Previous Opportunities

Chief Executive

This position is now closed to applications.



COSLA, the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities, is the representative voice of Scottish local government, lobbying on behalf of their members. As a membership organisation, one of their highest priorities is to maintain and enhance their relationship with member councils. Their major priorities include promoting the role of local government as a vital part of the government of Scotland and championing local services, local leadership and local accountability. COSLA also works directly with the Scottish Government and Parliament to influence public policy and practice, and to ensure that local government has the necessary resources to implement policy on behalf of its communities.

To carry on their work and to ensure that local government’s voice continues to be heard, they are looking for the highest calibre individual who is capable of building on the strong foundations developed by the retiring Chief Executive and COSLA’s current political leadership. The successful candidate will play the key leadership role within COSLA supported by the existing Senior Management Team and will provide the focus and drive necessary to ensure that they achieve their goals.

To meet the requirements of this role, you will already be moving at a high level in local government or public sector circles, combining your impressive leadership and communication skills with a strong track record in public policy development. You will be experienced in the lobbying process and you must have a clear understanding of the dynamics of funding local government. No doubt you are already energetic, enthusiastic and committed to public services in Scotland. However, if you are seeking a new challenge, plus a chance to move onwards and most definitely upwards, this outstanding opportunity will meet your ambition.

Further information on the role, including how to apply, is available at

If you would like a confidential discussion about the role please contact Ken Dalgleish or Donogh O’Brien  on 0141 212 7555.

Closing date: Monday 2nd November 2015