Service Manager

Orkney Islands
£40,709 - £44,286 (including Distant Islands Allowance)
09 Mar 2018
02 Apr 2018
Full Time
Organisation Type
Local authority

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Service Manager to be responsible for ensuring day to day management and strategic activities relating to the housing and homelessness services are carried out effectively and for the management of operational and strategic staff within the Service.

We are looking for a qualified housing professional with skills in leadership and management, knowledge of current legislation and good practice in housing. Reporting to the Head of Housing, Homelessness and Schoolcare Accommodation Services will be an opportunity for both operational and strategic leadership into the development of the Service.

Recently voted the best place to live in Scotland, Orkney is the second most northerly of the islands areas, with 17 inhabited islands. Although geographically remote, Orkney is easily accessible by air or boat and has a cosmopolitan community with immense historical and cultural impact. From food to sports, music to technology, Orkney has a reputation for excellence and award winning. Scotland’s smallest local authority enjoys unique opportunities for collaboration with partner agencies and is committed to developing innovative approaches to joint work with key partner agencies.

We demand high standards and support continuing professional development. Training opportunities are made available and a suitable package including a relocation allowance is provided to help you resettle here.

The islands offer – and our services must sustain – a unique quality of life for all the people who live here.

The successful candidate will hold the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) Level 5 Diploma in Housing plus APEX or an equivalent level Housing qualification which would be accepted for Chartered Membership of the CIH. In addition they will hold appropriate practice (SCQF9) and supervisory management (SCQF8) qualifications to enable registration with the Scottish Social Services Council as a Manager of a Housing Support Service.
Significant experience of working within a housing or homelessness profession is essential as is experience of staff management, supervision and strategy development. The post holds responsibility for line management of team leaders across the fields of housing management, homelessness and housing advice, housing support and policy and planning.
This post is subject to membership of the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme in respect of regulated work with adults.

For further information please contact Frances Troup, Head of Housing, Homelessness and Schoolcare Accommodation Services, on 01856 873535, email:

Further information is available from, and online applications should be made through

Closing date for applications: Monday 2 April 2018

Please note that interview and resettlement expenses will be paid for this post.