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Communications Manager

  • Full time
  • £33,519
  • Local office 18 Niddrie Mains Rd, Edinburgh (flexibility to work from home 1 day a week)
  • Closing 29th May 2022

Ash Regan MSP (Edinburgh Eastern) is looking for a Communications Manager to join her team.

Working for a Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP)

MSPs are employers in their own right. Under their employment, you will become part of a team supporting them in carrying out their duties. You'll work in a dynamic and fast paced environment to provide an outstanding service for constituents.

Responsibilities

  • Acting in a supervisory role with oversight of overall media strategy.
    • Establishing media monitoring systems that detect news instantly as it breaks.
    • Managing provision of communications and press advice.
    • Implementing media and digital communication strategy.
  • Identifying potential media opportunities and acting as media contact.
    • Organising and arranging interviews and press conferences as specified.
    • Identifying forthcoming events, in turn promoting my work.
    • Developing creative new engagement methods for social media accounts.
    • Representing me in dealing with media and providing statements where appropriate.
  • Producing materials that effectively convey my aims to the general public and media.
    • Keeping up to date with current media developments.
    • Building and maintaining relationships with stakeholders.
    • Corresponding with constituents and local campaign groups.
    • Producing high quality press briefings, speeches, presentations and written materials.
  • Following all media outlets to capture relevant developments as they happen
    • Maintaining information systems to support communications
    • Maintaining and growing social media presence
    • Drafting and posting social media content to update constituents on my parliamentary activities
    • Reviewing social media trends and briefing me in issues of relevance to my parliamentary ro

Requirements

You will:

  • Have an interest in politics with the confidence to represent someone in a media-related capacity.
  • Be capable in monitoring media developments and sourcing information from a range of channels.
  • Have the ability to foster good working relationships with confidence to understand how the media world operates.
  • Be creative in designing and communicating over a range of formats on different media platforms.
  • Have flexibility using relevant IT skills and writing styles, covering both traditional and newer forms of media.
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Assistant Clerks (Committee and Chamber Offices)

  • Full time or Part time
  • £35,586 – £44,322
  • Holyrood, Edinburgh
  • Closing 12th December 2021

Want to work in one of the most influential places in Scotland? Now is your chance!

We’re looking to expand our pool of Assistant Clerks within the Parliament. This is an excellent opportunity to register with us to be considered for both temporary and permanent opportunities in a key role within the Parliament. We particularly welcome applications from candidates from an ethnic minority background who are under-represented at this level. All appointments will be made on merit.

We are looking for enthusiastic multi-taskers to work within our Committee and Chamber Office as Assistant Clerks. Working in either office you’ll be part of a team in which you’ll play a key role in supporting the Members of the Scottish Parliament in inquiring into and debating issues of importance to the people of Scotland, in holding the Scottish Government to account and in deciding on new laws.

You’ll have an acute awareness of Scotland’s political machinery and interest in topical issues and current affairs. With exceptional communication and interpersonal skills, you’ll have the ability to communicate complex information effectively and build and maintain a range of relationships, both within and outwith the Parliament. You’ll also have effective leadership skills with the ability to manage and motivate staff. In addition, you’ll have excellent problem solving and organisational skills to manage competing priorities to meet tight deadlines, as well as being able to devise long term plans and strategies.

We offer a great range of benefits including 41.5 days of leave (including public holidays), the opportunity to join the Civil Service pension arrangements, and family-friendly policies.

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Top job! Temporary Senior Researcher

  • Full time
  • £46,340 – £57,006
  • Holyrood, Edinburgh
  • Closing 16th March 2022

Working in one of the most influential places in Scotland, this is a great opportunity to join the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) as a Senior Researcher. The post is temporary to cover maternity leave and is also open to secondments.

SPICe supports the scrutiny and legislative functions of the Parliament by providing impartial, accurate and timely information and briefings to Members of the Scottish Parliament, their staff, and Parliamentary staff. It comprises a research and information service.

Working within the Justice and Social Affairs Research Unit, you’ll lead the Parliament’s work on further and higher education and children’s social work services (care experience and adoption). You’ll be involved in answering enquiries on a wide range of subjects, including further and higher education; children’s social work services; nursery, pre-school and school age education; and other relevant topics as required. You’ll prepare committee briefings and analysis to help MSPs scrutinise the related policies of the Scottish Government, and you’ll publish briefings and blog articles on relevant issues.

We are looking for an experienced Researcher with detailed knowledge of the further and higher education and children’s social work services policy areas. You’ll be an excellent communicator who is able to produce comprehensive briefings with brevity, accuracy and impartiality, and have a commitment to producing high quality research and analysis.

You’ll demonstrate a high level of personal credibility with excellent communication and influencing skills, with the ability to develop and maintain positive working relationships.

If you’re looking for a new challenge and the opportunity to contribute to the Parliament’s vision, we’d love to hear from you.

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Senior Clerks (Committee and Chamber Offices)

  • Full time or Part time
  • £46,340 – £57,006
  • Holyrood, Edinburgh
  • Closing 16th March 2022

Want to work in one of the most influential places in Scotland? Now is your chance!

We’re looking to expand our team and recruit a number of Senior Clerks within The Scottish Parliament. The roles will be permanent and dependent on the level of applications, we’ll also be creating an Assistant Clerks pool which is an excellent opportunity to register with us to be considered for both temporary and permanent opportunities in that role.

We particularly welcome applications from candidates from an ethnic minority background who are under-represented at this level. All appointments will be made on merit. We have a values-based culture of respect and inclusion embedded in our organisation, and everyone has the ability to make a difference.

We’re looking for enthusiastic multi-taskers to work within our Committee and Chamber Office as Senior Clerks. As an exceptional leader, you’ll empower those reporting to you, acting impartially and exercising sound judgement in everything you do. You’ll play a key role in supporting the MSPs in inquiring into and debating issues of importance to the people of Scotland, in holding the Scottish Government to account and in deciding on new laws.

You’ll have an acute awareness of Scotland’s political machinery and an interest in topical issues and current affairs. With exceptional communication and interpersonal skills, you’ll use your skills to communicate complex information in an understandable way, investigating current political issues, gathering evidence, assisting members of the public to have their voices heard in the Parliament and providing advice on procedure and protocol to MSPs.

We offer a great range of benefits including 41.5 days of leave (including public holidays), the opportunity to join the Civil Service pension arrangements, flexible working and family-friendly policies.

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Researchers - Scottish Parliament Information Centre

  • Full time or Part time or Flexible
  • £36,298 – £45,209
  • Holyrood, Edinburgh
  • Closing 30th March 2022

Want to work in one of the most influential places in Scotland? Now is your chance!

This is a great opportunity to join the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) as a Researcher. SPICe supports the scrutiny and legislative functions of the Parliament by providing impartial, accurate and timely information and briefings to Members of the Scottish Parliament, their staff, and Parliamentary staff. It comprises a research and information service.

We particularly welcome applications from candidates from a minority ethnic background who are under-represented at this level. All appointments will be made on merit. We have a values-based culture of respect and inclusion embedded in our organisation, and everyone has the ability to make a difference.

In addition to recruiting for these permanent roles, we’re also looking to build a pool of temporary and permanent Researchers to help us with future recruitment. We’d encourage you to apply if you’d like to be considered for any Researcher role this year.

We have roles for Researchers in three teams, where you’ll work alongside Senior Researchers and be involved in answering enquiries from MSPs in a range of areas.

• In the Health and Social Care team you could be looking at the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and the establishment of a national care service.

• In the Justice and Social Affairs team you might cover civil and criminal justice, children’s social work services, culture, education and lifelong learning, housing, equalities and human rights.

• In the Post EU, Parliament and Constitution team you could cover post EU policy, elections, parliamentary and constitutional issues.

You’ll also contribute to committee briefings and analysis to help MSPs scrutinise the Scottish Government’s policies and help to prepare briefings and blog articles on relevant issues.

You’ll have analytical and research experience or policy development in the specialist areas for these roles and be able to work flexibly across the range of issues that the particular team covers. You’ll have excellent written and verbal communication skills, which enable you to convey complex issues with brevity and accuracy. You’ll be able to manage your own workload, working to tight deadlines and competing priorities, and will be expected to act impartially and exercise sound judgement in everything you do.

We offer a great range of benefits including 41.5 days of leave (including public holidays), the opportunity to join the Civil Service pension arrangements, flexible working and family-friendly policies.

If you’re looking for a new challenge and the opportunity to contribute to the Parliament’s vision, we’d love to hear from you.

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Community Participation Specialist (PACT)

  • Full time
  • £28,564 – £35,413
  • Holyrood, Edinburgh
  • Closing 11th May 2022

Want to make a difference in one of the most influential places in Scotland? Now is your chance!

This is an excellent opportunity to join the Scottish Parliament Participation and Communities Team (PACT) as a Community Participation Specialist.

The role of PACT is to support public involvement in the work of Scottish Parliament committees, to better inform scrutiny of policy and legislation. We support committees engaging with people across Scotland, including those with protected characteristics, groups and communities particularly impacted by legislation, or people with lived experience. We achieve this through relationship building and partnership working with the third sector and other community organisations. PACT also works to test and embed innovations in public engagement in the work of the Parliament, including digital and deliberative

We particularly welcome applications from candidates from a minority ethnic background who are under-represented at this level. All appointments will be made on merit. We have a values-based culture of respect and inclusion embedded in our organisation, and everyone has the ability to make a difference.

As a Community Participation Specialist, you’ll have a passion and commitment to ensure that under-represented groups and people with lived experience within the community, can engage in the work and life of the Scottish Parliament.

You’ll use a range of styles and approaches to connect with and support a diverse range of audiences on issues that matter to them. You’ll be experienced in facilitating and evaluating engagement sessions, such as focus groups or workshops, both online and in person. You’ll have a strong understanding of the third sector and community development and be experienced in seeking out opportunities to engage with external networks and organisations, working with a diverse range of stakeholders promoting the needs of under-represented groups.

You’ll work on your own initiative and have excellent organisational skills with the ability to prioritise and meet deadlines.

You’ll demonstrate a high level of personal credibility with well-developed communication and influencing skills, and the ability to build and maintain positive working relationships both internally and externally. You’ll have a flexible and resilient approach to overcoming barriers and challenges. You’ll demonstrate a collaborative approach, and have experience in the inclusion of under-represented groups and people with lived experience.

Working Pattern: Our normal working week is 37 hours but we currently operate a wide variety of work patterns, successfully balancing lifestyle choices with business requirements. All requests for part time or flexible working hours will be seriously considered. As public engagement needs to be designed around the needs of participants, this post involves occasional weekend and evening work and travel to different parts of Scotland. We manage this flexibly across the team to take account of individual circumstances

We offer a great range of benefits including 41.5 days of leave (including public holidays), the opportunity to join the Civil Service pension arrangements, flexible working and family-friendly policies.

If you’re looking for a new challenge and the opportunity to contribute to the Parliament’s vision, we’d love to hear from you.

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Top job! Participation Specialist (PACT)

  • Full time
  • £36,298 – £45,209
  • Holyrood, Edinburgh
  • Closing 11th May 2022

Want to make a difference in one of the most influential places in Scotland? Now is your chance!

This is an excellent opportunity to join the Scottish Parliament Participation and Communities Team (PACT) as a Participation Specialist.

The role of PACT is to support public involvement in the work of Scottish Parliament committees, to better inform scrutiny of policy and legislation. We support committees engaging with people across Scotland, including those with protected characteristics, groups and communities particularly impacted by legislation, or people with lived experience. We achieve this through relationship building and partnership working with the third sector and other community organisations. PACT also works to test and embed innovations in public engagement in the work of the Parliament, including digital and deliberative

We particularly welcome applications from candidates from a minority ethnic background who are under-represented at this level. All appointments will be made on merit. We have a values-based culture of respect and inclusion embedded in our organisation, and everyone has the ability to make a difference.

As a Participation Specialist, you’ll support the development of the Parliament’s approach to public engagement activities to inform committee business. You’ll work closely with other members of staff supporting Parliamentary committees, leading and reviewing the impact of the Parliament’s digital participation and developing and delivering deliberative approaches to engagement. You’ll advise and collaborate on engagement plans with a diverse range of stakeholders, both internal and external. You’ll also contribute to wider PACT activities to test and embed new engagement processes and methods.

You’ll be experienced in planning, facilitating and evaluating engagement sessions, such as focus groups or workshops, both online and in person. You’ll have a strong understanding of the third sector and community development and be experienced in leading projects. You’ll also have great problem-solving skills with the ability to develop solutions based on the needs of the end user.

You’ll work on your own initiative and have excellent organisational skills with the ability to prioritise and meet deadlines.

You’ll demonstrate a high level of personal credibility with well developed communication and influencing skills, and the ability to build and maintain positive working relationships both internally and externally. You’ll have a flexible and resilient approach to overcoming barriers and challenges. You’ll demonstrate a collaborative approach, with a passion for and experience in the inclusion of under-represented groups and people with lived experience.

Working Pattern: Our normal working week is 37 hours but we currently operate a wide variety of work patterns, successfully balancing lifestyle choices with business requirements. All requests for part time or flexible working hours will be seriously considered. As public engagement needs to be designed around the needs of participants, this post involves occasional weekend and evening work and travel to different parts of Scotland. We manage this flexibly across the team to take account of individual circumstances

We offer a great range of benefits including 41.5 days of leave (including public holidays), the opportunity to join the Civil Service pension arrangements, flexible working and family-friendly policies.

If you’re looking for a new challenge and the opportunity to contribute to the Parliament’s vision, we’d love to hear from you.

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The Scottish Human Rights Commission’s role is to promote widespread awareness, understanding of, and respect for human rights.

The SPCB is seeking to appoint 3 part-time members who must be able to spend 48 days per year on commission business.

We are looking for talented individuals who are working at a senior level who have excellent networking and interpersonal skills, have the ability to influence decision making, have a track record of delivering results and who are interested in human rights.

The daily fee rate is £280.20. The appointment is for a fixed term of 6 years.

The successful candidates will be expected to take up office in summer 2022.

The Commission is based in Edinburgh.

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Top job! Senior Researcher - Climate and Net Zero

  • Full time
  • £46,340 – £57,006
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 18th May 2022

The Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body is responsible for providing the Parliament with the property, staff and services required for the Parliament’s purposes. We place high value on excellence and we are continually looking to improve how we work to ensure that we can deliver the Parliament's core purpose of representing the people of Scotland by debating issues of national importance, passing legislation and holding the Scottish Government to account. We are a diverse workforce and our embedded values shape the way we work and treat each other. We have a culture of respect and inclusion, and everyone has the ability to make a difference.

This is an excellent opportunity to join the Scottish Parliament Information Centre as a Senior Researcher in the Environment, Rural, Constitution and International Research Unit.

The Scottish Parliament Information Centre(SPICe) is made up of around 50 staff and supports the scrutiny and legislative functions of the Parliament by providing impartial, accurate and timely information and briefings to Members of the Scottish Parliament, their staff, and Parliamentary staff. It comprises a research and information service. SPICe forms part of the Scrutiny Group and is led by three joint office heads. You can find out more about SPICe on the parliament website. To see where the office fits within our organisation, view our organisation chart

Reporting to the Head of Research and Sustainable Development Scrutiny, and working alongside experienced colleagues in the Environment, Rural, Constitution and International Research Unit, this is an exciting opportunity to contribute in the most pressing and complex of policy areas – climate change and net zero.

You’ll be involved in answering enquiries on a wide range of subjects, including mitigation, adaptation, climate science, climate finance, blue carbon, inter-relationship with biodiversity; and other relevant topics as required.

You’ll prepare committee briefings and analysis to help MSPs scrutinise the related policies of the Scottish Government, and you’ll publish briefings and blog articles on relevant issues. More detail on the main duties and key requirements of the role are set out in detail in the job description.

The Scottish Parliament has an organisation-wide climate change and sustainable development programme –enhancing scrutiny is a fundamental part of that work, and you will be involved in the ‘pathway’ for delivery of this work. This will involve helping building capacity across key parliamentary decision-making bodies, such as the Conveners Group, and Leadership Group.

For full information about the role, have a look at the job description

For further information about the role please contact Graeme Cook, at graeme.cook@parliament.scot.

Please apply before 11:59pm on 18 May 2022. Full details of our selection process are outlined below and in our application pack

About You

You’ll have detailed subject knowledge of climate change and net zero policy areas, and considerable relevant experience working in analysis, research or policy development. You will also have a degree in a relevant subject or equivalent experience.

You’ll be able to communicate complex issues with brevity, accuracy and impartiality, both orally and in writing, to tight deadlines.

You will demonstrate a high level of personal credibility with excellent communication and influencing skills, with the ability to develop and maintain positive working relationships.

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