Can you help us achieve our vision: ‘a Scotland where all parents and families are valued and supported to
give children the best possible start in life’?
This an exciting opportunity to lead a small yet powerful charity dedicated to influencing policy and
practice for parents, children, and families.
Parenting across Scotland (PAS) is offering an exciting opportunity for someone with senior leadership skills and
vision to lead the organisation and to put our new strategy into action.
You will work alongside a supportive board to lead and to motivate PAS to realise its vision: a Scotland where all
parents and families are valued and supported to give children the best possible start in life.
PAS is an important influencer in supporting and improving the lives of children and families. A small organisation,
our reach is considerable because of our members and partnerships with other organisations in the third and
public sectors that are working with and for parents. Since forming in 2004, we have had considerable success in
promoting the voices of parents and caregivers in order to shape national policy.
This appointment comes at a time when the PAS board has been working on refreshing its strategy and needs a committed
and experienced chief executive to finalise the key priorities and to lead the strategy.
This post will give you the chance to be a visible leader, to make your mark and to put your own stamp on an
organisation which is held in high regard across the sector. You will have the scope to develop relationships
with member organisations, the parenting sector, academia and statutory sector stakeholders. You will be able to
build your own network to inform and support the work. You’ll have a unique opportunity to strengthen and apply
your skills in strategic thinking and in generating income to enable PAS to flourish.
You should already be a senior leader, although not necessarily a chief executive. You should know about the
parenting/children/families sector; how to promote the concerns of parents; and how to engage with, critique and
contribute to policy development. You need to have the necessary skills and attributes to influence and persuade
with authenticity, diplomacy, and commitment. You need to be a ‘horizon scanner’, able to navigate the many and
complex issues facing both the sector itself and parenting policy and practice. You should have demonstrable
experience in building strong partnerships and be able to generate grant and charitable income.
You will need to use your skills to manage PAS and its interests now and as the organisation develops. As well as
having experience and knowledge of charitable governance, strategy, financial management and people management,
you should be adept at engaging at various levels and with different interests such as those of local and
national government, colleagues, partners, and parents/families.