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Headquarters, Glenurquhart Road, Inverness, IV3 5NX
£76,676 - £83,829 per year
Contract Type:
Position Type:
Full Time
35 hours per week

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Job Description

Post Title:   Head of Social Work Services
Location:    Inverness
Hours:         35 hpw
Duration:    Permanent
Salary:        HC15 £76,676 - £83,829

Contact Person: Fiona Duncan, Executive Chief Officer   Email:

We are seeking a dynamic and resourceful manager with a proven ability to lead and inspire. With a clear and robust vision for building upon the excellent social work services delivered in the Highlands you will continue to drive forward improvements.  You will engage with stakeholders and develop a positive and effective interface with elected members.

We are ambitious for the Highlands and we want to improve opportunities and life chances for all. We want our communities to be safe, healthy, and nurturing. This job role presents a unique opportunity working within the Highland Council’s lead agency model. Within the Health and Social Care Directorate the responsibility covers delivery of all Children’s Services including childcare health staff and allied health professionals.  This role will be directly responsible for Children’s Social Work, Criminal Justice and Mental Health Officers. The post will also have responsibility as Depute Chief Social Work Officer.

You will be joining a high performing successful organisation located in a unique part of the country, a removal and relocation package of up to £6,500 is available.

You should have significant senior leadership experience, preferably gained in the public sector and be proficient in delivering strategic direction. This role will present you the opportunity to improve outcomes for all and make a lasting impact to the sustainability of the Highlands.

If you are interested in this exciting job opportunity please apply online. The Highland Council is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion and welcome applications from people of different backgrounds, cultures and experiences.

Please apply online, or alternatively to arrange an informal discussion about this exciting opportunity, please email Fiona Duncan, Executive Chief Officer at

Please find the Job Pack below.

Shortlisted applicants will normally be contacted by email, unless otherwise stated.  Please check your emails regularly, including your junk/spam folder.


Educated to degree level in a relevant subject or able to demonstrate a 
high level of relevant experience and expertise.

You should have CQSW, DipSW, CSS or other approved equivalent 
qualification recognised by CCETSW. You must have current registration 
with the Scottish Social Services Council as a Social Worker and must 
comply with their Code of Practice.

Extensive relevant experience including significant experience in a 
management capacity.

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