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Executive Director – Education, Leisure and Housing

93353 (Including Distant Islands Allowance)
This position is now closed to applications.

Executive Director – Education, Leisure & Housing

Salary: £93,353 (Including Distant Islands Allowance)

Orkney provides a beautiful setting in which to live and work and a wonderful opportunity to combine a fulfilling and challenging career with the best that the islands can offer in terms of lifestyle.  Our vibrant and forward-thinking community is regularly voted the happiest and the best place to live in the UK. Our quality of life is second to none. With a rising population, excellent local services, and a multitude of opportunities and facilities to cater for whatever your interests outside of work may be. 

We are looking for an Executive Director to lead and build on the already excellent reputation of a wide range of services, including:

  • Schools;
  • Further and Higher Education including Orkney College;
  • Community Learning;
  • Support Services including Educational Psychology;
  • Sport, Culture & Leisure Services;
  • Library and Archive Services;
  • Housing and Homelessness;
  • School Care Accommodation Services.

In addition, as a collegiate member of the Senior Management Team, the Executive Director will help provide leadership, vision and strategic direction across all Council services.  This is an excellent opportunity to be at the forefront of leading and shaping services in Orkney. 

Like elsewhere in Local Government, the challenges of improving services, meeting growing demand and balancing budgets are considerable.  However we believe that here in Orkney we are better placed than most to meet those challenges thanks to a focus on innovation and a strong leadership partnership between Elected Members and Senior Officers.

To undertake this role, you will already be a highly motivated senior manager with a demonstrable track record of success.  You should also have considerable experience at a senior level within education or an education related service. You must be able to evidence strong leadership qualities and the ability to engage successfully with a range of stakeholders.

This post is subject to membership of the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme in respect of regulated work with children. A relocation allowance will be available for the successful applicant, should it be required.

For a confidential discussion about the role please contact Donogh O’Brien or Lesley Drew on 0141 212 7555.

For more information on the role and organisation please 

To apply, please fill out the short form below and then upload your application form and equalities opportunities form via the upload links.

Links to the application forms to be completed are attached below. Guidance notes on completion of the application form are also provided. Please note we cannot accept CVs. 

Application Form

Employment Monitoring Form

Guidance Notes for Application Form

If you do not receive an acknowledgement within 24 hours of submitting your application, please contact Donna Sweeny on 0141 212 7555.

Closing date for applications is Wednesday, 24 July 2019.