Top job! Executive Director

  • Full time
  • £40,280 – £50,880
  • Homeworking/ flexible working
  • Closing 22nd February 2024

  • Advertised from 5th February 2024


Join Connect, Scotland’s only membership body for Parent Councils, as our new Executive Director and be a driving force behind a brighter future for Scotland’s children and young people!

1. Our vision

At Connect, we’re on a mission to transform the educational landscape in Scotland. Our vision is crystal clear: a Scotland where every child and young person has a thriving future, fuelled by the power of engaged parents shaping their educational journey. But we’re not just dreaming about it; we’re making it happen by advancing effective parental engagement, inclusion, and representation in early years, primary, and secondary school communities, supporting thousands of parent groups throughout Scotland, and encouraging educators to value and embrace effective parental engagement.

2. The opportunity

Connect seeks an outstanding Executive Director to lead our energetic and committed team. As Scottish education undergoes a seismic shift, your role will be crucial in supporting, rethinking, and reshaping how parents get involved in Scotland. This is your moment to be a change-maker and leave a lasting impact on the future of education in Scotland.

3. Why Connect

Working with Connect is not just a job; it’s a calling. We offer more than a paycheque; we offer purpose. Join a small, dedicated team committed to making a real difference. Embrace flexible working arrangements that respect your work-life balance. Enjoy 30 days of holiday (including bank holidays) and additional leave

Application notes

4. How to apply

We want to hear from you if you’re passionate about education and ready to lead with vision and purpose. Submit your CV and a compelling cover letter to Patrick@Connect.Scot before 4 pm on Thursday, 22 February. In your cover letter, please show us how your skills and passion align with our person specifications. You can also find Connect’s 2023-26 Strategic Plan and latest Annual Report on our website. If you have questions or want to chat about the role, reach out – we’re eager to connect with potential change-makers like you.

5. Our commitment to equality and diversity

Connect recognises that every person in Scotland has a stake in the nation’s education system and encourages applications from all qualified persons, regardless of race, age, disability, gender, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, religion or belief, pregnancy and maternity, marriage, or civil partnership.

Due to the nature of this work, applicants must already have the right to work in the UK.

6. Location

Flexible working: the board envision that the postholder would primarily work from home; however, other options, including a desk in a shared workspace, are possible.

7. Accountability

The post holder will report to the board of directors, with the board chair responsible for line management of the executive director. The post holder will directly line-manage six team members.

8. Major Terms and Conditions

Full Terms and Conditions are set out in the Staff Handbook and each individual’s contract. Key features include:

Salary:£40,280 - £50,880 (salary reviewed annually)

Hours:35 hours per week worked flexibly over the week; this role will require out-of-hours work and travel

across Scotland.

Annual leave:30 days holiday (inclusive of bank holidays) with additional leave between Christmas and New Year.

Contributory pension scheme:Yes (provider: The People’s Pension)

Probationary period: 3 months

Notice Period (either side): 3 months, increasing to 6 months at two years’ service.

Application:CV and cover letter to

Deadline:Thursday, 22 February, 4 pm

First Interview:Between 29 February and 5 March

Second Interview: 08 March or 11 March