Job type: Permanent
Contact name: Lesleyann MacGregor

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Contact phone: +447503166508
Job ref: 134745
Published: 2 months ago
Expiry date: 16 Feb 2025 23:59

Chief Executive Officer Job Description and Specification

Job Title: Chief Executive Officer

Reports to: Trustees of Prostate Scotland

Job Purpose: To provide the highest level of leadership in order to achieve Prostate Scotland’s strategic objectives in accordance with the requirements of the Board of Trustees.

Salary: circa £60,000 pro rata

Position: Full time (35 hours per week)

Contract: Permanent

Location: Edinburgh

Prostate Scotland is looking for a new Chief Executive to build on our important work to provide information, advice and support to those affected by prostate disease. The successful applicant will be passionate about raising awareness about this important issue and will have a strong track record of visionary leadership. They must be an outstanding communicator, very adaptable and able to engage at all levels. We are looking for someone with a clear vision as to how the charity should develop in the future and has the commitment and drive to carry this out.

Duties and Responsibilities


· Provide exceptional leadership to enable the charity to continue to flourish and fulfil its mission to ‘inform, educate, support, campaign and advance on prostate disease in Scotland.

· Embody the charity's values, inspiring others to do the same.

· Take a lead in developing the charity's strategy.

· Motivate and inspire volunteers and staff to build on Prostate Scotland’s excellent performance and growth since its foundation in 2006.

· Create strategic partnerships outside the charity and act as an ambassador for Prostate Scotland.

· Shape and influence a positive staff culture and communicate ownership of policies and decisions across the charity.

Management and compliance

· Oversee and implement recruitment, selection, training, development and performance management of staff.

· Directly manage the Prostate Scotland team and be ready to step in to fill gaps in operations when required.

· Manage and maintain excellent relations with all staff members, encouraging a constructive and proactive working style.

· Ensure the health and safety and safeguarding of all staff, volunteers and fundraisers.

· Maximise the efficient utilisation of our resources.

· Monitor the effectiveness of our work in making a difference and implement change in response to feedback and data.

· Maintain awareness of risks and changes in the external environment that affect the organisation.

· Represent the organisation to the media and give interviews.

· Carry out all roles and responsibilities required by the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR).

· Build an effective working relationship with the chair of the trustee board.

· Ensure that Trustees are kept well-informed of key developments in Prostate Scotland and provided with sufficient financial and management information to enable them to exercise their statutory responsibilities.


· Help to ensure a sustainable income from individual, corporate, legacy and trust donations.

· Produce regular financial reports and forecasts and manage the charity budget.

· Ensure full and accurate reporting including the preparation of an annual report and financial statements to OSCR.


· Oversee brand consistency across Prostate Scotland, ensuring it reflects our established values.

· Develop and implement an integrated campaigns and media strategy, to maintain the charity’s presence and profile.

· Manage the development and maintenance of effective channels of marketing and communication with all stakeholders and ensure effective internal communications.

General Responsibilities of all Staff

· Maintain discretion and confidentiality as appropriate for the post.

· Comply with Prostate Scotland’s policies and procedures ensuring they are up to date and relevant particularly regarding management and HR.

· Promote a positive image of Prostate Scotland internally and in the community.

· Use IT to best effect and ensure IT skills development within the team as required

· Recognise the need to be flexible when working for a small organisation and carry out other duties that may be required.

Person Specification


Honours degree or equivalent level of education for the post.


· A unique feature of the job of charity chief executive is the need to work closely with the non-executive trustee board, so any experience of working with committees or boards is advantageous. Experience of working in the health sector is helpful but not essential.

· Sound strategic planning and a track record of achieving targets.

· Successful financial planning and budget management.

· Experience of developing strong external public relationships promoting and representing an organisation.

· Securing funds and working with funding partners and grant making organisations.

· Experience of working or volunteering within a healthcare sector.

· Proven record of leading teams or organisations to deliver high quality results.

· Experience of working with a small team.


· Knowledge of funding methodology and related financial issues.

· An understanding of the key measures of financial management and control in a challenging environment.


· Strategic thinker with the ability to develop and articulate a clear vision.

· Leadership style, which encourages, motivates, inspires and develops staff and volunteers.

· Excellent communicator (both orally and in writing) with effective listening, influencing and negotiation skills.

· Highly effective decision-making skills with excellent analytical and problem-solving abilities.

· Excellent administrative, organisational and IT skills.

· Intellectual rigour, financial acumen and the ability to accurately analyse and explain complex issues.

Personal Qualities

· Passionate commitment to raising awareness of prostate diseases and the support and treatments available in Scotland.

· Empathy with the needs and aspirations of a diverse community.

· Personal and professional integrity.

· Commitment to relevant legislation and good practice in relation to equality and diversity and safeguarding and promoting the welfare of those affected by prostate diseases.

· Willingness to confront issues and make difficult decisions.

· Personal resilience, optimism and an openness to change.

· Resourcefulness and creativity.

How to apply

If you would like to apply please submit your CV and a covering letter to ………… ……………... Covering letters should be no longer than 1000 words, should demonstrate how you meet the person specification and give us an idea of your personality and motivations.

For an informal and confidential conversation about this position, please email (?one of the subcommittee?)

Please note that applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis. We reserve the right to close the role prior to the closing date should a suitable applicant be found, so please submit your application as soon as possible.

Interviews will be held on the ………………….

Our commitment

We are a Scottish charity set up to provide information, advice and help on prostate health, diseases and treatments. Nearly 1 in 2 men in Scotland will be affected by prostate disease at some stage of their lives and 1 in 10 are likely to develop prostate cancer. Prostate cancer the most common cancer in men in Scotland. Our Mission is to ‘inform, educate, support, campaign and advance on prostate disease in Scotland’. We want to see and help enable:

More people in Scotland to be aware of prostate disease and know where/how to get help treatment;

Public policy taking prostate disease into account and prostate diseases and treatment are higher up the policy agenda;

More surviving prostate cancer in Scotland, and an increase in the numbers of those seeking early diagnosis;

Those in Scotland with prostate disease have access to the latest and most appropriate forms of treatment;

Prostate Scotland provides those affected by prostate diseases, their families and partners with information about the prostate.

Prostate Scotland operates an equal opportunity policy and commits to treating all of our candidates and jobseekers fairly. We welcome and encourage applications from everyone and celebrate age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and marriage and civil partnerships.