Seeking a new chair of our Scottish Executive Committee

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17 June 2022

After three years as Chair of the Chartered Institute in Scotland, Virginia Anderson’s term is coming to an end. Recruitment for her successor will open for applications on 11 July 2022. 

When reflecting her time as Scotland Chair, Virginia said: “It has been a privilege to lead the Scottish Executive Committee even through the challenges presented by the pandemic. I’ve learned a huge amount from my peers and it’s helped me to build my own experience and knowledge too. I am sad to be saying farewell to the Executive Committee but as we welcome Hazel Crombie as the new Head of Scotland, the timing is perfect to build a new team to lead our work on policy, practice and learning so that we can work for excellent fundraising in Scotland and a new strategy.” 

The role profile is below and if you’d like to ask any questions about applying or find out what the role involves before deciding to put yourself forward, please email scotland@ciof.org.uk. Virginia will be happy to answer your questions. 

Given the nature of the role, we ask that all applicants have experience of volunteering with CIOF Scotland and have served at least six months on the Scotland committee currently or in a previous term. 

We’re committed to a fair and open recruitment practice and particularly welcome candidates from diverse backgrounds.  

Please look out for further details here and in your member newsletter. Applications will open on 11 July and close on 25 July 2022.

Role of the chair

The role of Chair of the CIOF in Scotland will be voted on and appointed by members of the Executive Committee. 

Given the nature of the role, we ask that all applicants have experience of volunteering with CIOF Scotland and have served at least six months on the Scotland committee currently or in a previous term. 

The role of the Chair is:

  1. To lead the Executive committee to deliver the CIOF’s strategic priorities in Scotland;
  2. To represent the Scottish fundraising community to the CIOF Board of Trustees;
  3. To work with the Head of Scotland and other senior CIOF staff to maintain good relationships with Scottish Government, OSCR, the Scottish Fundraising Adjudications Panel and other bodies in Scotland;
  4. To act as a representative / spokesperson for the CIOF in Scotland in partnership with the Head of Scotland;
  5. To set the priorities of the Head of Scotland in conjunction with the Executive Director of People & Engagement and contribute to performance reviews and appraisals;
  6. To work with the Head of Scotland and other staff to ensure strategic priorities are delivered;
  7. To manage the scheduling and running of the Executive committee meetings and the AGM;
  8. To attend UK-wide Chair meetings (up to four times a year) to represent the Executive Committee and CIOF members in Scotland.

Time commitment 

The time commitment for the role varies month to month and week to week depending on what may be happening in the fundraising landscape. The Chair needs to be able to support the Head of Scotland to deal with anything that may be happening on an ongoing basis. 

Normally however, the time commitment is to attend the pre-arranged Executive meetings, occasional other meetings, liaise with strategic leads as required, regular catch-ups with the Head of Scotland and occasional meetings with other senior staff. Spread over a month this would amount to two days depending on the meeting schedule (through a range of in-person and virtual meetings).

If the Chair is involved in other committees, this will add to the time commitment as will any fundraising issues that arise that involve CIOF input. 

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