Monday to Friday, 9.00 to 5.00*, Permanent
March 2017 start
Closing date: 6 March 2017, noon
About the Company
The Royal Society of Edinburgh, Scotland’s National Academy is an educational charity, registered in Scotland, operating on a wholly independent and non-party-political basis and providing public benefit throughout Scotland. We were established in 1783 and since then have drawn upon the considerable strengths and varied expertise of our Fellows, of which there are currently around 1600, who are based in Scotland, the rest of the UK and beyond.
Unlike similar organisations in the rest of the UK, our Fellowship includes people from a wide range of disciplines - science & technology, arts, humanities, social science, business and public service. This breadth of expertise makes us unique in the UK. The time which our Fellows spend in supporting and enabling the delivery of our activities is an exceptional free resource, the annual public value of which is in excess of £1 million.
We are currently looking to recruit a new Policy Advice Officer to join our team.
You will coordinate and produce responses to Government and Parliamentary Consultations, and policy papers initiated by the RSE; provide secretariat support for the RSE Education Committee and its joint Learned Societies Group and Business Innovation Forum; and coordinate records of policy advice impact and activities.
The purpose of the role is to support the RSE’s Policy Advice activities. The key responsibilities will include:
• To coordinate and produce responses to Government and Parliamentary consultations, and policy papers initiated by the RSE, and to support the delivery of any follow up activities. Follow up activities will include communicating and engaging with governments and parliamentarians
• To coordinate records of policy advice impact and activities and in doing so work with RSE Impact Officer
• To provide secretariat support for the RSE Education Committee and the joint Learned Societies Group
• To provide secretariat support for the RSE Business Innovation Forum and support the delivery of its activities.
• To provide secretariat services for RSE short term Working Groups which consider public policy and parliamentary issues
• To undertake desk based research and collation of evidence and advice material
• To provide general administrative support for the team
The post has no staff management responsibilities and is responsible to the Policy Advice Manager.
External: Civil servants, Members of Parliament, EU Officials, a range of individuals from the academic, business, media, public and third sectors
Internal: All RSE staff & Fellows
*Please note that there may be occasional work out-with these core hours
To apply for this post, you must demonstrate an understanding of the working of the Scottish Parliament, UK Government and the Civil Service and have some understanding of Scotland’s business innovation landscape, be computer literate and confident user of the web, and have the ability to produce clear and concise policy advice papers and reports. Some experience in working with committees and a good eye for details is essential.
• An understanding of the working of the Scottish Parliament, UK Government and the Civil Service
• Ability to produce clear and concise policy advice type papers / reports
• Good experience in working with committees
• Ability to work using own initiative and as part of a small team
• Good attention to detail
• An understanding of the Scottish business innovation landscape
• Confident user of the Web and ability to source information quickly and accurately
• An understanding of the working of the EU Parliament
• Event organisation skills
• An ability to work across different topics and areas
Word: Advanced Level (excluding Macros)
Outlook: All skills
Integra Database: General Procedure Level, Misc Procedure Level, Role Specific Procedure Level
Excel: Basic Level
Power Point: All skills
Others: RSE website content management update, Rendezvous booking system
Closing date for applications is 6 March 2017, 12 noon.
Interview date: Thursday 16 March 2017
Please submit a CV and brief covering letter through the AAI online application form on our website. All applications must be submitted by noon on the closing date. State a. your availability and b. relevant information on your skills/experience pertaining to the job spec. We do NOT accept e-mail applications unless otherwise stated.
Please confirm your eligibility to work in the UK.