Human Development Scotland
Human Development Scotland

Charity registered in Scotland SC043664

HDS works to improve mental health and emotional well-being in Scotland by delivering training and education for professionals, and therapeutic services for members of the public.


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Office Manager

  • Part time
  • £28,000 – £30,000 pro-rata
  • Victoria Chambers, 142 West Nile Street, Glasgow G1 2RQ
  • Closing 15th September 2023

Are you someone who enjoys a varied workload and is ready to play a vital role in a small and developing charity?

We are recruiting for an Office Manager (with experience in finance administration) to support the delivery of our charitable objectives. This includes: managing our office and training suite, our contractors, and supporting our finance function efficiently and effectively.

About the job

The Office Manager is responsible for office and finance administration, reporting to the Director. Duties include: facilities management of our office and training suite, general business and administrative support, financial administrative support, and responsibility for HR and Health and Safety.

This part-time role is based at our office in central Glasgow with the option to work over 4 or 5 days.

Responsible To: Director

About you

You will be someone who thrives in a small, friendly and enthusiastic office team of five people. Your experience of working in the Third Sector or small organisations means you will be adaptable, use your initiative and be comfortable with a high degree of autonomous working. Using your experience in office and finance administration, you will be able to work under pressure and have the ability to multi-task with a range of conflicting priorities. You will have excellent organisational and self-motivation skills, good time management and the ability to work alone at times with limited on-hand support.

About HDS

Human Development Scotland (HDS) is a charity working to improve the mental health and emotional wellbeing of individuals, families and communities in Scotland through professional training, CPD and the provision of counselling and psychotherapy in Scotland.

HDS delivers training and education in counselling and psychotherapy along with providing a therapy service direct to clients.

At the heart of all our work are the psychodynamic, psychoanalytic and systemic ideas that offer a profound understanding of how people relate to one another and the central role of human relationships in our mental health and emotional wellbeing.

We believe our professional training will help to relieve mental and emotional distress by increasing the availability of, an access to, high quality psychodynamic and psychoanalytic counselling and psychotherapy for all who need them.

This vacancy has now closed


  • Management Board
  • Unpaid
  • Glasgow
  • Closing 31st December 2022

Human Development Scotland (HDS) are looking for a new Chair. We are looking for someone who has a strong sympathy for our charitable aims, the skills required to lead a team of committed trustees, and the vision to lead the charity through the next phase of its development.

About HDS

First registered in 2012, the core purpose of HDS is to relieve mental and emotional distress by increasing the availability of, and access to, high quality psychodynamic and psychoanalytic counselling and psychotherapy. We do this primarily by delivering post graduate courses in counselling and child psychotherapy and through the provision of therapeutic services. Other activities include the delivery of short Infant Mental Health courses. For more information visit


The role of Chair is a voluntary position.

Time Commitment

There are currently six board meetings per year (including an AGM and two half day ‘away days’ for longer term planning) The current board comprises eight trustees. The Chair is expected to liaise regularly with the HDS Director, the charity’s management lead with the responsibility for the day-to-day management of all staff and services.

Main Responsibilities of the Chair

  • To provide strategic leadership to the charity and its board.
  • To monitor and respond appropriately to organisational risks and opportunities.
  • To ensure that governance arrangements are working in the most effective way for the charity; and that they are within the agreed constitution and fully aligned with the purpose and core values of the organisation.
  • To ensure that the board comprises individuals who have the appropriate mix of knowledge skills and aptitude for both the effective governance of the organisation and its strategic development. This includes the recruitment of new trustees at times when there are vacancies.
  • To ensure the effective teamwork of the group of trustees.
  • To act as a spokesperson and ambassador for HDS and its mission and objectives.
  • To maintain and build relationships with external stakeholders.
  • To chair meetings and manage the board effectively.
  • To maintain a productive working relationship with the HDS Director.


The main office premises for HDS are in central Glasgow. Meetings are held at these premises and also via Zoom or Teams.

Office premises and training suite: Human Development Scotland, 4th floor, Victoria Chambers,142 West Nile Street, Glasgow G1 2RQ