Top job! Head of Policy and Public Affairs

  • Full time
  • £39,114 – £45,008
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 28th February 2023

  • Advertised from 24th January 2023
  • Salary depending on skills and experience. 35 hours per week. Permanent, subject to continued core funding.


This is an exciting opportunity to join the Scottish Youth Parliament (SYP) in a new role that will lead all of SYP’s political, policy and campaigns work.

SYP has a proud history of delivering youth led campaigns that deliver meaningful policy change. Our campaigns for Votes at 16, for Equal Marriage, and for the incorporation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child into domestic law, to name only a few, have led to improvements to the lives of young people across Scotland.

SYP’s political profile and impact has never been higher, and our new Head of Policy will be responsible for driving forward all of our political work and ensure that we deliver even more of the changes to policy and legislation that young people expect of us.

If you would like an informal and confidential discussion about our expectations for this role, please contact SYP’s Chief Executive, Ben McKendrick at

Reports to: Chief Executive

Direct Reports: Policy and Public Affairs Officer and Policy and Project Officer

Application notes

Application deadline is 28th February 2023 at 12noon.

Late applications will not be accepted.

Interviews will be held on the 6th and 7th of March 2023 at our offices in Edinburgh. The interview will be made up of a task, panel interview and session with young people.

To apply for this role, please read the job description and send completed application form (in a word document format) to Jamie Dunlop, Deputy Chief Executive by email to

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch for a confidential conversation.