Charity registered in Scotland SC039921

Up2Us is a Health and Social Care provider for children and young people between 12 and 26. Our promise is to help young people to achieve better life experiences, better life chances and better wellbeing!

Current vacancies

Top job! Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

  • Full time
  • £65,000 – £72,000
  • On site: East Kilbride, South Lanarkshire
  • Closing 22nd July 2024

Join our dynamic team as Chief Executive Officer of a sector leading children’s charity

Up2Us offers an exciting opportunity for an experienced and progressive leader who is: a strategic thinker; innovative; solution focused; and driven to make a real difference to the lives of children and young people.

Up2Us is seeking a confident, energetic and visionary Chief Executive Officer to lead our organisation into its next phase of growth and impact.

With fourteen years of experience in delivering residential childcare and community prevention projects across the West of Scotland, we play an important role in implementing the Promise and Getting it Right for Every Child. Up2Us works with partners in social work, education, health, housing, the police, prisons, legal services and other voluntary organisations to support children and young people affected by childhood trauma. With a staff team of forty-seven, three owned residential houses and a community team working from Dumbarton to Cumbernauld you should be approachable and accessible to staff, able to step up or step down as the situation demands

About the role

As our CEO, you will be responsible for the overall strategic, tactical, and operational leadership of the organisation. You will work closely with the Board of Directors, our staff, and stakeholders to further our vision, deliver our mission and improve outcomes for children and young people who have experienced trauma. This role requires a well-connected, forward-thinking leader with a proven track record of high performance in children’s social work or a related field. You must be an exceptional, and open-minded leader with strategic planning, organisational management and creative thinking skills.

Why join us?

Up2Us offers a unique opportunity to be creative in making a real difference to the lives of children and young people in Scotland. You will be joining a passionate and dedicated team, committed to driving positive change.

As a medium sized charity governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, you will be empowered to recognise what is making a difference and change anything that is not. We offer a competitive employment package including a private pension scheme, health care insurance, and a generous holiday entitlement.


Board Trustee

  • Management Board
  • Unpaid
  • Remote: Central Scotland
  • Closing 15th August 2024

Up2Us is a dynamic and innovative third sector organisation, recognised by the Care Inspectorate as “going the extra mile” in providing residential care and community support to children and young people who have experienced childhood trauma and need support in their journey to adulthood. We are committed to nurturing the potential of our young people, supporting families, and enhancing the wellbeing of those we care for.

Job Purpose

Being a Trustee is both rewarding and challenging! Our Trustees play a key role in making sure that Up2Us stays true to its mission and values by serving the interests of our young people and families to achieve better life chances, better life experiences and better wellbeing.

It is an exciting time to work with Up2Us as we endeavour to expand our free “Time for Change” project which supports young women, caught up in the Criminal Justice System. We also plan to proceed with building a therapeutic centre named by our young people as “The Ace Space,”. The first Trauma Centre in Scotland will combine a full range of therapeutic, life, leisure, learning, and work skills for young people from one central hub.

As a member of the Up2Us Board you will:

  • be responsible for the strategic, tactical and operational direction of Up2us
  • uphold our values and principles
  • receive reports from the Chief Executive and other staff on Up2Us operations and finances, to inform decision making and make sure that all statutory and legal requirements for Up2Us are met.

Reporting to: Chairperson/ Company Secretary

Board meeting dates: Last Tuesday of each month online (4.00pm-5pm)

Who should apply?

We want a diverse Board of Trustees with a depth and breadth of insight, experience and perspective. We welcome and value people of diverse backgrounds, thinking and skills and we would love to hear from people with skills in:

  • Children and young people's care and support services
  • Finance/Fundraising
  • Human Resources
  • Communications/ Digital Technologies