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Top job! Director

  • Full time
  • £45,000 – £55,000
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 4th March 2024

  • Advertised from 12th February 2024
  • Responsible to the Board. 35 hours per week, with some flexibility. Contributory pension.


Due to the imminent retiral of its long-serving current Director, this forward-thinking organisation seeks to appoint a proactive, experienced, self-motivated professional to lead it through an important period of change. The successful candidate will use their proven clinical, managerial, and leadership skills to sustain and deliver the charity’s core counselling service while imaginatively developing the organisation in the coming years. With a lead role in the future of such a unique and highly respected organisation, the new Director will help to change people’s lives and deliver affordable therapy to a wide diversity of people.

The PF Director has both clinical and organisational responsibilities, ranging from managing the flow of clients from application to ending, across to the financial sustainability and future development of services. Although the staff team is small, the role also includes the recruitment and management of a large and diverse team of volunteer counsellors.

We are a leading provider of practice placements for students studying counselling and psychotherapy in Scotland. The Director therefore also maintains relationships with a range of local and national institutions providing professional counselling training.

PF Counselling Service

The PF Counselling Service is a COSCA Recognised voluntary counselling agency which offers both short and long term therapy to people over the age of 18, irrespective of their ability to pay, or where they live in Edinburgh and the Lothians. A registered Scottish charity, it was established in 1986 and is now the largest independent voluntary counselling service in Edinburgh.

Based in south Edinburgh, the PF offers over 15,000 sessions of counselling a year to over 750 clients, provided by around 100 professionally trained volunteer counsellors. An experienced and active Board of Trustees provides governance and support to the staff team of five, which is responsible for all aspects of delivering the service.


If you share the charity’s commitment to the healing, growth, and personal change that counselling can offer, and are a confident, inclusive, and compassionate leader with the skills we are seeking, then we’d love to hear from you.

Application notes

Closing date: Monday 4 March 2024, 12.00noon

First Interviews: Online in the week beginning 18 March 2024

Second Interviews: In person at the PF on Friday 12 April 2024

Applications should be made on the Application Form only, which can be downloaded from the PF website, and must include a personal statement outlining your motivations, enthusiasm and suitability for:

• Leadership and development of the organisation

• Management of the service, paid staff and volunteers

• Overall financial health and sustainability of the organisation

• Strategic input to the Board of Directors

• Networking with other agencies, funders and training bodies in the local area

Send to: Alison Melville at Grieg Melville HR –

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