We’re on a journey to create fairer communities by facilitating 10 million social entrepreneurs globally by 2030. Do
you want to help make this a reality?
We are looking for a values-driven leader to join our highly skilled, motivated, and supportive team as Head of
Social Enterprise in Schools (Scotland).
In their 10 year
Strategy for Social Enterprise, the Scottish Government announced its ambition to see a social
enterprise in every school in Scotland. We have been tasked with leading on the delivery of this goal.
Since the Social Enterprise Schools programme began we’ve had over 2,000 school engagements (primary and secondary)
in around 1400 schools spread across Scotland and in that time we have seen young people change how they see
themselves and grow hugely in confidence while building essential skills for the future. We work with primary
and secondary schools, and schools for young people with additional support needs.
The Head of Social Enterprise in Schools (Scotland) provides a cornerstone to the vision and
direction of the organisation and will drive the growth of this programme in Scotland. We are looking for
someone with a passion for changing lives, supporting young people and who understands the power of social
enterprise. We believe this provides an opportunity to drive both transformational learning for the young people
and also the opportunity to create positive social change and fairer communities. We are seeing the young people
become assets in their community. It’s inspiring stuff!
Previous experience of a leadership position is essential, including the ability to work strategically, think
creatively, build relationships and set an inspiring direction and vision for others. A key objective will be to
help move Social Enterprise Schools onto a sustainable footing in the medium term, therefore previous experience
of generating income is highly desirable.
You will lead a talented team who are geographically spread across Scotland. You will be an experienced people
manager with the ability to nurture talent and empower others to grow and develop, working with freedom and
Having the right mind-set, attitude and approach is as important for us as having the right experience and skills. We
appreciate that the best person might not have all the criteria we have listed, so if you feel your experience
and skills will help you to make a great contribution in this role and you have the right mind-set, we would
welcome an application from you.
This role is responsible for leading the growth of Social Enterprise Schools in Scotland and for securing the
sustainability and delivery of the programme. The post holder is a member of the Operational Leadership Team and
collectively accountable for decision-making across a range of organisational and strategic matters with
individual accountability for a main business function.
The post holder is accountable for the success and sustainability of Social Enterprise Schools activity in Scotland,
nurturing and developing strategic partnerships and delivering on financial targets. The post holder works in
close collaboration with the Head of Social Enterprise in Schools (England), the Chief Executive and the Head of
Sustainable Business to shape the overall strategy and relationship management of this area of work.
Therefore, experience of generating income, leading a strategy and working creatively and
collaboratively are highly desirable in this role.
The post holder will lead a highly skilled team and experience of people and team management, as well as
supporting wellbeing, is required.
Main Duties and Accountabilities
·Lead the strategic direction of
Social Enterprise Schools in Scotland, overseeing operational delivery and driving an inspiring and sustainable
future for this area of the business.
·Accountable for securing the
financial sustainability of Social Enterprise Schools through income generating activities such as sponsorship,
fundraising and sales. The post holder will work collaboratively with the Chief Executive, Head of Social
Enterprise in Schools (England) and Head of Sustainable Business in this area.
·Undertake external influencing and
relationship management across a range of sector-specific strategic and delivery partners at senior level. The
post holder is expected to monitor Education reform and maintain awareness of emerging policy - ensuring the
Scottish programme’s development and delivery is informed by insight into current sectoral developments.
·As part of the Operational Leadership
Team, contribute to strategic, financial and operational decision-making across all aspects of the business and
make recommendations to the Strategic Leadership Team as required.
·Contribute to the growth and profile
of Social Enterprise Schools both domestically and internationally in collaboration with the Head of
International, Head of Social Enterprise Schools (England) and the Chief Executive.
·Line manage allocated posts, oversee
workload allocation, lead and grow the skills and capacity of the allocated staff team and ensure its wellbeing.
Leading recruitment of staff where required.
For a full set of criteria and further information
about Social Enterprise Schools and how to apply please download the recruitment pack from our
At the Social Enterprise Academy, we believe social entrepreneurs play an essential role in changing the world.
We strengthen their role in local communities through transformational learning programmes that will increase their
Our programmes are accredited, responsive to learner needs, and are delivered by experienced facilitators who are
social change leaders themselves.
Since 2004, we have delivered over 1,900 learning programmes to 28,000+ learners in over 30 countries. We have also
engaged over 55,000 young people around the world, using social enterprise as a tool to help them reach their
full potential and create positive change in their communities.