Policy Manager

  • Full time
  • £39,639 – £45,486
  • Location: We are open to flexible working arrangements including hybrid, homeworking, condensed hours and job share. Please talk to us about your flexible working requirements!
  • Closing 16th February 2023

  • Advertised from 25th January 2023
  • 35 hours per week. Permanent Position.


The Role

Scottish Women’s Aid has a superb opportunity to join their Management Team. Our Policy Manager will lead the Policy Team to ensure SWA can influence and respond to the changing policy and legislative landscape in Scotland, whilst supporting SWA to achieve its strategic objectives.


Scottish Women’s Aid is Scotland’s leading voluntary sector organisation working to prevent domestic abuse and promoting effective policy and practice responses for women, children and young people who experience domestic abuse. We are the umbrella organisation for 34 autonomous Women’s Aid groups delivering direct services to women, children and young people across Scotland.

What You’ll Do

Reporting directly to our Chief Executive you will work with colleagues across the organisation to identify policy priorities, and shape and develop SWA’s campaigning and advocacy work. A talented people-manager, you will lead and support the Policy Team through collaboration and direction, ensuring strong relationships are built with internal and external stakeholders to influence and promote SWA policy and objectives. Maintaining knowledge of policy areas is key to this position – you will monitor issues emerging from the women’s aid network and wider external environment, supporting the development of new ideas and solutions.

What We Need

Strong experience of analysing government and public policy reports is essential for success in this role, as is the ability to work across a range of complex issues whilst providing line management support to a busy team. You will be an excellent communicator and confident when speaking with government ministers and MPs/MSPs, with demonstrable experience of building and maintaining alliances with key stakeholders.

We’re looking for someone who has;

• Excellent knowledge and understanding of the UK and Scottish policy and legislative context in relation to violence against women and children and domestic abuse in Scotland

• Experience of leading, supporting and managing teams and of providing line management of staff, including the supervision and quality assurance of policy work

• A sound understanding and knowledge and of policy advocacy and public affairs

• Experience of analysing government and public policy reports, and of developing consultation responses, parliamentary briefings and advocacy materials for a range of audiences

• Commitment to the feminist values, vision and mission of SWA

What we offer

There are many reasons to work for Scottish Women’s Aid. We have a great working culture and our mission and vision attracts a brilliant staff team. Your hard work is rewarded with a package of support and benefits including:

Flexible working

We offer flexible hybrid working options for the majority of our employees. Some posts are eligible for full-time homeworking. We also offer flexibility for staff and work/life balance through a number of flexible working options such as flexi time, condensed hours, job sharing.


SWA are a Living wage employer, our pay and grading system offers a competitive starting salary and yearly progression.

Annual Leave

We offer a full-time annual leave entitlement of 30 days (210 hours) per year plus 10 Public Holiday days (70 hours) per year. Leave is accrued at the rate of 3.33 days (23.3 hours) per month.


SWA believes it's important that we help you save for your retirement so access to Nest pension scheme is given to all eligible employees. SWA contributes 10% of gross contractual earnings on the provision that the employee contributes a minimum of 3% towards their pension contributions.

Learning and Development

SWA supports and develops staff to ensure they have the necessary skills, knowledge and abilities. There is an internal schedule of training on key skills and knowledge relevant to all staff. There is also scope to attend ad hoc training for employees who are working to develop specific skills.

Enhanced Maternity and Paternity Pay

SWA offers staff who meet the criteria for Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP) an enhanced maternity pay of 20 weeks on full pay and 20 weeks on half pay.


As part of SWA’s commitment to staff wellbeing, staff are offered a confidential 24/7 Employee Assistance programme service with Heath Assured which provides confidential advice, counselling sessions and wellbeing support to all staff, and where applicable, immediate family members.

Bike 2 Work

An interest-free loan to purchase a bike, can be arranged up to the value of £1,000.

Edinburgh Leisure Gym Subsidies

Edinburgh based staff are able to access Edinburgh Leisure facilities for the reduced price of £1 per session


Scottish Women’s Aid aims to be an equal opportunities employer. Applications will be accepted from women only under Schedule 9, part 1 of the Equality Act 2010.

Our long term aim is that the composition of our workforce should reflect that of women in the community. We recognise the value of a diverse workforce in which women from differing backgrounds, with different skills and abilities can bring new ideas to enable us to deliver high quality services and are committed to recruiting a diverse workforce that is representative of the people we serve.

SWA are taking positive action to address an under-representation of both disabled and Black Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) employees within our workforce. We offer Disabled and BAME applicants the option of requesting that their application is considered under the terms of our Disabled or BAME Guaranteed Interview Schemes. You will be asked if you wish to be considered under the Disability/BAME Guaranteed Interview scheme when you complete our online application form.

Application notes

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Policy Manager - Scottish Women's Aid job - Hybrid - blend of home and office work based in Rose Street, Edinburgh - Women's Aid Network - Scotland (livevacancies.co.uk)

Closing date for applications: Thursday 16th February @ 5pm.

Interviews will take place on 9th & 10th March 2023.

For any questions relating to the vacancy please contact carolyn.hughes@squarepeghr.co.uk Square Peg HR is our recruitment partner for this vacancy.

Scottish Women’s Aid is a company limited by guarantee, company no. SC128433,

and a charity registered with the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator, charity no. SC001099.