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Top job! Head of Social Enterprise in Schools (Scotland)

  • Full time
  • £44,277
  • Edinburgh office base with the option to work flexibly and remotely from home
  • Closing 21st June 2023

  • Advertised from 2nd June 2023
  • Salary: (under review). Status: Full-time, 35 hours per week, Permanent.
  • Company pension (up to 8%), 35 days annual leave, an employee assistance programme and learning and development opportunities.


We’re on a journey to create fairer communities by facilitating 10 million social entrepreneurs globally by 2030. Do you want to help make this a reality?

We are looking for a values-driven leader to join our highly skilled, motivated, and supportive team as Head of Social Enterprise in Schools (Scotland).

In their 10 year Strategy for Social Enterprise, the Scottish Government announced its ambition to see a social enterprise in every school in Scotland. We have been tasked with leading on the delivery of this goal.

Since the Social Enterprise Schools programme began we’ve had over 2,000 school engagements (primary and secondary) in around 1400 schools spread across Scotland and in that time we have seen young people change how they see themselves and grow hugely in confidence while building essential skills for the future. We work with primary and secondary schools, and schools for young people with additional support needs.

The Head of Social Enterprise in Schools (Scotland) provides a cornerstone to the vision and direction of the organisation and will drive the growth of this programme in Scotland. We are looking for someone with a passion for changing lives, supporting young people and who understands the power of social enterprise. We believe this provides an opportunity to drive both transformational learning for the young people and also the opportunity to create positive social change and fairer communities. We are seeing the young people become assets in their community. It’s inspiring stuff!

Previous experience of a leadership position is essential, including the ability to work strategically, think creatively, build relationships and set an inspiring direction and vision for others. A key objective will be to help move Social Enterprise Schools onto a sustainable footing in the medium term, therefore previous experience of generating income is highly desirable.

You will lead a talented team who are geographically spread across Scotland. You will be an experienced people manager with the ability to nurture talent and empower others to grow and develop, working with freedom and autonomy.

Having the right mind-set, attitude and approach is as important for us as having the right experience and skills. We appreciate that the best person might not have all the criteria we have listed, so if you feel your experience and skills will help you to make a great contribution in this role and you have the right mind-set, we would welcome an application from you.

Role Purpose

This role is responsible for leading the growth of Social Enterprise Schools in Scotland and for securing the sustainability and delivery of the programme. The post holder is a member of the Operational Leadership Team and collectively accountable for decision-making across a range of organisational and strategic matters with individual accountability for a main business function.

The post holder is accountable for the success and sustainability of Social Enterprise Schools activity in Scotland, nurturing and developing strategic partnerships and delivering on financial targets. The post holder works in close collaboration with the Head of Social Enterprise in Schools (England), the Chief Executive and the Head of Sustainable Business to shape the overall strategy and relationship management of this area of work. Therefore, experience of generating income, leading a strategy and working creatively and collaboratively are highly desirable in this role.

The post holder will lead a highly skilled team and experience of people and team management, as well as supporting wellbeing, is required.

Main Duties and Accountabilities

·Lead the strategic direction of Social Enterprise Schools in Scotland, overseeing operational delivery and driving an inspiring and sustainable future for this area of the business.

·Accountable for securing the financial sustainability of Social Enterprise Schools through income generating activities such as sponsorship, fundraising and sales. The post holder will work collaboratively with the Chief Executive, Head of Social Enterprise in Schools (England) and Head of Sustainable Business in this area.

·Undertake external influencing and relationship management across a range of sector-specific strategic and delivery partners at senior level. The post holder is expected to monitor Education reform and maintain awareness of emerging policy - ensuring the Scottish programme’s development and delivery is informed by insight into current sectoral developments.

·As part of the Operational Leadership Team, contribute to strategic, financial and operational decision-making across all aspects of the business and make recommendations to the Strategic Leadership Team as required.

·Contribute to the growth and profile of Social Enterprise Schools both domestically and internationally in collaboration with the Head of International, Head of Social Enterprise Schools (England) and the Chief Executive.

·Line manage allocated posts, oversee workload allocation, lead and grow the skills and capacity of the allocated staff team and ensure its wellbeing. Leading recruitment of staff where required.

For a full set of criteria and further information about Social Enterprise Schools and how to apply please download the recruitment pack from our website.

Organisation profile:

At the Social Enterprise Academy, we believe social entrepreneurs play an essential role in changing the world.

We strengthen their role in local communities through transformational learning programmes that will increase their community impact.

Our programmes are accredited, responsive to learner needs, and are delivered by experienced facilitators who are social change leaders themselves.

Since 2004, we have delivered over 1,900 learning programmes to 28,000+ learners in over 30 countries. We have also engaged over 55,000 young people around the world, using social enterprise as a tool to help them reach their full potential and create positive change in their communities.

Application notes


  1. Complete the application form and the equality and diversity monitoring form. We ask for these to be completed and shared using the Word templates provided to ensure consistency and fairness as part of our equity, diversity and inclusion policy. If, for accessibility reasons, you require to submit in a different format please let us know.
  2. Send your application form and equality and diversity monitoring form to by 1pm on 21 June 2023.
  3. Please note that interviews will take place in person on 27 June 2023 in Edinburgh. Interviews via Zoom will be considered where travel is not feasible.

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If you would like an informal chat to find out more about the opportunity, please contact our HR team:

If you have any questions or if you would like to discuss any reasonable adjustments regarding the application or interview process e.g. an application form in a different format or extra interview time please get in touch:

Lanagh Taylor | 0131 243 2670|