Scotland’s Citizens Advice Network is an essential community service that empowers people through our local bureaux and national services by providing free, confidential, and independent advice. We use people’s real-life experiences to influence policy and drive positive change. We are on the side of people in Scotland who need help, and we change lives for the better.
The Citizens Advice network is made up of 59 local Citizens Advice Bureaux, each its own independent charity, and Citizens Advice Scotland as the national charity and membership body, which includes the GB delivery of Extra Help Unit service, a group of specialist case workers supporting vulnerable energy and post consumers. We provide advice across over 200 locations and deliver 12 national advice projects for UK and Scottish Government including the Money Talks advice service and the Help to Claim Universal Support advice service.
Our vision is for a Fairer Scotland where everyone has the advice and information they need to realise their rights, and that the barriers to accessing those rights are effectively challenged.
This is a great opportunity for an enthusiastic, forward thinking and experienced senior HR professional to join Citizens Advice Scotland as the Head of HR to cover a period of maternity leave. The role is full time and offered on a fixed term basis.
CAS strives to put our people first in everything we do. We have recently launched our latest CAS Strategy for 2022 to 2025, which sets out our overarching vision, mission and a new set of values. We recognise our people are critical in achieving our vision and mission and so we have also recently launched a brand new People Strategy, which sets out our aspirations to put our people first in everything we do, as well as how we will do this in practice. The successful candidate will play an exciting part in delivering against the People Strategy and ensuring it makes a real difference to our people and their working lives.
Day to day, the post holder will be responsible for the management and strategic direction of the HR function at CAS, leading and managing the HR team and driving delivery against the CAS People Strategy to ensure we are continuously developing and improving.
The HR team at CAS provides advice and support internally to CAS managers and staff, as well as providing an HR advice service to the 59 local Citizens Advice bureaux across Scotland via a helpline and email service.
The successful candidate will report to the People Committee of the Board and be responsible for delivering against the CAS People Strategy. They will also work as an integral member of the CAS senior leadership team and contribute to the achieving CAS’s overall strategic objectives.
You should have substantial and demonstrable generalist HR knowledge and experience at a senior level, covering all major HR functions including recruitment and selection, performance management, learning and development, employee engagement, reward, employment legislation and consulting with trade unions.
You will have excellent working knowledge of UK employment law and experience of managing employee relations issues, and be willing to get involved with advising directly on particularly complex or sensitive cases.
In addition, you will have a strong problem solving ability and pragmatic approach to resolving both operational and strategic issues in normal day to day operations, as well as in relation to change management initiatives. All this will be backed up with excellent influencing and communication skills and the ability to working collaboratively with stakeholders and employees at all levels.
Citizens Advice Scotland offers excellent terms and conditions. We want our people to have a great work life balance and we have designed our working practices and benefits to support this. Here are some of things ouremployees benefit from: a 35-hour full time working week, 40 days annual leave, genuine flexibility in working hours with a flexi-time system, and blended/hybrid working opportunities for every role.
Citizens Advice Scotland is committed to promoting diversity and inclusion. We offer a range of family friendly, inclusive employment policies and flexible working arrangements to support all our staff. We are also committed to equality of opportunity for all and applications from individuals are encouraged regardless of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and marriage and civil partnerships.
CAS provides options for blended working to allow employees to balance their time attending the office with time working from home. The number of days you will be able to work from home each week will be dependent on your job role and can be discussed as part of the recruitment process.
Please note, Colleges Scotland operates a Hybrid Working Policy and whilst this post is based in Stirling, the successful candidate would not necessarily need to be in the office on a full-time basis.
College Employers Scotland is the body through which the Scottish Government’s Policy of National Bargaining is delivered and implemented by the collective employers in the college sector, in partnership with trade unions.
To enable us to effectively support our members to achieve their collective ambitions and ensure they have the workforce and resources to deliver excellence for students, we have decided to bring in additional resources to directly support and progress the National Bargaining agenda. We are therefore looking to recruit a second National Bargaining Lead with individual responsibility for support staff (GMB, UNISON and Unite) negotiations.
Reporting to the Director of College Employers Scotland, you will build and maintain effective relationships with the relevant trade unions allowing you to develop and secure agreement at both a strategic and operational level to support the programme of National Bargaining and establish, agree and implement national conditions of service for Scotland’s colleges. You will also ensure effective interaction, and establishment and maintenance of productive relationships, with relevant senior sector, Scottish Government and Scottish Funding Council stakeholders to ensure the delivery of a sustainable and ‘fit for the future’ college workforce.
The successful candidate will be an experienced HR professional and a solution-focused negotiator with the ability to demonstrate a track record of success in trade union negotiations and dispute resolution, coupled with relevant experience of, and a passion for, the consultation processes. With the ability to operate effectively and rationally in a highly politicised environment, you will be an accomplished communicator who possesses significant personal drive and resilience and is able to respond creatively to new developments, adjusting priorities accordingly.
This is a unique and exciting opportunity that will directly support a sector involved in increasing inclusive and sustainable economic growth in Scotland.
If you would like to find out more about the role, please use this link.
For an informal discussion about this role please contact Vicky Wilson (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Capital City Partnership (CCP) is an arm’s length company of the City of Edinburgh Council and is tasked with the operational development, management and support of local and regional employability and poverty reduction measures. It takes a flexible approach to changing economic conditions, needs and opportunities but its core functions comprise:
Joined Up for Business (JUfB) is co-ordinated by Capital City Partnership (CCP) and is a collaborative group of public sector organisations which brings together a range of employer services under one framework, making it easier for businesses to find and access the support they need.
It works on a "no wrong door" approach and offers a bespoke, free recruitment and training service, as well as a business growth support service for SMEs and help businesses to identify funding initiatives that can support across these areas. We also support contractors in meeting their employability focused community benefits targets across the city.
JUfB directly links with the city’s employability network, Joined Up for Jobs (JUfJ) to create, maximise and simplify access to high-quality employment and training opportunities for Edinburgh citizens.
JUfB also develops and runs a number of employer led support initiatives, including skill centres around large scale recruitment opportunities, notably with retail focused locations Fort Kinnaird, FUSE at St James Quarter and our upcoming MacMillan Skills Hub which will be based within Muirhouse in North-West Edinburgh.
This new post is to support Capital City Partnership’s JUfB team in its employer focused activities and projects; assisting Edinburgh businesses with recruitment, training, identifying funding incentives and community benefits delivery in line with the Scottish Government’s No One Left Behind (NOLB) framework and Fair Work principles.
The Business Support Assistant will work across all JUfB projects, acting as a central single point of contact for the wider team to help support and co-ordinate daily activities and projects across the department. This role will have key responsibility for accurately maintaining our CRM system and associated administration to track progress and evidence outcomes.
Exciting and visionary in the provision of care & housing needs for the elderly, as we move to a society with increasing demographic pressures the services of Hanover Scotland are becoming increasingly important. We have an opportunity, as a Board member, to be at the strategic helm of the organisation, working with a values-based team, growing, innovating and challenging the perceived norms of support for the elderly.
Hanover Scotland has a mission to provide excellent services to meet the housing needs of Scotland’s older people and to support them to be as independent as possible. A Registered Social Landlord, with around 4,600 homes in 23 local authorities in Scotland, including Sheltered and Very Sheltered Housing, we also provide a Telecare service and Care & Support services. We provide factoring services for over 1,000 additional owner-occupied properties and have three regional offices (Edinburgh, Glasgow and Elgin) and we employee over 600 people.
With a relatively new executive team and Chair, we are now looking to make further appointments to the Board. The Board of Hanover operates at a strategic level and delegates responsibility for the day to day management and running of the organisation to staff, through the Chief Executive. We use four core values to guide our decision making – show respect, support collaboration, be accountable and support inclusion.
The Board, working closely with the Chief Executive and Executive Leadership Team:
We are interested in those that may have suitable skills to add value on our Board. Whilst there could be specific value in those from HR, Finance or Social Housing, it could be broader than that as it is as much about the capability to make a contribution to the future of support for older people through the provision of housing and care. We are particularly interested in those with an innovative and entrepreneurial view, as well as ensuring we have diversity of thought and representation on the Board.
As an organisation with some scale and impact in our communities, we understand that we have an increasingly important role in these uncertain times. More information on Hanover is available athttps://www.hanover.scot/about including our Strategy and Business Plan.
Would you like the opportunity to develop your experience in the community sector and support a flourishing women’s organisation?
We’re looking for new people to join the Glendale Women’s Cafe Board of Trustees!
The Glendale Women’s Cafe creates a cohesive neighbourhood in Pollokshields by empowering local women. We offer a safe and welcoming space in which women can come together to learn, create, enjoy and support each other.
In this role, you will help shape the direction and governance of the organisation, supporting the fantastic staff team to deliver a variety of social and well being opportunities for the women of Pollokshields.
Right now is a really exciting time to join Glendale, as we embark on our 3 year strategy for the organisation. In the last 10 years the organisation has grown and developed, and we are now in a position to begin the next phase of our work. To support us in this we have lined up development and strategy sessions with Kinharvie, who will help guide the board into this next phase. Joining the board now means playing a very valuable part in this direction, and will have a meaningful lasting impact on the lives of the women who are part of the cafe community.
We would welcome people with the following experience:
Time commitment is a big question for most people when thinking about joining a board. We hope that the time you give to Glendale will be rewarding and beneficial to you, however, we will do our best to make sure the role can work around your life, work and other commitments. Please note we meet six times a year, usually on Tuesdays during cafe hours (9am-3pm).
Do you enjoy building partnership relationships? Are you an excellent communicator?
Do you enjoy working with volunteers? Are you interested in the causes and consequences of homelessness?
An opportunity has arisen within Cyrenians Communities for a skilled people person with strong organisational skills to oversee our volunteer recruitment and development processes.
About the Communities
Our communities are at the heart of what we do; directly supporting individuals with experience of homelessness.
Our unique approach integrates residential/day volunteers alongside our residents, offering a peer-support model. Volunteers live as community members acting as mentors and are fundamental to the unique service we provide.
About the role
This role is designed to keep our volunteer model running smoothly and attract new volunteers. With support from the Administrator, you will oversee the recruitment process, liaise with a range of stakeholders including: potential volunteers, sending organisations, visa sponsorship organisations, funders, and more.
You will also ensure that the volunteers have an effective induction, and receive support and training during their placements with us. These volunteers provide vital dedicated support to our service and this role is an exciting opportunity to strengthen our model.
You will possess the skills to market the Communities to potential new volunteers, as well as bring fresh and interesting ideas for developing the volunteer model further. You will have experience in recruitment, and a knowledge of volunteer development. You will also have strong communication skills, be able to deal with competing demands and the ability to demonstrate Cyrenians values in the work that you do.
How we’ll support you
We’ll encourage you to be creative and innovative, to get the best out of existing systems and implement new initiatives.
You’ll work with an experienced part-time Administrator, the wider communities’ staff team and have a supportive manager. You’ll also have access to wider Cyrenians support, including our learning and development programme, and staff wellbeing services.
At Cyrenians we tackle the causes and consequences of homelessness. We understand that there are many routes into homelessness, and that there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach to supporting people towards more positive and stable futures. That’s why all our work is values-led and relationships-based.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award – Perth and Kinross Association has just marked 30 very successful years. As we move ahead we are seeking enthusiastic, dynamic and motivated people to join our Board of Trustees.
Would you like to help us grow further and achieve our mission of helping to improve the lives of young people with additional support needs?
A registered SCIO, The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award – Perth and Kinross Association (PKDofE) provides young people and families in the Perth and Kinross local authority region with unique opportunities to discover themselves and build the confidence and skills they need to realise their potential.
Since August 2018 we have embarked on a unique and ambitious programme of direct, close support work with young people called the Starfish Way. Thanks to the wonderful owners of Megginch Castle, near Errol, the young people we support can enjoy the space and tranquillity of the walled garden, orchard, and wilder spaces of the estate whilst working towards certificated Awards.
Together, the Starfish Way, Megginch Castle and our team of dedicated and compassionate staff offer a safe, therapeutic and beautifully nurturing learning environment where young people can feel secure, find hope, grow in confidence and ultimately thrive and achieve.
By the end of a season with us, the vast majority of young people achieve either a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, a John Muir Award, a First Aid certificate, a Saltire Award or a National Navigation Award. Often, more than one! Even just completing a section of an award can be a truly remarkable achievement which they may never have believed possible before, but which opens up a world of new possibilities and opportunities to them.
Our Board of Trustees:
At PKDofE, we have a wonderful team of hard working staff, a heart to make a difference, and a vision of how to do it. At the helm is a small but energetic Board of charity trustees who come from different backgrounds and bring a broad range of skills and experience to the organisation. The Board meets 4 times a year whilst also engaging with each other and staff digitally and in person on a regular basis.
Role and requirements:
We are seeking to grow our board and expand its skillset with enthusiastic, dynamic and motivated people who care deeply about helping young people to become the best they can be. As we move ahead and seek to deliver our new strategy, you will join at an exciting time.
We welcome interest from all career stages and backgrounds but we are particularly keen to recruit two individuals at this time with expertise in either Human Resources, Scottish charity governance or fundraising. Being a Duke of Edinburgh or John Muir Award holder is not a necessity, but an understanding and appreciation of the Award schemes is important.
Being located in the central belt of Scotland is preferred, however, not essential as digital attendance at meetings is available. The role is non-remunerated but reasonable expenses can be reimbursed with any training and induction provided.
Perth & Kinross Duke of Edinburgh Award is an inclusive charity and we welcome applications from people of all ages, and from all communities. No previous Trustee experience is needed.
Works+ was established in 2018 as a small, registered Scottish charity providing youth employability services across the Scottish Borders. Our office is located at the Focus Centre in Galashiels. Each year we help young people build their confidence to secure employment, training and education. Like all charities, Works+ relies on the generosity of our funders and donors to support the work. It could not survive without the dedication of its many partner organisations, staff, trustees and volunteers.
Trustees govern the charity. We aim to have a Board which covers the key areas in which we work, and we are now seeking to appoint additional Trustees who, ideally, have experience in any of the following areas:
That said, we also welcome applications from individuals with other relevant experience. Our Trustees have ultimate responsibility for the operation and development of the charity, including employability, compliance with legislation, fundraising, public relations and financial control.
This is an exciting time to join Works+ as a Trustee as we explore opportunities to help us respond to the ever-increasing demand for high-quality, person-centred employability support. We also have our 5th birthday celebration and an upcoming launch of our new website.
The principal responsibilities of a Works+ Trustee include attending and actively participating in 6-weekly Board meetings (held on a Thursday evening, both virtually and face-to-face). Trustees bring their professional experience to help govern the charity and actively support the Project Manager. The time commitment required is a minimum of one day per month, including the Trustee meetings (of 1.5-2 hours per meeting). All Trustees are expected to share a passion and commitment to supporting young people in the Scottish Borders. Please note that this is voluntary, although reasonable expenses will be reimbursed.
If you think this opportunity sounds like you and want to help a local employability charity, join us as a Trustee.
Join a Team of Passionate People on The Vale of Leven Trust’s Management Committee.
This is an exciting volunteer role for you to bring your experience, knowledge, and skills to the Management Committee that oversees The Vale of Leven Trust. As a small charity we are serving the local community with creativity and innovation however we do need assistance from others to ensure we are reflecting the needs, wants and aspirations of our community.
We are looking for individuals who is interested in making a difference to both the local area and the lives of those who live in the area and wider environ. Ideally you will be representative of the Vale of Leven or West Dunbartonshire.
We are looking to expand our skill set and knowledge and in particular, we are looking for people with experience of: