Chief Executive Officer

Community Energy Scotland

Flexible - Central Belt is preferred but not essential
c.£50,000 pa

Paid • Full Time • Permanent [email protected] Rona MacKay

Reference: CEONov20

Sectors: carbon, climate & energy, sustainability

Closing date: Friday, 11th December 2020  

Please download and read the full Application Pack which can be found on our website before applying.


Permanent, Full Time Post (35 hours per week)

Community Energy Scotland (CES) is seeking to appoint a suitable candidate to the position of Chief Executive Officer (CEO). The CEO is central to CES’ continuing function as Scotland’s leading community energy development organisation. The role requires a high level of integrity, commitment, well-developed leadership skills, and excellent foresight and judgement. Key elements of the role include, ensuring a consistently strong governance framework, providing a clear sense of organisational purpose and direction, and maintaining a high level of staff and board confidence. With a creative and developmental mind-set, the successful candidate will ensure that CES continues to overcome every challenge that it meets and makes the most of the opportunities to maintain and increase its impact.

1.1. Job Profile

1.1.1. Overall Purpose

To lead the organisation and ensure delivery of its charitable purposes with a high level of commitment and integrity.

1.1.2. Key competencies

  • A strong strategic outlook with the ability to translate strategy into practical delivery of CES’ agreed priorities.
  • The ability to inspire, lead, direct, support and manage widely distributed staff to achieve significant outcomes, even under the restricted conditions presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • An awareness of what it takes to sustain and build an organisation within Scotland’s diverse Third Sector.
  • A high degree of organisational governance and financial / resource management skills, along with the ability to work effectively with a voluntary board.
  • The ability to engage effectively within a complex technical and policy landscape, in order to influence policy outcomes.
  • Awareness of the community sector, and understanding of the opportunities and challenges for community energy in particular.
  • A collaborative style with the ability to develop strong partnerships with a range of organisations and key individuals.

1.1.3. Key Roles

  • Ensuring good governance and compliance with charity best practice and law
  • Delivery of the charity’s objectives
  • Inspiring, leading, directing and supporting staff
  • Troubleshoot over a significant range of issues
  • Financial governance and business management
  • Developing, implementing & reviewing organisational strategy
  • Development and delivery of annual business plan and budget
  • Policy influence
  • Achieving a high performance organisational culture with a strong emphasis on mutual support & encouragement amongst the staff group

1.1.4. Desirable Attributes

These are in addition to the key roles outlined above.

  • Detailed awareness, understanding and knowledge of community energy development
  • Degree-level qualification in a relevant subject
  • Senior-level experience in organisational management
  • Awareness of how to work alongside community groups
  • Project management
  • Knowledge and understanding of the wider energy sector

1.1.5. Salary

Circa £50,000 per annum, generous pension contribution and 25 days annual leave

1.1.6. Location

Flexible. We currently have office provision in Kirkwall, Stornoway, Benbecula, Inverness and Edinburgh (Central Belt is preferred but not essential). Homeworking is also an option and required for the duration of COVID-19 restrictions.

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