Head of External Engagement

Head of External Engagement

  • 35 hours per week
  • Starting salary £42,267

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a senior management post within Families Outside. This is a key role for a dynamic and passionate individual interested in making a real difference in the lives of families affected by imprisonment.

Families Outside is the only national charity in Scotland that works solely to support children and families affected by imprisonment. This senior management post leads the strategic development and implementation of the work of Families Outside’s External Engagement Team, linking the work between the organisation’s policy, communications, training, and Visitors’ Centre roles. The post holder will lead and inspire a team of managers to deliver high quality integrated support within our values framework. Undertaking and leading on significant projects, providing strategic leadership, and promoting and representing Families Outside are all key components of this challenging role.

If you are able to take strategic responsibility for raising awareness and influencing policy and practice regarding families affected by imprisonment, with the aim of greater visibility and inclusion of these families, we would like to hear from you. Ideally, this role would be based in Edinburgh but would be feasible for anyone in the central belt.

Submitting your application

Please submit your application in the Word format the document is in to the email address on the form. Do not convert to a PDF. Our head office address is also provided on the form if you wish to post your application, but we strongly advise emailing instead.

Informal enquiries are welcome: please contact Elaine Stalker (Head of Resource & Development) on 07958 794149. Alternatively, you can email admin@familiesoutside.org.uk for further discussion about the post.

All applications should be emailed to admin@familiesoutside.org.uk

Closing date: 12.00pm, Monday 10th January 2022.

Interviews: w/c 17th January 2022 (where possible, to be held in person at 17 Gayfield Square, Edinburgh EH1 3NX).


About you

You will need a proven relevant track record, possibly gained in a range of sectors where you operated at a senior level with external audiences and engaged with, and influenced, a variety of stakeholders. You will also need demonstrable and extensive experience in managing and developing a diverse staff team.

Someone who thrives on working collaboratively with others for the good of the business, you will be adept at building a network of good relationships and have an ability to develop a thorough understanding of the organisation and the wider sector quickly. You will be a good listener and positive influencer who communicates clearly verbally and in writing and, where appropriate, is able to persuade others to change their views, intentions, or actions.

The leadership role of Head of External Engagement is key for the organisation: you will lead a team of 4, and as a member of the Senior Management Team will report directly to the CEO. Providing leadership and effective day-to-day management of the External Engagement Team, you will ensure that Families Outside is a key contributor to local and national policy and the lead national voice on issues relating to families affected by imprisonment.

This is an exciting role for the right applicant and comes at a time where Families Outside has undertaken a major restructuring programme and recently revised our Strategic Plan for the next 4 years. Joining the organisation at this time, you will have the opportunity to deliver the ambitions of Families Outside within a newly established Senior Management Team.

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