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Scottish Federation of Housing Associations
3rd Floor, Sutherland House
149 St Vincent Street

0141 332 8113


SFHA Board Director (3 roles)

| Scottish Federation of Housing Associations
- salary n/a

Closing date

21st August 2020, at 5pm

Salary and Employment Details

Salary: The role of the Board of Director is not remunerated although reasonable expenses for travel may be claimed

Responsible to: SFHA Members and Funders and SHR

Time commitment: 5 Board Meetings including an away day with ad-hoc single item agenda meetings as required. 

Job Description

About SFHA

The SFHA are the voice and membership body for housing associations and co-operatives in Scotland. Our ambition is that everyone has a good home in a successful community, with a range of high quality, affordable, safe and accessible homes that meet people’s changing needs and aspirations throughout their lives.

Housing associations and co-operatives are central to achieving this, going way beyond the bricks and mortar with social justice built in and delivering from generation to generation.

The SFHA Board comprises of 12 Directors elected through four electoral constituencies. The Directors collectively govern the organisation on behalf of our members. The Board is accountable to the membership for ensuring that the SFHA is fit for purpose, uses resources effectively and maximizes reach and impact.

Role Overview

The Board of Directors (the Board) provides leadership for the SFHA, setting the strategic direction, acting as positive ambassadors, protecting the organisation’s reputation and ensuring the SFHA is flexible, responsive and effective as the national voice of Scottish Housing Associations and Co-operatives.

The Board has collective, corporate responsibility for the direction, management and control of the SFHA and is responsible for ensuring that the SFHA operates in accordance with its Articles of Association.

The Board of Directors is accountable to members and funders for ensuring that the organisation is properly governed, is fit for purpose, uses its resources effectively and maximises its reach and impact.  The Board is responsible for operating within the parameters of SFHA’s Articles of Association and Companies Act.

Role Outline

Strategic Leadership and Management

  •  Provide visible and valued leadership to the SFHA, ensuring Board competence across all relevant business areas

Stewardship and Guardianship

  • Safeguard the SFHA’s mission, vision, values and reputation
  • Protect and promote the organization’s brand
  • Protect the organisation’s assets
  • Ensure that the organisation is adequately and appropriately resourced to deliver its strategy, policies and plans
  • Ensure effective governance, risk and internal control frameworks are operational at all times
  • Ensure efficient business and financial management
  • Ensure that the organization operates in the best interests of its members at all times

Strategy and Policy

  • Set the organisation’s strategic direction; periodically review the strategic direction and revise as appropriate
  • Ensure that the views of Members are taken into account in developing the organisation’s strategy, priorities and plans
  • Approve the organization’s strategy, priorities and plans in line with the agreed direction; review and revise as appropriate

Performance Management

  • Appoint the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Company Secretary
  • Oversee the effective implementation of the organisation’s strategy and plans
  • Evaluate the organization’s overall performance in implementing the strategy and plans, assessing achievement of any performance measures set; carry out reviews at least quarterly 

Stakeholder Engagement

  • Build and maintain positive relationships and effective communication channels with all internal and external stakeholders
  • Ensure effective communication and consultation with the SFHA’s membership
  • Ensure effective liaison with the boards of member organisations so that their input informs the SFHA’s policy agenda, negotiation and lobbying activities
  • Participate in the orientation and induction processes for newly elected Directors of SFHA


  • Ensure that the SFHA’s governance arrangements and standards of corporate social responsibility are fit for purpose and in line with good practice
  • Ensure compliance with theArticles of Association, relevant legislation and regulatory requirements
  • Establish rules, operational policies and procedures for the management, conduct and regulation of the organisation, including:
  • Arrangements for the election of Directors
  • Establishing Committees and Working Groups
  • Establishing clear authority for decision-making
  • Establishing policies to govern the SFHA’s operations
  • Establishing a Members’ Charter, and communicating and consulting with Members and other key stakeholders
  • Reviewing governance arrangements and adherence to these, ensuring appropriate development activities to maintain and enhance performance of the board and staff of the organization.

Person Specification

Directors are required to engage in an appropriate level of scrutiny, constructive debate and challenge, and to provide positive feedback and support to the management team.  The skills, knowledge and experience required collectively by the Board are noted below.

Experience and Expertise

Core Skills

  • Ability to create confidence in the leading role of the organization; ability to represent the SFHA at events and conferences; ability to deliver relevant presentations in a clear, succinct and engaging manner on behalf of the SFHA when required. The ability to inspire and empower SFHA staff to achieve the SFHA’s mission and objectives.
  • Ability to contribute to the strategic direction of the SFHA and the sector; ability to advise on and assess the SFHA’s business strategy; ability to synthesise information and provide guidance to inform SFHA policy or position statements on key sectoral issues.
  • Ability to scrutinise and evaluate the performance of management in achieving organisational objectives and to oversee the operation of a control framework that enables risk to be assessed and managed.
  • Ability to express views and opinions in a clear, concise and constructive manner using an appropriate medium, and to provide balanced, impartial advice when required; ability to probe and question appropriately and to demonstrate active listening to colleagues and stakeholders. 
  • Ability to demonstrate clarity of thought, to analyse complex and/or conflicting information and to identify the validity, relevance and limitations of different sources of evidence; ability to debate and express reasoned judgement; ability to assess the strategic implication of decisions and to reach appropriate, timely decisions consistent with SFHA strategy, policy and governance framework.  
  • Ability to translate an understanding of equality into support for a wide range of under-represented or marginalised individuals and groups.
  • Ability to translate an understanding of equality into support for a wide range of under-represented or marginalised individuals and groups.
  • Ability to satisfy self that accounting records are adequate, that financial statements represent a true and fair view of the organisation’s financial position and that internal systems and controls are robust.
  • Skills in interpreting and applying statutes relevant to the work of the SFHA, for example property or employment law.
  • Ability to interpret current employment and equalities legislation, and to apply consistent, fair and equitable employment terms, conditions and policies to the SFHA.
  • Skills in applying project management to the creation and development of festivals, events and conferences for members
  • Skills in promoting and selling products or services, including market research and advertising.
  • Ability to interpret and apply detailed knowledge of equalities legislation and to guide SFHA policies and approaches so that they are fair, flexible and inclusive; ability to advise on ways in which the SFHA may encompass the needs all categories of service users in their activities.
  • Skills in building and/or maintaining a favourable public image of an organisation through positive information flow.

Knowledge of

  • The social housing sector and an understanding of the role of the SFHA in shaping the system within which social housing is provided.
  • The statutory framework for tenant participation and the needs of service users; an understanding of best practice and methods and mechanisms to encourage participation.
  • A working knowledge of the UK welfare framework, the agenda for change and the impact of the framework on the lives of tenants, and the repercussions for social housing organisations
  • Governance frameworks necessary for the proper conduct of SFHA business and that of its member bodies; knowledge necessary to ensure that the SFHA complies with its Articles of Association
  • The role of regulators and the requirements they place on SFHA members.

Experience of

  • Working with, or serving as a member of, a governing body, committee, sub-committee or other similar body; achieving consensus and working in a collegiate framework.
  • Working in an area directly relevant to the social housing sector in Scotland and/or a working knowledge of policy and practice affecting the sector.
  • Active community engagement, for example though working with a Community Partnership or in Wider Action.
  • How businesses operate, gleaned from working in or with a commercial operation, or from an entrepreneurial role.
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