Top job! Head of Policy and Workforce

  • Full time
  • £55,000 – £64,000
  • Edinburgh - Mix of working from home & office-based (COVID-19 restrictions permitting)
  • Closing 21st April 2021

  • Advertised from 1st April 2021
  • 35 hours per week)


Social Work Scotland is the professional body for social work managers and leaders. We are a membership organisation with over 350 individual and corporate members. We exist to promote and support the development of the social work profession, and to inform, influence and improve public policy and public services.

We are excited to be recruiting for a new Head of Policy and Workforce. The next few years are likely to be seminal in the ongoing development of social work in Scotland, with significant change driven by the adult social care reform agenda and the Promise (children’s services), among others.

With the Director, this post constitutes the senior management of the organisation, linking in directly with Social Work Scotland’s Board, local authority Chief Social Work Officers and key partners (such as the Office of the Chief Social Work Advisor) to set and participate in the national agenda. The Head of Policy and Workforce has a broad remit, providing operational social work insight and expertise across all issues, but primarily workforce planning, leadership, learning and development, management and wellbeing. The role has responsibility for overseeing one or more national projects currently hosted by Social Work Scotland, and line managing other members of

the team.

If successful in securing the post, you will have the opportunity to build relationships with the leadership of the social work profession in Scotland, in operations, regulation, advocacy, policy making, education and academia. Through these relationships you will have a key role in steering the profession through its continuous process of change and development, identifying opportunities for improvement and innovation. You will be a visible representative of the profession at the national level, and you will help others to articulate Social Work Scotland’s positions.

At the core of Social Work Scotland is a commitment to assisting the profession be the best it can be for the individuals, families and communities who need social work or social care support; the Head of Policy and Workforce role is central to us delivering on that commitment.

Application notes

To find out more about the role and how to apply, please download the Recruitment Pack below.

Closing date: 08:00 on Wednesday 21 April 2021.

Interviews will be held on Thursday 6 May and Friday 7 May 2021.