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BSL Communities Officer

  • Full time
  • £29,850 – £37,007
  • Hybrid working from Holyrood, Edinburgh and from home
  • Closing 22nd February 2023

  • Advertised from 8th February 2023
  • Working Pattern: Our normal working week is 37 hours, and we currently operate a wide variety of work patterns, successfully balancing lifestyle choices with business requirements. All requests for flexible working hours will be seriously considered. Permanent.
  • Leave: 41.5 days per annum (including public holidays) Pension: Civil Service pension arrangements with an employer contribution of 27.1% of basic annual salary


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

We’ve got an exciting opportunity to work at the Scottish Parliament as a BSL Communities Officer. The post is a key part of our commitment to supporting the inclusion and engagement of deaf people through British Sign Language (BSL) and the delivery of our BSL Plan. As part of the Public Information and Languages team, the BSL Officer will play a key role in communicating with deaf, deafblind, hard of hearing and BSL communities, and supporting the Parliament (MSPs, their staff and Parliament staff) in understanding and engaging through BSL.

The Public Information and Languages team sits alongside other Public Engagement and Communication Offices, which support and deliver welcoming and inclusive Parliamentary services for the people of Scotland.

As BSL Communities Officer, you’ll help develop and deliver the Parliament’s British Sign Language Plan through continuous improvement, communications, training and support. This role works alongside the colleagues who have responsibilities for other languages (including Gaelic) and alternative formats within the wider SPCB Language Policy.

You’ll have demonstrable experience of working in a BSL environment to communicate complex issues in an engaging, inclusive and accessible way at the appropriate level in BSL and written English. You’ll also have a clear understanding of the needs of deaf and BSL communities and be authoritative and credible for staff and Members in your role as the Parliament’s BSL expert. With a high level of personal credibility, you’ll have excellent communication and influencing skills, with the ability to develop and maintain positive working relationships.

We particularly welcome applications from candidates from a Minority Ethnic background and Disabled candidates. 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 offer a great range of benefits including: 41.5 leave days (including public holidays), flexible working, paid professional subscriptions, family-friendly policies, Season Ticket advance loans, an onsite gym facility, Health and Wellbeing Schemes including discounted gym membership, a confidential counselling and information service, and the Cycle to Work Scheme.

You’ll also have the opportunity to join the Alpha Civil Service pension scheme, where we’ll offer you an employer contribution of 27.1% of your basic salary.

Application notes

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We welcome applications in BSL.

Closing Date: 11:59 pm on Wednesday 22 February 2023