Policy and Participation Manager

  • Full time
  • £33,640 – £39,576
  • Base - Flexible (Home working in first instance until lockdown restrictions are lifted)
  • Closing 27th June 2021

  • Advertised from 25th May 2021
  • Permanent Contract 35 hours per week (Hours can be worked flexibly and some evening and weekend work is required)


Who Cares? Scotland is Scotland’s only national independent membership organisation for Care Experienced people. Our mission is to secure a lifetime of equality, respect, and love for Care Experienced people in Scotland and we currently have over 3000 members.

Who Cares? Scotland works alongside Corporate Parents and others to broaden their understanding of care and challenge stigma experienced by Care Experienced people. We create opportunities for people with lived experience of care to influence policy makers, leaders, and elected representatives locally and nationally to shape legislation, policy and practice.

This post is a key role within Who Cares? Scotland and will support the Director of Influencing to successfully implement the influencing strand of our current strategic plan (2018-2022), building on the aspirations of The Promise, and securing positive change. The overarching purpose of this role then is to influence the relevant policy landscape in a way that is shaped directly and indirectly by the lived reality of the Care Experienced population in Scotland.

In this role you will have responsibility for a small team and ensuring that our influencing work leans on a robust and meaningful participation strategy which includes the delivery of our Annual Participation Programme and support to our National Representative Body.

To carry out this role you will have a proven record of the ability to analyse, scrutinise, interpret and present complicated information to a wide range of audiences, have experience in bridging the gap between lived experience and policymaking, and delivering evidence-based campaigns. You will also have experience of developing and implementing strategies for influencing social policy and legislation relating to Care Experienced people and have experience of working with marginalised groups.

Application notes

If this sounds like you, and you want to be part of delivering change for Care Experienced people across Scotland, we’d love to hear from you. For an informal conversation about this opportunity please call Carly Elliott, Director of Influencing on 07980 956 137.

Closing date for applications is Sunday 27th June 2021.

Interviews will be held Tuesday 6th July 2021. Interviews will be carried out virtually in line with Coronavirus restrictions.

We particularly welcome applications from people with experience of the care system who meet the criteria for the post.

To apply, please visit whocaresscotland.org/get-involved/vacancies