National Policy Lead

  • Full time or Part time
  • £34,877 – £40,023
  • Hybrid/Remote: Blend of home working and office, based in Rose Street, Edinburgh or can be entirely home based anywhere in the UK. Please talk to us about your flexible working requirements!
  • Closing 25th July 2024

  • Advertised from 1st July 2024
  • 21-35 hours, to be worked flexibly.


Scottish Women’s Aid has an opportunity to join their policy team. This is a new and exciting position within the policy team, where the role holder will be responsible for working on a diverse range of policy areas, all connecting to domestic abuse, violence against women and girls, and gender related topics. They will work closely with the Membership, Training and Communications teams.

Working across third sector organisations you will build and maintain relationships to input to policy and influencing, both as SWA as well as jointly with others. You will maintain good working relationships with civil servants, challenging ideas and find solutions where necessary.

The role includes inputting to and submitting consultation responses, researching and writing briefings, preparing for SWA to providence evidence in parliament, keep our communications team up to date with policy inputs and changes, and input to good practice stemming from policy changes. All of these roles, requiring great working relationships across the organisation, but especially with Membership and Training.

We’re looking for someone who has:

  • Knowledge of the Scottish policy landscape
  • Awareness and understanding of the feminist analysis of domestic abuse and the impact on women, children and young people
  • Demonstrable track record of developing and writing successfully in a policy context
  • Highly organised approach to effective planning, delivery and the development of applicable tasks
  • Drive to make a difference in a fast moving time of policy

Application notes

For further information and to apply, please visit our website.

Please note, applications will be accepted from women only under Schedule 9, part 1 of the Equality Act 2010. Scottish Women’s Aid is an equal opportunities employer, all women, including women with the protected characteristic of gender reassignment, may apply for women-only roles.

The recruitment panel will be appointing for this role on a rolling basis. After considering your application, the panel will be in touch if they would like to invite you to interview, please don't delay in applying as the post will close once the position is filled.