This vacancy has now closed
Back to search results

Top job! Director of People and Culture

  • Full time
  • £69,561 – £76,397
  • Edinburgh/Hybrid
  • Closing 18th June 2023

  • Advertised from 7th June 2023
  • Full Time or Job Share. 35.00 hours per week.


Why apply for this role?

Children’s Hearings Scotland (CHS) is undergoing an exciting period of reform designed to deiver a step change in improving the outcomes for infants, children and young people who need us most.

People are at the heart of this period of reform and we are now seeking to appoint a dynamic and inspirational Director of People and Culture to help deliver excellence within Children’s Hearings Scotland and to effect real change across the largest Tribunal in Scotland.

As Director of People and Culture you will be joining CHS at a pivotal point, as we create a new Senior Leadership Team who will shape and define the next phase of CHS’s evolution.

You will play a leading role in building on our current people and organisational development strategies ensuring our culture and values are front and centre of our planning and delivery.

You will lead the People and Culture Directorate in continuing to develop and retain a talented, diverse and adaptable team of colleagues, equipped to secure the successful delivery of our strategic ambition.

For information on how to apply, please see bottom of the advert.

Your role

Reporting to the CEO/National Convener, and a key member of the Senior Leadership Team, the Director of People and Culture will work in partnership with the wider senior leadership and broader management team at CHS. Areas of responsibility include Resourcing, Reward and Benefits, Policy and Employee Relations, HR Service Delivery, People and Change, Organisational Wellbeing, HR Strategic Programmes, and Organisational Learning and Development.

You will lead, organise and direct the work of the People and Culture team to ensure it is delivering the operational People Plan through a high-quality and efficient service which is agile, flexible and committed to continuous improvement.

You will play a key role in developing and embedding a cultural framework to guide, support and embed desired practices and behaviours across our team at CHS.

About You

The successful candidate will bring energy and presence, with demonstrable leadership experience in the design and implementation of people and organisational development strategies and a clear awareness of the opportunities and challenges inherent in a rapidly changing environment. You will be an authentic leader with the proven ability to deliver transformational change and will have strong advocacy and influencing skills.

You will ideally have experience of or good knowledge of the sector and will be able to demonstrate your ability to lead and motivate high performing teams and to develop and deliver organisational strategy across multiple disciplines.

You will bring experience of establishing and maintaining successful relationships with a wide set of internal and external stakeholders, deploying effective and well-honed strategic decision making skills.

You will have a strong understanding of the challenges and opportunities around future ways of working and how digital transformation affects people, culture and organisational effectiveness.

You will be courageous and ambitious, a strategic and visionary thinker who is able to bring people together across the organisation. Above all you will be inspired by the work of CHS in improving the outcomes for infants, children and young people.

You will be able to lead from the front; You will be able to build collaborative relationships quickly; and you will be relentless in your pursuit of making a difference as part of the Senior Leadership Team. You will be a role model to the organisation, demonstrating through actions, decisions and behaviours the values of CHS. Critical to this will be listening to and valuing the voice of children and young people, and the expertise of our volunteers. You will contribute to a respected, sustainable and outcomes focused Children’s Hearings System.

Life at CHS

At Children’s Hearings Scotland, our highly trained Panel Members make decisions for Scotland’s unique Children’s Hearings System that upholds and promotes the rights of infants, children and young people. Our 2,500 volunteer Panel Members take part in children’s hearings in their local areas, making decisions with and for infants, children and young people. Our organisation also supports a network of Area Support Teams throughout Scotland who support Panel Members in their local communities.

As an organisation that works within the Children’s Hearings System, we are passionate about making a positive contribution to improving outcomes for Scotland’s infants, children and young people.

You can read more about our core values on our website as well as view an introductory video to our organisation. We also offer a generous benefits package from hybrid working to flexi hours and a fantastic pension scheme – check out our full benefits summary.

Diversity and Inclusion

CHS is an equal opportunities employer. We encourage diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We actively encourage applicants from all protected characteristics and are committed to providing any reasonable adjustments required during the application and assessment process, and upon joining us.

Application notes

For more details and to apply, please download the application pack from the CHS website which includes a full job description, a person specification and the link to application form.

Please note that CVs are not accepted.

For an informal and confidential discussion on the role or about any adjustments you might need, please email

Closing Date: Sunday 18 June 2023

After the closing date, this role profile won’t be available on our website, so please save a copy when you apply.

It is anticipated that interviews will be held on the 28 and 29 June 2023.

*Due to the anticipated interest in this post, if may not be possible to respond to candidates who have not been invited to interview. We thank you for your interest in this post.