Policy & Public Affairs Officer

  • Full time
  • £25,200 – £30,452
  • Glasgow
  • Closing 25th October 2021

  • Advertised from 1st October 2021
  • 35 hours per week


The National Autistic Society is the UK’s leading charity for autistic people. Since 1962, we’ve been transforming lives, changing attitudes and helping to create a society that works for autistic adults and children.

We transform lives by providing support, guidance and practical advice for the 700,000 autistic adults and children in the UK, as well as their three million family members and carers. Autistic people turn to us at key moments or challenging times in their lives, be it getting a diagnosis, going to school or finding work.

We change attitudes by improving public understanding of autism and the difficulties many autistic people face. We also work closely with businesses, local authorities and government to help them provide more autism-friendly spaces, deliver better services and improve laws.

We have come a long way but it is not good enough. There is still so much to do to increase opportunities, reduce social isolation and build a brighter future for people on the spectrum. With your help, we can make it happen.

What we can offer you:

  • Pension scheme
  • 25 days annual leave
  • Excellent induction, training and development programme including training about autism and opportunities to attend our conferences
  • Online staff discount scheme for a range of benefits (cycle to work scheme, season ticket loan)
  • Access to a 24-hour employee assistance programme

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join our team in Scotland as a Policy and Public Affairs Officer.

The Policy and Public Affairs Officer will work to influence government policy and create positive change for autistic people and their families. The successful candidate will represent our charity to key government departments, Ministers and MSPs, and develop the strategic relationships we need to influence nationally, while also establishing local approaches. The Policy and Public Affairs Officer will also support campaigning activities in Scotland.

The successful candidate must have proven understanding of policy or parliamentary work, including knowledge of government structures and routes of influence. They must be comfortable analysing information, grasping complex policy issues and communicating these in an accessible and persuasive way to diverse audiences. They should be educated to degree level in an appropriate discipline or have a proven track record in the field. An understanding of voluntary sector and/or disability issues is desirable, as is a knowledge and understanding of campaigning methods.

Applications for this job are sought from anyone who is suitably qualified and experienced for the role but particularly welcome from those with a diagnosis of autism.

The NAS offers excellent training opportunities, including job-specific training and training in autism, as well as a diverse range of employee benefits.

Application notes

Closing Date: 25 October 2021

Interview date (w/c): 4th November 2021

For more information about this job please contact External Affairs Manager: rob.holland@nas.org.uk

Please visit our website for a Job Description isw.changeworknow.co.uk/national_autistic_society/vms/e/careers/positions/branu0Xzzeaisr66JiLIIh

The NAS is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children and adults who use our services and as such expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Successful applicants will be required to complete the relevant safeguarding checks.