Policy and Campaigns Officer

  • Full time
  • £23,074
  • Currently home working / Post COVID restrictions, option to work a blend of remote / Edinburgh office.
  • Closing 6th February 2022

  • Advertised from 11th January 2022
  • Reports to: Communications Manager. Working hours: 35 hours a week / 5 days a week (full time)


Humanist Society Scotland is looking for someone with a proven track record in policy and campaign work. The successful candidate will develop and support the policy and campaign work of Scotland’s national charity for people seeking an ethical, rational, secular future.

This is a new role that seeks to build on the charity's pre-existing policy and campaign work and improve the organisation's ability to inform national policy and engage our supporters and members in making the case for change.

The Policy and Campaigns Officer will lead on:

  • Monitoring Scottish Government and Scottish
  • Parliamentary work to identify opportunities for the charity to make the views of humanists known
  • Developing relationships with MSPs, civil servants, media, partner organisations, international humanist organisations and others
  • Overseeing research and developing policy papers for the organisation on issues of importance to humanists
  • Developing responses to consultations and engaging at events on issues of importance to humanists
  • Working with the Communications Manager to ensure that our members and supporters are engaged in the campaign work of the charity
  • Engaging with partner organisations working towards the same goals and working in a collaborative spirit with them

We are looking for an individual who has experience of the Scottish political and media landscape and can help make the case for the campaign issues of importance to humanists. You will be passionate about progressive change and

share our vision for a caring and compassionate Scotland informed by reason. Your work will be in line with our organisational values of cooperation, integrity, reason, courage and sustainability.

The successful candidate will have experience of working on recent influencing campaigns. They will have excellent writing skills and a good understanding of the role media relations play in raising awareness of a cause. In addition they

will have a good knowledge of the Scottish parliamentary system and politics.

A full job description is attached below

Application notes

Please return a CV and cover letter (no more than 2 sides A4) to recruitment@humanism.scot

Please use 'Policy and Campaigns Officer’' as the subject line of your email.

Your cover letter should detail how you meet the person specification set out in the job advert. Speculative CVs with no cover letter will not be considered.

A selection of candidates will be invited to an interview.

Closing Date: Sunday 6th February 2022

Interview Date: Tuesday 22nd February 2022