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Member of the Board

Scottish Qualifications Authority

Glasgow or Midloathians



Application Deadline:

Jul 22, 2024

About the organisation

    The Scottish Qualifications Authority (“SQA”) is Scotland’s national awarding and accreditation body. It is an executive non-departmental public body which reports to Scottish Ministers and the Scottish Parliament. SQA’s remit and functions are set out in the Education (Scotland) Act 1996 as amended by the Scottish Qualifications Authority Act 2002. The organisation has two main roles: accreditation and awarding qualifications.

About the vacancy

    The SQA Board consists of non-executives appointed by Scottish Ministers in line with the Code of Practice for Ministerial Public Appointments in Scotland. Its role is to provide leadership, direction, support and guidance to ensure that the SQA is committed to and delivers its functions in accordance with the aims, policies and priorities of Scottish Ministers.

    Members of the SQA will, among other activities, prepare for, attend and positively contribute to meetings of the SQA and its committees. They will assist in the development, approval and monitoring of the SQA’s Corporate Plan, as well as take forward its strategic aims and objectives.

    They will also contribute to financial monitoring, promote the use of staff and resources consistent with Best Value as set out in the Scottish Public Finance Manual and demonstrate high standards of corporate governance at all times.

    Together with other Members and the approval of Scottish Ministers, they will appoint the SQA Chief Executive.

Key Responsibilities

    · providing leadership, direction, support and guidance to ensure the SQA delivers and is committed to delivering its functions effectively and efficiently and in accordance with the aims, policies and priorities of the Scottish Ministers;

    · taking forward the strategic aims and objectives for the SQA agreed by the Scottish Ministers and set out in SQA’s Corporate Plan;

    · determining the steps needed to deal with changes which are likely to impact on the strategic aims and objectives of the SQA or on the attainability of its operational targets;

    · promoting a culture of fair work and fair working practices across the organisation, ensuring appropriate channels for effective voice;

    · optimising public sector funding for SQA to drive Fair Work practices through relevant supply chains by attaching Fair Work First criteria to grants, other funding and contracts awarded by SQA, where appropriate;

    · promoting the efficient, economic and effective use of staff and other resources by the SQA consistent with the principles of Best Value, including, where appropriate, participation in shared services arrangements and ensuring that effective arrangements are in place so that the SQA acts corporately in accordance with the priorities set out in the Scottish Government's statement of corporate expectations;

    · ensuring that effective arrangements are in place to provide assurance on risk management, governance and internal control. (The SQA Board must set up an audit committee chaired by a non-executive member to provide independent advice and assurance on the effectiveness of the internal control and risk management systems.);

    · (in reaching decisions) taking into account relevant guidance issued by the Scottish Ministers;

    · ensuring that members of the SQA Board receive and review regular financial information concerning the management and performance of the SQA and is informed in a timely manner about any concerns regarding the activities of the SQA;

    · appointing, with the approval of the Scottish Ministers, the SQA chief executive and, in consultation with the Scottish Government, set appropriate performance objectives and remuneration terms linked to these objectives which give due weight to the proper management and use of resources within the stewardship of the SQA and the delivery of outcomes;

    · demonstrating high standards of corporate governance at all times, including openness and transparency in its decision making; and

    · carrying out other tasks that may reasonably be required including attending SQA meetings and other meetings and seminars on behalf of the SQA.

Key Competencies

    The successful applicants must be able to demonstrate evidence of one of the following priority criteria:
    - working in partnership to deliver change
    - knowledge and experience of financial management, audit and risk
    - experience of working in education and driving change and improvement.

    They will also need to demonstrate all of the following essential criteria:
    - seeing the bigger picture
    - informed decision-making
    - teamwork
    - constructive challenge

    Although not essential, it would be desirable if applicants demonstrate one of the following:
    - understanding of the current context of education in Scotland
    - communications and engagement
    - digital
    - supporting change
    - resilience

Desired Qualifications

    No specific qualifications are required.
Scottish Qualifications Authority

How to Apply

Download the applicants pack, register in the application website. download and complete the application form. The completed application form should be sent to

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