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Top job! Chief Executive

  • Full time
  • £42,000
  • Edinburgh office base, with potential for remote working
  • Closing 5th June 2023

  • Advertised from 15th May 2023
  • 37.5 hours a week. Contract: Permanent (note that currently funding for the role is secured until 31 March 2025)
  • Holidays: 40 days (including public holidays)


Can you help us achieve our vision: ‘a Scotland where all parents and families are valued and supported to give children the best possible start in life’?

This an exciting opportunity to lead a small yet powerful charity dedicated to influencing policy and practice for parents, children, and families.

Parenting across Scotland (PAS) is offering an exciting opportunity for someone with senior leadership skills and vision to lead the organisation and to put our new strategy into action.

You will work alongside a supportive board to lead and to motivate PAS to realise its vision: a Scotland where all parents and families are valued and supported to give children the best possible start in life.

PAS is an important influencer in supporting and improving the lives of children and families. A small organisation, our reach is considerable because of our members and partnerships with other organisations in the third and public sectors that are working with and for parents. Since forming in 2004, we have had considerable success in promoting the voices of parents and caregivers in order to shape national policy.

This appointment comes at a time when the PAS board has been working on refreshing its strategy and needs a committed and experienced chief executive to finalise the key priorities and to lead the strategy.

This post will give you the chance to be a visible leader, to make your mark and to put your own stamp on an organisation which is held in high regard across the sector. You will have the scope to develop relationships with member organisations, the parenting sector, academia and statutory sector stakeholders. You will be able to build your own network to inform and support the work. You’ll have a unique opportunity to strengthen and apply your skills in strategic thinking and in generating income to enable PAS to flourish.

You should already be a senior leader, although not necessarily a chief executive. You should know about the parenting/children/families sector; how to promote the concerns of parents; and how to engage with, critique and contribute to policy development. You need to have the necessary skills and attributes to influence and persuade with authenticity, diplomacy, and commitment. You need to be a ‘horizon scanner’, able to navigate the many and complex issues facing both the sector itself and parenting policy and practice. You should have demonstrable experience in building strong partnerships and be able to generate grant and charitable income.

You will need to use your skills to manage PAS and its interests now and as the organisation develops. As well as having experience and knowledge of charitable governance, strategy, financial management and people management, you should be adept at engaging at various levels and with different interests such as those of local and national government, colleagues, partners, and parents/families.

Application notes

Interviews: to be held in person in Edinburgh

How to apply: send a covering letter outlining your previous experience and suitability for the post, along with your CV, to Margaret Gibb,

Closing date: 5 June 2023 at 13.30

If you would like to have an informal discussion about the role, please contact Margaret Gibb, interim CEO: