Thistle aims to support individuals, families and communities to maximise their potential and achieve the best possible quality of life.
The successful candidate will work directly with the people we support, their families and their support teams. They will lead the design and development of support for people with disabilities whose behaviour is often labelled as ‘difficult’ or 'challenging’.
Working as part of the Senior Leadership Team the successful candidate will be highly skilled and experienced in designing person centred support, collaborative working across multi-disciplinary teams and leading the development of excellent person centred practice across teams.
The work you lead will result in people living with disabilities achieving the things that matter most to them in their lives.
This role is an excellent opportunity for an experienced communications professional confident working across the full spectrum of communication disciplines and with a passion for driving change. You will have experience of working at a senior level and using a range of tools and tactics to speak to a wide range of audiences from organisations and government to the public. You will have a strong understanding of and demonstrable experience of developing communication strategies designed to persuade, change minds and provoke action. This role is occupies a pivotal position within Community Justice Scotland and afford the candidate the opportunity to help shape the future direction of the organisation.
The Citizens Advice network in Scotland is the largest independent advice service in the country. Citizens Advice Scotland is a charity within this network – we act as a national organisation supporting and representing the service as a whole and the interests of citizens. At the heart of the network there are 59 individual citizens advice bureau organisations across Scotland, all operating as independent charities in their own right, and generally focusing on providing support directly to clients. Each of these organisations is a member of Citizens Advice Scotland. Also providing significant added value are the national elements of the service run out of Citizens Advice Scotland, such as the Extra Help Unit.
We believe that every citizen should have access to free, impartial and confidential advice that helps them make informed decisions, whenever they need it and however they choose to access it.
This is a key role in continuously maintaining and improving the standards of the members of Scottish Association of Citizens Advice Bureaux. As Head of Standards and Compliance you will be responsible for thought leadership on critical pieces of work to maintain and enhance the network’s longstanding reputation for high quality independent advice and management of the teams responsible for quality assurance and training.
The Head of Standards and Compliance is responsible for the implementation of deliverables of the Standards Team; defining the strategy of the team, overseeing and guiding delivery of its programme of work in consultation with CAS governance and Senior Leadership Team, establishing internal and external partnerships to guide it.
This new post is a fantastic opportunity to deliver transformation and facilitate the growth and resilience of a quality assured network of organisations, work that is essential to enabling all sectors of Scotland to deliver a fair, just and equitable access to advice and for volunteers to advocate for everyone’s rights in an assured manner.
The successful candidate will take personal responsibility for the enhancement of an existing high-quality service. You will have significant experience in building relationships with stakeholders at a variety of levels. Have excellent planning and anticipation skills, and demonstratable lobbying and negotiating skills. You will have a proven track record of managing projects involving independent organisations, and be able to demonstrate your skills in implementing change and new initiatives. You will be comfortable working with ambiguity and be able to manage resistance to change while sustaining momentum.
This role offers you the opportunity to work at the heart of supporting Scotland's largest independent advice network and to make an invaluable contribution to citizen’s lives.
For more information, please refer to the Job Pack which can be downloaded on our vacancies page.
Citizens Advice Scotland is committed to promoting diversity and inclusion. We offer a range of family friendly, inclusive employment policies and flexible working arrangements to support all our staff. We are also committed to equality of opportunity for all and applications from individuals are encouraged regardless of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and marriage and civil partnerships.
*This role is normally based in our Edinburgh office. As a result of the COVID-19 crisis, all Citizens Advice Scotland staff are currently working from home and we would therefore expect the successful candidate would be required to work from home initially. Re-opening our offices will be carefully planned and managed in accordance with the latest Scottish Government guidance and public health advice. Candidates should be prepared to work from home initially, but be aware that attendance at the normal office base will be required in future. We are currently reviewing our home working policy in response to the COVID-19 crisis and ongoing opportunities to work from home can be discussed with the successful candidate at offer stage.
Citizens Advice Scotland offers excellent terms and conditions, including a total of 40 days leave (including public holidays) and a pension scheme with an 8% employer contribution. We have a flexitime scheme which enables our employees to work flexibly in line with organisational requirements, and as an inclusive employer we are happy to consider other flexible working arrangements where appropriate. For more details of some of the other benefits on offer to our employees, please see the section on employee benefits in the Job Pack.
Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland (CHSS) is an independent Scottish charity, whose mission is to be the community of support, kindness and challenge where people can help each other, can secure the expert help they need, and collectively advocate for the care that matters to them. We offer vital advice, support and information to those affected so that they can live the lives they want to live and influence public policy to ensure that people get the services that they need. Our renewed ambition is to become Scotland’s leading organisation for person-centred, user-led community support for people with our health conditions.
The role of the Deputy Head – Clinical Services will support the Head of Service Delivery to develop and deliver a range of service solutions that will meet the needs of people living with all of our conditions including Long COVID, clearly demonstrating the impact of these services for people, the systems in which we operate and potential funders/donors. The postholder will lead the Clinical Services Team which will oversee the delivery of operational element of the Services Plan with a specific focus on geographic clinical service delivery in line with our No Life Half Lived Strategy.
Candidates must have a recognised professional qualification / registration within heath and/or social care such as NMC or HCPC registration. Individuals should also be able to lead motivate, engage, inspire and develop staff whilst leading teams through change in a positive and constructive manner. You should have a track record of managing clinical based services, as well as experience of clinical service design, continuous improvement and experience of service evaluation and audit. Networking skills with the ability to develop and maintain effective relationships with stakeholders is also essential.
CHSS employees enjoy a variety of organisational benefits including: Company pension scheme, generous holiday allowance, company sick pay, employee welfare support and life assurance.
This role is subject to a PVG check. CHSS is committed to equality of opportunity, to following practices, and to providing a service which is free from unfair and unlawful discrimination. CHSS aims to ensure that no applicant, volunteer or member of staff is unfairly treated on the grounds of offending background.
We are seeking a Head of Services to lead a diverse portfolio of online and face to face services for people with diabetes.
This includes the UK’s leading diabetes professional and academic conference, a range of events and conferences for people with type 1 diabetes, a community and place based programme, and a new digital product called Know Your Risk. This is a new senior role in the operations directorate and is a member of the services leadership team. You will work across the services team, and provide operational leadership to support and develop the team to offer new impactful digital and face to face services.
This is an exciting time to join Diabetes UK to help shape our offer within our new strategic outcomes framework which is set out in our “A generation to end the harm strategy” 2020-2020, organisational-strategy-2019-digital.pdf(diabetes.org.uk)
You will be responsible for leading and supporting an experienced and diverse team to evolve and grow our services to improve the lives of people living with diabetes. You will also have responsibility for developing a new range of digital and face to face services too. One of the key parts of the role is to develop our capability in quality assurance, evaluation and impact, as we are passionate about addressing and tackling inequality and ensuring our services make a difference.
The Ideal Candidate
Ideally you will have experience of developing and managing a range of national digital and face to face services in the voluntary sector in a health and care setting. Not only will you be able to evidence your approach to impact and outcome measurement, and how you used this to develop and evolve services, you will also be able to evidence your excellent project management skills too. Comfortable operating strategically and operationally, you will bring new insight and ideas to our digital plans. With a proven record of leading high performing teams and working across an organisation you will share our passion that everyone deserves to live well and longer with diabetes.
Children 1st is Scotland’s National Children’s Charity and since 1884 children’s safety and wellbeing have been at the heart of everything we do. We are a dynamic charity focused on leading transformational change for children so that they stay safe, happy and well in their own families and communities. That means we work tirelessly in campaigning, influencing and direct support to help families overcome all the challenges they face.
To support our vision that children in Scotland will be safer, will grow up in strong, resilient families and will have access to early help and support when they need it, we are looking to recruit into the business critical role of Director of Finance & Corporate Services. Reporting to the Chief Executive you will provide strategic and operational leadership to the Finance, ICT. HR and Property functions ensuring Children 1st has sound financial management and planning and operates sustainably and efficiently meeting key organisational objectives.
You will be joining an executive team driven to do even better for the children we support and with a clear and ambitious plan to deliver and as a member of the Executive Leadership team you will directly contribute at a strategic level to the capacity building, organisational development, resilience, sustainability and impact of the organisation.
You will be a fully qualified accountant with a proven track record of robust financial management, ideally gained within the voluntary sector, and significant experience of operating at a senior level ensuring compliance with statutory requirements, sound corporate governance and providing financial information and analysis to allow informed decision making. An accomplished communicator with highly developed people management skills, you will also be able to demonstrate a proven ability to build and maintain strong working relationships with a range of internal and external stakeholders.
With a strong commitment to Children 1st‘s vision, mission and values the successful candidate will also be able to demonstrate:
If you share our passion and vision for a happy, healthy, safe and secure childhood for every child and young person in Scotland we would be delighted to receive an application from you.
Circle is a Scottish charity providing family support services to some of Scotland’s most marginalised children and families.
This is a senior role within the management team at Circle.
The successful candidate will play a key role working with the Chief Executive and management team to drive the strategic direction, financial wellbeing and operational effectiveness of the organisation. The role will require an experienced, pro-active, and dynamic individual who can drive change and develop new and more effective ways for Circle to achieve their vision for all children to be safe, happy, healthy and nurtured within a stable family which supports them to achieve their potential.
Applicants must have a professional qualification in social work, social care or health and have a strong track record of taking responsibility for safeguarding practice across children and adult services.
A recognised qualification in management/leadership in Health and Social Care is desirable.
Teens+ (Transitional Education Extra Needs Support) provide a service for young people with complex communication needs, autism & its complexities, and behaviours that challenge traditional services. Our primary goal is to help individuals achieve their full potential through gentle, lifelong learning. Our Transitional Education service is designed to assist young adults who are not quite ready to take the step into post school education, work or to a new home. We also provide a befriending service out with the normal hours of our service operation which is tailor made to each student’s needs.
We are now seeking an individual to join the Senior Management Team, ensuring that we provide high-quality education and social care to our students. Reporting to the CEO, the role will be responsible for developing and delivering the services in line with our person-centred education ethos. The Head of Service will be the Registered Manager and will work closely with our new Chief Executive Officer to develop and deliver new projects that meet our aspirations for growth.
You will be a pro-active leader with a track record in managing Multi-Disciplinary Teams. You will be values oriented with strong stakeholder management skills and in-depth knowledge of social care and the Scottish regulatory framework. The ideal candidate will also have experience of leading teams through change in a positive and constructive manner. This is an exciting time to join TEENS+ as we embark on our next stages of development.
Who are we looking for and why work at Children’s Hearings Scotland (CHS)?
We’re looking for an energetic and dynamic leader who can drive our legislative and practice reforms as we deliver The Promise. You will be open minded, a key influencer and a strategic thinker who can lead us through our complex legislative environment. You will be a true relationship builder with an impressive track record of collaboration and networking. You will add real value to our Senior Leadership Team with your insight and be prepared to lead from the front.
At CHS we recruit, train and support empathetic and committed volunteers across Scotland. Our volunteer roles are Panel Members and Area Support Team (AST) members.
Our 2,500 volunteer Panel Members take part in children’s hearings in their local areas, making decisions with and for infants, children and young people. Our organisation also supports a network of 22 Area Support Teams made up of 400 volunteers who support Panel Members in their local communities.
CHS has signed-up to deliver The Promise and in that we will work with young people and our partners to redesign Children’s Hearings over the next 5-years. This is possibly the most exciting time to work at CHS as you will play a key role in these reforms.
Our Practice & Policy team
We now have a fantastic opportunity for a strategic and forward thinking leader to head up our Practice and Policy team. You will have relevant experience and connections to the Children’s hearing System and will be responsible for leading, directing and developing practice and policies across CHS. Your focus will be on ensuring that practice and policy support organisational objectives, and the effectiveness of Panel Members to achieve the best interventions and outcomes for infants, children, young people and their families.
You will have a sound understanding of our missions, vision and values and be able to use your extensive experience to develop corporate strategies and meaningful objectives which promote national policy, drive and maintain quality standards, and lead to positive demonstrative outcomes.
You will facilitate and nurture best practice across the service; actively encourage and promote the contribution to practice and policy from all staff; and maximise efficiency and effectiveness through integration and inclusion.
Educated to degree level or equivalent you must be able to evidence your recent commitment to continuing your professional development in your area of work. You must also possess a leadership/management qualification and have significant demonstrable experience in leadership, problem solving, planning and decision making.
If you think that you can help to shape and improve practice and policy to achieve better hearings then this could be just the position for you.
Life at CHS
As an organisation that works within the children’s hearings system, we are passionate about making a positive contribution to improving outcomes for Scotland’s infants, children and young people. Our values are at the very heart of what we do every day. By working with us, you’ll be joining a diverse community of colleagues and volunteers.
At CHS we are proud to celebrate difference. We all have different skills, experience and backgrounds and we strive to have a friendly and inclusive culture where you can be yourself.
We offer an excellent benefits package, from health and wellness to finances and family. including: generous annual leave, flexible working and other leave policies, fantastic pension, Employee Assistance Programme, development opportunities and wider employee wellbeing initiatives.
Diversity and Inclusion
CHS is an equal opportunities employer. We encourage diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We actively encourage applicants from all protected characteristics and commit to providing any reasonable adjustments required during application and assessment process, and upon joining CHS.
We are looking for a Head of Research, Evidence and Insight to join our team! Could this be you?
About the Role
The role is central to helping us to develop and lead a range of research and insights projects on flexible working - focusing on employers and people in work - in order to inform and support both our commercial employer work and our social justice priorities.
You can find out more about the role by downloading the Job Description.