The Community Help and Advice Initiative (CHAI) is an Edinburgh-based charitable organisation providing a range of advice, support and employability services aimed at maximising household income, preventing homelessness, reducing poverty, improving employability and generally improving wellbeing.
Main activities and services we provide include:
· Tenancy support and housing advice to prevent homelessness;
· Income maximisation, welfare and debt advice to prevent poverty;
· Court and tribunal representation;
· Financial inclusion service in support of individuals with addiction problems who are attending Edinburgh’s recovery hubs;
· Advice service in 5 GP practices and 23 schools;
· Employability service to support people back into work;
· Youth development work targeting young people aged 16-19 living in the South West area of Edinburgh, who have left school without a positive destination.
CHAI is a Company Limited by Guarantee and we are now seeking enthusiastic individuals to join our Board of Directors, who share our mission of reducing homelessness, poverty and inequality in Edinburgh and our passion to support the community. In particular, we are seeking people with skills in the fields of fundraising, marketing, health and income inequality, employment and child poverty, as well as individuals with lived experience of low income and/or homelessness, and who can bring that experience to help others.
The Board meets around 8 - 9 times a year at CHAI’s office at Riverside House, Gorgie Road, Edinburgh. Responsibilities include attending Board meetings and Annual General Meetings, provide advice and support to the Chair and Project Executive, participating in events and activities organised by CHAI. No previous experience is required as full induction, training and support in the role of a Director will be provided.
The position is unpaid, but full travel expenses can be claimed.
Commitment: Several evening meetings each year
WHALE Arts, the thriving place-based and building-based cultural anchor organisation for Wester Hailes, is seeking to identify a new Chair and Finance Board Member for its Board of Directors.
Our Mission: We create the conditions for our community in Wester Hailes to work alongside artists and cultural practitioners to become agents for change who will proactively co-design, participate in, support or lead quality creative activity at all stages of their lives.
Our Vision: Wester Hailes is a creative, thriving, resilient, fair community.
The current Chair Michelle Herron’s is to step down in November 2019 after 10 years of service.
Our current Board members are a mix of local residents and non-local residents and have expertise and experience at a senior level in marketing, education, arts and culture.
We invite applications from suitably experienced individuals. We would particularly welcome those with a background in senior management and a track record in developing and implementing policy and strategy. We also welcome candidates with a strong understanding of the challenges and opportunities of sustainable income generation for building-based community-led organisations with an understanding of the importance of public and private funds whilst also leading WHALE Arts into a future where ambitious social enterprise activity plays a strong role. Previous experience of charity board membership and a genuine interest in the transformative power of the arts and creativity are essential. Candidates must be prepared to contribute their professional knowledge, strong business contacts, and a firm commitment to actively promoting and supporting WHALE Arts at a National level.
Finance Board Member
Our current Board members have expertise and experience at a senior level in marketing, education, arts and culture. Expertise and experience of financial management and financial good governance are seen as a core capability required to augment and compliment the current Board experience and this vacancy has arisen as the current board member, Lorraine Johnston who provides the accounting oversight and insight, is stepping down after almost 7 years’ service.
This is an excellent opportunity for someone wishing to experience a role at Board level while providing financial acumen, support and oversight to the other Board members and support a vibrant arts organisation. Ideally the candidate would be a qualified accountant however candidates with equivalent experience and proven track record in financial management, or equivalent, would be considered. The successful candidate must be able to position and explain accounting and financial data in a way that the non-accountant board members would understand. The organisation has accounting, payroll management and management accounting & reporting in place at an operational level and it is not expected that the Board member be involved in the day to day accounting and control activities.
Further information for each role is available for download below.
Are you an experienced policy professional looking for your next challenge? Could you lead a sector-leading policy team to effect change for the children and families we support?
You will bring expertise in motivating and leading teams in a complex influencing environment to develop evidence-based policy initiatives. You will need experience of working with senior officials and a wide range of sector stakeholders to influence policy change. You will also have the ability to devise and implement influencing plans.
Barnardo's believe in creating equality of opportunity in the workplace and supporting people to manage their work-life balance; we are therefore open to offering flexible working arrangements.
For an informal discussion about this role, please contact Kirsten Hogg, Assistant Director of Policy and Influencing on Kirsten.firstname.lastname@example.org or 07834 327508.
Are you looking for an accountancy role with a difference?
This role is more than just finance: we need someone who is a strategic thinker; who can integrate finance into planning; and who has the vision and drive to match our ambition to make Scotland the safest country in the world. You will be an integral part of our senior management team and expected to engage with all teams and disciplines.
Community Justice Scotland is an innovative and evidence based organisation that is leading the movement for smart justice in Scotland. This role will challenge you to think big and think outside the box.
If you have a passion for making Scotland a better place for everyone in our community, then join the liked-minded, enthusiastic and expert team at Community Justice Scotland.
SCVO’s Financial Controller role has been created to manage the delivery of all finance and accounting operations directly to the organisation, and to deliver advice to SCVO’s members and the wider voluntary sector as part of SCVO’s strategic objective to support a confident, sustainable voluntary sector in Scotland.
The successful candidate will have a range of financial management experience, excellent technical skills including recent experience of developing accounting systems and reconciling VAT returns, as well as good interpersonal skills and a results orientated approach. Experience of supporting managers and staff at all levels with their finance needs is essential.
SCVO offers a defined contribution pension (employee contribution 6%, SCVO contribution 9%). A salary exchange option is available. Other benefits include 28 days annual leave and 6 public holidays, flexitime and a range of family friendly policies.
Scotland’s health and social care systems impact on everyone’s lives at one time or another, and this could be your chance to get involved in improving the ways in which the public engages with these important services.
Healthcare Improvement Scotland has specific responsibilities, along with partner organisations, to support health and care services improve the ways they engage with the public. The Scottish Health Council is part of Healthcare Improvement Scotland and takes forward these responsibilities. We are looking for three new Members to join the Scottish Health Council Committee. These are challenging, rewarding and worthwhile roles that will give you the unique opportunity to help ensure future health and care services are informed and improved by quality engagement with the Scottish public, while also broadening your own skills and experience.
Can I apply?
Previous experience of non-executive positions is not required, nor is experience gained within health or social care. We really want to hear from people with practical experience of community engagement, who can demonstrate their understanding of the importance of engaging with people and communities in order to bring about positive developments at individual, local, regional or national levels. You also need to have a commitment to helping us improve the health and wellbeing of the Scottish people. If this is you, we would very much like to hear from you.
If you are appointed you will receive training and support to develop your skills and to learn any new skills you may require.
For over 30 years Gorgie City Farm has operated as a successful community-owned initiative based in the west of Edinburgh. We’re a working farm and visitor attraction aiming to bring the sights, sounds, and smells of farming into the city through our wide range of animals and plants. As part of this we aim to educate children and adults about farming and food production, and promote social inclusion by providing a host of volunteering opportunities, often for those with disabilities or problematic backgrounds.
As part of the next stage of our development we’re looking for a new Chair to join our Board. Our current Chair has been in the role for 5 years and now feels the time is right to step down and let someone else take the Farm forward in our next exciting stage of development. We’re open to applicants from any sector and farming knowledge isn’t a prerequisite. We need someone with sound business skills, a good communicator with the ability to run Board meetings and lead our strategic thinking into the future.
The time commitment for the role is reasonably small – we have 6 Board meetings each year and an AGM usually around November. We also have sub-committees tasked with overseeing and helping with strategy for a specific area of the Farm which usually between each Board meeting; although the Chair isn’t part of any specific committee, attendance happens from time to time. It would be expected that a level of informal visits would also take place at the Farm to familiarise themselves with the team and operation.
We are seeking a CRM & Ticketing Manager to be responsible for an integrated approach to CRM across National Museums Scotland. This is a new role and an exciting opportunity to lead change and drive business performance, helping National Museums Scotland to fulfil its strategic objectives.
Collaborating closely with colleagues from across the organisation, you will apply your knowledge of CRM systems and processes to contribute business insights, and provide advice and guidance in support of a range of business functions, to create a positive customer experience and increase income.
We expect that you will be educated to degree level, or equivalent, and that you will be able to demonstrate a proven track record in a similar role. An effective communicator, you will have experience of establishing positive relationships with stakeholders and commissioning and managing external resources as required.
Highly organised and with excellent project management skills, you will be adept at planning and prioritising workload and managing budgets to achieve agreed outcomes.
Film Access Scotland, a consortium of leading moving image and media access organisations, are seeking to recruit a Director to support the membership to deliver its ambitious Strategic Plan.
Film Access Scotland was founded in November 2013 to facilitate consultation and representation at strategic level and to ensure that the film access sector receives the recognition and resources it needs to deliver film access and participation for all. Diversity, inclusion, opportunity and creativity are at the heart of all Film Access Scotland organisations. The current members are GMAC Film, Screen Education Edinburgh (SEE), Station House Media Unit (SHMU), Voice of My Own (VOMO), Media Education and Plantation Productions.
In 2018 the consortium underwent a development process resulting in the 2019/21 Strategy and Action Plan and, having secured funding from Creative Scotland for a two-year period, is now seeking a Director to support the members to deliver the strategic plan.
Based at one of the Film Access Scotland partner’s offices in Glasgow, Edinburgh or Aberdeen, with some travelling across Scotland, you will manage a small team to oversee the growth and promotion of the Film Access Scotland membership.
You will be passionate and committed to representing the Film Access Scotland members at strategic level, ensuring the Film Access sector is recognised as key to increasing the equality, diversity and inclusion of the screen arts in Scotland. You will be an ambassador for the work of the sector at grass roots and policy level.
Hearts & Minds help vulnerable people overcome feelings of powerlessness and anxiety through the art of therapeutic clowning.
We are a Scottish charity that works in collaboration with paediatric healthcare units, respite centres, schools for learners with complex additional support needs and Dementia units to deliver laughter, friendship and support to those who need it most.
We are seeking a CEO to take us forward in the next stage of our development, as we implement strategic plans, grow our services and build our relationships with the people we serve and our funders. It’s an exciting time.
The CEO’s role is to lead the delivery of the organisation, ensuring that all aspects are consistent with the agreed strategy, artistic philosophy and delivery plan. The role works in partnership with the Board, Artistic Director and wider staff team to develop the vision, direction and purpose of the organisation.
We are looking for someone who is committed to arts-based therapy and has experience of a leadership role in an arts, arts-in-health or voluntary organisation. The CEO must have the drive and commitment to push Hearts & Minds forward and to raise the profile of arts-in health in Scotland.