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Current vacancies

Policy Advice Officer

Policy Advice Officer

Permanent Contract of Employment
£27,000 pa
Full time 35 hours per week
Occasional work may be required out-with normal office hours
Due to Covid-19, working remotely in a first instance.

The RSE is continuing on its journey of change and has an exciting opportunity for a Policy Advice Officer to support the delivery of the RSE’s policy advice activities.
Working closely with, and reporting to the Policy Advice Manager, your key responsibilities will be to:

  • Support the delivery and communication of wide-ranging policy advice activity, including preparing policy positions and responses.
  • Provide secretariat support to RSE policy committees, including the Economy and Enterprise Committee.
  • Provide secretariat support to the Cross-Party Group on Science and Technology.
  • Support the development and maintenance of relationships with decision-makers and policy influencers.

What we are expecting from you
The successful candidate will have the ability to produce clear and concise policy advice type papers/reports with excellent written and oral communications skills. You will be able to work autonomously as part of a small team, know when to take initiative, and be able to work across different topics and areas. A good understanding of the working of the Scottish and UK governments and parliament is essential.

Closing Date for application
The closing date is 5.00 pm on Tuesday 22 June 2021

To apply for the role
Complete the RSE application form as fully as possible demonstrating how you meet the competencies and skills required for the post and the relevant experience you bring to the role and return it to [email protected]

Completion of the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form is optional. Please return this form to [email protected]

If you are invited for an interview, due to the current situation of Covid-19, this will take place online possibly using ZOOM on a date and time to be confirmed.

In accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006 The RSE, as an employer, has a legal responsibility to prevent illegal working and therefore must check that all employees are entitled to work in the United Kingdom. To do so we require to see original documents evidencing a right to work in the UK before the commencement of employment.

Feedback on your application
Please note that feedback will only be provided to candidates after the interview.

Job contact
For an informal discussion about the role, please contact William Hardie, Policy Advice Manager by email at [email protected]

Recruitment team
For any queries about the recruitment process and to apply, please contact our HR department by email [email protected]


Application Pack Application Form Diversity Form

Workplace Benefits

How we value equality and diversity

The RSE values equality and diversity. Our differences enrich us as an organisation enabling us to benefit from different perspectives and experiences and supporting better decision-making. We want to ensure that we fully value and recognise the contribution of all and celebrate and harness our differences. As part of our commitment to diversity and inclusion, we place a great importance on being an equal opportunities employer, offering equality of opportunities, working practices and procedures for all staff. To ensure that becomes more than a simple statement of intent, the RSE has a diversity policy in place, and undertakes a series of actions to give effect to that policy. Our Diversity Policy can be accessed here.

We are also committed to ensuring equality of opportunity and outcome in the work that we do. Although RSE is not covered by the duties of the Public Sector Equality Duty set out in the Equality Act 2010 we are committed to equality and diversity and ensuring that our work contributes toward advancing equality of opportunity and supporting good relations between different groups.

This includes promoting equality and diversity for all irrespective of:

gender reassignment
race (including colour, nationality and ethnic or national origins)
religion or belief
sex and sexual orientation
marriage and civil partnership
pregnancy and maternity

We will demonstrate our commitment by:

Ensuring that our staff and fellows are informed and aware of their individual responsibilities to support diversity and inclusion;
Ensuring that our working policies and practices accept and treat everyone fairly and that we respect and value differences;
Promoting equality of opportunity and diversity within the communities in which we work;
Monitoring, evaluating and reviewing activity to secure continuous improvement in all that we do;
Offering an impartial platform, through our work, to bring together people from a variety of demographics, socio-economic backgrounds, countries and cultures;
Taking steps to accelerate diversification of the Fellowship;Recognising Scotland’s at-risk academic and refugee community and the potential it has to make outstanding and meaningful contributions to the future prosperity of Scottish society;
Continuing our active member with the UK Academies Human Rights Committee, forming part of the International Human Rights Network.

The RSE strives to provide a working environment which supports the well-being of its staff and is committed to:

  • Reviewing and implementing HR policies & procedures, which encourage, promote and support well-being at work;
  • Promoting awareness and understanding of health related issues in the work-place, including raising awareness about mental health;
  • Providing access to Occupational Health Services when appropriate (Counselling);
  • Ensuring we fully comply with our health & safety obligations as an employer;
  • Obtaining feedback from staff and introducing changes when they are appropriate and necessary to support staff well-being;
  • Maintaining the RSE Staff Bulletin  and ensuring it is updated with information relating to health & wellbeing at work;
  • Organising relevant training to support staff at work (Fire Evacuation, Health Checks, First Aid, Food & Hygiene, Manual handling, VDU assessments, Diversity at Work, Fire Evacuation, DSE assessments, online training on issues such as dealing with Mental Health at work…);
  • Obtaining the Gold Award standards from Healthy Working Lives and maintaining the existing Silver and Bronze Awards.


The RSE is committed to the development of its staff and encourages life-long learning.

Attendance at external training is supported and funding for personal development (up to 100% for requests relating directly to work and 50% for further professional qualifications) is provided.

In addition, the RSE organises an annual Learning at Work week where staff are given the opportunity to share and develop existing skills and knowledge.

We’re very pleased to announce that the RSE has been awarded SILVER for this year’s Payroll Giving Quality Mark.
It’s an achievement to be proud of at a time when it has never been more vital to support charities, and a testament to the kindness and generosity of the RSE workforce.

In addition to the salary paid, the RSE offers generous employee benefits which include:

  • The opportunity to become a member of the Aviva Pension Fund;
  • All employees employed after 1 August 2018 receive the following annual allowances (pro-rata for part time staff): 25 days up until completion of 3 years employment; 27 days following completion of 3 years employment (+ 2 days); 30 days following completion of 5 years employment (+ 3 days);
  • Employees get 9 days public holiday (pro-rata for part-time staff). This is built into your total holiday allowance (annual leave + public holidays) each year;
  • An interest free loan for public transport tickets;
  • Social clubs such as Book Club, Scone Club and Running Club;
  • A give-as-you-earn scheme;
  • Learning opportunities;
  • Yearly health checks.

The RSE is occasionally able to offer opportunities for paid work placements or internships through Adopt an Intern. These are mutually beneficial as they enable:

  • Students to gain work experience and networking opportunities;
  • The RSE to gain fresh new ideas and support with projects which may otherwise remain abandoned;
  • Current staff to develop communication, organisational, team-working, mentoring and leadership skills.