Policy Advice Officer

  • Full time
  • £27,000
  • Edinburgh Due to COVID19, working remotely in a first instance.
  • Closing 22nd June 2021

  • Advertised from 8th June 2021
  • 37.5 hours per week. Occasional work may be required out-with normal office hours.


The Royal Society of Edinburgh, Scotland’s National Academy, is an educational charity that provides public benefit throughout Scotland through a diverse range of activity including awarding research funding, informing public policy, and delivering events across Scotland to inspire knowledge and learning. The RSE is continuing on its journey of change and has an exciting opportunity for a Policy Advice Officer to support the delivery of the RSE’s policy advice activities.

Working closely with, and reporting to the Policy Advice Manager, your key responsibilities will be to:

• Support the delivery and communication of wide-ranging policy advice activity, including preparing policy positions and responses.

• Provide secretariat support to RSE policy committees, including the Economy and Enterprise Committee.

• Provide secretariat support to the Cross-Party Group on Science and Technology.

• Support the development and maintenance of relationships with decision makers and policy influencers.

What we are expecting from you

The successful candidate will have the ability to produce clear and concise policy advice type papers/reports with excellent written and oral communications skills. You will be able to work autonomously as part of a small team, know when to take initiative, and be able to work across

Application notes

To apply for the role

Complete the RSE application form as fully as possible demonstrating how you meet the competencies and skills required for the post and the relevant experience you bring to the role and return it to vacancies@therse.org.uk


Completion of the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form is optional. Please return this form to vacancies@therse.org.uk


If you are invited for interview, due to the current situation of COVID 19, this will take place online possibly using ZOOM on a date and at a time to be confirmed.


In accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006 The RSE, as an employer, has a legal responsibility to prevent illegal working and therefore must check that all employees are entitled to work in the United Kingdom. To do so we require to see original documents evidencing right to work in the UK before commencement of employment.

Feedback on your application

Please note that feedback will only be provided to candidates after interview.

Job contact

  • For an informal discussion about the role, please contact William Hardie, Policy Advice Manager by email whardie@therse.org.uk

Recruitment team

  • For any queries about the recruitment process and to apply, please contact our HR department by email vacancies@therse.org.uk