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Top job! Chief Executive Officer

  • Full time
  • Circa £45,000
  • Ellon, Aberdeenshire
  • Closing 13th March 2019

  • Advertised from 25th February 2019
  • Permanent


"Passionate about promoting and enabling the Third Sector across Aberdeenshire - for the benefit of all our citizens"

Aberdeenshire Voluntary Action (AVA) is the Third Sector Interface for Aberdeenshire, tasked to deliver the following objectives:

·More people have increased opportunity and enthusiasm to volunteer;

·Volunteer involving organisations are better able to recruit, manage and retain volunteers;

·Social enterprise develops and grows;

·Third Sector organisations are well governed and managed and deliver quality outcomes;

·Third Sector organisations feel better connected and are able to influence and contribute to public policy;

·The Third Sector Interface is well governed, managed and effective.

AVA is looking for a capable, energetic and proactive Chief Executive to work with the Board of Directors to deliver this agenda. This is a wide-ranging and varied role, requiring strong leadership and the ability to inspire and influence partners, funders, stakeholders and colleagues to ensure that the Third Sector is embedded in policy and service delivery.

The successful candidate will be responsible for negotiating funding and SLAs from stakeholders and for the organisation’s delivery of both funder and client requirements. Understanding, analysis and communication of complex policy is a key element of this role, but we are not looking for a bureaucratic.

As the public face of AVA, the CEO is responsible for ensuring the organisation maintains its profile with stakeholders, members and clients, as well as representing AVA at the strategic level and at formal events. The post holder will also be experienced in day-to-day direction across all functions, including finance, communications and HR.

Essential Requirements

·Leader with extensive experience of operating within a complex and fastmoving environment with links to a wide range of external organisations

·Experience of managing contracts, budgets and service level agreements between the statutory and voluntary sector

·Knowledge and experience of organisational and charity finances, budgeting, cost control and reporting

·Track record of effective multi-agency working

·The ability to assimilate, influence and disseminate complex policies and strategies to achieve outcomes

·The ability to establish and maintain effective networking with colleagues in a variety of local and national organisations

·Demonstrated leadership and management skills

·Emotionally intelligent, able to build and sustain positive relationships with key stakeholders

·Able to work independently and proactively with a minimum level of supervision

·Excellent verbal and written communication skills

·Current driving licence with use of a car and willing to travel within Scotland

·Confident public speaker

·IT literate–particularly use of Microsoft Office, e-mail, web and database systems

·Educated to degree level or with equivalent management experience


·Experience of working within the third sector

·Excellent understanding of the workings of the public sector in Scotland, particularly the NHS and local authorities

·Experience of recruiting and managing volunteers

·Fundraising and/or tendering experience

·Marketing and business development experience

·Excellent understanding of charity law and/or company law

This is a full-time permanent role, based in Ellon, Aberdeenshire.

Salary of circa £45,000 per annum (plus contribution to defined contribution pension scheme).

Application notes

Please send your CV and covering letter, together with the application form and diversity monitoring form below to: Jacquie Milne, Administration Manager at by 5pm on Wednesday 13th March 2019.

Informal enquiries about the role can be addressed to Fiona Smith, Interim CEO at or 07584 659933.

First stage interviews are expected to be held w/c 18th March.