The Spark is a leading provider of couples counselling, marriage counselling, individual counselling, youth counselling and family counselling services in Scotland. We are also the biggest provider of school-based counselling services in the country, supporting thousands of children and young people each year with counselling.
As an SQA approved training centre, The Spark is at the forefront of counselling and mental health training services. Ranging from introductory courses in mental health first aid to advanced diplomas in counselling and psychotherapy theory and practice, The Spark provides pathways for individuals seeking a new career in counselling from trainee to supervisor levels.
The Business Development and Commercial Director will report directly to the Chief Executive and play a key role in the development and delivery of The Spark’s commercial strategy, ensuring a sustainable pipeline of funding for key services, as well as working with the senior management team to identify and develop opportunities for potential new services.
The ideal candidate will have demonstrable experience in securing public sector contracts for third sector organisations, a well-established personal network of relationships and contacts within local and central government, a strong understanding of the policy landscape and in-depth knowledge and understanding of public sector procurement processes.
Reasons to work with us
· Generous annual leave entitlement
· Excellent training & development opportunities
· Flexible working
· Company pension scheme
You join us at an exciting time as we continue to play our part in helping Scotland's children and families recover from the impact of the Covid 19 pandemic. We are a dynamic charity focussed on leading transformational change for children so that they stay safe, happy and well in their own families and communities.
As Head of Finance, you will be the source of technical advice and guidance on all areas of finance. As a key member of the senior leadership team, you will be responsible for delivering effective strategic financial planning and supporting funding applications, along with robust financial management, budgeting, risk management, taxation, investment and procurement practices across the Charity.
You will be a qualified accountant, with PQE gained in the Charity sector in a senior finance role and have a strong understanding of Charity Accounting and Governance, and Taxation.
Very much a team player, you will need to be comfortable operating both strategically and tactically and bring a rigorous approach to your work, while building strong and effective relationships with colleagues.
This a permanent, full time role of 35 hours per week. You will be working remotely initially and once we move to blended working; we anticipate you working from our Edinburgh base around 2 days per week.
SAMH is Scotland’s mental health charity. For almost 100 years SAMH has promoted the importance of good mental health; delivered dynamic and innovative recovery-focused services across Scotland; campaigned on behalf of people with mental health problems; and challenged stigma and discrimination. Our own strategic vision sits across 3 priorities: psychological wellbeing, suicide prevention and care and support with areas of focus including workplaces, children and young people’s mental health, sport and physical activity and our national programmes on anti-bullying and anti-stigma and discrimination.
We have established a strong supporter and partnership base with c30,000 relationships on our supporter database, 60 corporate partners and have a number of existing strategic partnerships with organisations to deliver multiple national and community based programmes. We campaign and influence across the country for people’s mental health. In the past year we engaged with over 7,000 people to influence national policy and our own strategy and continue to be viewed strongly by key decision makers with SAMH being considered the most effective charity 5 out the last 6 years in a survey of MSPs.
We are now looking to appoint a new Director of Delivery & Service Development. With over 50 community based services across Scotland, SAMH is at the forefront of providing person centred and recovery focused support to people with mental health problems. Across this range of locality based services; including health and social care, employment, primary care; distress interventions and therapeutic approaches; you will lead teams to deliver high quality outcomes that make a real difference to people’s lives.
As a key member of the Executive Team and Senior Management you will shape the SAMH Strategy and ensure the delivery and development functions work in support of the organisations ambitious plans for the coming years. Specifically, you will lead the transformational change of psychological wellbeing and the development and redesign of our core service offers will both be crucial features of the post as the organisation seeks to change, grow and innovate at a critical time in mental health.
The ideal candidate will have operated at senior management level, have drive and enthusiasm to create opportunities and be able to bring influence to bear in the external environment. A strategic thinker with a track record in delivery too, we are looking for someone who can be part of a high performing team to lead the organisation to continued success in meeting the aspirations of those who we support. Considerable experience of financial management and an understanding of economic drivers will be essential in a field where contract delivery and results are key.
Change-makers sought! Do you want to help Scotland to Keep The Promise?
We’re looking for an experienced professional to help us to improve the lives of children, young people and care leavers by supporting the stability and security all children and young people have a right to.
As a leading improvement and innovation centre in Scotland, CELCIS works to improve the lives of children and young people in need of care and protection, their families and carers, and care leavers, by supporting the people and organisations responsible for their care to make changes in the services, practices and skills they use.
We’re looking for someone to be part of our Children’s Services Implementation team who’ll bring passion, insight and understanding to our work focussed on enabling effective family support and, where needed, high quality alternative care for children and young people. This role will work with partners and stakeholders to create the readiness and conditions necessary to support transformational change in practice.
This involves working with children’s services, other partner organisations and with those who have lived experience to support and embed impactful systems change and improvement. With others in the team, this post will support the development of genuine partnerships, groups and forums to share and embed best evidence and to facilitate staged based approaches to change. At CELCIS we apply a variety of methodologies across our work, within this team there is a particular focus on the use of Implementation approaches to drive, enable and embed sustainable complex change.
Central to the role is the ability to apply evidence based approaches, facilitation, coaching and practical skills to support improvement and support implementation of innovative and evidence-based practices that will better meet the needs of children, families and carers. The role would suit candidates with compassion, sensitivity and the strong relationship-building skills required to support, facilitate and encourage systemic and strategic change in practices.
Do you have experience of working within the children’s care and protection sector? Can you demonstrate a deep understanding of and commitment the change and improvement set out in the Promise Change Plan, and respecting lived experience of care? Are you passionate about using improvement approaches to make this happen?
You will have an appropriate professional qualification / relevant degree, with substantial practical experience and evidence of successful collaborative working, including experience of using an improvement and implementation approach.
Does this sound like you? Apply now.
Funding for the post: Like for all colleagues in the team, this post is initially funded for 12 months, with a further 2 years of funding indicated by Scottish Government. CELCIS has received funding in this way from Scottish Government since 2010 where we agree our funding level every year, as well as agree the next two years indicative level.
All CELCIS staff are working remotely at home until the University has ensured it is safe and essential to work in the office (we are based in the Curran Building at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow). Flexibility for blended working arrangements (from home, in the office, and travel to work with local partners as required for the role) can be available and we are happy to discuss.
Informal enquiries about the post can be directed to Claire Burns, Director (Acting) (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Scottish Adoption delivers high quality placement and adoption support services. The bulk of our services are delivered across Edinburgh and the Lothians, although we work with Local Authorities from across Scotland and other parts of the UK. We are an ambitious organisation with strong governance. In recent years we have undertaken a journey of incremental growth, combined with launching a number of adoption support initiatives including our sector leading Adoption Therapy Centre for Children.
Scottish Adoption is seeking a new Chief Executive who will be responsible for providing leadership, developing, and implementing Scottish Adoption's strategic and operational plans, partnership and being an effective advocate for the charity and the families it serves. You will lead and work with a team of 30 permanent staff and a pool of freelance staff. They will be responsible for ensuring financial control as well as supporting and advising on service delivery and maintaining good governance across all aspects of Scottish Adoption.
To be considered for the role you must meet the following criteria:
- Recognised social work qualification and registered with (or eligible to register with) the Scottish Social Services Council.
- Evidence of continuous professional development relevant to the role.
- Experience of leading people successfully through progressive development, innovation, and projects to deliver strategic development plans.
- Recognised as a highly professional and effective partner and communicator.
- Experience and proven success in leading a teams or significant projects/programmes which include budgets, people, and stakeholders.
- In depth knowledge and experience of managing Adoption and Fostering services.
For a confidential discussion contact Debbie Shields on 0141 212 7555.
Your New Organisation
ILF Scotland (ilf.scot) is a Non-Departmental Scottish Public Body (NDPB) constituted as a company limited by guarantee. We were created following the closure of the UK ILF in June 2015 and have been administering Scottish ILF funding for existing fund recipients in Scotland and Northern Ireland since 1st July 2015.
ILF Scotland distributes annual funding of approximately £60m to support individual recipients to lead independent lives. Our organisation consists of a dedicated team of around 62, who provide award management services for approximately 5,000 current fund recipients split between the 2015 Fund and Transition Fund.
Our organisation is fully funded by and accountable to, Scottish and Northern Ireland Government Ministers via a Board of Directors. Directors are appointed by Scottish Ministers in-line with the Scottish Public Appointments process.
As a values based organisation, ILF Scotland takes a values led approach to legislative compliance where people and relationship building are a key focus.
Your New Role
An exciting opportunity has arisen to join our team where you will be responsible for developing and reviewing ILF Scotland’s Public Policies, Guidance and Procedures based upon your expert understanding of the policy landscape within which ILF Scotland operates, supported by the Director of Policy, Improvement and Engagement.
You will have the opportunity to influence Local Government, Health & Social Care Partnerships / Trusts, COSLA and other decision makers to promote best practice in independent living and encourage cohesion and consistency across key national and local independent living and social care policies. You will also become a source of expert internal advice for colleagues.
You will lead on the successful operation of ILF Scotland’s complaints function in accordance with the Scottish and Northern Ireland Public Services Ombudsmen’s’ standard complaints process and be supported by the Director of Policy Improvement and Engagement.
To be successful
You will hold a degree level qualification with a strong and proven track record of success in similar policy role(s) combined with an awareness and knowledge of Health & Social Care in Scotland and Northern Ireland, the Scottish and UK Government, and the associated policy landscape. You will also have excellent analytical, written and report writing skills alongside the ability to continually re-prioritise and work to tight deadlines. You will be someone who can present to diverse audiences and demonstrate experience in establishing and developing strong stakeholder relationships.
What we Offer
In return, alongside a competitive salary and the opportunity operate in our award winning, flexible working culture we offer a defined benefit pension scheme with a generous employer contribution and related benefits as well as various discounts and memberships.
Change-makers sought! Do you want to help Scotland to Keep The Promise?
CELCIS, the Centre for Excellence for Children’s Care and Protection, is an internationally recognised leading improvement and innovation centre based in Scotland at the University of Strathclyde. We are dedicated to supporting change and improvement for children in need of care and protection, their families and carers, and care leavers.
Focused on improving the lives of children and young people in need of care and protection and their families and carers, we support people and organisation’s responsible for their care to make long-lasting changes in services, in systems and the practices and skills they use
We work with organisations and people across Scotland at local and national to level to realise The Promise of the Independent Care Review (2020). The focus of the work of this team is to support those across Scotland, who are working to ensure the stability and permanence of babies, children and young people and also ensure their protection from abuse, harm and neglect.
Our Head of Protection and Permanence leads on how we assist national and local government and their partners to develop and apply evidence-based ways to drive change and improvement in services and practices. The team covers Child Protection, Addressing Neglect, Permanence and supports effective decision making across Children’s Services and will lead on the CELCIS contribution to the Scottish Government Child Protection Improvement Plan and delivery of support to CPC Scotland.
You will have an appropriate Degree, with significant experience of directly relevant roles and considerable experience of leadership and management contributing to and realising an organisation’s strategic and business objectives. You will also have extensive experience of leading complex change projects which have delivered positive and sustainable change.
A member of our Strategic Management Team, you will share responsibility for the planning and delivery of CELCIS’s strategy which prioritises supporting improvements in early help, effective decision making, and quality care, all underpinned by valuing the voice of lived experience. We are seeking a motivated individual with strategic management and leadership experience who can contribute to how we deliver our strategy and meet and exceed key stakeholder expectations.
All CELCIS staff are working remotely at home until the University has ensured it is safe and essential to work in the office (we are based in the Curran Building at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow). Flexibility for blended working arrangements (from home, in the office, and travel to work with local partners as required for the role) may be available.
Funding for the post: Like all the team, the post is funded for 12 months, with a further 2 years of funding indicated by Scottish Government. CELCIS has received funding in this way from Scottish Government since 2010 where we agree our funding level every year, as well as agreeing the indicative level for the next two years.
Change is happening. Be part of it. Together we can make things better for children, young people and their families and carers. Apply now.
Informal enquiries about the post can be directed to Claire Burns, Acting Director (email@example.com).
Our vision is that all children and young people are loved and respected. That they enjoy their childhood and achieve their full potential.
Our mission is to provide a loving and caring school and home environment for children and young people up to the age of 18 with challenging or complex needs. We will build relationships where they learn to trust and be trusted, feel safe, and have fun. To educate our children in ways that work for them as individuals, including through the outdoors, play and adventures. To teach them crucial life skills in a stimulating and nurturing environment where every adult is focused on their happiness and wellbeing. To enable them to grow up to be confident, contented and valued members of society. Their voices will be listened to and be at the heart of everything we do.
At Seamab, we have ambitions to build a new school and this role will be an important addition to the team. Full details are contained within the job pack.
Are you interested in improving collective wellbeing? Join us at Carnegie UK in this newly created role of Head of Communications to help us deliver our new strategy.
About Carnegie UK
Carnegie UK is an endowed charitable foundation. Our purpose is to improve the wellbeing of people in the UK and Ireland. We believe that collective wellbeing happens when social, economic, environmental and democratic outcomes are seen as equally important and given equal weight. This means we aspire to a society where all have our basic needs met; where we all have a decent minimum living standard; where we live within the planet’s natural resources; and where we all have a voice in the decisions that affect us.
Carnegie UK has just launched our new strategy to put collective wellbeing at the heart of decision making and to tackle the issues that threaten wellbeing.
To help us maximise our contribution to delivering positive change, we have created the new role of Head of Communications to lead the development and delivery of our communications strategy.
You’ll be supporting the development and implementation of our new brand, identifying opportunities for us to extend our reach and influence, working closely with our internal programme teams and external partners to develop inspiring communications strategies, supporting the development of a wide range of written and creative content, overseeing the management of key communications platforms, and contributing to our culture of continuous learning and improvement.
You’ll report directly to a member of senior management and work closely with colleagues throughout the organisation.
The role will normally be based in our office in Dunfermline, with some UK travel, but will be home-based and working remotely during the current COVID restrictions. We are currently reviewing are flexible and home-working policies and anticipate that these will continue to offer some flexibility to allow a balance between individual preferences and business needs.
Carnegie UK is strongly committed to encouraging and supporting a diverse workforce and we have a programme of work in the train to improve our practice and understanding in relation to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We especially welcome applications from all in the community who can contribute to the further diversification of experiences, ideas and perspectives.
For decades, children in residential care in Scotland were failed by those entrusted to look after them. Scotland is taking steps to face up to those failing by establishing a financial redress scheme for survivors of historical child abuse in care.
While nothing can ever make up for the suffering survivors have endured, financial redress can provide acknowledgement and recognition of the harm done. The national redress scheme will offer a non-adversarial alternative route to justice and access to support and apology.
To deliver this, the Scottish Government has supported the creation of a new ‘non-departmental public body’ entitled Redress Scotland. This body will assess and make decisions on applications from survivors (and in some cases next of kin) seeking redress. Redress Scotland will be entirely independent of the Scottish Government.
Redress Scotland is primarily a decision-making body. It will not process applications, provide support to applicants or arrange payments. In order to make best use of public resources, all administrative aspects of the national scheme will instead be carried out by Scottish Government without impinging on the independence of Redress Scotland’s decision-making.
Redress Scotland is seeking to appoint a Head of Finance & Resources who will be a member of the Senior Management Team (SMT).
The Head of Finance & Resources is responsible for leading the financial management of the organisation and the functions of finance, ICT, buildings and contracts. The role will include leading and managing any employees within these functions. The Head of Finance and Resources will work with the Chief Executive to ensure high standards of financial management and reporting, including fulfilling the requirements of Redress Scotland as a public body.
The post holder will set and review budgets and regularly monitor and report on financial performance, including variations and risks. They will contribute to the total quality management framework, and ensure that identified improvements are implemented effectively. The post holder will prepare and set up contracts for services and, where agreed, manage relationships with service providers and contractors.
You will operate with high levels of personal integrity and be able to build new trusted relationships across organisational boundaries, helping to create a trauma-informed organisation that inspires the trust of the survivor community.
Main duties include:
You must be a suitably experienced and qualified accountant (CCAB professional accountancy body or equivalent). You must have strong technical accountancy and financial management skills with the ability to develop expertise in accounting systems used by Scottish public bodies. You should have experience of leading or managing finance functions in an organisation.