Children in Scotland
Children in Scotland

Charity registered in Scotland SC003527

Giving all children in Scotland an equal chance to flourish is at the heart of everything we do.

By bringing together a network of people working with and for children, alongside children and young people themselves, we offer a broad, balanced and independent voice. We create solutions, provide support and develop positive change across all areas affecting children in Scotland. We do this by listening, gathering evidence, and applying and sharing our learning, while always working to uphold children’s rights.

Our range of knowledge and expertise means we can provide trusted support on issues as diverse as the people we work with and the varied lives of children and families in Scotland.


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Assistant Policy, Projects and Participation Officer

  • Part time
  • £26,251 pro-rata
  • Edinburgh with hybrid working*
  • Closing 18th March 2024

About the role

As a Children in Scotland Assistant Policy Projects and Participation Officer, you will play an important co-ordinating role, supporting the work of our busy Policy, Projects and Participation Department.

You will help ensure our policy work and engagement projects with children and young people run smoothly through delivering policy and research activity, supporting direct work with children and young people, and providing administrative, information and organisational support.

We are looking for someone who is organised, values driven and enjoys working with others. You’ll be part of an enthusiastic, committed and supportive team working in an organisation whose goal is to ensure that all children in Scotland have an equal chance to flourish.

About Children in Scotland

Giving all children in Scotland an equal chance to flourish is at the heart of everything we do.

By bringing together a network of people working with and for children, alongside children and young people themselves, we offer a broad, balanced and independent voice. We create solutions, provide support and develop positive change across all areas affecting children in Scotland. We do this by listening, gathering evidence, and applying and sharing our learning, while always working to uphold children’s rights.

Our range of knowledge and expertise means we can provide trusted support on issues as diverse as the people we work with and the varied lives of children and families in Scotland.

Diversity

Children in Scotland values the contribution of all our staff, whatever their background. Our recruitment decisions are based on fair, open processes, with appointment on merit. We welcome applications from everyone.

Further information

You can find more about Children in Scotland here and please contact David Mackay at dmackay@childreninscotland.org.uk for more information about the role.

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Director

  • Management Board
  • Unpaid
  • We operate a hybrid way of working and are interested in attracted directors from across Scotland. However, there will be some meetings in Edinburgh which is the office base of Children in Scotland.
  • Closing 4th March 2024

It is an exciting time to lead a children’s charity, not least because of the recent incorporation of UNCRC into Scots law. Children in Scotland is Scotland’s largest national membership body for individuals and organisations who are united in the aim of trying to improve the lives of all children and young people across Scotland. As such, the organisation has important role to play in building on this foundation and helping Scotland deliver the changes that are required to ensure that all children can enjoy their rights.

We are currently looking to appoint new members to our board. We have created a supportive, dynamic and welcoming board, and would give you the support you need to be able to get the best out of this experience. We are committed to diversity and inclusion in all our work, and through this recruitment, we will be seeking to bring in people with diverse skills and backgrounds.

In this recruitment round we are particularly looking for people who have a background and skills in children’s rights; in leadership roles (particularly in a third sector or public sector organisation); and/or in income generation. We are also always interested in hearing from younger trustees. However, if you don’t have these specific skills and experience but are still interested, please look at the recruitment pack and find out how to apply. If you are enthusiastic, committed and have an interesting set of skills to bring to the board, you might be exactly the person we need.

Hours: Four board meetings a year including preparation time. In addition, you may be invited to be involved in other discrete areas of work, depending on your skills and interests.

About Children in Scotland

Giving all children in Scotland an equal chance to flourish is at the heart of everything we do.

By bringing together our members, a wider network of people working with and for children, alongside children and young people themselves, we offer a broad, balanced and independent voice. We create solutions, provide support and develop positive change across all areas affecting children in Scotland. We do this by listening, gathering evidence, and applying and sharing our learning, while always working to uphold children’s rights.

Our range of knowledge and expertise means we can provide trusted support on issues as diverse as the people we work with and the varied lives of children and families in Scotland.

Diversity

Children in Scotland values the contribution of all our directors, whatever their background. Our recruitment decisions are based on fair, open processes, with appointment on merit. We welcome applications from everyone.

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Promise Officer

  • Part time
  • £30,381.64 pro-rata
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 28th November 2023

We are looking for a skilled individual to support the planning, development and dissemination of online information, advice and practical resources on the education rights of care experienced children and young people.

Enquire is the Scottish advice service for additional support for learning. Our goal is to help parents, carers, professionals and children and young people understand pupils’ rights to extra support in school and early years settings. Our vision is that all children in Scotland are supported, included, and listened to throughout their education.

Enquire is excited to be running a new project until March 2025 funded by the Promise Partnership, to help keep Scotland’s Promise to our care experienced children and young people. The project will involve producing a multi-faceted, digital toolkit focused on care experienced children and young people’s educational rights. It will provide a central location for information, advice and practical resources for care experienced children, young people, and the adults who support them.

We are looking for a skilled individual to play an important role in the planning, development and dissemination of this toolkit, working in partnership with key stakeholders to ensure it helps to support meaningful improvements in education experiences for care experienced children and young people.

Department:Enquire

Location:Children in Scotland’s office is in Edinburgh and this will be your official contracted place of work. We have introduced hybrid working based on trust and flexibility. As long as business needs are met, individuals have flexibility in terms of where they work.

About Children in Scotland

Giving all children in Scotland an equal chance to flourish is at the heart of everything we do.

By bringing together a network of people working with and for children, alongside children and young people themselves, we offer a broad, balanced and independent voice. We create solutions, provide support and develop positive change across all areas affecting children in Scotland. We do this by listening, gathering evidence, and applying and sharing our learning, while always working to uphold children’s rights.

Our range of knowledge and expertise means we can provide trusted support on issues as diverse as the people we work with and the varied lives of children and families in Scotland.

Diversity

Children in Scotland values the contribution of all our staff, whatever their background. Our recruitment decisions are based on fair, open processes, with appointment on merit. We welcome applications from everyone.

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Advice and Information Officer (Enquire)

  • Part time
  • £30,381.64 pro-rata
  • This post will primarily involve working from home, with some travel required to Children in Scotland’s office in Edinburgh for meetings.
  • Closing 6th November 2023

About the role:

Enquire is the Scottish advice service for additional support for learning. The service is funded by the Scottish Government and managed by Children in Scotland.

Our goal is to help parents, carers, professionals and children and young people understand pupils’ rights to extra support in school and early years settings. Our vision is that all children in Scotland are supported, included, and listened to throughout their education.

We are looking for an experienced and caring adviser whose primary responsibility will be responding to helpline enquiries. The right candidate will have excellent listening skills and be able to explain complex information in a clear and concise way, both over the telephone and in writing.

An understanding of the issues affecting children and young people with additional support needs and their families and knowledge of the Scottish education system would be an advantage.

About Children in Scotland

Giving all children in Scotland an equal chance to flourish is at the heart of everything we do.

By bringing together a network of people working with and for children, alongside children and young people themselves, we offer a broad, balanced and independent voice. We create solutions, provide support and develop positive change across all areas affecting children in Scotland. We do this by listening, gathering evidence, and applying and sharing our learning, while always working to uphold children’s rights.

Our range of knowledge and expertise means we can provide trusted support on issues as diverse as the people we work with and the varied lives of children and families in Scotland.

Diversity

Children in Scotland values the contribution of all our staff, whatever their background. Our recruitment decisions are based on fair, open processes, with appointment on merit. We welcome applications from everyone.

Further information

For an informal chat about the job, please contact Annie Watson by email on awatson@childreninscotland.org.uk

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Participation & Communications Officer - My Rights, My Say

  • Part time
  • £30,381.64 pro-rata
  • Edinburgh with hybrid working options
  • Closing 6th November 2023

About the role

Children in Scotland is excited to be recruiting for a new role of Participation & Communications Officer as part of the My Rights, My Say partnership. The successful candidate will play an important part in our ambition to create a young person’s advisory group and lead the coordination of our quality communications activities.

As Participation & Communications Officer you will play a key role in the development of a new young person’s advisory group. This dual role also requires you to lead on the development, coordination and distribution of My Rights, My Say communications activity. You will become an important part of the My Rights My Say network and will liaise with internal and external partners to create opportunities for children and young people, aged 12-15, with additional support needs to share their views and experiences.

About Children in Scotland

Giving all children in Scotland an equal chance to flourish is at the heart of everything we do.

By bringing together a network of people working with and for children, alongside children and young people themselves, we offer a broad, balanced and independent voice. We create solutions, provide support and develop positive change across all areas affecting children in Scotland. We do this by listening, gathering evidence, and applying and sharing our learning, while always working to uphold children’s rights.

Our range of knowledge and expertise means we can provide trusted support on issues as diverse as the people we work with and the varied lives of children and families in Scotland.

Diversity

Children in Scotland values the contribution of all our staff, whatever their background. Our recruitment decisions are based on fair, open processes, with appointment on merit. We welcome applications from everyone.

Further information

For an informal chat about the job, please contact Billy Anderson, Head of Services, by email on banderson@childreninscotland.org.uk

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Policy, Projects and Participation Officer

  • Full time
  • £30,381.64
  • Office is in Edinburgh & this will be your official contracted place of work. We have introduced hybrid working based on trust & flexibility. As long as business needs are met, individuals have flexibility in terms of where they work.
  • Closing 3rd October 2023

About the role

Children in Scotland is excited to be recruiting for a new Policy, Projects and Participation Officer. The candidate will play an important part in our Policy, Project and Participation Department working on a diverse range of projects and policy issues.

You will be involved in project delivery, direct participation work with children and young people, and influencing national policy and legislation to improve children’s lives.

We are looking for someone who has strong knowledge of children’s rights and the Scottish policy landscape and experience of working directly with children and young people.

About Children in Scotland

Giving all children in Scotland an equal chance to flourish is at the heart of everything we do.

By bringing together a network of people working with and for children, alongside children and young people themselves, we offer a broad, balanced and independent voice. We create solutions, provide support and develop positive change across all areas affecting children in Scotland. We do this by listening, gathering evidence, and applying and sharing our learning, while always working to uphold children’s rights.

Our range of knowledge and expertise means we can provide trusted support on issues as diverse as the people we work with and the varied lives of children and families in Scotland.

Diversity

Children in Scotland values the contribution of all our staff, whatever their background. Our recruitment decisions are based on fair, open processes, with appointment on merit. We welcome applications from everyone.

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Top job! Head of Policy, Projects and Participation

  • Part time
  • £50,614 pro-rata
  • Children in Scotland’s office is in Edinburgh and this will be your official contracted place of work. We have introduced hybrid working based on trust and flexibility. As long as business needs are met, individuals have flexibility in terms of where they
  • Closing 30th August 2023

Are you passionate about children’s rights? Do you love the idea of creating meaningful change through policy and influencing activity? Are you committed to putting the voice of children and young people at the heart of decision-making? If so, this job could be for you. It is a brilliant opportunity to join a dynamic team and work within a supportive and values-driven organisation.

About the role

This is a great opportunity to work for a national children’s charity leading an excellent, committed team and helping ensure that we are at the cutting edge of best policy and practice in the children’s sector. As a member of the Leadership Team, you will play a part in shaping the overall direction of the organisation as we fulfil our commitments laid out in our Strategic Plan and our Manifesto. You will be able to come to work every day, knowing that you are doing your very best to try and make a positive difference to the lives of children and young people across Scotland.

As the head of our Policy, Projects and Participation department, you will help Children in Scotland excel in its participation practice and share our learning across the children’s sector. You will lead on policy development for the organisation, making sure that the voice of children and young people sit at the heart of our policy positions. You will build strong relationships with policy makers and shapers in the public, private and third sectors, influencing policy making at the highest levels.

You will lead your team and support them to deliver their work to the highest standard, making sure a rights-based approach is embedded across all our work.

We are seeking a good leader and strategic thinker, who is passionate about the work of Children in Scotland and its vision and values. You will have excellent communication skills and be able to build positive relationships both internally and externally.

About Children in Scotland

Giving all children in Scotland an equal chance to flourish is at the heart of everything we do.

By bringing together a network of people working with and for children, alongside children and young people themselves, we offer a broad, balanced and independent voice. We create solutions, provide support and develop positive change across all areas affecting children in Scotland. We do this by listening, gathering evidence, and applying and sharing our learning, while always working to uphold children’s rights.

Our range of knowledge and expertise means we can provide trusted support on issues as diverse as the people we work with and the varied lives of children and families in Scotland.

Diversity

Children in Scotland values the contribution of all our staff, whatever their background. Our recruitment decisions are based on fair, open processes, with appointment on merit. We welcome applications from everyone.

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Top job! Senior Policy, Projects and Participation Officer

  • Full time
  • £35,161
  • Children in Scotland’s office is in Edinburgh. We have introduced hybrid working based on trust and flexibility. As long as business needs are met, individuals have flexibility in terms of where they work.
  • Closing 14th August 2023

Children in Scotland is excited to be recruiting for a new Senior Policy, Projects and Participation Officer. The candidate will play an important part in our Policy, Project and Participation Department working on a diverse range of projects and policy issues, including leading key elements of our direct participation and engagement programme.

About the role

You will be involved in project development and delivery, direct participation work with children and young people, and influencing national policy and legislation to improve children’s lives.

We are looking for someone who has strong knowledge of children’s rights and the Scottish policy landscape, experience of direct work with children and young people with significant support needs, and experience of project management and development. One important project this role will support (alongside the project manager) is the Suicide Prevention Youth Advisory Group.

About Children in Scotland

Giving all children in Scotland an equal chance to flourish is at the heart of everything we do.

By bringing together a network of people working with and for children, alongside children and young people themselves, we offer a broad, balanced and independent voice. We create solutions, provide support and develop positive change across all areas affecting children in Scotland. We do this by listening, gathering evidence, and applying and sharing our learning, while always working to uphold children’s rights.

More information can be found at childreninscotland.org.uk

Diversity

Children in Scotland values the contribution of all our staff, whatever their background. Our recruitment decisions are based on fair, open processes, with appointment on merit. We welcome applications from everyone.

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Learning & Events Administrative Assistant

  • Part time
  • £22,683 pro-rata
  • Children in Scotland’s office is in Edinburgh. We have introduced hybrid working based on trust and flexibility. As long as business needs are met, individuals have flexibility in terms of where they work.
  • Closing 7th August 2023

This is a great opportunity to work for a national children’s charity in a vibrant, supportive environment while knowing that you are contributing to making positive difference to the lives of children in Scotland.

We are looking for a friendly, efficient and enthusiastic team player with strong customer service skills, who is motivated to help us to deliver an effective and inclusive learning and events programme to support the children’s sector.

You’ll be keen to learn on the job, encouraged to identify further areas where you’d like to develop your skills and knowledge, and be supported to do so.

It’s a really varied job, providing admin support to our Learning & Events team.

You will be responsible for providing administrative support to ensure that our learning programme meets the needs of the children’s sector. For example you will, facilitate webinars and in person events, support the development of training materials e.g. certificates, and collate data for reporting.

The learning programme includes:

  • Online training and conferences
  • In person training and conferences
  • Networking events
  • eLearning modules
  • Study visits

As a Learning & Events administrative assistant you will have an important role in supporting the successful design, delivery and evaluation of the Children in Scotland Learning Programme. This includes jointly creating a sector-leading, innovative and financially sustainable programme that supports and connects the children’s sector workforce.

Working in a busy, values-driven environment, this role provides a fantastic opportunity to work with Children in Scotland staff, partners across the sector, practitioners and children and young people themselves to support all our work and deliver our learning and events activity.

Underpinned by our values, our work is focussed on us achieving our vision that all children have an equal chance to flourish. Our Strategic Plan and annual Delivery Plans provide the detail of how we go about achieving this.

You will be ready to hit the ground running but we will offer you an excellent induction and support through the first few months, which will then turn into longer-term development opportunities. You will join a brilliant group of supportive staff who are passionate about making a difference to children’s lives and work hard to achieve this.

About Children in Scotland

Giving all children in Scotland an equal chance to flourish is at the heart of everything we do.

By bringing together a network of people working with and for children, alongside children and young people themselves, we offer a broad, balanced and independent voice. We create solutions, provide support and develop positive change across all areas affecting children in Scotland. We do this by listening, gathering evidence, and applying and sharing our learning, while always working to uphold children’s rights.

Our range of knowledge and expertise means we can provide trusted support on issues as diverse as the people we work with and the varied lives of children and families in Scotland.

Diversity

Children in Scotland values the contribution of all our staff, whatever their background. Our recruitment decisions are based on fair, open processes, with appointment on merit. We welcome applications from everyone.

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Administrative Co-ordinator – Services

  • Part time
  • £26,251.9 pro-rata
  • Edinburgh with hybrid working
  • Closing 8th August 2023

About the role

Children in Scotland is excited to be recruiting for a new co-ordinator for our services department. The candidate will play an important part in our national children’s services by providing vital administrative functions.

Co-ordinator

As co-ordinator you will play a key role in Children in Scotland’s children’s services by providing efficient administration support including, dealing appropriately with enquiries received, co-ordinating internal and external meetings and events, supporting evaluation activity, developing resources and supporting the service managers in the fulfilment of their duties.

We are looking for someone who has experience of working in a children’s service environment and has the passion, drive and commitment and skills to provide excellent support to our amazing staff teams.

About Children in Scotland

Giving all children in Scotland an equal chance to flourish is at the heart of everything we do.

By bringing together a network of people working with and for children, alongside children and young people themselves, we offer a broad, balanced and independent voice. We create solutions, provide support and develop positive change across all areas affecting children in Scotland. We do this by listening, gathering evidence, and applying and sharing our learning, while always working to uphold children’s rights.

Our range of knowledge and expertise means we can provide trusted support on issues as diverse as the people we work with and the varied lives of children and families in Scotland.

Diversity

Children in Scotland values the contribution of all our staff, whatever their background. Our recruitment decisions are based on fair, open processes, with appointment on merit. We welcome applications from everyone.

Further information

For an informal chat about the job, please contact Billy Anderson: Head of Services, by email on banderson@childreninscotland.org.uk

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HR Manager

  • Part time
  • £40,692 pro-rata
  • Remote/Home based*
  • Closing 19th June 2023

Are you an approachable, supportive and knowledgeable HR professional with strong communication skills and a desire to make a difference to the lives of children in Scotland? Could you help steer our HR function as we refresh our staff handbook/HR policies and procedures, develop our learning and development plan and further embed the use of competencies across the organisation. If so, read on...

About this role

Following the recent retirement of our long standing and much valued HR and Office manager we are excited to be in a position to now recruit a new dedicated HR manager to our team.

This role will ensure our staff are well supported from a HR perspective, that Children in Scotland complies with all employment related laws and regulations and demonstrates best practice in this important part of our central services function.

You will ensure that our HR related practices, policies and procedures are clear, fair and legally compliant, line managers are supported in their roles and employee wellbeing is at the heart of our organisation’s culture.

As HR manager you will:

  • Oversee our recruitment and induction processes
  • Further develop our internal learning and development plan focusing on consistent training across job roles, staff development and retention
  • Contribute to work on the rollout of our staff wellbeing plan, ensuring staff are supported in their roles and their workload is appropriate and manageable
  • Ensure our employee benefits package is the best we can offer
  • Further embed the use of competencies in our recruitment and performance management approaches
  • Oversee our annual having your say people survey, using the results to develop an action plan for the following year
  • Ensure good support to hybrid working

You will take a values based approach to your work.

You will support our almost 50 valued employees and bank of associates in the delivery of our important work for and with the children of Scotland and those who work with and support them. Your work will contribute to our organisations continued journey towards long term sustainability and achieving our net zero ambitions.

You will be ready to hit the ground running but we will offer you an excellent induction and support through the first few months, which will then turn into longer-term development opportunities. You will join a brilliant group of supportive staff who are passionate about making a difference to children’s lives and work hard to achieve this.

Diversity

Children in Scotland values the contribution of all our staff, whatever their background. Our recruitment decisions are based on fair, open processes, with appointment on merit. We welcome applications from everyone.

About Children in Scotland

Giving all children in Scotland an equal chance to flourish is at the heart of everything we do.

By bringing together a network of people working with and for children, alongside children and young people themselves, we offer a broad, balanced and independent voice. We create solutions, provide support and develop positive change across all areas affecting children in Scotland. We do this by listening, gathering evidence, and applying and sharing our learning, while always working to uphold children’s rights.

Our range of knowledge and expertise means we can provide trusted support on issues as diverse as the people we work with and the varied lives of children and families in Scotland.

*Location:Children in Scotland is Edinburgh based but, until further notice, this role will be remote/home-based, with some travel required for in person meetings, and with the option of use of office space in Edinburgh and/or Glasgow.

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Policy, Projects and Participation Manager

  • Part time
  • £40,692 pro-rata
  • Edinburgh based with the option for remote/home working
  • Closing 31st May 2023

Do you want to make a difference to the lives of children in Scotland? Are you a values-based, rights respecting engagement professional who is up for a new challenge? Could you help steer Children in Scotland’s approach to participation and engagement to make it even more accessible and impactful? If so, read on…

About the role

Working in a busy, dynamic environment, this role will ensure that children and young people’s views and participation and engagement are at the heart of everything we do at Children in Scotland.

As Policy, Projects and Participation Manager you will help Children in Scotland excel in its participation practice and share our learning across the wider sector. You will take a rights-based approach to how we engage with children and young people and you will support staff to deliver engagement activities to the highest standard. Your work will support and empower children and young people to influence a positive change in legislation and policy affecting children, young people and families across Scotland.

You will be ready to hit the ground running but we will offer you an excellent induction and support through the first few months, which will then turn into longer-term development opportunities. You will join a brilliant group of supportive staff who are passionate about making a difference to children’s lives and work hard to achieve this.

About Children in Scotland

Giving all children in Scotland an equal chance to flourish is at the heart of everything we do.

By bringing together a network of people working with and for children, alongside children and young people themselves, we offer a broad, balanced and independent voice. We create solutions, provide support and develop positive change across all areas affecting children in Scotland. We do this by listening, gathering evidence, and applying and sharing our learning, while always working to uphold children’s rights.

Our range of knowledge and expertise means we can provide trusted support on issues as diverse as the people we work with and the varied lives of children and families in Scotland.

Our values

Our values set out Children in Scotland’s beliefs and qualities.

They have been shaped by our staff, board, children and young people in our advisory group Changing our World, and our members.

We use them to guide how we work and as a way of keeping us accountable.

Strengthening equality, diversity and inclusion is an overarching commitment that informs all our values.

Brave

We are champions of children’s rights. We take a lead in empowering children and young people and improving lives. We do this with creativity and determination.

Open and fair

We are committed to accessibility and honesty. We share our learning, evidence and new ideas. Integrity, balance and respect underpin everything we do.

Collaborative

We believe in inclusion and we work in partnership. The participation of children, young people and their families, our staff, members, the workforce and our wider network inspires us and is central to achieving our vision.

Kind

We care about people and the environment, and the impact our work has on both. Empathy and trust are key in our approach and how we connect with others.

Children in Scotland values the contribution of all our staff, whatever their background. Our recruitment decisions are based on fair, open processes, with appointment on merit. We welcome applications from everyone.

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Policy Projects and Participation Officer

  • Full time
  • £30,381
  • Edinburgh / Remote*
  • Closing 8th May 2023

Role

Children in Scotland is excited to be recruiting for a new Policy, Projects and Participation Officer. The candidate will play an important part in our Policy, Project and Participation Department working on a diverse range of projects and policy issues, as well as leading our UNCRC training programme.

Policy, Projects and Participation Officer

You will be involved in project delivery, participation work with children and young people, and influencing national policy and legislation to improve children’s lives. You will also lead the development and delivery of Children in Scotland’s UNCRC training programme, working closely colleagues in our Learning and Events team.

We are looking for someone who has strong knowledge of children’s rights and the Scottish policy landscape, experience of delivering or developing training, and experience of working with children and young people.

About Children in Scotland

Giving all children in Scotland an equal chance to flourish is at the heart of everything we do.

By bringing together a network of people working with and for children, alongside children and young people themselves, we offer a broad, balanced and independent voice. We create solutions, provide support and develop positive change across all areas affecting children in Scotland. We do this by listening, gathering evidence, and applying and sharing our learning, while always working to uphold children’s rights.

More information can be found at childreninscotland.org.uk

Diversity

Children in Scotland values the contribution of all our staff, whatever their background. Our recruitment decisions are based on fair, open processes, with appointment on merit. We welcome applications from everyone.

*Children in Scotland is Edinburgh based but, until further notice, this role will be remote/home-based, with some travel to Edinburgh required for meetings and the option of use of office space in Edinburgh and/or Glasgow. Arrangements will be reviewed, with staff involvement, throughout the 2023-24 year.

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Top job! Senior Communications Officer – Membership lead

  • Part time
  • £29,219 – £33,273 pro-rata
  • remote/home-based, with some travel to Edinburgh required for meetings and the option of use of office space in Edinburgh and/or Glasgow.
  • Closing 24th April 2023

Department: Engagement & Learning Department.

Location: Children in Scotland is Edinburgh based but, until further notice, this role will be remote/home-based, with some travel to Edinburgh required for meetings and the option of use of office space in Edinburgh and/or Glasgow. Arrangements will be reviewed, with staff involvement, throughout the 2023-24 year.

Do you want to make a difference to the lives of children in Scotland? Are you a values-based, solution-focused communications professional who is up for a new challenge? Do you care about quality and detail as well as how your work can contribute to social change? If so, read on…

About the role

Working in a busy, deadline-driven environment, this role provides a fantastic opportunity to work with Children in Scotland staff, our Members, key partners across the sector, the media and children and young people themselves to support our work and deliver our communications and marketing activity,

Underpinned by our values, our work is focussed on us achieving our vision that all children have an equal chance to flourish. Our Strategic Plan and annual Delivery Plans provide the detail of how we go about achieving this.

As the Senior Communications Officer – Membership lead you will be involved in the full breadth of Children in Scotland communication activity, working closely with internal colleagues and external stakeholders to deliver to agreed plans. You will also have a specific responsibility for our Membership engagement, communications and marketing, overseeing Insight, our biannual Member publication. You will deputise for the Manager in their absence and have line management responsibility within the team.

You will be ready to hit the ground running but we will offer you an excellent induction and support through the first few months, which will then turn into longer-term development opportunities. You will join a brilliant group of supportive staff who are passionate about making a difference to children’s lives and work hard to achieve this.

About Children in Scotland

Giving all children in Scotland an equal chance to flourish is at the heart of everything we do.

By bringing together a network of people working with and for children, alongside children and young people themselves, we offer a broad, balanced and independent voice. We create solutions, provide support and develop positive change across all areas affecting children in Scotland. We do this by listening, gathering evidence, and applying and sharing our learning, while always working to uphold children’s rights.

Our range of knowledge and expertise means we can provide trusted support on issues as diverse as the people we work with and the varied lives of children and families in Scotland.

Our values

Our values set out Children in Scotland’s beliefs and qualities.

They have been shaped by our staff, board, children and young people in our advisory group Changing our World, and our members.

We use them to guide how we work and as a way of keeping us accountable.

Strengthening equality, diversity and inclusion is an overarching commitment that informs all our values.

Brave: We are champions of children’s rights. We take a lead in empowering children and young people and improving lives. We do this with creativity and determination.

Open and fair: We are committed to accessibility and honesty. We share our learning, evidence and new ideas. Integrity, balance and respect underpin everything we do.

Collaborative: We believe in inclusion and we work in partnership. The participation of children, young people and their families, our staff, members, the workforce and our wider network inspires us and is central to achieving our vision.

Kind: We care about people and the environment, and the impact our work has on both. Empathy and trust are key in our approach and how we connect with others.

Children in Scotland values the contribution of all our staff, whatever their background. Our recruitment decisions are based on fair, open processes, with appointment on merit. We welcome applications from everyone.

If this sounds like you then we’d love to hear from you!

You can find more about Children in Scotland here and for an informal chat about the role, please contact Simon Massey, Head of Engagement & Learning, by email on smassey@childreninscotland.org.uk

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Assistant Policy Officer, Supporting The Third Sector Project

  • Full time
  • £20,361 – £23,697
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 21st March 2023

This role provides a fantastic opportunity to work for a national children’s organisation improving children’s lives.

The Supporting the Third Sector project (STTS) supports the third sector to be a strong partner in Children's Services Planning. As STTS Assistant Policy Officer, you will contribute to the work of the STTS Project, ensuring that the third sector can be meaningfully involved in children’s services planning processes and influence and inform the development of national policy relating to children, young people and families. You will assist our policy and research activity, and provide administrative, information and organisational support.

We are seeking a values-driven individual, who has great organisational and communication skills. With a commitment to children’s rights you will be able to build positive relationships with a wide range of our partners, members and other stakeholders through relevant networks and forums.

In return we will provide you with an excellent opportunity to develop your career in children’s policy and services, within a supportive, enthusiastic and committed team and organisation.

Department:Policy, Projects and Participation

Location: Children in Scotland is Edinburgh based but, until further notice, this role will be remote/home-based, with some travel to Edinburgh and Glasgow required for meetings. There is also the option to use office space in Edinburgh and/or Glasgow. Arrangements will be reviewed, with staff involvement, throughout the 2023-24 year.

About Children in Scotland

Giving all children in Scotland an equal chance to flourish is at the heart of everything we do.

By bringing together a network of people working with and for children, alongside children and young people themselves, we offer a broad, balanced and independent voice. We create solutions, provide support and develop positive change across all areas affecting children in Scotland. We do this by listening, gathering evidence, and applying and sharing our learning, while always working to uphold children’s rights.

Our range of knowledge and expertise means we can provide trusted support on issues as diverse as the people we work with and the varied lives of children and families in Scotland.

Diversity

Children in Scotland values the contribution of all our staff, whatever their background. Our recruitment decisions are based on fair, open processes, with appointment on merit. We welcome applications from everyone.

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Learning & Events Officer

  • Part time
  • £23,697 – £29,445 pro-rata
  • *Edinburgh based
  • Closing 7th March 2023

As a Learning & Events Officer you will have key role in the successful design, delivery and evaluation of the Children in Scotland Learning Programme. This includes jointly creating a sector-leading, innovative and financially sustainable programme that supports and connects the children’s sector workforce.

As a Learning & Events Officer you will take a lead on planning and delivering a wide range of activities while also effectively managing relationships with key stakeholders.

This is an exciting opportunity to work for a national children’s charity, focused on making a positive difference to the lives of children across Scotland through the learning opportunities we provide.

We are looking a positive, proactive and motivated team player to work with us on the development and delivery of our Learning Programme.

Working in a busy, values-driven environment, this role provides a fantastic opportunity to work with Children in Scotland staff, partners across the sector, practitioners and children and young people themselves to support all our work and deliver our learning and events activity.

Underpinned by our values, our work is focussed on us achieving our vision that all children have an equal chance to flourish. Our Strategic Plan and annual Delivery Plans provide the detail of how we go about achieving this.

As the Learning & Events Officer you will focus on facilitating the successful design, delivery and evaluation of the Children in Scotland Learning Programme. This includes jointly creating a sector-leading, innovative and financially sustainable programme that supports and connects the children’s sector workforce. You will take a lead on planning and delivering a wide range of activities while also effectively managing relationships with key stakeholders.

You will be ready to hit the ground running but we will offer you an excellent induction and support through the first few months, which will then turn into longer-term development opportunities. You will join a brilliant group of supportive staff who are passionate about making a difference to children’s lives and work hard to achieve this.

About Children in Scotland

Giving all children in Scotland an equal chance to flourish is at the heart of everything we do.

By bringing together a network of people working with and for children, alongside children and young people themselves, we offer a broad, balanced and independent voice. We create solutions, provide support and develop positive change across all areas affecting children in Scotland. We do this by listening, gathering evidence, and applying and sharing our learning, while always working to uphold children’s rights.

Our range of knowledge and expertise means we can provide trusted support on issues as diverse as the people we work with and the varied lives of children and families in Scotland.

Children in Scotland values the contribution of all our staff, whatever their background. Our recruitment decisions are based on fair, open processes, with appointment on merit. We welcome applications from everyone.

*Children in Scotland is Edinburgh based but, until further notice, this role will be remote/home-based, with some travel to Edinburgh required for meetings and the option of use of office space in Edinburgh and/or Glasgow. Arrangements will be reviewed, with staff involvement, throughout the 2022-23 year.

Further information

For an informal chat about the job, please contact Jemma Galbraith, Learning & Events Manager by email on jgalbraith@childreninscotland.org.uk

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Communications & Marketing Manager

  • Full time or Part time
  • £36,797
  • remote/home-based, with some travel to Edinburgh required for meetings and the option of use of office space in Edinburgh and/or Glasgow*.
  • Closing 14th February 2023

Do you want to make a difference to the lives of children in Scotland? Are you a values-based, solution-focused communications professional who is up for a new challenge? Do you care about quality and detail as well as how your work can contribute to social change? If so, read on…

About the role

Working in a busy, deadline-driven environment, this role provides a fantastic opportunity to work with Children in Scotland staff, partners across the sector, the media and children and young people themselves to support all our work and deliver our communications and marketing activity.

Underpinned by our values, our work is focussed on us achieving our vision that all children have an equal chance to flourish. Our Strategic Plan and annual Delivery Plans provide the detail of how we go about achieving this.

As the Communications & Marketing Manager you will have responsibility for the development, delivery and evaluation of communications activity in line with the Strategic Plan. You will effectively manage and lead the Communications & Marketing team to implement the annual Delivery Plan, ensuring your staff are supported and motivated. You will ensure the team works with staff across the organisation to deliver communications activity linked to their specific area of work.

You will be ready to hit the ground running but we will offer you an excellent induction and support through the first few months, which will then turn into longer-term development opportunities. You will join a brilliant group of supportive staff who are passionate about making a difference to children’s lives and work hard to achieve this.

About Children in Scotland

Giving all children in Scotland an equal chance to flourish is at the heart of everything we do.

By bringing together a network of people working with and for children, alongside children and young people themselves, we offer a broad, balanced and independent voice. We create solutions, provide support and develop positive change across all areas affecting children in Scotland. We do this by listening, gathering evidence, and applying and sharing our learning, while always working to uphold children’s rights.

Our range of knowledge and expertise means we can provide trusted support on issues as diverse as the people we work with and the varied lives of children and families in Scotland.

Our values

Our values set out Children in Scotland’s beliefs and qualities.

They have been shaped by our staff, board, children and young people in our advisory group Changing our World, and our members.

We use them to guide how we work and as a way of keeping us accountable.

Strengthening equality, diversity and inclusion is an overarching commitment that informs all our values.

Brave

We are champions of children’s rights. We take a lead in empowering children and young people and improving lives. We do this with creativity and determination.

Open and fair

We are committed to accessibility and honesty. We share our learning, evidence and new ideas. Integrity, balance and respect underpin everything we do.

Collaborative

We believe in inclusion and we work in partnership. The participation of children, young people and their families, our staff, members, the workforce and our wider network inspires us and is central to achieving our vision.

Kind

We care about people and the environment, and the impact our work has on both. Empathy and trust are key in our approach and how we connect with others.

Children in Scotland values the contribution of all our staff, whatever their background. Our recruitment decisions are based on fair, open processes, with appointment on merit. We welcome applications from everyone.

Further information

*Location:Children in Scotland is Edinburgh based but, until further notice, this role will be remote/home-based, with some travel to Edinburgh required for meetings and the option of use of office space in Edinburgh and/or Glasgow. Arrangements will be reviewed, with staff involvement, throughout the 2022-23 year.

If this sounds like you then we’d love to hear from you!

You can find more about Children in Scotland here and for an informal chat about the role, please contact Simon Massey, Head of Engagement & Learning, by email on smassey@childreninscotland.org.uk

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Communications Officer – Insight & Magazine Lead

  • Part time
  • £23,697 – £29,445 pro-rata
  • remote/home-based, with some travel to Edinburgh required for meetings and the option of use of office space in Edinburgh and/or Glasgow*.
  • Closing 25th January 2023

Do you want to make a difference to the lives of children in Scotland? Are you a values-based, solution-focused communications professional who is up for a new challenge? Do you care about quality and detail as well as how your work can contribute to social change? If so, read on…

About the role

Working in a busy, deadline-driven environment, this role provides a fantastic opportunity to work with Children in Scotland staff, partners across the sector, the media and children and young people themselves to support all our work and deliver our communications and marketing activity.

Underpinned by our values, our work is focussed on us achieving our vision that all children have an equal chance to flourish. Our Strategic Plan and annual Delivery Plans provide the detail of how we go about achieving this.

The Communications Officer – Insight & Magazine Lead will focus on content and production, covering our bi-annual Insight publication for members and our magazine web pages. As part of core communications activity, you will also cover marketing, media engagement, digital output and any other activities requiring communications expertise.

You will be ready to hit the ground running but we will offer you an excellent induction and support through the first few months, which will then turn into longer-term development opportunities. You will join a brilliant group of supportive staff who are passionate about making a difference to children’s lives and work hard to achieve this.

About Children in Scotland

Giving all children in Scotland an equal chance to flourish is at the heart of everything we do.

By bringing together a network of people working with and for children, alongside children and young people themselves, we offer a broad, balanced and independent voice. We create solutions, provide support and develop positive change across all areas affecting children in Scotland. We do this by listening, gathering evidence, and applying and sharing our learning, while always working to uphold children’s rights.

Our range of knowledge and expertise means we can provide trusted support on issues as diverse as the people we work with and the varied lives of children and families in Scotland.

Our values

Our values set out Children in Scotland’s beliefs and qualities.

They have been shaped by our staff, board, children and young people in our advisory group Changing our World, and our members.

We use them to guide how we work and as a way of keeping us accountable.

Strengthening equality, diversity and inclusion is an overarching commitment that informs all our values.

Brave

We are champions of children’s rights. We take a lead in empowering children and young people and improving lives. We do this with creativity and determination.

Open and fair

We are committed to accessibility and honesty. We share our learning, evidence and new ideas. Integrity, balance and respect underpin everything we do.

Collaborative

We believe in inclusion and we work in partnership. The participation of children, young people and their families, our staff, members, the workforce and our wider network inspires us and is central to achieving our vision.

Kind

We care about people and the environment, and the impact our work has on both. Empathy and trust are key in our approach and how we connect with others.

Children in Scotland values the contribution of all our staff, whatever their background. Our recruitment decisions are based on fair, open processes, with appointment on merit. We welcome applications from everyone.

Further information

*Location:Children in Scotland is Edinburgh based but, until further notice, this role will be remote/home-based, with some travel to Edinburgh required for meetings and the option of use of office space in Edinburgh and/or Glasgow. Arrangements will be reviewed, with staff involvement, throughout the 2022-23 year.

If this sounds like you then we’d love to hear from you!

You can find more about Children in Scotland here and for an informal chat about the role, please contact Simon Massey, Head of Engagement & Learning, by email on smassey@childreninscotland.org.uk

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IT & Digital Manager

  • Part time
  • £29,445 – £35,382 pro-rata
  • remote/home-based, with some travel to Edinburgh
  • Closing 1st August 2022

This is an exciting opportunity to work for a national children’s charity in a newly created role as our IT & Digital Manager.

We are looking for a positive, proactive and values-led person, who is eager to bring their knowledge, skills and individual experiences to Children in Scotland. This role will help ensure that our internal and external activities which rely on IT infrastructure and digital delivery run smoothly.

This role will have overall responsibility for the IT function including staff support and training, infrastructure, policies and procedures (including information security and data protection) and compliance.

You will ensure that our IT systems, policies and procedures are robust and staff are well supported in the use of the IT hardware and software available to them, as well as being well briefed on information handling and security matters to protect the organisation from cyber threats.

As a Children in Scotland manager, you will have responsibility for the delivery of activity in your specific area, aligned with our Strategic and Delivery Plans, and be a member of the Managers’ group. You will demonstrate effective leadership and management of your team, have excellent communications skills and strong technical know-how, and uphold the Children in Scotland values.

Children in Scotland are committed to supporting our staff team wholeheartedly in the important work they do – this post will be a key part of that.

You will use your experience to ensure our staff have the most appropriate technical resources available to them and are confident in the effective use of them. You will be supported in your role by a team of three part time “superusers” who provide front line support on a shared basis to our staff team on IT matters, one of whom is also a part time IT officer, working 1 day a week on organisational IT matters. You will work closely with our external IT company who source our IT hardware for us, maintain our cloud backups and provide both helpdesk support for IT set ups and fixes.

Children in Scotland are committed to our online security and the protection the data we hold. You will use your experience to ensure our information security and data protection systems, policies and procedures are robust and staff are confident in keeping the data we hold safe and secure.

You will be ready to hit the ground running but we will offer you an excellent induction and support through those first few months, which will then turn into longer term development opportunities.

You will join a brilliant group of supportive staff who are passionate about making a difference to children’s lives and work hard to achieve this.

About Children in Scotland

Giving all children in Scotland an equal chance to flourish is at the heart of everything we do.

By bringing together a network of people working with and for children, alongside children and young people themselves, we offer a broad, balanced and independent voice. We create solutions, provide support and develop positive change across all areas affecting children in Scotland. We do this by listening, gathering evidence, and applying and sharing our learning, while always working to uphold children’s rights.

Our range of knowledge and expertise means we can provide trusted support on issues as diverse as the people we work with and the varied lives of children and families in Scotland.

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Assistant Policy, Projects and Participation Officer

  • Part time
  • £18,354 – £23,697 pro-rata
  • Children in Scotland is Edinburgh based but, until further notice, this role will be remote/home-based, with some travel to Edinburgh required for meetings and the option of use of office space in Edinburgh and/or Glasgow. Arrangements will be reviewed,
  • Closing 12th July 2022

As a Children in Scotland Assistant Policy Projects and Participation Officer, you will play an important co-ordinating role, supporting the work of our busy Policy, Projects and Participation Department. You will help ensure our policy work and engagement projects with children and young people run smoothly through delivering policy and research activity, administration, information and organisational support.

We are looking for someone who is organised, values driven and enjoys working with others. You’ll be part of an enthusiastic, committed and supportive team working in an organisation whose goal is to ensure that all children in Scotland have an equal chance to flourish.

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Advice and Information Officer (Enquire)

  • Part time
  • £23,697 – £29,445 pro-rata
  • Edinburgh based but, until further notice, this role will be remote/home-based
  • Closing 27th June 2022

Enquire is the Scottish advice service for additional support for learning. The service is funded by the Scottish Government and managed by Children in Scotland.

Our goal is to help parents, carers, professionals and children and young people understand pupils’ rights to extra support in school and with learning. Our vision is that all children in Scotland are supported, included, and listened to throughout their education.

We are looking for an experienced and caring adviser whose primary responsibility will be responding to helpline enquiries. The right candidate will have excellent listening skills and be able to explain complex information in a clear and concise way, both over the telephone and in writing.

An understanding of the issues affecting children and young people with additional support needs and their families and knowledge of the Scottish education system would be an advantage.

The Advice and Information Officer will also contribute to other areas of the Enquire service, including producing written information for our publications and website and taking part in our outreach events.

We welcome applications from candidates from diverse backgrounds and communities.

Location: Children in Scotland is Edinburgh based but, until further notice, this role will be remote/home-based, with some travel to Edinburgh required for meetings and the option of use of office space in Edinburgh and/or Glasgow. Arrangements will be reviewed, with staff involvement, throughout the 2022-23 year.

Hours: The post is a part-time contract, 24.5 hours per week over 3.5 working days. Preference for Monday-Thursday as working days with possible negotiation to working pattern. The post is currently funded until 31 March 2023.

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Learning & Events Manager

  • Full time or Part time
  • £29,445 – £35,382
  • Remote/home-based*
  • Closing 24th May 2022

Department: Engagement & Learning Department

Hours: There is potential for this role to be 4- or 5-days (28- or 35-hours) per week. Please state preference in application form

*Location:Children in Scotland is Edinburgh based but, until further notice, this role will be remote/home-based, with some travel to Edinburgh required for meetings and the option of use of office space in Edinburgh and/or Glasgow. Arrangements will be reviewed, with staff involvement, throughout the 2022-23 year.

This is an exciting opportunity to work for a national children’s charity leading an award-winning, innovative and friendly team, while knowing that you are contributing to making positive difference to the lives of children in Scotland.

Pre-Covid19, we planned, delivered, and evaluated approximately 250 learning and connection opportunities with more than 4,000 delegates each year. This included conferences, training, residentials and international study trips.

In response to the pandemic, we moved our programme online reaching more than 6,000 learners in 2020-21. Over the last couple of years, we also launched our eLearning Hub, put on an international conference and delivered an online Learning Week. We have recently successfully delivered our first in-person events and are planning the delivery of a hybrid Learning Programme this year, including the return of a flagship Annual Conference in November. Busy times!

We are looking a motivated and innovative manager to help shape the future of our Learning Programme, lead the team through a period of change and support the work of the wider organisation.

This will include continuing to develop our online programme, while considering our gradual return to in-person events at the right point in time. We are looking for a positive, proactive and values-led individual, who is well-positioned to bring their individual experiences and skills to Children in Scotland.

You will need excellent communications skills and experience of managing projects including leading staff or volunteers, partnership working and a good understanding of budgets in a values-driven organisation.

You will use your experience in learning and development or event management to ensure our Learning Programme remains sector-leading, with a diverse, inspiring range of content, contributors and delivery methods. You will be supported in this by the L&E team and Engagement & Learning Department, but also the wider organisation including our ASL services and Policy, Projects & Participation department.

You will be remote/home-based with some travel to Edinburgh and Glasgow required for meetings but, as the impact of Covid reduces and we deliver more in-person events, there will be the opportunity to travel across Scotland and beyond.

You will be ready to hit the ground running but we will offer you an excellent induction and support through those first few months, which will then turn into longer term development opportunities. You will join a brilliant group of supportive staff who are passionate about making a difference to children’s lives and work hard to achieve this.

About Children in Scotland

Giving all children in Scotland an equal chance to flourish is at the heart of everything we do.

By bringing together a network of people working with and for children, alongside children and young people themselves, we offer a broad, balanced and independent voice. We create solutions, provide support and develop positive change across all areas affecting children in Scotland. We do this by listening, gathering evidence, and applying and sharing our learning, while always working to uphold children’s rights.

Our range of knowledge and expertise means we can provide trusted support on issues as diverse as the people we work with and the varied lives of children and families in Scotland.

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Policy, Projects & Participation Officer

  • Full time
  • £23,697 – £29,445
  • Remote/home-based, with some travel to Edinburgh required for meetings & the option of use of office space in Edinburgh and/or Glasgow*
  • Closing 26th April 2022

We’re excited to be recruiting this new Policy, Projects and Participation Officer role to support the work of our busy and growing Policy, Projects and Participation team.

As Scotland moves towards incorporation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, we’ve been developing our support offer to our members to help them embed child rights approaches in their organisations. At the same time we have a number of new and exciting projects coming on stream, supporting children and young people to have a say and influence policy, services and organisations.

We need someone to help us deliver our new projects and UNCRC incorporation offer as part of our existing experienced team. We are looking for someone who is organised, values driven and who has knowledge and experience of child rights approaches and engaging with children and young people.

You’ll be part of an enthusiastic, committed and supportive team working in an organisation whose goal is to ensure that all children in Scotland have an equal chance to flourish.

*Location: Children in Scotland is Edinburgh based but, until further notice, this role will be remote/home-based, with some travel to Edinburgh required for meetings and the option of use of office space in Edinburgh and/or Glasgow. Arrangements will be reviewed, with staff involvement, throughout the 2022-23 year.

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Assistant Policy Officer

  • Full time
  • £18,354 – £23,697
  • Remote/home based*
  • Closing 20th April 2022

This is a great opportunity to work for a national children’s charity knowing that you are contributing to making positive difference to the lives of children in Scotland.

The Supporting The Third Sector (STTS) project works to ensure that the third sector can be meaningfully involved in children’s services planning processes to improve the lives of children, young people and families. The project supports an active Third Sector Interface network, delivers a training and capacity building programme for the third sector workforce, and feeds in the voices and experiences of local third sector organisations into national policy making processes.

As a Children in Scotland Assistant Policy Officer, you will contribute to and support the work of the Policy, Projects and Participation department, including our policy activity in relation to the Supporting the Third Sector Project. You will play an important role contributing to the effectiveness and efficiency of the project by providing policy and research activity, administrative, information and organisational support.

Location*

Children in Scotland is Edinburgh based but, until further notice, this role will be remote/home-based, with some travel to Edinburgh required for meetings and the option of use of office space in Edinburgh and/or Glasgow. Arrangements will be reviewed, with staff involvement, throughout the 2022-23 year.

About Children in Scotland

Giving all children in Scotland an equal chance to flourish is at the heart of everything we do.

By bringing together a network of people working with and for children, alongside children and young people themselves, we offer a broad, balanced and independent voice. We create solutions, provide support and develop positive change across all areas affecting children in Scotland. We do this by listening, gathering evidence, and applying and sharing our learning, while always working to uphold children’s rights.

Our range of knowledge and expertise means we can provide trusted support on issues as diverse as the people we work with and the varied lives of children and families in Scotland.

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Senior Policy Officer (Children’s Rights)

  • Part time
  • £27,828 – £31,689 pro-rata
  • Children in Scotland is Edinburgh-based, but we are developing a hybrid approach to work. There is the option to use office space in Edinburgh and/or Glasgow. We will be reviewing our working arrangements during the coming year.
  • Closing 15th March 2022

About the role

This is an exciting opportunity to work for a national children’s charity within an excellent and committed team.

The Senior Policy Officer will have a key role to play in contributing to the Children’s Views element of the support service for children required under the Additional Support for Learning Act. This will include championing the participation of children between the ages of 12 and 15 by providing an opportunity to express their views about decisions made on their learning and support. It will also require the postholder to help build capacity within education authorities and partners to make sure that those working with children with additional support needs are developing best practice when listening to and considering children’s views. They will proactively promote children’s rights under the Additional Support for Learning Act and contribute to the development of resources for practitioners based on learning and best practice.

We are looking who has excellent knowledge and experience of participation and engagement work with children and young people with additional support needs. They should have a good knowledge of child rights and how they interact with the policy landscape in Scotland. They will need highly developed communication skills, including the ability to interact effectively with a variety of audiences and to convey complex material and ideas in an accessible manner.

They will need to be committed to the aims and values of Children in Scotland and be committed to a process of continual learning.

About Children in Scotland

Giving all children in Scotland an equal chance to flourish is at the heart of everything we do.

By bringing together a network of people working with and for children, alongside children and young people themselves, we offer a broad, balanced and independent voice. We create solutions, provide support and develop positive change across all areas affecting children in Scotland. We do this by listening, gathering evidence, and applying and sharing our learning, while always working to uphold children’s rights.

Our range of knowledge and expertise means we can provide trusted support on issues as diverse as the people we work with and the varied lives of children and families in Scotland.

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Communications and Engagement Officer

  • Full time
  • £23,697 – £29,445
  • This is a predominantly home based role as a result of restrictions which have been implemented during the pandemic. This will be discussed going forward to suit the needs of the staff member & the organisation..
  • Closing 21st February 2022

Would you like to make a difference to the lives of children and families?

The National Parent Forum of Scotland (NPFS) works in partnership with national and local government and other organisations involved in education and child wellbeing issues to ensure that parents play a full and equal role in education.

The overall aim is to help every child to maximise their potential through their school life and for parents across Scotland to feel empowered to fulfil their potential as partners in education by embedding their contribution in practice and policy.

The National Parent Forum is an independent organisation funded by the Scottish Government and hosted by Children in Scotland.

Do you have what we are looking for?

We are seeking an energetic individual who can help us reach parents and carers across Scotland. We are looking for somebody who can develop and implement a efficient communications strategy to raise awareness of parental engagement and the work of NPFS with parents, carers and professionals.

An experienced communications officer you will be able to demonstrate the ability to develop and implement a digital and print communication strategy and measure its impact. We are seeking a professional with experience of increasing the digital engagement of key audiences, identifying new audiences and, using social tools, supporting parents and carers across Scotland to connect.

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Top job! Head of Services

  • Full time or Part time
  • £40,710 – £47,772
  • remote/home-based until at least April 2022, with some travel to Edinburgh required for meetings
  • Closing 19th January 2022

This is an exciting opportunity to work for a national children’s charity leading an excellent, committed team. You will be part of the Leadership Team for the organisation, working to ensure that Children in Scotland is making positive difference to the lives of children in Scotland.

In the role you will have specific responsibility for the services that are delivered by Children in Scotland. These include Enquire, which is the Scottish advice service for additional support for learning, Resolve, which is an independent mediation service for parents and carer of children and young people with additional support needs and My Rights, My Say, a support service which provides advice and information, advocacy support, legal representation and which independently seeks children’s views to inform decision-making.

We are looking for someone who is passionate about the work of Children in Scotland’s and its vision and values. You will have experience in leading and managing services and a strong understanding and commitment to children’s rights and a demonstrable commitment to listening to their views.

We want someone who is a sensitive leader and manager and can support staff who are working with vulnerable groups and with highly emotional content. It is also important that you are a good communicator not only internally but also with our external partners.

You will be remote/home-based until at least April 2022, with some travel to Edinburgh required for meetings. We are currently firming up our hybrid approach going forward, but it will be a balance between remote working, and being present at key events, meetings and other moments.

You will be ready to hit the ground running but we will offer you an excellent induction and support through those first few months, which will then turn into longer term development opportunities. You will join a brilliant group of supportive staff who are passionate about making a difference to children’s lives and work hard to achieve this.

About Children in Scotland

Giving all children in Scotland an equal chance to flourish is at the heart of everything we do.

By bringing together a network of people working with and for children, alongside children and young people themselves, we offer a broad, balanced and independent voice. We create solutions, provide support and develop positive change across all areas affecting children in Scotland. We do this by listening, gathering evidence, and applying and sharing our learning, while always working to uphold children’s rights.

Our range of knowledge and expertise means we can provide trusted support on issues as diverse as the people we work with and the varied lives of children and families in Scotland.

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Director/Trustee

  • Management Board
  • Unpaid
  • Nominally Edinburgh, but happy for board members to participate virtually
  • Closing 10th January 2022

About Children in Scotland:

Giving all children in Scotland an equal chance to flourish is at the heart of everything we do.

By bringing together a network of people working with and for children, alongside children and young people themselves, we offer a broad, balanced and independent voice. We create solutions, provide support and develop positive change across all areas affecting children in Scotland.

We do this by listening, gathering evidence, and applying and sharing our learning, while always working to uphold children’s rights. Our range of knowledge and expertise means we can provide trusted support on issues as diverse as the people we work with and the varied lives of children and families in Scotland.

What are we looking for:

We are looking for five new directors to join the board of Scotland’s largest national membership body for individuals and organisations seeking to improve the lives of children and young people. We want to appoint talented and committed individuals who believe in our vision is that all children in Scotland have an equal chance to flourish.

As an organisation we are committed to diversity and inclusion in all our work and, through this recruitment, will be seeking to bring people with diverse skills and backgrounds on to the board. As part of that, we are actively trying to change the age profile of our board: of the five new appointments, we are looking for two younger directors (up to age 26). We have developed a supportive board environment so, if this is your first time putting yourself forward as a charity trustee, this could be the right place for you. All new directors will be given the induction and ongoing support necessary to be able to fully contribute to the board and its decision-making.

We would be particularly pleased to hear from people who have skills in the areas of Children’s Rights, Finance and Fundraising. However, if you don‘t have these specific skills and experience, please still consider applying. If you are enthusiastic, committed and have an interesting set of skills to bring to the board, you still might be the right person for us.

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Assistant Communications Officer – Digital Content

  • Part time
  • £18,354 – £23,697 pro-rata
  • Children in Scotland is Edinburgh-based but this role will be remote/ home-based until at least April 2022, with some travel to Edinburgh required for meetings. Arrangements will be reviewed by March 2022
  • Closing 14th September 2021

This is an exciting new role within the team, funded by the Scottish Government’s Adapt & Thrive programme until September 2022. It provides Children in Scotland with the opportunity to expand our digital communications capacity and develop a new delivery model, with the aim of rolling this out longer-term.

The Assistant Communications Officer will work closely with the Communications Officer – Digital lead and other members of the team to produce exciting and engaging digital content, with a particular focus on social media. This will include work with staff across the organisation supporting the development of tailored content.

The post-holder will be expected to be driven, enthusiastic and ideas-led, drawing on expertise and creativity to help make our digital communications as appealing as possible to our audiences, supporting our overall strategic aims.

You will be remote/home-based until at least April 2022, with some travel to Edinburgh required for meetings.

You will be ready to hit the ground running but we will offer you an excellent induction and support through those first few months, which will then turn into longer term development opportunities. You will join a brilliant group of supportive staff who are passionate about making a difference to children’s lives and work hard to achieve this.

About Children in Scotland

Giving all children in Scotland an equal chance to flourish is at the heart of everything we do.

By bringing together a network of people working with and for children, alongside children and young people themselves, we offer a broad, balanced and independent voice. We create solutions, provide support and develop positive change across all areas affecting children in Scotland. We do this by listening, gathering evidence, and applying and sharing our learning, while always working to uphold children’s rights.

Our range of knowledge and expertise means we can provide trusted support on issues as diverse as the people we work with and the varied lives of children and families in Scotland.

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Learning & Events Manager

  • Full time or Part time
  • £29,445 – £35,382
  • Children in Scotland is Edinburgh based but this role will be remote/ home-based until at least April 2022, with some travel to Edinburgh required for meetings. Arrangements will be reviewed by March 2022
  • Closing 27th August 2021

About the role

This is an exciting opportunity to work for a national children’s charity leading an award-winning, innovative and friendly team, while knowing that you are contributing to making positive difference to the lives of children in Scotland.

Pre-Covid19, we planned, delivered, and evaluated approximately 250 learning and connection opportunities with more than 4,000 delegates each year. This included conferences, training, residentials and international study trips.

In response to the pandemic, we moved our programme online reaching more than 6,000 learners through our webinar programme in 2020-21. We have also launched our eLearning Hub, put on an international conference and delivered our Learning Week. Busy times!

The current Manager is moving on from Children in Scotland after seven years and we are looking for the next person to help shape the future of our Learning Programme, lead the team through a period of change and support the work of the wider organisation.

This will include continuing to develop our online programme, while considering our gradual return to in-person events at the right point in time. We are looking for a positive, proactive and values-led individual, who is well-positioned to bring their individuals experiences and skills to Children in Scotland.

You will need excellent communications skills and experience of managing projects including staff or volunteers, partnership working and a good understanding of budgets in a values-driven organisation.

You will use your experience in learning and development or event management to ensure our Learning Programme remains sector-leading, with a diverse, inspiring range of content, contributors and delivery methods. You will be supported in this by the L&E team and Engagement & Learning Department, but also the wider organisation including our ASL services and Policy, Projects & Participation department.

You will be remote/home-based until at least April 2022, with some travel to Edinburgh required for meetings. As Covid restrictions ease and we return to in-person events, there will be the opportunity to travel across Scotland and beyond.

You will be ready to hit the ground running but we will offer you an excellent induction and support through those first few months, which will then turn into longer term development opportunities. You will join a brilliant group of supportive staff who are passionate about making a difference to children’s lives and work hard to achieve this.

About Children in Scotland

Giving all children in Scotland an equal chance to flourish is at the heart of everything we do.

By bringing together a network of people working with and for children, alongside children and young people themselves, we offer a broad, balanced and independent voice. We create solutions, provide support and develop positive change across all areas affecting children in Scotland. We do this by listening, gathering evidence, and applying and sharing our learning, while always working to uphold children’s rights.

Our range of knowledge and expertise means we can provide trusted support on issues as diverse as the people we work with and the varied lives of children and families in Scotland.

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Supporting The Third Sector Project Manager

  • Full time
  • £29,445 – £35,382
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 2nd August 2021

Department: Policy, Projects and Participation

Location: Children in Scotland is Edinburgh based but this role will be remote/ home-based until at least April 2022, with some travel to Edinburgh required for meetings. Arrangements will be reviewed by March 2022

Hours: Full time, fixed term to 31 March 2022

Salary: £29,445 - £35,382 per annum

We are currently recruiting for an exciting and important role within the Policy, Projects and Participation Department.

The Supporting The Third Sector (STTS) project works to ensure that the third sector can be meaningfully involved in children’s services planning processes to improve the lives of children, young people and families.

As the Project Manager of the STTS Project you will be responsible for supporting an active Third Sector Interface network, delivering a training and capacity building programme for the third sector workforce, and feeding in the voices and experiences of local third sector organisations into national policy making processes.

You will demonstrate effective management of your team, represent Children in Scotland, uphold the organisation values and be a member of the Children in Scotland Managers’ Team.

In order to do this, we are seeking an individual with significant knowledge of children’s services, experience of working in the children’s sector, great communication skills and experience of project management.

Applications to undertake the role as a secondment are welcome

About Children in Scotland

Giving all children in Scotland an equal chance to flourish is at the heart of everything we do.

By bringing together a network of people working with and for children, alongside children and young people themselves, we offer a broad, balanced and independent voice. We create solutions, provide support and develop positive change across all areas affecting children in Scotland. We do this by listening, gathering evidence, and applying and sharing our learning, while always working to uphold children’s rights.

Our range of knowledge and expertise means we can provide trusted support on issues as diverse as the people we work with and the varied lives of children and families in Scotland.

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Learning & Events Coordinator

  • Full time
  • £18,354 – £23,697
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 20th July 2021

Department: Engagement & Learning Department

Location: Children in Scotland is Edinburgh based but this role will be remote/ home-based until at least April 2022, with some travel to Edinburgh required for meetings. Arrangements will be reviewed by March 2022

Hours: Permanent, full time (35 hours per week)

Salary: £18,354 - £23,697 per annum

About the role

This is a great opportunity to work for a national children’s charity in an award-winning, innovative and friendly team, while knowing that you are contributing to making positive difference to the lives of children in Scotland.

It is a really varied job, and an integral part of our learning and events team. Pre-Covid, we planned, delivered and evaluated approximately 250 learning and connection opportunities with more than 4,000 delegates each year. This included conferences, training, residentials and international study trips.

Since then, we have moved our programme online, reaching more than 6,000 learners through our webinar programme. We have also launched our eLearning hub.

As we develop our online programme, and consider our gradual return to in-person events, we’re looking for an efficient, pro-active individual, with excellent customer service and digital skills, to join our team.

You will use your strong organisational and communication skills, and keen eye for detail to ensure a positive experience for our participants and contributors – showing why we deserve our reputation as an inclusive, innovative and sector-leading learning and events service.

You will be ready to hit the ground running and to learn on the job. We’ll encourage you to identify further areas where you’d like to develop your skills and knowledge and support you to do so.

You will be remote/home-based until at least April 2022, with some travel to Edinburgh required for meetings. As Covid restrictions ease and we return to in-person events, you will have the opportunity to travel across Scotland and beyond to contribute to the smooth-running of our events.

About Children in Scotland

Giving all children in Scotland an equal chance to flourish is at the heart of everything we do.

By bringing together a network of people working with and for children, alongside children and young people themselves, we offer a broad, balanced and independent voice. We create solutions, provide support and develop positive change across all areas affecting children in Scotland. We do this by listening, gathering evidence, and applying and sharing our learning, while always working to uphold children’s rights.

Our range of knowledge and expertise means we can provide trusted support on issues as diverse as the people we work with and the varied lives of children and families in Scotland.

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Learning & Events Officer

  • Full time
  • £23,697 – £29,445
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 23rd July 2021

Department: Engagement & Learning Department

Location: Children in Scotland is Edinburgh based but this role will be remote/ home-based until at least April 2022, with some travel to Edinburgh required for meetings. Arrangements will be reviewed by March 2022

Hours: Fixed term to 31 March 2022, part time (28 hours per week)

Salary: £23,697 - £29,445 per annum (pro-rata)

About the role

This is a great opportunity to work for a national children’s charity in an award-winning, innovative and friendly team, while knowing that you are contributing to making positive difference to the lives of children in Scotland.

It’s a really varied job, and an integral part of our learning and events team. Pre-Covid, we planned, delivered and evaluated approximately 250 learning and connection opportunities with more than 4,000 delegates each year. This included conferences, training, residentials and international study trips.

Since then, we have moved our programme online, reaching more than 6,000 learners through our webinar programme. We have also launched our eLearning hub.

As we develop our online programme, and consider our gradual return to in-person events, we’re looking for an efficient, pro-active individual, with excellent communication and digital skills to join our team.

You will use your experience in learning and development or event management to ensure our programme is sector-leading, with a diverse, inspiring range of content, contributors and delivery methods.

You will be remote/home-based until at least April 2022, with some travel to Edinburgh required for meetings. As Covid restrictions ease and we return to in-person events, there will be the opportunity to travel across Scotland and beyond to lead the smooth-running of our events.

You will be ready to hit the ground running and to learn on the job. We’ll encourage you to identify further areas where you’d like to develop your skills and knowledge, and support you to do so.

About Children in Scotland

Giving all children in Scotland an equal chance to flourish is at the heart of everything we do.

By bringing together a network of people working with and for children, alongside children and young people themselves, we offer a broad, balanced and independent voice. We create solutions, provide support and develop positive change across all areas affecting children in Scotland. We do this by listening, gathering evidence, and applying and sharing our learning, while always working to uphold children’s rights.

Our range of knowledge and expertise means we can provide trusted support on issues as diverse as the people we work with and the varied lives of children and families in Scotland.

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Communications Officer

  • Part time
  • £23,697 – £29,445 pro-rata
  • Home based to at least 31 March 2022, with some travel to Edinburgh required for meetings
  • Closing 18th June 2021

Would you like to make a difference to the lives of children with additional support needs?

Enquire is the Scottish advice service for additional support for learning. The service is funded by the Scottish Government and managed by Children in Scotland.

Our goal is to help parents, carers, professionals and children and young people understand pupils’ rights to extra support in school and with learning. Our vision is that all children in Scotland are supported, included, and listened to throughout their education.

We are looking to hire a dedicated Communications Officer who can lead our work to raise awareness of children’s rights to additional support for learning and the advice and information Enquire offers.

Do you have what we are looking for?

We are seeking an energetic individual who can help us reach families of children with additional support needs and the professionals who work alongside them. We are looking for somebody who can listen to the experiences of people who use our service and create messages that encourage others who may benefit from our advice and information to get in touch or use our resources.

An experienced communications officer you will be able to demonstrate the ability to develop and implement a digital and print communication strategy and measure its effectiveness. We are seeking a professional with experience of expanding an organisation’s social media presence into new social media platforms, plus increase presence on existing platforms including Facebook and Twitter.

We welcome applications from candidates from diverse backgrounds and communities.

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Advice and Information Officer (Enquire)

  • Part time
  • £23,697 – £29,445 pro-rata
  • Home based to at least 31 March 2022, with some travel to Edinburgh required for meetings
  • Closing 11th June 2021

Enquire is the Scottish advice service for additional support for learning. The service is funded by the Scottish Government and managed by Children in Scotland.

Our goal is to help parents, carers, professionals and children and young people understand pupils’ rights to extra support in school and with learning. Our vision is that all children in Scotland are supported, included, and listened to throughout their education.

We are looking for an experienced and caring adviser whose primary responsibility will be responding to helpline enquiries. The right candidate will have excellent listening skills and be able to explain complex information in a clear and concise way, both over the telephone and in writing.

An understanding of the issues affecting children and young people with additional support needs and their families and knowledge of the Scottish education system would be an advantage.

The Advice and Information Officer will also contribute to other areas of the Enquire service, including producing written information for our publications and website.

The post is a part-time contract, 28 hours per week over 4 working days. Preference for Tuesday-Friday as working days with possible negotiation to working pattern. The post is currently funded until 31 March 2022

We welcome applications from candidates from diverse backgrounds and communities.

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Top job! Chief Executive

  • Full time
  • Circa £70,000
  • Remote/home based until at least March 2022 Future office location expected to be in Edinburgh.
  • Closing 12th April 2021

Children in Scotland is Scotland’s largest national membership body for individuals and organisations seeking to improve the lives of children and young people. We are committed to promoting the rights of children and young people and helping them thrive.

We are seeking to appoint a dynamic Chief Executive to lead the development and delivery of our 2022-2027 Strategic Plan and annual operational plans. This will involve creatively and innovatively identifying new ways of working with the membership, our partners and the Children in Scotland team.

This is an exciting time for the children’s sector with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) soon to be included directly in Scottish law. This needs to be backed up with policy and legislative changes to tangibly improve the lives of children, young people and families living in Scotland.

The successful candidate will have a proven track record in developing effective networks of key stakeholders to influence policy and deliver strategic goals, including our financial and organisational sustainability. You will also be able to communicate the needs and interests of the children’s sector in a clear and compelling manner, informed by robust evidence, intelligence and sound judgement.

You must also be able to demonstrate:

• A proven commitment to the improvement of the health and wellbeing of children, young people and their families.

• Robust experience of leading and supporting effective governance and accountability arrangements, including planning, financial management, and reporting, fulfilling legal and constitutional responsibilities on behalf of a Board of Directors.

• Knowledge of third and public sector funding and a strong track record in securing funding for projects.

• Management of operations which are aligned with overall strategy and available resources.

• An enabling, inclusive, values-led and professional leadership approach that secures respect and credibility at all levels.

• Ability to manage and lead teams with inspiration, confidence, and passion

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Finance Manager

  • Full time
  • £29,445 – £35,382
  • Home based to at least 31 March 2022
  • Closing 22nd March 2021

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced, effective and enthusiastic Finance Manager to join Children in Scotland to take lead responsibility for the financial management of the charity.

Working with the wider finance team you will have responsibility for financial management and reporting, business partnering, budgeting and fund management.

About Children in Scotland

Giving all children in Scotland an equal chance to flourish is at the heart of everything we do.

By bringing together a network of people working with and for children, alongside children and young people themselves, we offer a broad, balanced and independent voice. We create solutions, provide support and develop positive change across all areas affecting children in Scotland. We do this by listening, gathering evidence, and applying and sharing our learning, while always working to uphold children’s rights.

Our range of knowledge and expertise means we can provide trusted support on issues as diverse as the people we work with and the varied lives of children and families in Scotland.

You can find more about Children in Scotland here.

If you have any questions about the role, please contact Valerie Harty at vharty@childreninscotand.org.uk.

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Finance Manager

  • Full time
  • £29,445 – £35,382
  • Home based to at least 31 March 2022
  • Closing 22nd March 2021

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced, effective and enthusiastic Finance Manager to join Children in Scotland to take lead responsibility for the financial management of the charity.

Working with the wider finance team you will have responsibility for financial management and reporting, business partnering, budgeting and fund management.

About Children in Scotland

Giving all children in Scotland an equal chance to flourish is at the heart of everything we do.

By bringing together a network of people working with and for children, alongside children and young people themselves, we offer a broad, balanced and independent voice. We create solutions, provide support and develop positive change across all areas affecting children in Scotland. We do this by listening, gathering evidence, and applying and sharing our learning, while always working to uphold children’s rights.

Our range of knowledge and expertise means we can provide trusted support on issues as diverse as the people we work with and the varied lives of children and families in Scotland.

You can find more about Children in Scotland here.

If you have any questions about the role, please contact Valerie Harty at vharty@childreninscotand.org.uk.

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