Vacancy | Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Policy Lead

Are you a strategic thinker? An experienced campaigns and policy lead with a proven track record of influencing and bringing about big systems changes?

If so, here’s an opportunity to join the team at Forces Children Scotland and help drive us forward to achieving our ambitious strategic aims in support of children and young people from serving, reservist and veteran families across Scotland.

A little about the role

Forces Children Scotland is looking for someone with the expertise, passion and drive to help support change across the sector. We are looking for someone to help the charity realise its strategic vision of becoming the sector-leading charity when it comes to supporting children and young people from serving, reservist and veteran families across Scotland. We need someone with experience of developing and leading campaigns and with strengths in leading policy and influencing work.

About the person we are looking for

To apply for this role, you will need to hold a professional qualification to post graduate level and have significant experience in a relevant field, such as health, education, social care. In addition, you will need a minimum of eight years’ experience in working within the children and young people’s sector in a multi-agency capacity. You will need to evidence strong experience of bringing about change through influencing and campaigning, across multiple sectors related to children and young people. Our ideal candidate will also have experience of establishing and leading cross sector partnerships and translating strategy and policy into practice, based on research evidence including data analysis and voices of lived experience.

You will also need to have experience of working with academic establishments across the UK and beyond in commissioning and disseminating research/reports as well as significant experience of working with and influencing Scottish and/or UK Government and policy. Furthermore, you will need to possess experience of managing staff. The role will also require a strong breadth of experience in the fields of mental health and wellbeing and/or education.

What’s the next step?

If this vacancy sounds interesting and you feel this might be for you, please contact our Chief Executive Officer, Laura Falconer for an informal conversation:

To apply for this role, please submit your CV and covering letter (1000 words maximum) to by 5pm on Friday 15th April.

If shortlisted, you will be invited to attend a formal interview, as well as participate in a panel discussion with our young people, as part of our formal recruitment process. Interviews will be held early May.

An Enhanced Disclosure Scotland Check will be required as part of our selection process.