Director General Education and Justice

The Scottish Government


  • Location


  • Job type


  • Sector

    Central Government

  • Salary/Remuneration

    circa £122,605

  • Job ref


  • Expiry date

    06 December 2020

  • Client

    The Scottish Government

Ref: GSe68950

This is an outstanding opportunity: the chance to join the top leadership team of the Scottish Government and lead core public policy and services at a time of unprecedented challenge, as we recover and renew in response to the COVID pandemic.

Job Description

You will report directly to the Permanent Secretary and be a member of the Executive Team. You will provide direct support to the Cabinet Secretaries for Justice and for Education and Skills and you will also have a responsibility to the First Minister and Cabinet.

Your primary responsibility will be to provide assurance to Ministers around the delivery of education and justice system services, including our COVID response and recovery planning.

As a member of the Executive Team – the Scottish Government’s top leadership team – you will be expected to play a significant role in shaping the future of the organisation. You will work flexibly and holistically with other members of the Team to ensure that human and financial resources are deployed in a way which best meets Ministers’ priorities, and that innovative ways of delivering are identified and implemented.

We are looking for an enthusiastic, inclusive leader. You will lead from the front as a champion for diversity and inclusion, advocating and challenging the organisation to fulfil its ambitions. You will embody the Civil Service values of integrity, honesty, objectivity and impartiality. You will be comfortable working without a settled hierarchy but with a distinct and shared sense of delivery with your colleagues, using your skills and experience to drive improved performance and the development of teams and individuals.

Applications should be received by midnight on Sunday 6 December.

We welcome applications from all suitably qualified people and aim to employ a diverse workforce, which reflects the people of Scotland.

Closing dateMidnight on Sunday 6 December 2020
Long listingW/B 7 December 2020
Preliminary interviewsW/B 14 December 2020
Short listingW/B 4 January 2021
Assessments11 – 22 January 2021
InterviewsW/B 25 January 2021
How to Apply

Applications should consist of a full curriculum vitae detailing career and achievements, as well as a supporting statement which addresses the role description and person specification. 

  • Supporting Statement – This should be no more than 2 sides of A4 and should explain how your qualifications, skills and experience meet the essential criteria. It is recommended that you consider structuring your statement to reflect these criteria. Typically candidates who use a sub-heading for each criteria are best able to communicate their suitability. If you feel that one example is sufficient to demonstrate your capability against more than one criteria, you may wish to address these under a sub-heading which combines several criteria.
  • CV – Please also send us your CV. This should provide details of your qualifications and career history with dates and reasons for leaving.
  • Diversity Monitoring Form – As part of the application process you will be asked to complete a Diversity Monitoring Form. Information given on the diversity monitoring form will be treated in strictest confidence and will be retained by HR for monitoring purposes. It will not be made available to those involved in the selection decision. Guidance on the Diversity Monitoring Form and why we ask you to complete it is available on our website:

Please note that completion of the form is mandatory in line with the Civil Service Commission Recruitment Principles and candidates who do not complete the form will not be shortlisted.

The closing date for applications is Midnight Sunday 6 December 2020.

  • Should you encounter any issues with your online application or are unable to apply online please contact
  • For a confidential discussion please contact our recruitment advisers at GatenbySanderson: Michael Dobson (07891 142 325), Paul Aristides (07964 827000) or Olivia Robinson on (0113 205 6298).
  • Paul Johnston, the current Director General Education, Communities and Justice can also be contacted at