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Chief Executive Officer

The Volunteer Centre is committed to supporting and sustaining communities throughout the Western Isles by developing and encouraging volunteering and volunteer involving organisations. We are an active member of the Third Sector Interface, Western Isles and work with our partners to engage proactively with the local public sector planning process.

A vacancy has arisen for a Chief Executive Officer to lead and manage the organisation, building on the knowledge, expertise, and enthusiasm of the current staff.

The post holder must be committed to volunteering, highly motivated, possess excellent communication skills and demonstrate experience of team and financial management.

The post is for 35 hours per week.  Job Share could be considered

Salary range £27,920 - £30,912

To request an application pack please contact the HR Department, via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
or via post:-Volunteer Centre Western Isles, 95 Cromwell Street, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, HS1 2DG.

Closing date for applications: Monday 20th Feb 2023



Knowledge and Understanding:

  • Understanding of and a commitment to volunteering and its potential and value in society. 
  • Understanding of the voluntary sector
  • Understanding of/commitment to equal opportunities and inclusion 

Experience of the following:

  • Planning and managing own workload
  • Proven experience of effective team leadership 
  • Monitoring and evaluation. 
  • Working with or as a volunteer
  • Giving presentations and talks
  • Organising and managing events

Skills and abilities

  • Must be reliable and keep good timekeeping
  • Be an effective communicator with the ability to inspire and enthuse others
  • Have sound administration and organisation skills. An ability to work on own initiative & prioritise workload and meet deadlines.
  • Be computer literate, with knowledge of Microsoft office and internet systems.
  • Possess excellent communication, presentation and reporting skills (written and oral).
  • Educated to degree level or have relevant work experience.


  • Must be prepared to work flexibly, be able to travel and attend meetings and training in other locations and to make overnight trips as required.
  • Must have a full driving license and access to a car. 


Knowledge and Understanding:

  • Understanding of the good practice issues around volunteering
  • Knowledge of issues affecting young people and their motivations
  • Understanding and knowledge of relevant government agendas including:  localism, community engagement and empowerment, and devolving democracy.

Experience of the following:

  • Building effective working relationships and partnerships with a variety of organisations across all sectors and at all levels
  • Working with young people
  • Supervising and management of staff
  • Dealing with HR issues
  • Managing a budget and producing financial reports
  • Designing and/or delivering training either to staff and /or volunteers
  • Dealing with public 

Skills and abilities

  • An ability to speak or write Gaelic would be considered an advantage
  • Be able to research, identify and develop volunteering opportunities
  • Ability to think strategically and creatively to identify areas of development as well as areas of synergy and alignment. 


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