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Remuneration:£326 per day 

Location:Edinburgh, City of 

Closing date:30 July 2021 at midday 

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, plays a central role in the continual improvement of Scotland’s justice system.  Its role is key to Scottish Ministers’ wider approach to justice and penal policy.  Community Justice Scotland is responsible for monitoring, promoting, and supporting improvement in the provision of community justice services (its functions are set out in full in Section 4 of the Community Justice (Scotland) Act 2016.  It provides advice to Scottish Ministers and local government leaders to strengthen how public services, third sector and other partners work together to prevent and reduce further offending.

CJS Membership

There are currently eight members, in addition to the Chair, as well as an advisory member of CJS.  Currently meetings are held around seven times a year and separately, there are also a number of sub-committees.  The role of CJS Members, including the Chair, is to provide leadership, direction, support and guidance to ensure that CJS delivers and is committed to delivering its functions effectively and efficiently with the aims, policies and priorities of Scottish Ministers.

Role and Responsibilities

As Chair of Community Justice Scotland you will be expected to work constructively with your Community Justice Scotland colleagues, and also build effective working relationships with external stakeholders. You will be required to:

  • lead the CJS Members approach to strategic planning;

  • contribute effectively to the monitoring and developing of CJS strategies;

  • lead and work with the other CJS Members to contribute to the collective leadership and governance of CJS and its effectiveness, accepting collective responsibility for decisions of CJS;

  • hold the Chief Executive (and senior management team) to account for the operational management of CJS and the delivery of agreed plans on time and within budget, through high quality support and scrutiny;

  • monitor, promote and support best practice and continuous improvement in the provision of community justice services;

  • together with the other Members of CJS establish good partnership working with other organisations and participate in reference groups, discussion forums and open meetings (as required);

  • together with the other Members of CJS provide assurance and insight, backed by evidence, to Scottish Ministers on improvements within the community justice sector; in support of the statutory functions of Community Justice Scotland and the role of community justice partnerships;

  • provide strong leadership in a changing budgetary and financial environment;

  • work with the other CJS Members in a way which demonstrates your commitment to equality and diversity;

  • understand and promote the highest standards of public service in the public interest;

  • monitor the performance of the CJS in its activities, and the achievement of its aims, as well as the performance of the Chief Executive against agreed objectives; and

  • effectively Chair the CJS membership, and develop and appraise its members.

Remuneration and Time Commitment

This position attracts a remuneration rate of £326 per day and the Chair will be expected to give a commitment of up to 4 days each month but no more than 40 days in any financial year.

Closing date for applications is noon on 30 July 2021.  For full information on this appointment, please read the Applicant Information Pack accessed via the link below.

Applicants for public appointments must be legally entitled to work in the UK. Please see the applicants’ pack for further information.

Accessibility to public appointments is a fundamental requirement and the public appointments process promotes, demonstrates and upholds equality of opportunity for all applicants.  The Scottish Government will always give consideration to disability-related reasonable adjustments that an applicant might request to enable them to demonstrate their merit and participate fully in the selection process.  If you require any of the application pack documentation in an alternative format, please Telephone 0300 244 1898 or

Scottish Ministers particularly welcome applications from people with protected characteristics that are currently under-represented as Chairs on the boards of Public Bodies, such as women, disabled people, LGBTI+ people, those from black and minority ethnic communities and people aged under 50. The public appointments process promotes, demonstrates and upholds equality of opportunity for all applicants.

Applicants for public appointments must be legally entitled to work in the UK. Please see the applicants’ pack for further information.

Appointed on merit; committed to diversity and equality.

Application Information

Please apply online via the link below. If you experience any difficulties accessing our website, or in the event that you require a word version of the application form, please contact the Public Appointments Team by calling 0300 244 1898; or by emailing