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Remuneration:£309.06 per day  

Location:Edinburgh, and to other locations throughout Scotland 

Closing date:13 February 2019 at midnight 

Do you want to make a difference in communities across Scotland, changing lives for the better and improving safety for all? Do you have the skills and experience to take on the role of Chair of Community Justice Scotland? 

Community Justice Scotland 

The Scottish Government’s vision for community justice is that Scotland is a safer, fairer and more inclusive nation where we: prevent and reduce further offending by addressing its underlying causes; and safely and effectively manage and support those who have committed offences to help them reintegrate into the community and realise their potential for the benefit of all citizens.

Community Justice Scotland, established in April 2017, is an ambitious organisation which is focused on promoting positive messages about people who are in contact with the justice system, and the need for a wider range of services to offer them support to address the reasons for their offending behaviour and prevent further offending.  The organisation is still growing into its role and a recent Section 22 report from the Auditor General to the Parliament highlighted some challenges around governance arising in its first year of operation.

About the Chair Role

The new Chair will work with the Board and Chief Executive immediately to assure good foundations.  They will seek to accelerate impact while ensuring the organisation is effective and maintains the highest standards of corporate governance and financial management. While building influential relationships with partners and stakeholders across the justice and social policy system, the Chair will have a focus on the future, and a strategic eye for how people, policy, and process come together in new ways to deliver improved services and innovative solutions within community justice.

The Chair will work closely with Scottish Government and Ministers in line with the Scottish Justice Strategy.

Priority Criteria

• Experience as a Chair of building positive, performance focused relationships with both non-executive and executive colleagues.

Essential Criteria

• A commitment to the highest levels of effective governance and scrutiny in the public sector
• Ability to build effective and constructive relationships with diverse stakeholders
• Ability to oversee a change process within an organisation to drive the delivery of strategic priorities.

Desirable Criteria

• An awareness of and commitment to community justice in Scotland and the environment in which it operates.
This position attracts a remuneration rate of £309.06 per day and the Chair will be expected to give a commitment of up to 30 hours (4 days) each month but no more than 300 hours (40 days) in the financial year.

Further Information

An application pack with full details on how to apply for the role can be found below.  If you experience any difficulties accessing our website, please contact Scottish Government Public Appointments, on Freephone 0300 244 1898 by email at pa_applications_mailbox@gov.scot.  The letter with evidence and the application form must be submitted to pa_applications_mailbox@gov.scot.  Letters without the accompanying application form will not be considered.  Closing date for completed applications is 13 February 2019.

The Scottish Ministers particularly welcome applications from groups currently under-represented as Chairs on the Boards of Scotland’s public bodies, such as women, disabled people, people from an ethnic minority background and people aged under 50.  The public appointments process promotes, demonstrates and upholds equality of opportunity for all applicants.

Accessibility to public appointments is a fundamental requirement and the public appointments process promotes, demonstrates and upholds equality of opportunity and treatment to all applicants.  The Scottish Government will always give consideration to disability-related reasonable adjustments that an applicant might request to enable them to meet the person specification and participate fully in the selection process.  If you require any of the application pack documentation in an alternative format, please contact Scottish Government Public Appointments on Freephone 0300 244 1898 or by email at public.appointments@gov.scot

Appointed on merit; committed to diversity and equality.

Application Information

If you would like to contact our team, please call us on freephone number 0300 244 1898 or email Public.appointments@gov.scot

Additional Information

  1. Applicant Information Pack