MACS (Microphthalmia, Anophthalmia & Coloboma Support) is seeking to appoint someone to the position of permanent Chief Executive Officer for the first time in the charity’s history. MACS is an organisation that offers acceptance and inspires trust, gives support, and provides opportunity to our near 2,000 members based all over the UK. We provide support to anyone affected by microphthalmia (small eyes), anophthalmia (absence of the eye) or coloboma (deformed eyes), which – between them – account for only 80-90 births per year and account for 25% of all childhood blindness.
Completely volunteer ran from 1994-2013, our peer support network offers a range of services to our members and since 2013 we have improved our organisation structure to include much valued staff, as well as our irreplaceable volunteers. We’re looking to appoint a motivated and ambitious leader who can build on our Confident and Connected strategy for 2018-2022, making it all happen and taking the organisation to the next stage of our development. Our perfect candidate will have experience in generating funds, in managing people, in delivering projects, and in working collaboratively at senior level; they’ll also love meeting people, taking on new challenges, working with a diverse member-base, and making real changes in peoples’ lives.
If you’re someone who is excited by the prospect of providing support to visually impaired children and their families, and those affected by visible differences, ensuring that they never feel alone, then we want to hear from you. Please see the application information below and get in touch if you have any questions!
At the MS Society we put people affected by MS at the centre of everything we do, and it’s this commitment that unites us across the UK.
Our work is based on the hopes and aspirations of people affected by MS, from campaigning at Holyrood and in your local community, to funding ground-breaking research and providing information and local support.
Our people are key to our success, and we offer a vibrant, progressive environment where you will make a difference. Our staff and volunteers work side by side in offices, in branches and in the community to deliver our goal of beating MS.
About this job
This new project is funded by the Big Lottery Fund Tayside and is delivered in partnership with the MS Therapy Centre (Tayside). The project aims, over a two year period, to support newly diagnosed people with multiple sclerosis living across Tayside; to improve their emotional wellbeing, resilience and ability to live well with MS. The service will provide support at MS clinics, a counselling service (delivered by an external organisation), self-management and information sessions and bespoke one-to-one peer support.
As the Project Coordinator you will lead the day to day operational work of the project, developing and maintaining positive and effective working relationships with key partners, local organisations and relevant local professionals. Substantial experience of successfully delivering a time limited project and experience of working with a range of stakeholders and partners to deliver a project is essential.
Individuals accessing the services will be supported by you and local volunteers, for whom you will recruit, train and manage. Coproduction experience and managing volunteers to deliver local services is essential and experience of delivering virtual services and training virtually would also be useful.
You will have excellent communication skills, be proactive, highly motivated and be exceptionally organised in your approach. In addition, you will have excellent IT skills in particular Microsoft Office and the use of databases.
This is a fantastic opportunity to be part of a supportive and friendly team at an exciting time in the development of the charity. It is essential that the post holder has a full driving licence and access to their own vehicle.
We offer 25 days annual leave, pro rata (excluding bank holidays), a 35 hour working week, with a flexible working pattern, travel loan and various other benefits such as supported developmental opportunities. The post will be home based, however weekly travel across Tayside and to our national office in Ratho will be required.
Department – Services and Support
For more information or an informal conversation about the role please contact Sarah Geoghegan, on 07795342963.
Diabetes is the most potentially devastating – and fastest growing – health crisis of our time, requiring ongoing high-quality care and support. There are currently 298,504 people living with diabetes in Scotland, and approximate 500,000 more at increased risk of getting Type 2 diabetes. Those diagnosed face the risk of life-changing, and life-limiting, complications, unless they are given the very best care and the support they need to manage their condition well. As a society we need to take action now – to fund critical research, improve healthcare and treatment, and prevent yet more people developing this potentially life-threatening condition. We have a vision of a world where diabetes can do no harm – why not join us?
Diabetes Scotland is seeking a results driven Regional Engagement Manager for the North of Scotland.
The post-holder will seek to influence health boards, Health and Social Care Partnerships, hospitals and primary care. This will involve raising awareness and understanding of the impact of diabetes on individuals and their families as well as working collaboratively with partners to improve standards of diabetes care and reduce variations and inequalities. The role will also have a key focus on the Type 2 prevention and remission agendas.
A key element of the Regional Engagement manager role is to increase patient engagement so that patients are involved in shaping diabetes care in their local areas.
To succeed in this role you will require an in-depth, and up-to-date, knowledge of relevant policy and legislation and the health and social care landscape in Scotland. You will have proven skills in influencing and driving positive change with the gravitas to build relationships with a wide range of stakeholders, including people living with diabetes, healthcare professionals, senior leaders within health and social care and local politicians. And you will have demonstrable experience in strategic planning and delivering results using on outcomes focussed approach/impact practice. You will need to be willing to travel extensively around Scotland and when required across the UK and have a clean UK driving license and access to car for work purposes.
What we can offer you: