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Senior Policy Advocacy Officer

  • Full time
  • £31,923
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 1st March 2020

  • Advertised from 21st February 2020
  • Plus excellent benefits. Fixed-term contract until 31 March 2021. Secondments considered.


Do you have proven experience of devising, managing and leading successful housing policy and research activity to influence Scottish or UK political institutions? Then join Shelter Scotland as our Senior Policy Advocacy Officer and you could soon be playing a vital role in helping us continue to tackle the root causes of Scotland’s housing emergency.

A home is a fundamental human need, as essential as education or healthcare. Yet millions of people across Britain struggle on a daily basis with homelessness, bad housing conditions, soaring rents, discrimination and the threat of eviction. So, we are striving for change — with individuals, in communities, across society – and leading the way to a safe home. We need ambitious, talented individuals who are passionate about our cause to join us at this exciting time. This is your chance to play a part in the fundamental change we are striving to achieve.

Our Campaigns and Policy Team is part of Shelter Scotland’s Communication and Policy function. It is responsible for developing policy positions and campaigns on housing and homelessness issues and engaging with partners, decision-makers and our supporters who are critical to the success of our campaigns. As well as formulating proposals for policy change and responding to Government policy initiatives, we work closely with Shelter Scotland services and other teams such as Marketing, Communications and Digital.

About the role

This is a high-profile policy role which will be championing and driving forward policy development, project management and stakeholder engagement, as well as overseeing the delivery of our policy, advocacy and engagement activity across Scotland. For example, during this fixed-term contract you will be instrumental in helping to deliver a significant Shelter Scotland housing campaign and you will also help create a high-profile and effective housing manifesto for the run up to the 2021 Scottish Parliament election.

You will liaise with our four community hubs and other advice and support services to monitor local policy issues emerging from our services. You will responding to local policy and political agendas and developing new policy ideas, campaigns and solutions at a national and local level. Creatively designing new policy, as well as writing and overseeing the development of high-quality think pieces, briefings, content for social media, videos, consultation responses and reports will also be part of your job. You will be line managing two Policy Advocacy Officers.

About you

You’re someone with proven housing policy experience who can hit the ground running. You have an excellent understanding of Scotland’s public policy scenes, including a detailed working knowledge of the Scottish Government, and knowledge of the Scottish Parliament and Committee processes would be useful too. You’re familiar with how public policy is made, influenced and shaped, and are great at evaluating and reporting on the subject. Producing high impact written and verbal policy communication to influence decision makers and persuade key stakeholders will be part of your skill set. You will have some experience of managing a small team and motivating them to produce work to a high standard to maximise the impact we have.

We offer a wide range of benefits, including 30 days of annual leave, enhanced family friendly policies, pension and interest free travel loans. Our employees also have access to a tenancy deposit loan, cycle to work scheme and an employee assistance programme.

Shelter Scotland helps over half a million people every year struggling with bad housing or homelessness through our advice, support and legal services. And we campaign to make sure that, one day, no one will have to turn to us for help.

Application notes

To find out more about the role and the benefits of working for Shelter Scotland please visit our website. Apply to be part of our Campaigns & Policy team and be the change you want to see in society.

Safeguarding is everyone’s business. Shelter is committed to protecting the health, wellbeing and human rights of those we support, and enabling them to live free from harm, abuse and neglect. All our staff will be expected to observe professional standards of behaviour and conduct their work in line with our Safeguarding Policies.

At Shelter Scotland, we welcome and encourage applications from everyone regardless of age, disability, gender, ethnicity, religion and sexual orientation. We are facing diverse problems, so need diverse people to tackle them.

Shelter does not accept unsolicited CVs from external recruitment agencies nor accept the fees associated with them.