Top job! Head of Policy & Programmes

  • Full time
  • £57,302 – £60,029
  • Blended Working (Glasgow office and Home) (Hybrid)
  • Closing 7th June 2024

  • Advertised from 2nd May 2024


Main Duties and Responsibilities

4 programmes reflect our strategic objectives which are to prioritise prevention, end rough sleeping and destitution, support the transition to rapid rehousing and provide platforms for lived experience.

You will draw on your knowledge, skills and experience to:

1. Take a highly relational approach that builds and nurtures the key relationships needed to achieve policy and programme objectives.

2. Create opportunities to influence, improve and implement policy and to brief internally and across our wider networks.

3. Oversee multi-agency programmes to end homelessness and destitution, with a strong focus on delivering equality, impact and improvement.

4. Analyse the impact of Homeless Network Scotland’s strategic plan periodically and collaborate across the organisation to review and revise impact measures.

5. Develop and deliver clear and consistent policy positions across all our activities, based on best available evidence and diverse experience.

Working as part of the leadership team to:

6. Contribute to the strategic development and direction of Homeless Network Scotland, supporting equality, impact and improvement and mitigating risks and issues.

7. Provide inspiring leadership across the organisation, promoting a culture of collective responsibility that helps an expert and dedicated team to achieve their potential.

8. Work to deliver relevant and timely media statements, briefings, blogs and articles.

9. Monitor, review and continuously improve the satisfaction of Homeless Network Scotland members and the wider network.

10. Schedule and submit quality and compliant reports to Homeless Network Scotland's various funders as required.

And working as part of the full team at Homeless Network Scotland to:

11. Adopt an evidence-based and solutions-focused approach to resolving homelessness.

12. Centre lived experience and raise knowledge and awareness of how different groups experience homelessness and the action needed to reduce housing inequality.

13. Build and maintain a knowledge of the network of sectors and services that prevent and respond to homelessness in Scotland.

14. Support fundraising and income generation and create opportunities for the organisation to be commissioned as experts and consultants.

15. Represent Homeless Network Scotland in accordance with our vision and values, policies and procedures and contribute flexibly to the range of our work required to meet our objectives.

Competency Framework

  1. (i) Core Competencies
  2. The post holder will be expected to demonstrate that they meet Homeless Network Scotland’s core values and competencies at Level 4 (see attached our competencies framework).
  3. (ii) Job Specific Competencies
  4. The post holder will also be expected to meet the following job specific competencies, or clearly show how they could be quickly developed:
  • Expert knowledge of the housing and homelessness policy landscape in Scotland.
    • An experienced and motivational project developer, ideally in multi-partner structures.
    • And have:
    • Success in a policy, public affairs or other influencing role.
    • Knowledge and experience of research methodology, designing research materials.
    • Exceptional written communications skills.

Application notes

Application packs can be downloaded from our website at

For more information about the role, the application pack or process, please contact Janice Higgins, Head of Corporate Services on 0141 420 7272 or email

No agencies or CVs please.

Closing date: 5pm, Friday 7th June 2024