We are Children’s Hospices Across Scotland – better known as CHAS

Every week three children die in Scotland from an incurable condition. Our job is to be there for every family who needs us. But we are currently only able to reach one of those families.
Our ambition is to reach all of them.
If you have the drive to be part of an organisation determined to succeed, if you bring to your work the same creativity as our CHAS design team – creators of the new CHAS alphabet, and a little bit of glue and glitter fills you with the same joy, then we’d love to hear from you.

The opportunity

ASsociate Director of External Affairs

Denholm is delighted to partner with CHAS, one of Scotland’s best known and incredibly respected national charities, who are doing truly exceptional work with babies, children, young people and their families. Last year, CHAS launched its 'Keep the Joy Alive' campaign with one simple ambition at its core - to ensure they are able to reach every family in Scotland that needs support. This is an opportunity to become part of an exceptional organisation at a pivotal moment and your opportunity to make a lasting difference in people’s lives.

"We are working together in search of CHAS first Associate Director of External Affairs to join this inspirational and talented team. You will lead on all external affairs, marketing and communications activity supporting the Director of Development and Communications, advising the CHAS Senior Leadership Team and working alongside the Chief Executive as CHAS continues a remarkable journey of transformation.​​​​"

You will have evidenced experience within External Affairs, able to influence change at the highest level, have exceptional creative flair and demonstrate an entrepreneurial approach to the delivery of high impact marketing campaigns and inspiring communications. Your hands-on attitude and ability to influence, inspire and lead will be essential. Aligned with the culture, ethos and philosophy of CHAS, you will act as the strategic lead for the development and implementation of the engagement strategy, delivering innovative high impact external affairs activity which supports the delivery of the key aims and objectives of CHAS to reach every family in Scotland.

Your existing network across the Scottish and UK media sector, which you can use to gain relevant coverage, will be central to the role. You will also have a deep understanding and working knowledge of the current political landscape strengthened by your strategic relationships and experience in the charity or public sector.  It goes without saying; you will have outstanding interpersonal skills including the ability to manage teams, work with and influence your senior colleagues and, above all, external stakeholders.

Your experience of management and delivery of projects from start to finish will be significant and you will be comfortable working on high-profile campaigns. You will thrive in fast paced, dynamic environment and cherish all opportunities to make an impact with a view of capturing public’s attention and gaining supporters for CHAS.


Access to a pension scheme

Excellent learning and development opportunities

Competitive salaries with incremental progression

35 days holiday, increasing to 40 after 5 years’ service

Organisational maternity, paternity, parental and adoption leave

Childcare Vouchers Scheme

Flexible working options & secondment opportunities

Employee Assistance Programme

DENHolm are working exclusively with CHAS on this assignment.
all CVs submitted will be forwarded to Douglas and Agata for review.


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