills, works well in a team and has an aptitude for digital technology. A further person specification is included with the job description.

The working pattern for this part-time role will be agreed with the successful candidate.


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