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Policy and Public Affairs Officer

  • Full time
  • £26,000 – £27,500
  • Dual - Edinburgh office & home
  • Closing 27th October 2021

  • Advertised from 14th October 2021
  • 35 hours per week. Permanent


The opportunity

Do you have experience working in policy or public affairs? Are you passionate about driving change in government promoting the British Heart Foundation's (BHF) mission to fund lifesaving research and advocating for the 7 million people living in the UK with a heart and circulatory disease?

If so, you may be the Policy and Public Affairs Officer we need!

About the role

You’ll support the promotion of the BHF to politicians, civil servants, researchers and service planners in Scotland, helping to ensure that key decision-makers consider the BHF the expert on heart health and research.

You'll also look for ways to engage key stakeholders with our work in their constituencies and areas of influence in particular our research, survival, support and grow income programmes.

You’ll influence the Scottish Government and other key stakeholders on our influencing priorities, making cardiovascular disease a priority in Scotland; and contributing to ensuring Scotland has an environment which supports excellence in heart research.

The BHF Policy and Public Affairs team exists to build support amongst key decision makers so that we can beat heart disease for good. We develop the BHF’s position and engage and influence stakeholders to help ensure the UK remains a global leader in heart and circulatory research.

About you

You’ll have experience of working in policy development and a proven ability to write clearly, concisely and persuasively for political audiences. You’ll also have sound knowledge of the workings of government and governmental procedures in Scotland and an interest in and understanding of the external political environment and political developments as they affect the BHF.

You’ll join BHF Scotland at an exciting time for both the charity and heart health in Scotland and will play a key role in the strategic communication of the scale of BHF investment in Scotland and the impact it is having on the lives of everyone in Scotland and the UK.

To be successful in this role you’ll have the following skills and experience:

• Exceptional research and analytical skills

• Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written

• Ability to take a flexible approach to work within a matrixed team

• Able to build influential relationships with internal and external stakeholders

About us

Since the British Heart Foundation’s creation more than 50 years ago, the research we have funded has helped to transform the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of many heart and circulatory diseases. The breakthroughs we have helped make possible include new treatments for heart attacks, genetic diagnosis of inherited heart disease, the UK’s first heart transplant and the first portable defibrillator.

Here at the British Heart Foundation we celebrate diversity and make inclusion part of what we do every day. Diversity and Inclusion forms a main pillar in our People Experience Strategy and we drive our strategy through our diversity and inclusion leaders group Kaleidoscope. Our aim is for all of our colleagues and volunteers to bring their true self to work, so we can continue to fund life saving research.

We understand that you might need a little help balancing your work and home life. Many of our people work flexibly in many different ways. Please feel free to talk to us about the flexibility you may need; we’re happy to explore what’s possible for you and the role.

Application notes

For further information and to apply please visit our website

Closing Date: 27 Oct 2021