Skip to main content
Ref no:
Council Offices, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1NY
£82,877 per year pro rata
Contract Type:
Position Type:
Full Time
35 hours per week


Children and Families and Justice Services

Head of Children, Families and Justice and Chief Social Work Officer

35 hours per week
£82,877 (incorporating the defined statutory role of Chief Social Work Officer) (including Distant Islands Allowance)

We are looking for a Head of Service with energy and drive to help lead our Services and workforce and who can support and contribute directly to the Integration Joint Board (IJB), Orkney Islands Council (OIC) and NHS Orkney (NHSO)’s strategic visions. The post also incorporates the role of Chief Social Work Officer to the Council and we are therefore looking for someone who is Social Work qualified and can demonstrate significant experience at a senior level.

The IJB, OIC and NHSO wants the very best for our community and needs proven and inspiring senior leaders who can help shape effective and engaging policy and translate ambitions into action and successful outcomes.

These are of course challenging times for Public Bodies, however, here in Orkney we believe we are well placed to rise to these demands.

Despite being the smallest coterminous Council and Health Board in Scotland, our unique Council and Health Board with its breadth of services, along with our commitment to climate change, renewables and sustainability, presents unparalleled opportunities for innovation and development, whilst we strive to maintain high quality public services for our residents.

You must be enthusiastic about working in partnership with our community partners and stakeholders to deliver the best outcomes for Orkney. And whilst we value innovation and the ability to drive change, we also expect a strong commitment to good governance and accountability.

If you want an exciting and varied challenge, in a small but beautiful setting, and believe you are up to the high standards we demand, we look forward to hearing from you.

For further information about the role visit and

You should be able to travel efficiently and effectively between various work locations within and outwith Orkney to meet the operational requirements of the Service.

This post is subject to membership of the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme in respected of regulated work with adults and children.

For an informal discussion about these posts please contact: Catriona Mackie, Director, Aspen People at 

A selection process is scheduled to be held in Orkney during w/c 30 January 2023

Closing Date: Sunday 22 January 2023

Please note that interview and relocation expenses will be paid for this post, in accordance with Council policy.

  • Disability Confident Employer - Employer
  • Armed Forces Covenant Silver.png