Top job! Deputy CEO & Policy Lead

  • Full time
  • Circa £50,000
  • Home based
  • Closing 2nd October 2023

  • Advertised from 11th September 2023
  • 35 hours per week. Permanent.


Are you a strategic thinker? An experienced campaigns and policy lead with a proven track record of influencing and bringing about big systems changes?

If so, we might have the perfect role for you at Forces Children Scotland.

About the role

Forces Children Scotland is looking for someone with the expertise, passion and drive to help support change across the sector. We are looking for someone to help the charity realise its strategic vision of becoming the sector-leading charity when it comes to supporting children and young people from regular, reservist and veteran families across Scotland. We need someone with experience of developing and leading campaigns and with strengths in leading policy and influencing work. A core aspect of this role will be implementing our new co-produced approach to influencing change and realising our manifesto calls.

Our children and young people can encounter both positive and challenging experiences as part of a service family and we help them grow in confidence, develop new skills, and gain valuable experiences. We do this by co-producing projects and services to support mental health and wellbeing, education and learning, and put their unique experiences on the radar of civilian audiences. We provide life-changing experiences that forge new friendships and help develop a sense of belonging. We listen and provide financial help in lots of different ways and support those caring for loved ones or a member of the local community as well as those gaining qualifications at college or university.

You will work closely with the Chief Executive Officer, deputising as required, as well as ensuring external policy direction and research influences our work internally within Forces Children Scotland. You will champion our work and maximise its impact by sharing knowledge across organisational functions, our communication channels and externally with strategic partners, government, and professional sectors.

About the person we are looking for

To apply for this role, you will need to hold a professional qualification and/or have significant experience in a relevant field, such as health, education, social care. In addition, you will need a minimum of eight years’ experience in working within the children and young people’s sector in a multi-agency capacity. You will need to evidence strong experience of bringing about change through influencing and campaigning, across multiple sectors related to children and young people. Our ideal candidate will also have experience of establishing and leading cross sector partnerships and translating strategy and policy into practice, based on research evidence including data analysis and voices of lived experience. You will also need to have experience of working with academic establishments across the UK and beyond in commissioning and disseminating research/reports as well as significant experience of working with and influencing Scottish and/or UK Government and policy. Furthermore, you will need to possess experience of managing staff. The role will also require a strong breadth of experience in the fields of mental health and wellbeing and/or education.

Application notes

To find out more and apply please visit our website

If this vacancy sounds interesting and you feel this might be for you, please contact our Chief Executive Officer, Laura Falconer, for an informal conversation:

Please complete and submit your application by 9am on Monday 02 October 2023.

If shortlisted, you will be invited to attend a formal interview, as well as participate in a panel discussion with our young people, as part of our formal recruitment process. Interviews will be held in person w/c 16th October 2023.

An Enhanced Disclosure Scotland Check will be required as part of our selection process.