Full Description

The Scottish Union of Supported Employment (SUSE) is the national representative body for supported employment providers and anyone interested in ensuring that disadvantaged people across our country have the opportunity of a working life. It brings organisations together to support people with disadvantages to find and retain paid work by increasing the availability, quality, and impact of supported employment services in Scotland.

In Scotland, the current employment rate of disabled people is only 45%, compared to 81% of their non-disabled peers - this is the Disability Employment Gap. However, in 2018 the Scottish Government launched the Fair Start Scotland programme, which offers the potential to expand supported employment services across Scotland. This is a once in a generation opportunity for SUSE to shape the future of employment services for people with disabilities and fundamentally improve the life chances of thousands of people who have been marginalised in our communities.

SUSE are now looking for a new Board Chair.

As well as Chairing the Board, you will support (and sometimes supportively challenge) the Chief Executive and Leadership Team, represent SUSE on the European Union of Supported Employment - attending 2 board meetings a year and supporting the delivery of an international conference held every 4 years.

The person they are looking for does not necessarily have to come from the not-profit sector. You may be from a management, employment, or commercial background. You will need to be the sort of person that can engage with a wide range of people and win their respect through your experience in influencing and connecting. Above all, you will be committed to SUSE’s determination to help disabled people into work and support them in the workplace.

How To Apply

Please email us at [email protected] or call us on 01786 542 224 to request an information pack, full job description and person specification. You are advised to get in touch well in advance of the closing date to give us time to consider your application and pre-interview the strongest applicants.

Closing Date: Tuesday 29th November 2022

This search is being conducted exclusively for The Scottish Union of Supported Employment (SUSE) by BTA (Bruce Tait Associates). Our leadership team have all worked in the voluntary sector and we use this experience to match organisations and individuals to create great appointments.