Position: Chief Executive
Organisation: Redress Scotland
Location: Scotland, Central Belt
Salary: £77,340 to £83,233 per annum + pension + holiday + flexible remote working
Closing date: 12.00 noon on the 31st May 2021
For decades, children in residential care in Scotland were failed by those entrusted to look after them. Scotland is taking steps to face up to those failing by establishing a financial redress scheme for survivors of historical child abuse in care.
While nothing can ever make up for the suffering survivors have endured, financial redress can provide acknowledgement and recognition of the harm done. A national redress scheme will offer a non-adversarial alternative route to justice and access to support and apology.
To deliver this, the Scottish Government is supporting the creation of a new ‘non-departmental public body’ entitled Redress Scotland. This body will assess and make decisions on applications from survivors (and in some cases next of kin) seeking redress. Redress Scotland will be entirely independent of the Scottish Government.
Redress Scotland is primarily a decision-making body. It will not process applications, provide support to applicants or arrange payments. In order to make best use of public resources, all administrative aspects of the national scheme will instead be carried out by Scottish Government without impinging on the independence of Redress Scotland’s decision-making.
Redress Scotland is seeking to appoint a Chief Executive who will be the board’s principal adviser on the discharge of its statutory functions.
You will provide strong leadership from the outset, working to establish a strategic framework for Redress Scotland and putting in place the right resources, processes and policies to ensure success. The ideal candidate will have a proven track record of designing and implementing organisational strategies, governance arrangements, resource plans and corporate reports.
You will operate with high levels of personal integrity and be able to build new trusted relationships across organisational boundaries, helping to create a trauma-informed organisation that inspires the trust of the survivor community.
Main duties include:
- Working closely with the Chair, you will establish the strategic framework for Redress Scotland, translating this into operational processes and creating the right conditions for success as an independent public body.
- Make evidence-based recommendations to the Board on the action and resources required to achieve its vision – including recruitment, training and wider business infrastructure.
- Recruit and develop a small secretariat team, confidently communicating the needs of survivors in a clear and compelling manner and instilling a culture of trauma-informed practice.
- Provide concise advice to the Board on the effective discharge of its responsibilities – as set out in legislation and statutory guidance – demonstrating a clear commitment to continuous improvement.
- Put in place robust governance, risk and reporting arrangements, following best practice to ensure legal and regulatory compliance. This includes annual corporate, financial and operational reports as set out in legislation.
- Build new and trusting relationships with survivors, survivor organisations, care providers and other key stakeholders, working collaboratively across boundaries to promote the purpose and values of Redress Scotland.
- Work to ensure Redress Scotland is a professional and accessible organisation. Role modelling a commitment to integrity, accountability, objectivity and equality. This includes setting high standards of performance and establishing appropriate monitoring arrangements.
For more information about the recruitment process or to request information in a different format, please contact John Lavictoire, Director at Seymour John Public Services.
If you would like to review the job application pack and apply, please follow the links and send your CV and accompanying letter of application by 12.00 noon on 31 May 2021.
Any third-party applications will automatically be passed onto our Retained Executive Search Consultants at Seymour John Public Services.