Policy Officer

Grade 6: From £27,132 to £35,534 per annum DOE
Full-Time/permanent: 35 hours per week
Location: Jubilee House, Stirling
Closing Date: Friday 28 January 2022
Interview Dates: To take place w/c 21 February 2022

 
(This advert can be provided in alternative formats, upon request)

ABOUT VOLUNTEER SCOTLAND

Volunteer Scotland are the only national centre for volunteering; we receive funded support from the Scottish Government and others to:

  • research, demonstrate and measure the impact made by volunteers
  • develop volunteer practice through training and accreditation as well as useful volunteer development tools, policies and guides
  • offer a one stop digital gateway to anyone looking for volunteer opportunities
  • support organisations to advertise volunteer opportunities and events online
  • provide an expert disclosure service for voluntary organisations
  • promote and grow volunteering through partners, funders, Government, and policy makers
  • work with others to support projects, innovation and creativity in volunteering

 Our Mission: “More people volunteering: enjoyably, safely and regularly”.

Volunteer Scotland believes that volunteering should be an enjoyable, rewarding and fulfilling experience for the volunteer; that volunteers have the right to be safe and protected in delivering their volunteering roles; and that to derive health and wellbeing benefits from volunteering requires regular and meaningful contributions of time.

Whichever part of Volunteer Scotland you’re joining, you’ll find yourself surrounded by a fantastic team, solid values, and lots of scope to grow and make a real difference. We are centrally located in Stirling with close proximity to transport links and offer a very flexible approach to working patterns. 

We offer various benefits including 28 days holiday, Volunteer days off, life assurance, eye care vouchers, and an annual contribution towards personal learning of your choice. We are proud to have been awarded gold standard in our Healthy Working Lives and Investors in People accreditations.

We currently have a fantastic opportunity for a dedicated and experienced Policy Officer to join our team.   

Reporting to the Head of Research and Evaluation, you will track and interpret Scottish Government policy relevant to volunteering; use this policy context to inform the policy position of Volunteer Scotland and our partners; and support Volunteer Scotland’s key role in ensuring that public policy takes account of the contribution of volunteering to volunteers, beneficiaries and wider society.   The successful candidate should have experience of supporting organisational policy and influencing policy in a similar role.

 Volunteer Scotland is committed to equality of opportunity and welcomes applications from all backgrounds and sections of the community. 

 

ROLE PROFILE

The purpose of the role is to:

  • To ensure public policy takes account of the contribution of volunteering to volunteers, beneficiaries and wider society. Working as part of a team to maximise Volunteer Scotland’s impact and influence on key decision makers in Scotland.
  • To create, manage and implement our policy strategy and policy positions, based on evidence.
  • To manage our response to enquiries and consultations and others’ evidence and influence key legislation and policies.
  • To create and deliver public policy communications activity through a wide range of channels.
  • To support the development and delivery of Volunteer Scotland’s internal and external policy participation and engagement work.

 

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

Strategy, evidence and response:

  • Develop, manage and implement Volunteer Scotland’s Public Policy Strategy.
  • Carry out quality political and policy analysis on issues relevant to volunteering and volunteers.
  • Make evidence-based judgements about where Volunteer Scotland can and should intervene to maximise influence and impact.
  • Work closely with research colleagues to support the development and delivery of new policy-relevant research and analysis.
  • Proactively monitor cross-cutting government policies, laws and regulations to be responsive in identifying impact on volunteering and where volunteering can contribute to political and policy objectives.
  • Coordinate and develop clear, evidenced-based positions about how the government and the policy community might improve support and recognition of volunteering and volunteers.
  • Identify opportunities for Volunteer Scotland to respond (sometimes with other organisations), comment, provide evidence and/or influence legislation and policy at a national level.
  • Respond to internal and external policy enquiries and consultations

 

Communications:

  • Develop Volunteer Scotland’s policy and research communications channels.
  • Engage individuals and organisations, in a way that inspires and moves them from awareness to action.
  • Contribute to the development of innovation and knowledge exchange approaches to influence policy.
  • Use judgement and skill to develop and deliver messages to audiences in an accessible and appropriate format.
  • Write press releases, policy papers, newsletters, articles, briefing materials, fact sheets, and prepare presentations.
  • Create and edit quality content for our online services that engages a variety of different audiences.
  • Contribute to all policy relevant aspects of Volunteer Scotland’s online, broadcast, print and social media presence, including monitoring social-media channels and taking action to stimulate debate and innovative discussion.

 

Relationship building and stakeholder engagement:

  • Build and maintain good working relationships to actively influence policy makers in national and international government, the policy community and other relevant key decision makers and influencers.
  • Represent Volunteer Scotland in a key role at conferences, policy forums, at meetings with policy and decision makers.
  • Co-ordinate and contribute to the delivery of policy and parliamentary activities and projects.
  • Develop strong partnerships with colleagues to ensure the implementation of effective communications strategies to maximise influence and impact.
  • Advise Senior Management on public policy issues supporting them in their engagement activities.

 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, QUALIFICATIONS, COMPETENCIES

Essential:

  • Degree level qualification or relevant professional experience.
  • Held a similar type of externally facing role with a strong and successful track record.
  • Successful in influencing policy makers through different means.
  • Experienced at establishing and developing strong relationships with stakeholders.
  • Experienced in the delivery of communications and engagement activity to different audiences. 
  • Skilful and natural negotiator with an ability to engage and influence a wide range of stakeholders and individuals
  • Good project management skills and the ability to prioritise
  • Experience in delivering and implementing public policy strategies
  • Exceptionally strong writing skills with an ability to compose pieces for different audiences.
  • An ability to see tasks through to the end with good attention to detail.
  • An effective team player.
  • Politically aware with a knowledge of the Scottish Parliament and the Scottish policy landscape.

 

Desirable:

  • Experience of using innovative approaches to influence policy and key decision-makers.
  • An experience of facilitating discussions, workshops or events.
  • Experience of carrying out political research.
  • Experience of media and broadcasting.
  • Knowledge and experience of volunteering
  • A recognised external profile in your current sector/subject.
  • Knowledge and experience of the voluntary, public and community sectors in Scotland.
  • Knowledge of evaluation and impact measurement.

Volunteer Scotland is a Disability Confident employer and candidates who have a disability and meet the minimum requirements for the post outlined above, are guaranteed an interview.

Volunteer Scotland’s values (Volunteer Centred; Customer Focus; Clear vision; Equality & Diversity; Shared Responsibility; Leadership and Change) are central to all that we do, and we are ultimately looking for someone who shares these values.  

The closing date for applications is Friday 28 January 2022. If you are interested in applying for this role, please complete our application form/equal opportunities monitoring form, returning to recruitment@volunteerscotland.org.uk Alternative formats for all documents including this advert (e.g. Braille, large print) can be provided on request.

For further information on the role or if you need any help with the application or selection process, please contact our HR Manager, Katrina Imrie, by email at Katrina.imrie@volunteerscotland.org.uk

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