Vacancy - Interim Chief Executive Officer


(Applications are invited only from employees of the Improvement Service, COSLA and Scottish Councils)


Post Title: Interim Chief Executive Officer

Salary: £97,358 - £118,138 (secondments will be considered)

Location: The Improvement Service, iHub, Quarrywood Court, Livingston (with travel throughout Scotland)

Hours: Standard working week is 36 hours

Duration of Contract: Temporary: 8 months minimum



The current Chief Executive, Colin Mair, will retire at the end of the March 2018 and the Improvement Service wishes to appoint an interim Chief Executive, for a minimum of 8 months, to support the delivery of current priorities and to work with the Improvement Service Board to review future options.


The Improvement Service is the national improvement organisation for councils and its partners in Scotland and has developed a strong reputation for supporting councils and their partners across Scotland to develop and improve.


About the role

The interim Chief Executive role is fundamental to ensuring that existing and ongoing business of the Improvement Service is well maintained and that the strategic direction of the organisation is focused on supporting councils and partners to deliver affordable, practical and effective services, relevant to the needs of local communities. This is a significant challenge given the severe economic climate and demand pressures which face the public sector and requires strong leadership, sound collaborative and influencing skills, and political awareness of the highest order. Alongside this, the interim Chief Executive will support the Board with a strategic review of future options, including a review of governance arrangements, to ensure the ongoing effectiveness of the organisation in challenging times.


Applications are invited from appropriately qualified staff from the Improvement Service, member councils and COSLA who can demonstrate the skills and qualities necessary to fill this interim post.


Download the job description for full information about the role.


How to apply

To apply for this position, please download the application form. Alternatively you can call Donna Wallace on 01506 282012 for an application pack.


All applications should be emailed to or sent to:


Donna Wallace

Improvement Service


Quarrywood Court

Livingston EH54 6AX


Applications should be returned no later than 5pm on Wednesday, 21 February 2018.


Interviews will be held in Edinburgh on Wednesday, 7 March 2018.



In accordance with the above Act, preferred candidates are required to confirm that they are eligible to work in the U.K. External candidates invited for interview will require to bring approved documentation to the interview as verification of their eligibility.  Details will be enclosed with interview letters.