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Top job! Chief Executive Officer

  • Full time
  • £38,000
  • Home based with some travel
  • Closing 30th September 2022

  • Advertised from 22nd September 2022


SWAN is a dynamic, rapidly growing, unique and ground-breaking Charity.

As an Autistic People’s Organisation (APO), we are run by and for autistic people in Scotland, with autistic staff and volunteers and a majority of autistic people on our Board.

We are the only Charity in Scotland focused on autistic women, girls, and non-binary people.

Founded in 2012, SWAN was run entirely on a voluntary basis until 2019, when funding was obtained from Scottish Autism, to put SWAN on a sustainable footing. SWAN also has grants from the Scottish Government and the Health and Social Care Alliance and is supported by Inspiring Scotland.

SWAN is governed by a Board of Trustees, who are responsible for ensuring that the Charity is well-managed in line with its vision, mission and values and that it abides by its charitable objectives. Our Board of Trustees comprises a range of individuals from across Scotland who bring wide perspectives from different sectors of life and ensure that the organisation maintains a clear focus on our strategic objectives and vision.

2022, is our 10th anniversary and a time of exciting change and growth at SWAN and we are seeking a new CEO to lead us in this next phase of our journey.


The CEO is the figurehead of the charity and leads the promotion and development of SWAN’s work, raising the profile and maximising its reach.

The CEO provides leadership in the delivery of its service operations, financial management and administration.

Working closely with the Board of Trustees to develop SWAN’s strategy, the CEO translates the strategy into actionable goals and leads the delivery of these through organisation-wide goal setting, performance management, and annual operating planning.

Main responsibilities include:


  • Acting as the key ambassador for the charity and advocate
  • Management, oversight, training, and development of staff
  • Building and maintaining relationships with funders, external organisations etc
  • Role modelling the provision of best-in-class employment, management and Board practices that are appropriate and adaptable for autistic people

Governance and Compliance

  • Together with the Board, ensuring that the charity remains compliant with relevant legal, OSCR requirements and those of the charity’s constitution
  • Supporting the Board in the recruitment, training and onboarding of new Trustees
  • Maintaining effective operational policies, processes and controls
  • Proactively identifying and managing risks associated with the operations of the charity, in particular ensuring effective safeguarding of service users, compliance with GDPR requirements and adherence to Health and Safety policies

Financial Management

  • Working towards the long-term sustainability of SWAN by developing a business model that maximises income through fundraising and earned income
  • Managing income and expenditure effectively and the production of management accounts and Annual Reports with the Treasurer

Essential Skills

  • A passionate commitment towards improving the lives autistic women, girls, and non-binary people
  • A proven track record in:
    • financial management and income generation
    • delivering results at senior management level
    • project management and service delivery
  • Experience of successfully leading, managing, motivating and developing staff
  • Excellent knowledge of charity governance, policies and statutory requirements
  • Strong communication, presentation and interpersonal skills, and ability to engage with and influence a wide range of stakeholders
  • A strong team player with a ‘can do’ attitude
  • Excellent IT skills

Preferred Skills

  • An understanding of the lived experience of being autistic is preferred however training will be given and where appropriate, the successful candidate will be supported by an autistic mentor

Application notes

Closing date: 30 September 2022 at 5pm

To apply, please email your CV and covering letter to