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Communications Officer for Craig Hoy MSP

  • Full time
  • £31,801 – £35,395
  • Mainly Holyrood, with some travel around the South Scotland region expected
  • Closing 1st March 2024

Working for a Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP)

You will be a key member of a small team, involved in a range of duties contributing to the work of Craig Hoy MSP and his team in serving his constituents within the South Scotland region.

MSPs are employers in their own right. Under their employment, you will become part of a team supporting them in carrying out their duties. You'll work in a dynamic and fast paced environment to provide an outstanding service for constituents.

Responsibilities

  • Producing materials that effectively convey my aims to the general public and media.
    • Keeping up to date with current media developments.
    • Building and maintaining relationships with stakeholders.
    • Corresponding with constituents and local campaign groups.
    • Producing high quality press briefings, speeches, presentations and written materials.
  • Identifying potential media opportunities and acting as media contact.
    • Organising and arranging interviews and press conferences as specified.
    • Identifying forthcoming events, in turn promoting my work.
    • Developing creative new engagement methods for social media accounts.
    • Representing me in dealing with media and providing statements where appropriate.
  • Following all media outlets to capture relevant developments as they happen
    • Maintaining information systems to support communications
    • Maintaining and growing social media presence
    • Drafting and posting social media content to update constituents on my parliamentary activities
    • Reviewing social media trends and briefing me in issues of relevance to my parliamentary role

About You

Requirements

  • Have an interest in politics with the confidence to represent someone in a media-related capacity.
  • Be capable in monitoring media developments and sourcing information from a range of channels.
  • Have the ability to foster good working relationships with confidence to understand how the media world operates.
  • Be creative in designing and communicating over a range of formats on different media platforms.
  • Have flexibility using relevant IT skills and writing styles, covering both traditional and newer forms of media.
  • A full driving licence would be advantageous
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Top job! Part-time Chair, Scottish Human Rights Commission

  • Management Board
  • Sessional
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 26th February 2024

The Scottish Human Rights Commission’s role is to promote widespread awareness, understanding of, and respect for human rights.

We are looking for a talented individual to be the part-time Chair of the Commission.

You will have energy, credibility, integrity and sound judgement to lead, in collaboration with the other members, the strategic direction of the Commission,

The appointment is for a fixed term of 6 years, is part-time (10 days a month) and attracts a daily fee rate of £351.

The Commission is based in Edinburgh.

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Admin Officer for Ruth Maguire MSP

  • Full time
  • £28,295 – £34,435
  • Holyrood or Local Office in Irvine
  • Closing 14th February 2024

Ruth Maguire MSP is looking for an Admin Officer to join her team based in Holyrood or her local office in Irvine. You will be part of a small constituency team assisting with the day-to-day operations of Ruth’s office. This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to the work of Ruth Maguire MSP through providing demonstrable administrative support.

MSPs are employers in their own right. Under their employment, you will become part of a team supporting them in carrying out their duties. You'll work in a dynamic and fast paced environment to provide an outstanding service for constituents.

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Standards Commission for Scotland - Convener and Member

  • Management Board
  • Sessional
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 14th February 2024

The Commission’s role is to encourage high ethical standards in public life. It promotes and enforces the Codes of Conduct for Councillors and Members of Devolved Public Bodies and issues guidance to councils and devolved public bodies. The Commission adjudicates on cases of alleged contravention of the Codes of Conduct referred to it by the Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life in Scotland, and on finding a contravention, it has statutory powers to impose sanctions.

We are looking for two talented individuals to join the Commission – one as the Convener and the other as a Member. You must be committed to the highest standards of conduct, have excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to absorb and analyse information to reach sound and impartial decisions.

The Convener and the Member will be appointed by the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body with the agreement of the Scottish Parliament.

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Community Participation Specialist - Participation Communities Team

  • Full time
  • £32,884 – £40,000
  • Holyrood, Edinburgh
  • Closing 24th January 2024

Working Pattern: Our normal working week is 37 hours however we are happy to talk about flexible working. We’re committed to supporting staff to achieve a healthy work-life balance. To meet business and personal needs, we have a progressive flexible working hours arrangement in place. As public engagement needs to be designed around the needs of participants, this post involves occasional weekend and evening work and travel to different parts of Scotland. We manage this flexibly across the team to take account of individual circumstances.

Pension: Civil Service pension arrangements with an employer contribution of 27.1% of basic annual salary

Clearance Required: CTC security clearance will be processed at job offer stage

This is an excellent opportunity to join the Participation and Communities Team (PACT) as a Community Participation Specialist.

The role of PACT is to support public involvement in the work of the Scottish Parliament, providing expertise to the Parliament’s committees to enable more diverse and missing voices to influence scrutiny of policy and legislation. This is achieved through relationship building and partnership working with the third sector and other community organisations. PACT also works to test and embed innovations in public engagement in the work of the Parliament, including digital and deliberative methods.

As Community Participation Specialist you’ll plan, deliver and evaluate public engagement and participation activities to directly support and inform committee business. You’ll work closely with other members of staff supporting Parliamentary committees and you will lead, advise and collaborate on engagement plans with a diverse range of stakeholders, both internal and external. You’ll also contribute to wider PACT activities to test and embed new engagement processes and methods.

We particularly welcome applications from candidates from a Minority Ethnic background and candidates with a disability. All appointments will be made on merit. We have a values-based culture of respect and inclusion embedded in our organisation, and everyone has the ability to make a difference.

We offer a great range of benefits including: 41.5 leave days (including public holidays), flexible working, paid professional subscriptions, family-friendly policies, Season Ticket advance loans, an onsite gym facility, Health and Wellbeing Schemes including discounted gym membership, a confidential counselling and information service, and the Cycle to Work Scheme.

You’ll also have the opportunity to join the Alpha Civil Service pension scheme, where we’ll offer you an employer contribution of 27.1% of your basic salary.

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Regional Comms and Engagement Officer for Pam Duncan-Glancy MSP

  • Full time
  • £26,717 – £30,000
  • Local Office in Glasgow
  • Closing 15th January 2024

Pam Duncan-Glancy MSP is looking for a Regional Comms and Engagement Officer to join her team.

Working for a Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP)

MSPs are employers in their own right. Under their employment, you will become part of a team supporting them in carrying out their duties. You'll work in a dynamic and fast paced environment to provide an outstanding service for constituents.

Responsibilities

  • Identifying issues of importance to constituents within the region
  • Keeping your knowledge of policy areas and local issues up to date and briefing MSP and team regularly
  • Researching local issues and campaigns
  • Building and maintaining relationships with regional stakeholders
  • Identifying, setting up and attending engagement opportunities e.g., town hall events, visits, round tables, local fairs/events etc
  • Producing materials that effectively communicate the work of the office to constituents and stakeholders.
  • Keeping up to date with current media developments in the region
  • Developing, drafting, maintaining and distributing regular newsletters and/or updates
  • Corresponding with stakeholders, including constituents and campaign groups where needed.
  • Producing high quality comms briefings (key messages etc.), graphics, digital and written materials.
  • Meeting constituents on a wide range of issues, including those of a sensitive nature and escalating accordingly.
  • Spot opportunities to promote the work of the office.
  • Corresponding with constituents
  • Compiling and issuing responses to campaign emails
  • Keeping casework up to date and responding to public enquiries
  • Monitoring trends in issues/constituent concerns to escalate for parliamentary or other intervention

Digital comms

  • Maintaining information systems to support communications and data protection.
  • Reviewing social media analytics and developing creative engagement methods for social media accounts.
  • Maintaining and growing social media presence
  • Updating and maintaining website
  • Drafting and posting website and social media content
  • Updating other team members

About You

Requirements

  • Have an interest in politics with the confidence to represent a Member of the Scottish Parliament
  • Experience of researching issues and briefing on them
  • Experience in organising, running and reporting engagement events/discussions
  • Experience in digital and traditional communications
  • Experience in updating websites and social media in a professional (paid or unpaid) capacity
  • Demonstrable ability to foster good working relationships with colleagues and external stakeholders
  • Have flexibility in using relevant IT skills and writing styles, covering both traditional and newer forms of media
  • Good organisational skills
  • Demonstrable teamwork skills

Desirable

  • Experience of delivering campaigns.
  • Experience working in politics.
  • Be steeped in the region, ideally with lived experience of Glasgow but most importantly knowing it, its people and issues, well
  • Experience in using Adobe Premiere Pro to high standard in a work or voluntary capacity.
  • Experience in using caseworker.mp.
  • Experience in strategic planning for campaigns, particularly in relation to social media.
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Casework Assistant for Tess White MSP

  • Part time
  • £25,539 – £31,555 pro-rata
  • Home based in North East Scotland
  • Closing 15th September 2023

Tess White MSP is looking for a Casework Assistant to join her team.

Working for a Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP)

MSPs are employers in their own right. Under their employment, you will become part of a team supporting them in carrying out their duties. You'll work in a dynamic and fast paced environment to provide an outstanding service for constituents.

Responsibilities

  • Supporting with keeping casework up to date and responding to public enquiries.
  • Keeping cases up to date by tracking, logging and recognising when to escalate issues within team.
  • Meeting constituents on a wide range of issues, including those of a sensitive nature and escalating accordingly.
  • Advocating on constituent's behalf with relevant bodies to resolve matters.
  • Reviewing constituent records and documentation in line with casework GDPR requirements.
  • Ensuring casework filing systems, both electronic and manual, are kept up-to-date in line with GDPR requirements.

Requirements

  • Previous work experience in casework is essential
  • Have excellent organisational skills while being flexible in prioritising workloads during busy times.
  • Have excellent communications skills, with accurate attention to detail and the ability to work effectively with colleagues.
  • Be patient and sensitive while remaining objective and open minded.
  • Be comfortable being in a front facing role explaining regulations such as GDPR to the general public.
  • Be acutely aware of the responsibility of representing those unable to do so themselves in certain situations.
  • Have a natural interest in helping people with a curiosity to probe for further information where required.

Location: Home based in North East Scotland with some occasional working in Edinburgh. (Candidate should ideally have a knowledge of the North-East region)

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Top job! Senior Researcher Criminal Justice, Scottish Parliament Information Centre

  • Full time
  • £48,426 – £59,572
  • Hybrid working from the Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh and from home
  • Closing 29th March 2023

Want to make a difference in one of the most influential places in Scotland? Now is your chance!

This is a great opportunity to join the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) as a Senior Researcher.

SPICe comprises a research and information service and supports the scrutiny and legislative functions of the Parliament. We provide impartial, accurate and timely research, information and briefings to Members of the Scottish Parliament, their staff, and Parliamentary staff.

Working within the Justice and Social Affairs Research Unit, a team of 12, you’ll share responsibility with one other researcher for the Parliament’s work on criminal justice. You’ll be involved in answering enquiries on a wide range of subjects, including police, prisons, courts, prosecution, criminal law and the justice budget; and other relevant topics as required. You’ll prepare committee briefings and analysis to help MSPs scrutinise the related policies of the Scottish Government, and you’ll publish briefings and blog articles on relevant issues.

We’re looking for an experienced researcher with detailed knowledge of the criminal justice policy area. You’ll be an excellent communicator who is able to produce comprehensive briefings with brevity, accuracy and impartiality, and have a commitment to producing high quality research and analysis.

You’ll demonstrate a high level of personal credibility with excellent communication and influencing skills, with the ability to develop and maintain positive working relationships.

If you’re looking for a new challenge and the opportunity to contribute to the Parliament’s vision, we’d love to hear from you.

We particularly welcome applications from candidates from a Minority Ethnic background and Disabled candidates. All appointments will be made on merit. We have a values-based culture of respect and inclusion embedded in our organisation, and everyone has the ability to make a difference.

We offer a great range of benefits including: 41.5 leave days (including public holidays), flexible working, paid professional subscriptions, family-friendly policies, Season Ticket advance loans, an onsite gym facility, Health and Wellbeing Schemes including discounted gym membership, a confidential counselling and information service, and the Cycle to Work Scheme.

You’ll also have the opportunity to join the Alpha Civil Service pension scheme, where we’ll offer you an employer contribution of up to 27.9% of your basic salary.

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BSL Communities Officer

  • Full time
  • £29,850 – £37,007
  • Hybrid working from Holyrood, Edinburgh and from home
  • Closing 22nd February 2023

Want to work in one of the most influential places in Scotland? Now is your chance!

We’ve got an exciting opportunity to work at the Scottish Parliament as a BSL Communities Officer. The post is a key part of our commitment to supporting the inclusion and engagement of deaf people through British Sign Language (BSL) and the delivery of our BSL Plan. As part of the Public Information and Languages team, the BSL Officer will play a key role in communicating with deaf, deafblind, hard of hearing and BSL communities, and supporting the Parliament (MSPs, their staff and Parliament staff) in understanding and engaging through BSL.

The Public Information and Languages team sits alongside other Public Engagement and Communication Offices, which support and deliver welcoming and inclusive Parliamentary services for the people of Scotland.

As BSL Communities Officer, you’ll help develop and deliver the Parliament’s British Sign Language Plan through continuous improvement, communications, training and support. This role works alongside the colleagues who have responsibilities for other languages (including Gaelic) and alternative formats within the wider SPCB Language Policy.

You’ll have demonstrable experience of working in a BSL environment to communicate complex issues in an engaging, inclusive and accessible way at the appropriate level in BSL and written English. You’ll also have a clear understanding of the needs of deaf and BSL communities and be authoritative and credible for staff and Members in your role as the Parliament’s BSL expert. With a high level of personal credibility, you’ll have excellent communication and influencing skills, with the ability to develop and maintain positive working relationships.

We particularly welcome applications from candidates from a Minority Ethnic background and Disabled candidates. All appointments will be made on merit. We have a values-based culture of respect and inclusion embedded in our organisation, and everyone has the ability to make a difference.

We offer a great range of benefits including: 41.5 leave days (including public holidays), flexible working, paid professional subscriptions, family-friendly policies, Season Ticket advance loans, an onsite gym facility, Health and Wellbeing Schemes including discounted gym membership, a confidential counselling and information service, and the Cycle to Work Scheme.

You’ll also have the opportunity to join the Alpha Civil Service pension scheme, where we’ll offer you an employer contribution of 27.1% of your basic salary.

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Admin Assistant for Michael Marra MSP

  • Full time
  • £19,838 – £26,794
  • Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh (there may be an occasional need to travel to the Member’s region).
  • Closing 9th February 2023

Michael Marra MSP (North East Scotland) is looking for an Admin Assistant to join his team.

Working for a Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP)

MSPs are employers in their own right. Under their employment, you will become part of a team supporting them in carrying out their duties. You'll work in a dynamic and fast paced environment to provide an outstanding service for constituents.

Responsibilities

• Carrying out general office administration and acting as front of office for enquiries.

• Diary management and administration, including working with constituents, organisations and arranging visits in the region and related to the member’s policy priorities.

• Responding to incoming correspondence while professionally managing each enquiry within agreed timescales.

• Coordinating, tracking and monitoring the handling of enquiries and ensuring they are dealt with timely and professionally.

• Maintaining office records and compliance with data protection.

• Maintaining filing system and managing records.

• Ensuring compliance with data protection legislation and GDPR requirements.

• Ensuring administrative and secretarial support is provided.

About You

Requirements

You will:

• Have excellent written, verbal and IT skills with accurate attention to detail.

• Have a flexible and adaptable approach, being able to use good judgement and work on own initiative.

• Be well organised with the ability to prioritise competing workloads.

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The Scottish Parliament is looking for a talented individual to be the next Commissioner for Children and Young People in Scotland.

In addition to having a proven track record of promoting and representing the rights of children and young people, you will have excellent communication and networking skills, experience of successfully leading an organisation/team and sound judgement to influence decision making.

The successful candidate will be expected to take up appointment in May 2023.

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Casework and Community Engagement Officer (Monica Lennon MSP)

  • Full time
  • £24,185 – £29,692
  • Coatbridge office with hybrid working and travel throughout Central Scotland region.
  • Closing 5th January 2023

Monica Lennon MSP is looking for a Casework and Community Engagement Officer to join her team

You will become part of a small team supporting Monica Lennon MSP in her Central Scotland regional office. You will often be the first point of contact for constituents and local organisations in a role that will involve attending advice surgeries and meetings in the many towns and villages throughout the region.

This role would suit someone who is passionate about helping people living and working in Central Scotland. You will need to have excellent communication and planning skills, strong attention to detail, and demonstrate exceptional organisational skills. No two days or locations are the same. The role would suit someone who can thrive in an office environment, attend regional meetings and visits, and work independently in a hybrid environment.

If you are keen to ensure that people across parts of South Lanarkshire, North Lanarkshire & Falkirk have an advocate on local and national issues, and you can offer knowledge and understanding of the communities and campaigns that are important to Monica’s regional work, we want to hear from you.

The successful candidate will be required to manage a varied mix of constituency casework, correspondence and projects. Normal working hours are 0900 to 1700, with occasional evening and weekend work.

Responsibilities

  • Correspond with constituents by telephone, email, social media, letter and face-to-face.
  • Take action to resolve, document and escalate concerns or enquiries.
  • Draft written correspondence including letters, reports, requests for information and briefings.
  • Liaise with a wide range of bodies across Central Scotland and support relationships with individuals, community groups, statutory services and voluntary organisations.
  • Handle a high volume of casework, including complex and sensitive issues, and keep accurate entries in case systems in line with GDPR requirements.
  • Support community campaigns and undertake research to help inform the MSPs work.
  • Attend local advice surgeries and meetings.
  • Analyse, evaluate and interpret casework data to ensure Monica is accurately informed on key issues.

About You

Requirements

  • Positive and professional attitude towards colleagues and constituents.
  • Attention to detail, excellent written, problem solving and listening skills.
  • Understand the importance of good customer service.
  • Curiosity to probe for further information where required.
  • Patient and sensitive while remaining objective and open minded.
  • Confident and able to use initiative to solve problems.
  • Completes tasks to a high standard within deadlines.
  • Excellent IT Skills.
  • Have the ability or commitment to be able to support Monica in delivering their values and aspirations
  • Knowledge of data protection, confidentiality and GDPR protocols.
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Senior Clerks (Committee and Chamber Offices)

  • Full time
  • £48,426 – £59,572
  • Hybrid working from Holyrood, Edinburgh and from home
  • Closing 4th January 2023

Want to work in one of the most influential places in Scotland? Now is your chance!

We’re looking to expand our pool of Senior Clerks within the Parliament. This is an excellent opportunity to register with us to be considered for both temporary and permanent opportunities in a key role within the Parliament. As we’re recruiting to a pool, if you’re not available to start with us immediately, you can also apply now to be considered for future opportunities. We particularly welcome applications from candidates from an ethnic minority background who are under-represented at this level. All appointments will be made on merit. We have a values-based culture of respect and inclusion embedded in our organisation, and everyone has the ability to make a difference.

We’re looking for enthusiastic multi-taskers to work within our Committee and Chamber Office as Senior Clerks. As an exceptional leader, you’ll empower those reporting to you, acting impartially and exercising sound judgement in everything you do. You’ll play a key role in supporting the MSPs in inquiring into and debating issues of importance to the people of Scotland, in holding the Scottish Government to account and in deciding on new laws.

You’ll have an acute awareness of Scotland’s political machinery and an interest in topical issues and current affairs. With exceptional communication and interpersonal skills, you’ll use your skills to communicate complex information in an understandable way, investigating current political issues, gathering evidence, assisting members of the public to have their voices heard in the Parliament and providing advice on procedure and protocol to MSPs.

We offer a great range of benefits including: 41.5 leave days (including public holidays), flexible working, paid professional subscriptions, family-friendly policies, Season Ticket advance loans, an onsite gym facility, Health and Wellbeing Schemes including discounted gym membership, a confidential counselling and information service, and the Cycle to Work Scheme.

You’ll also have the opportunity to join the Alpha Civil Service pension scheme, where we’ll offer you an employer contribution of 27.9% of your basic salary.

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Assistant Clerks (Committee and Chamber Offices)

  • Full time
  • £37,932 – £47,244
  • Hybrid working from Holyrood, Edinburgh and from home
  • Closing 4th January 2023

Want to work in one of the most influential places in Scotland? Now is your chance!

We’re looking to expand our pool of Assistant Clerks within the Parliament. This is an excellent opportunity to register with us to be considered for both temporary and permanent opportunities in a key role within the Parliament. As we’re recruiting to a pool, if you’re not available to start with us immediately, you can also apply now to be considered for future opportunities. We particularly welcome applications from candidates from an ethnic minority background who are under-represented at this level. All appointments will be made on merit. We have a values-based culture of respect and inclusion embedded in our organisation, and everyone has the ability to make a difference.

We’re looking for enthusiastic multi-taskers to work within our Committee and Chamber Office as Assistant Clerks. Working in either office you’ll be part of a team in which you’ll play a key role in supporting the Members of the Scottish Parliament in inquiring into and debating issues of importance to the people of Scotland, in holding the Scottish Government to account and in deciding on new laws.

You’ll have an acute awareness of Scotland’s political machinery and interest in topical issues and current affairs. With exceptional communication and interpersonal skills, you’ll have the ability to communicate complex information effectively and build and maintain a range of relationships, both within and outwith the Parliament. You’ll also have effective leadership skills with the ability to manage and motivate staff. In addition, you’ll have excellent problem solving and organisational skills to manage competing priorities to meet tight deadlines, as well as being able to devise long term plans and strategies.

We offer a great range of benefits including: 41.5 leave days (including public holidays), flexible working, paid professional subscriptions, family-friendly policies, Season Ticket advance loans, an onsite gym facility, Health and Wellbeing Schemes including discounted gym membership, a confidential counselling and information service, and the Cycle to Work Scheme.

You’ll also have the opportunity to join the Alpha Civil Service pension scheme, where we’ll offer you an employer contribution of 27.1% of your basic salary.

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Top job! Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life in Scotland

  • Full time
  • £77,260 – £92,658
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 22nd August 2022

The Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life in Scotland (the “Commissioner”) is an Independent Officeholder who is responsible for investigating complaints about the conduct of MSPs, local authority councillors, members of public bodies and lobbyists. The Commissioner also regulates how people are appointed to the boards of public bodies in Scotland.

We are looking for a talented individual with a track record of operating at a senior level and delivering results. You will have the ability to make decisions on complex and sensitive matters. You will be resilient and have excellent interpersonal skills to enable you to work with complainants, staff and stakeholders and to work under close parliamentary, media and public scrutiny.

This is a full-time appointment for a fixed term of 6 years, attracts a starting salary of £77,260 and is pensionable.

The Commissioner is based in Edinburgh.

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Top job! Head of International Relations

  • Full time
  • £48,426 – £59,572
  • Holyrood, Edinburgh
  • Closing 8th June 2022

Are you passionate about working with a diverse range of people across the world? Do you have awareness of international affairs and the ability to lead effectively in a political environment? Are you an experienced leader with a track record of leading teams to deliver visits and meetings often involving high-profile individuals and delegates?

This is an exciting opportunity to join the Scottish Parliament as Head of International Relations, working with other parliaments from across the world, international organisations, and consulates, to enhance the profile of the Scottish Parliament, exchange knowledge and develop relationships.

You’ll provide leadership and management for all aspects of the work of IRO, discussing with and reporting to the Presiding Officer and the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body. Working closely with the Principal Private Secretary (PPS) to the Presiding Officer, you’ll ensure the effective delivery of support and advice to the Presiding Officers to develop and fulfil the International Strategy.

You’ll plan, develop and oversee support for visits to the Scottish Parliament by other legislatures, heads of government, Ambassadors and international delegations who want to meet MSPs, discuss, and learn from the Parliament on a range of issues of mutual interest. You’ll have ownership of such visits, liaising with key offices and individuals. You’ll develop relationships with parliaments and inter-parliamentary bodies across the world, ensuring that the Scottish Parliament is fully connected with, and is enabled to influence and learn from, key partners.

You’ll be an experienced leader and manager, with the confidence and people skills to identify, initiate and proactively build collaborative relationships with other parliaments and organisations. You’ll have excellent organisational skills in planning and managing the wide range of duties, and be adaptable in order to react quickly to changing situations. You’ll have experience of influencing and persuading decision-makers, with the ability to understand political situations and provide advice on often sensitive and developing situations.

If you’re looking for a new challenge and the opportunity to contribute to the Parliament’s vision, we’d love to hear from you.

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Communications Manager

  • Full time
  • £33,519
  • Local office 18 Niddrie Mains Rd, Edinburgh (flexibility to work from home 1 day a week)
  • Closing 29th May 2022

Ash Regan MSP (Edinburgh Eastern) is looking for a Communications Manager to join her team.

Working for a Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP)

MSPs are employers in their own right. Under their employment, you will become part of a team supporting them in carrying out their duties. You'll work in a dynamic and fast paced environment to provide an outstanding service for constituents.

Responsibilities

  • Acting in a supervisory role with oversight of overall media strategy.
    • Establishing media monitoring systems that detect news instantly as it breaks.
    • Managing provision of communications and press advice.
    • Implementing media and digital communication strategy.
  • Identifying potential media opportunities and acting as media contact.
    • Organising and arranging interviews and press conferences as specified.
    • Identifying forthcoming events, in turn promoting my work.
    • Developing creative new engagement methods for social media accounts.
    • Representing me in dealing with media and providing statements where appropriate.
  • Producing materials that effectively convey my aims to the general public and media.
    • Keeping up to date with current media developments.
    • Building and maintaining relationships with stakeholders.
    • Corresponding with constituents and local campaign groups.
    • Producing high quality press briefings, speeches, presentations and written materials.
  • Following all media outlets to capture relevant developments as they happen
    • Maintaining information systems to support communications
    • Maintaining and growing social media presence
    • Drafting and posting social media content to update constituents on my parliamentary activities
    • Reviewing social media trends and briefing me in issues of relevance to my parliamentary ro

Requirements

You will:

  • Have an interest in politics with the confidence to represent someone in a media-related capacity.
  • Be capable in monitoring media developments and sourcing information from a range of channels.
  • Have the ability to foster good working relationships with confidence to understand how the media world operates.
  • Be creative in designing and communicating over a range of formats on different media platforms.
  • Have flexibility using relevant IT skills and writing styles, covering both traditional and newer forms of media.
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Top job! Senior Researcher - Climate and Net Zero

  • Full time
  • £46,340 – £57,006
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 18th May 2022

The Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body is responsible for providing the Parliament with the property, staff and services required for the Parliament’s purposes. We place high value on excellence and we are continually looking to improve how we work to ensure that we can deliver the Parliament's core purpose of representing the people of Scotland by debating issues of national importance, passing legislation and holding the Scottish Government to account. We are a diverse workforce and our embedded values shape the way we work and treat each other. We have a culture of respect and inclusion, and everyone has the ability to make a difference.

This is an excellent opportunity to join the Scottish Parliament Information Centre as a Senior Researcher in the Environment, Rural, Constitution and International Research Unit.

The Scottish Parliament Information Centre(SPICe) is made up of around 50 staff and supports the scrutiny and legislative functions of the Parliament by providing impartial, accurate and timely information and briefings to Members of the Scottish Parliament, their staff, and Parliamentary staff. It comprises a research and information service. SPICe forms part of the Scrutiny Group and is led by three joint office heads. You can find out more about SPICe on the parliament website. To see where the office fits within our organisation, view our organisation chart

Reporting to the Head of Research and Sustainable Development Scrutiny, and working alongside experienced colleagues in the Environment, Rural, Constitution and International Research Unit, this is an exciting opportunity to contribute in the most pressing and complex of policy areas – climate change and net zero.

You’ll be involved in answering enquiries on a wide range of subjects, including mitigation, adaptation, climate science, climate finance, blue carbon, inter-relationship with biodiversity; and other relevant topics as required.

You’ll prepare committee briefings and analysis to help MSPs scrutinise the related policies of the Scottish Government, and you’ll publish briefings and blog articles on relevant issues. More detail on the main duties and key requirements of the role are set out in detail in the job description.

The Scottish Parliament has an organisation-wide climate change and sustainable development programme –enhancing scrutiny is a fundamental part of that work, and you will be involved in the ‘pathway’ for delivery of this work. This will involve helping building capacity across key parliamentary decision-making bodies, such as the Conveners Group, and Leadership Group.

For full information about the role, have a look at the job description

For further information about the role please contact Graeme Cook, at graeme.cook@parliament.scot.

Please apply before 11:59pm on 18 May 2022. Full details of our selection process are outlined below and in our application pack

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You’ll have detailed subject knowledge of climate change and net zero policy areas, and considerable relevant experience working in analysis, research or policy development. You will also have a degree in a relevant subject or equivalent experience.

You’ll be able to communicate complex issues with brevity, accuracy and impartiality, both orally and in writing, to tight deadlines.

You will demonstrate a high level of personal credibility with excellent communication and influencing skills, with the ability to develop and maintain positive working relationships.

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The Scottish Human Rights Commission’s role is to promote widespread awareness, understanding of, and respect for human rights.

The SPCB is seeking to appoint 3 part-time members who must be able to spend 48 days per year on commission business.

We are looking for talented individuals who are working at a senior level who have excellent networking and interpersonal skills, have the ability to influence decision making, have a track record of delivering results and who are interested in human rights.

The daily fee rate is £280.20. The appointment is for a fixed term of 6 years.

The successful candidates will be expected to take up office in summer 2022.

The Commission is based in Edinburgh.

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Community Participation Specialist (PACT)

  • Full time
  • £28,564 – £35,413
  • Holyrood, Edinburgh
  • Closing 11th May 2022

Want to make a difference in one of the most influential places in Scotland? Now is your chance!

This is an excellent opportunity to join the Scottish Parliament Participation and Communities Team (PACT) as a Community Participation Specialist.

The role of PACT is to support public involvement in the work of Scottish Parliament committees, to better inform scrutiny of policy and legislation. We support committees engaging with people across Scotland, including those with protected characteristics, groups and communities particularly impacted by legislation, or people with lived experience. We achieve this through relationship building and partnership working with the third sector and other community organisations. PACT also works to test and embed innovations in public engagement in the work of the Parliament, including digital and deliberative

We particularly welcome applications from candidates from a minority ethnic background who are under-represented at this level. All appointments will be made on merit. We have a values-based culture of respect and inclusion embedded in our organisation, and everyone has the ability to make a difference.

As a Community Participation Specialist, you’ll have a passion and commitment to ensure that under-represented groups and people with lived experience within the community, can engage in the work and life of the Scottish Parliament.

You’ll use a range of styles and approaches to connect with and support a diverse range of audiences on issues that matter to them. You’ll be experienced in facilitating and evaluating engagement sessions, such as focus groups or workshops, both online and in person. You’ll have a strong understanding of the third sector and community development and be experienced in seeking out opportunities to engage with external networks and organisations, working with a diverse range of stakeholders promoting the needs of under-represented groups.

You’ll work on your own initiative and have excellent organisational skills with the ability to prioritise and meet deadlines.

You’ll demonstrate a high level of personal credibility with well-developed communication and influencing skills, and the ability to build and maintain positive working relationships both internally and externally. You’ll have a flexible and resilient approach to overcoming barriers and challenges. You’ll demonstrate a collaborative approach, and have experience in the inclusion of under-represented groups and people with lived experience.

Working Pattern: Our normal working week is 37 hours but we currently operate a wide variety of work patterns, successfully balancing lifestyle choices with business requirements. All requests for part time or flexible working hours will be seriously considered. As public engagement needs to be designed around the needs of participants, this post involves occasional weekend and evening work and travel to different parts of Scotland. We manage this flexibly across the team to take account of individual circumstances

We offer a great range of benefits including 41.5 days of leave (including public holidays), the opportunity to join the Civil Service pension arrangements, flexible working and family-friendly policies.

If you’re looking for a new challenge and the opportunity to contribute to the Parliament’s vision, we’d love to hear from you.

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Top job! Participation Specialist (PACT)

  • Full time
  • £36,298 – £45,209
  • Holyrood, Edinburgh
  • Closing 11th May 2022

Want to make a difference in one of the most influential places in Scotland? Now is your chance!

This is an excellent opportunity to join the Scottish Parliament Participation and Communities Team (PACT) as a Participation Specialist.

The role of PACT is to support public involvement in the work of Scottish Parliament committees, to better inform scrutiny of policy and legislation. We support committees engaging with people across Scotland, including those with protected characteristics, groups and communities particularly impacted by legislation, or people with lived experience. We achieve this through relationship building and partnership working with the third sector and other community organisations. PACT also works to test and embed innovations in public engagement in the work of the Parliament, including digital and deliberative

We particularly welcome applications from candidates from a minority ethnic background who are under-represented at this level. All appointments will be made on merit. We have a values-based culture of respect and inclusion embedded in our organisation, and everyone has the ability to make a difference.

As a Participation Specialist, you’ll support the development of the Parliament’s approach to public engagement activities to inform committee business. You’ll work closely with other members of staff supporting Parliamentary committees, leading and reviewing the impact of the Parliament’s digital participation and developing and delivering deliberative approaches to engagement. You’ll advise and collaborate on engagement plans with a diverse range of stakeholders, both internal and external. You’ll also contribute to wider PACT activities to test and embed new engagement processes and methods.

You’ll be experienced in planning, facilitating and evaluating engagement sessions, such as focus groups or workshops, both online and in person. You’ll have a strong understanding of the third sector and community development and be experienced in leading projects. You’ll also have great problem-solving skills with the ability to develop solutions based on the needs of the end user.

You’ll work on your own initiative and have excellent organisational skills with the ability to prioritise and meet deadlines.

You’ll demonstrate a high level of personal credibility with well developed communication and influencing skills, and the ability to build and maintain positive working relationships both internally and externally. You’ll have a flexible and resilient approach to overcoming barriers and challenges. You’ll demonstrate a collaborative approach, with a passion for and experience in the inclusion of under-represented groups and people with lived experience.

Working Pattern: Our normal working week is 37 hours but we currently operate a wide variety of work patterns, successfully balancing lifestyle choices with business requirements. All requests for part time or flexible working hours will be seriously considered. As public engagement needs to be designed around the needs of participants, this post involves occasional weekend and evening work and travel to different parts of Scotland. We manage this flexibly across the team to take account of individual circumstances

We offer a great range of benefits including 41.5 days of leave (including public holidays), the opportunity to join the Civil Service pension arrangements, flexible working and family-friendly policies.

If you’re looking for a new challenge and the opportunity to contribute to the Parliament’s vision, we’d love to hear from you.

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Researchers - Scottish Parliament Information Centre

  • Full time or Part time or Flexible
  • £36,298 – £45,209
  • Holyrood, Edinburgh
  • Closing 30th March 2022

Want to work in one of the most influential places in Scotland? Now is your chance!

This is a great opportunity to join the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) as a Researcher. SPICe supports the scrutiny and legislative functions of the Parliament by providing impartial, accurate and timely information and briefings to Members of the Scottish Parliament, their staff, and Parliamentary staff. It comprises a research and information service.

We particularly welcome applications from candidates from a minority ethnic background who are under-represented at this level. All appointments will be made on merit. We have a values-based culture of respect and inclusion embedded in our organisation, and everyone has the ability to make a difference.

In addition to recruiting for these permanent roles, we’re also looking to build a pool of temporary and permanent Researchers to help us with future recruitment. We’d encourage you to apply if you’d like to be considered for any Researcher role this year.

We have roles for Researchers in three teams, where you’ll work alongside Senior Researchers and be involved in answering enquiries from MSPs in a range of areas.

• In the Health and Social Care team you could be looking at the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and the establishment of a national care service.

• In the Justice and Social Affairs team you might cover civil and criminal justice, children’s social work services, culture, education and lifelong learning, housing, equalities and human rights.

• In the Post EU, Parliament and Constitution team you could cover post EU policy, elections, parliamentary and constitutional issues.

You’ll also contribute to committee briefings and analysis to help MSPs scrutinise the Scottish Government’s policies and help to prepare briefings and blog articles on relevant issues.

You’ll have analytical and research experience or policy development in the specialist areas for these roles and be able to work flexibly across the range of issues that the particular team covers. You’ll have excellent written and verbal communication skills, which enable you to convey complex issues with brevity and accuracy. You’ll be able to manage your own workload, working to tight deadlines and competing priorities, and will be expected to act impartially and exercise sound judgement in everything you do.

We offer a great range of benefits including 41.5 days of leave (including public holidays), the opportunity to join the Civil Service pension arrangements, flexible working and family-friendly policies.

If you’re looking for a new challenge and the opportunity to contribute to the Parliament’s vision, we’d love to hear from you.

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Top job! Temporary Senior Researcher

  • Full time
  • £46,340 – £57,006
  • Holyrood, Edinburgh
  • Closing 16th March 2022

Working in one of the most influential places in Scotland, this is a great opportunity to join the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) as a Senior Researcher. The post is temporary to cover maternity leave and is also open to secondments.

SPICe supports the scrutiny and legislative functions of the Parliament by providing impartial, accurate and timely information and briefings to Members of the Scottish Parliament, their staff, and Parliamentary staff. It comprises a research and information service.

Working within the Justice and Social Affairs Research Unit, you’ll lead the Parliament’s work on further and higher education and children’s social work services (care experience and adoption). You’ll be involved in answering enquiries on a wide range of subjects, including further and higher education; children’s social work services; nursery, pre-school and school age education; and other relevant topics as required. You’ll prepare committee briefings and analysis to help MSPs scrutinise the related policies of the Scottish Government, and you’ll publish briefings and blog articles on relevant issues.

We are looking for an experienced Researcher with detailed knowledge of the further and higher education and children’s social work services policy areas. You’ll be an excellent communicator who is able to produce comprehensive briefings with brevity, accuracy and impartiality, and have a commitment to producing high quality research and analysis.

You’ll demonstrate a high level of personal credibility with excellent communication and influencing skills, with the ability to develop and maintain positive working relationships.

If you’re looking for a new challenge and the opportunity to contribute to the Parliament’s vision, we’d love to hear from you.

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Senior Clerks (Committee and Chamber Offices)

  • Full time or Part time
  • £46,340 – £57,006
  • Holyrood, Edinburgh
  • Closing 16th March 2022

Want to work in one of the most influential places in Scotland? Now is your chance!

We’re looking to expand our team and recruit a number of Senior Clerks within The Scottish Parliament. The roles will be permanent and dependent on the level of applications, we’ll also be creating an Assistant Clerks pool which is an excellent opportunity to register with us to be considered for both temporary and permanent opportunities in that role.

We particularly welcome applications from candidates from an ethnic minority background who are under-represented at this level. All appointments will be made on merit. We have a values-based culture of respect and inclusion embedded in our organisation, and everyone has the ability to make a difference.

We’re looking for enthusiastic multi-taskers to work within our Committee and Chamber Office as Senior Clerks. As an exceptional leader, you’ll empower those reporting to you, acting impartially and exercising sound judgement in everything you do. You’ll play a key role in supporting the MSPs in inquiring into and debating issues of importance to the people of Scotland, in holding the Scottish Government to account and in deciding on new laws.

You’ll have an acute awareness of Scotland’s political machinery and an interest in topical issues and current affairs. With exceptional communication and interpersonal skills, you’ll use your skills to communicate complex information in an understandable way, investigating current political issues, gathering evidence, assisting members of the public to have their voices heard in the Parliament and providing advice on procedure and protocol to MSPs.

We offer a great range of benefits including 41.5 days of leave (including public holidays), the opportunity to join the Civil Service pension arrangements, flexible working and family-friendly policies.

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Assistant Clerks (Committee and Chamber Offices)

  • Full time or Part time
  • £35,586 – £44,322
  • Holyrood, Edinburgh
  • Closing 12th December 2021

Want to work in one of the most influential places in Scotland? Now is your chance!

We’re looking to expand our pool of Assistant Clerks within the Parliament. This is an excellent opportunity to register with us to be considered for both temporary and permanent opportunities in a key role within the Parliament. We particularly welcome applications from candidates from an ethnic minority background who are under-represented at this level. All appointments will be made on merit.

We are looking for enthusiastic multi-taskers to work within our Committee and Chamber Office as Assistant Clerks. Working in either office you’ll be part of a team in which you’ll play a key role in supporting the Members of the Scottish Parliament in inquiring into and debating issues of importance to the people of Scotland, in holding the Scottish Government to account and in deciding on new laws.

You’ll have an acute awareness of Scotland’s political machinery and interest in topical issues and current affairs. With exceptional communication and interpersonal skills, you’ll have the ability to communicate complex information effectively and build and maintain a range of relationships, both within and outwith the Parliament. You’ll also have effective leadership skills with the ability to manage and motivate staff. In addition, you’ll have excellent problem solving and organisational skills to manage competing priorities to meet tight deadlines, as well as being able to devise long term plans and strategies.

We offer a great range of benefits including 41.5 days of leave (including public holidays), the opportunity to join the Civil Service pension arrangements, and family-friendly policies.

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