Deputy Chief Executive Officer

This is a rare and exciting opportunity to build and lead a newly formed team in a dynamic organisation to support and represent the third sector in the Scottish Borders.
We have a primary role in ensuring the continuation and development of a vibrant third sector (charities, social enterprises, community and voluntary groups) in the Borders.

We’re looking to recruit for the first time, a Deputy Chief Executive, someone who is an exceptional leader and motivator that can support the organisation through its next stage of development. The position reports to the Chief Executive Officer, who in turn reports to a Board of Trustees, and in this role, you will be expected to deputise, as well as take specific responsibility for managing staff working on a range of projects, and in a range of operational roles. You will have a key role in contact management, oversight and reporting, as well as representing the organisation in meetings both nationally and locally, as we are active in locality-based community planning and in helping community organisations to strengthen their capacity and capability. You will take the lead in translating the organisation’s strategic objectives into ambitious but deliverable operational plans and securing the necessary resources to deliver them.

You’ll provide leadership, management and motivation in a positive and collaborative culture upholding Borders Community Action’s values.

The successful candidate will be a keen networker, politically astute, with experience of business development, being able to quickly operationalise ideas, problem solve and get things done in collaboration with others.


Number of Hours: 30 per week

Salary: £37,500 - £40,000(pro rata)

Accountability of post: The post holder will be line managed by and accountable to the Borders Community Action Chief Exectutive Officer

Location of the post: Scottish Borders, Hybrid Working – Main office, home and in the community


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Closing date - 5 January 2024

Interview dates - Successful applicants will be shortlisted for an interview on 15 January 2024 (TBC), in person at the main office at Drygrange, Melrose.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss your application, please call the office on 0300 124 7522 and ask for Juliana, alternatively email: