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Policy & Research Officer

  • Full time
  • £29,064
  • Hybrid role combining home and office working - Edinburgh
  • Closing 23rd November 2022

  • Advertised from 11th November 2022


Victim Support Scotland – Empowering People Affected by Crime. We put victims and witnesses at the heart of everything we do so they are heard, have improved health and well-being, feel safer, more secure, and informed and that we are an effective organisation, that makes a lasting difference.

What is the role

This is a hybrid role combining home and office working with the expectation of three days per week office based, Glasgow or Edinburgh based.

The Communications and External Affairs team is recruiting a Policy and Research Officer with an understanding of the policy and legislation that impact victims, witnesses and families.

There are three main aspects to the role; drafting and devising policy responses, parliamentary engagement, as well as research and briefings.

As VSS’s ‘go-to’ on everything policy-related, we are looking for someone with experience in a similar role ideally within the third sector. Knowledge of the criminal justice system is advantageous, but not essential. It is important that you are able to articulate complex issues clearly and with a quick turnaround.

The post is relatively high-profile and front-facing, involving engagement with a wide range of senior stakeholders that are key to the success of VSS. It is therefore expected that the postholder will be confident and knowledgeable in their approach to handling relationships with partners.

We are looking for someone with a positive attitude who is willing to be flexible within their role. You will equally be as comfortable working autonomously as you are working alongside and collaborating with colleagues.

No two days at VSS are the same. You will get involved with multiple projects and creative campaigns all in support of our new five-year strategy Empowering people affected by crime: VSS Strategy 2021-2026. We are looking for someone who is not phased by competing demands, has excellent forward planning skills and an ability to work to tight deadlines.

This is clearly a busy and exciting role and it would be ideally suited to someone who is determined to help VSS deliver in its mission, and is also calm and measured and also able take constructive feedback onboard.

In return, you will work within a supportive and friendly organisation, and a forward-thinking team that is always looking for fresh ideas and input.

Our mission at Victim Support Scotland is to ensure that people affected by crime receive high quality support that will help them to recover from their experiences. We put victims and witnesses at the heart of everything we do so they have improved health and well-being, feel safer, more secure and informed. VSS aims to be an effective organisation that makes a lasting difference by adhering to our values of being supportive, striving for excellence and offering personalised and accessible services. These values are reflected in the behaviours expected of all staff and volunteers.

If you are looking for a role with a purpose, where you can really make a difference, then this may be the role for you.

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