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Public Affairs and Campaigns Officer

  • Full time
  • £29,161
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 15th September 2019

  • Advertised from 3rd September 2019
  • + excellent benefits


Has your experience of working with a range of political audiences at a national and/or local level given you a good understanding of how the political and policy making system operates? Then join Shelter Scotland as a Public Affairs and Campaigns Officer and you could soon be playing an important role in getting our voice heard on a key social issue.

A home is a fundamental human need, as essential as education or healthcare. Yet millions of people across Britain struggle on a daily basis with homelessness, bad housing conditions, soaring rents, discrimination and the threat of eviction. So, we are striving for change — with individuals, in communities, across society – and leading the way to a safe home. We need ambitious, best-in-class individuals who are passionate about our cause to join us at this exciting time. This is your chance to play a part in the fundamental change we are striving to achieve.

Our Campaigns and Public Affairs function is within the Campaigns & Policy Team which sits within our Communications and Policy department and is responsible for developing Shelter Scotland’s policy positions and campaigns on housing and homelessness issues. The central focus of the Team’s work is to always be impact driven and maximise its contribution to Shelter Scotland’s strategic objectives and core mission of delivering positive change for those affected by the housing emergency.

About the role

Responsible for supporting the development and implementation of public campaigns and political influencing to ensure the adoption of our policy proposals by decision makers, you’ll make a real contribution to Shelter Scotland’s strategic objectives. Along the way, you’ll work closely with other teams, especially Marcomms and our Hubs, as together you develop and implement strategies to deliver our policy and campaign objectives. Planning Shelter Scotland’s public affairs engagement both nationally and locally, attending meetings, events and street campaigning days, getting involved in campaign communications and identifying opportunities to work in partnership with other organisations to develop campaigning responses and produce outputs – all are elements of this high profile role.

About you

Used to working on public affairs, either in an agency or similar role in the voluntary sector, you will have a good understanding of Scotland’s political landscape and understand national and local politics. You’ve also worked in partnership with others to take forward projects with a clear focus on objectives and have worked in public campaigning. You’re also adept at linking policy outputs to communications activities, campaign objectives and the wider political context – linked to a theory of change. What’s more, you’re creative, innovative and proactive, willing to challenge the status quo as well as introduce new ideas, methods and processes and get involved, you have excellent written and verbal communication skills and are proficient using IT and databases.


We offer a wide range of benefits, including 30 days of annual leave, enhanced family friendly policies, pension and interest free travel loans. Our employees also have access to a tenancy deposit loan, cycle to work scheme and an employee assistance programme.

Shelter Scotland helps over half a million people every year struggling with bad housing or homelessness through our advice, support and legal services. And we campaign to make sure that, one day, no one will have to turn to us for help.

Application notes

Closing date: 15th September 2019 at 11.30pm

To find out more about the role and the benefits of working for Shelter Scotland please visit our website. Apply to be part of our Campaigns & Policy team and be the change you want to see in society.

Safeguarding is everyone’s business. Shelter is committed to protecting the health, wellbeing and human rights of those we support, and enabling them to live free from harm, abuse and neglect. All our staff will be expected to observe professional standards of behaviour and conduct their work in line with our Safeguarding Policies.

At Shelter Scotland, we welcome and encourage applications from everyone regardless of age, disability, gender, ethnicity, religion and sexual orientation. We are facing diverse problems, so need diverse people to tackle them.

Shelter does not accept unsolicited CVs from external recruitment agencies nor accept the fees associated with them.