Scottish Federation of Housing Associations
Scottish Federation of Housing Associations

We are the national representative body for Scotland's housing associations and co-operatives.


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The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) is a membership organisation which represents Scotland's housing associations, co-operatives and registered social landlords (RSL’s). Housing remains a top priority for the Scottish Government with members playing a key role in providing solutions to tackling homelessness and delivering new homes. SFHA currently represents 136 member organisations across Scotland, who collectively provide over 250,000 warm, good quality, affordable and safe homes in successful communities. SFHA works closely with the Government and other organisations to achieve desired legislation, regulation and funding which will support the success of its members and make a difference for people and places. Through comprehensive and effective communication channels and events it provides opportunities for the sector to innovate, learn, consult and engage.

SFHA is now looking for a Head of Public Affairs & Communications who will lead and effectively manage the Public Affairs and Communications Team to deliver excellent performance and contribute to the organisations strategic aims and objectives. The post holder will represent the position of SFHA and its members through innovative media and communications. Working closely with the other Heads of Service, the post holder will raise the profile of SFHA and influence key external parties in relation to the needs and interests of SFHA’s members.

The successful candidate will embrace SFHA’s core values and the vision that everyone should have a good home in a successful community. The new Head of Public Affairs & Communications will have an awareness of the housing sector and an understanding of research and the policy environment. Possessing experience in a similar public affairs role the ideal candidate will be able to effectively develop relationships with key and influential stakeholders, whilst effectively managing and developing the Public Affairs and Communications team.

Chief Executive Sally Thomas was appointed in 2017 and is focussed on driving forward improvements and the progression of the sector and the SFHA itself. This role will provide strategic support to the Chief Executive and Board; it is also expected the post holder will stand in for Sally Thomas as required at events.

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The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) is a membership organisation which represents Scotland's housing associations, co-operatives and registered social landlords (RSL’s). Housing remains a top priority for the Scottish Government with members playing a key role in providing solutions to tackling homelessness and delivering new homes. SFHA currently represents 132 member organisations across Scotland, who collectively provide over 247,000 warm, good quality, affordable and safe homes in successful communities. The SFHA works closely with the Government and other organisations to achieve desired legislation, regulation and funding which will support the success of its members and make a difference for people and places. Through comprehensive and effective communication channels and events it provides opportunities for the sector to innovate, learn, consult and engage. Members look to SFHA to develop and deliver modern and innovative services which help them achieve their ambitions.

SFHA is now looking for a Head of Membership and Policy Services who will lead on maximising membership and ensuring the interests of members’ are at the heart of everything that we do. Working collaboratively with the other Heads of Service and supporting a talented team, leadership is needed to gather, filter, devise and disseminate policy and research to influence government and decision makers and to inform practice. A key focus of the role will be to ensure that policy, events and other benefits that result from an understanding of priorities are determined directly by the members and respond to their interests. Demonstrating value for money through the benefits and impacts achieved through membership is also key to success for this pivotal role.

The successful candidate will embrace the SFHA core values and the vision that everyone should have a good home in a successful community. The new Head of Member and Policy Services, whilst not requiring a housing qualification, will be passionate about the difference housing can make and how effective representation of members’ ambitions can lead to positive change. Demonstrable relationship management experience, excellent communication skills and an understanding of the policy setting context would be essential to achieving success in this role.

Chief Executive Sally Thomas was appointed in 2017 and is focussed on driving forward improvements and the progression of the sector and the SFHA itself. A review of the operating structure has realigned the Head of Membership and Policy Services post. SFHA need someone who is confident to build and sustain relationships and develop and implement strategies to ensure that service provision and policy development is relevant, engaging and compelling and that SFHA grows as the leading voice for housing in Scotland. We now seek a passionate, engaging and creative leader to take on this role to contribute to the growth and continued success of the organisation and its members.

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Top job! Head of Business Services

  • Full time
  • Circa £50,000
  • Glasgow
  • Closing 29th January 2019

The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) is a membership organisation which represents Scotland's housing associations, co-operatives and registered social landlords (RSL’s). Housing remains a top priority for the Scottish Government with members playing a key role in providing solutions to tackling homelessness and delivering new homes. SFHA currently represents 132 member organisations across Scotland, who collectively provide over 247,000 warm, good quality, affordable and safe homes in successful communities. The SFHA works closely with the Government and other organisations to achieve desired legislation, regulation and funding which will support the success of its members and make a difference for people and places. Through comprehensive and effective communication channels and events it provides opportunities for the sector to innovate, learn, consult and engage.

Organisational management has never been more challenging, particularly with the benefits that the digital agenda brings, the need for increasing compliance with legislation and regulation and a rise in customer expectations. At SFHA we are excited about the opportunities this brings to impact on how we run our own business as a result of growth and expansion but also to support service members to develop and deliver the best outcomes for their organisations.

We are looking for a Head of Business Services who will provide leadership and direction in all our business areas and activities, with a particular focus on financial management, human resources, ICT and digital service development, governance, design and event management. The role will have responsibility for the continued progress and improvement of the organisation, developing frameworks to support and monitor business planning, service development and quality. Through working closely with the executive team the Head of Business Services will ensure the services and opportunities provided to its members are cost effective and remain of a high standard, whilst generating income through the growth of commercial partnerships.

The successful candidate will embrace the SFHA core values and the vision that everyone should have a good home in a successful community. The new Head of Business Services will bring strong management experience and commercial acumen to the role, whilst possessing excellent communication skills. As this post holds responsibility for a number of business areas and functions it would be beneficial to have demonstrable experience of managing a business and preferably hold a relevant management related professional qualification.

Chief Executive Sally Thomas was appointed in 2017 and is focussed on driving forward improvements and the progression of the sector and the SFHA itself. A review of the operating structure has realigned the Head of Business services post; we now seek an ambitious, socially minded, supportive leader of people to take on the role. Working with a talented and committed multi-disciplinary staff team the Head of Business Services will play a vital role in the continued success of SFHA and its members. The post will provide a platform to impact the housing sector in a significant way through the support and services provided to members.

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