This vacancy has now closed

Chief Executive

  • Full time
  • TBC
  • Kirkwall, Orkney
  • Closing 30th June 2022

  • Advertised from 20th June 2022
  • 35 hours a week


VAO is an established and dynamic local charity, with fifty-five years’ experience of developing, supporting and advocating on behalf of local voluntary and community organisations in Orkney. VAO is also Orkney’s Third Sector Interface (TSI).

Due to impending retirement, we are seeking our next Chief Executive to take forward an exciting vision that addresses the needs of Orkney’s third sector and communities.

You will champion the third sector and foster meaningful relationships and partnerships within and across sectors ensuring the third sector has a voice in local and national policy and planning.

You will be responsible for overseeing finances, organisational development and operational management. You will ensure that VAO continues to deliver services to the highest standard whilst increasing its profile and developing income streams. You will also encourage and support VAO’s skilled team.

You will be an experienced leader, ethical, creative and self-motivated, a skilled communicator able to confidently act as the public face of VAO; you will be passionate about bringing about positive change and improving the lives of the people of Orkney.

Application notes

Closing date for applications is 5.00 pm Thursday 30th June 2022

Interviews will be held on Thursday 14th and Friday 15th July 2022

Application packs available from Voluntary Action Orkney,, also available from Voluntary Action Orkney’s website: (CVs will not be accepted).

Applications should be submitted by email to

For further information on the role please contact