Interim CEO sought

Closing Date for Applications:    End of Friday 11th January 2019

Anticipated Interviews:                Week of 21st January 2019

Anticipated Starting Date:           Early February 2019

About Scottish Rural Action

After 5 years of service with SRA where our current CEO has helped the organisation to mature and develop, culminating in the recent successful and highly regarded Scottish Rural Parliament, our CEO has decided that it is time for fresh challenges and will leave the post at the end of February 2019.

It is our intention to appoint an Interim CEO for a period of 6 months (initially) in order to cover the CEO responsibilities and fulfil a specific series of tasks. The position is available on a full time or part time basis depending upon the availability of a suitable candidate. We do not discriminate against people living rurally and this post is available as a homebased position.

Who might this post suit? 

We are looking for an established CEO with significant experience. The successful candidate will have proven skills and reputation in issues relating to rural affairs and rural community development. Because of the nature of the immediate challenges, this post would not suit someone wanting to transition from a second tier post.

We have an active and supportive Board, with specific skills that the CEO can call upon: however with its main focus on governance, the CEO will need to be a self-starter with a high drive to complete based upon self-direction and in close co-operation with the Chair to whom this post reports.

We are aiming for this post to have up to a month of handover with the current CEO.

Specific Qualities sought for this Interim position

          Strong representation skills ideally with experience in working with the Scottish Government at a senior level.

          Experience in creating and managing fundraising strategies with an emphasis on foundations and major gifts.  (SRA has an experienced development committee which will assist in this process; a fundraising research budget is available.)

          Experience in building new teams and in managing staff in periods of strategic change.

          Experience of rural issues and ideally experience in working with and living within a rural community.

          A high commitment to organisational promotion through communication and marketing techniques.

Specific Tasks

A full permanent job description is available here because it gives a starting point to understanding the challenges of this position.  However, within the period of the Interim position, these are the specific activities that will be given priority.

           Completing the development of the new strategic plan and business plan.

          Designing and negotiating the new staff structure, to fulfil the objectives in the strategic plan.

          Recruitment of new staff members.

          Assisting the Board in negotiation of funding and grant agreement with Scottish Government

          Assisting the Board in the design and implementation of a fundraising strategy, including grants, donors, strategic partnerships and self-generated income.

          Reporting to grant funders including Scottish Government.

          Assisting the Board in recruiting the permanent Chief Executive Officer for SRA.

          Completing an update of SRA policies and procedures.


The staffing position is currently flexible. There are two immediate part time staff, a Finance and Administration Officer and a Volunteer and Campaigns Coordinator, but there is a budget for further appointments based upon the demands identified in a strategic review due in January 2019.

Conditions and remuneration

Salary: £38,204 per annum ( Pro Rata )

Hours of work: Flexible. Travel and overnight stays are a regular part of the role.

Holiday: 38 days/annum ( Pro Rata )

Pension: 6% of salary

Based: Homeworking or in a shared office near to the successful candidates residence

Method of application

Through CV and letter of application to:- Amanda Burgauer, Chair via

Further information can be sought through the Chair, Amanda Burgauer, on or 07771 604824.

Emma Cooper


Emma joined SRA in 2014 and was our Chief Executive until February 2019. She is going to be touring in a mega motorhome so might be out of touch with us for a while.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

%d bloggers like this: