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The Citizens Advice network in Scotland is the largest independent advice service in the country. Citizens Advice Scotland is a charity within this network – we act as a national organisation supporting and representing the service as a whole and the interests of citizens. At the heart of the network there are 59 individual citizens advice bureau organisations across Scotland, all operating as independent charities in their own right, and generally focusing on providing support directly to clients. Each of these organisations is a member of Citizens Advice Scotland. Also providing significant added value are the national elements of the service run out of Citizens Advice Scotland, such as the Extra Help Unit. We believe that every citizen should have access to free, impartial and confidential advice that helps them make informed decisions, whenever they need it and however they choose to access it.
The Senior Policy Officer (Strong Communities) will be responsible for independent delivery of projects within the Citizens Advice Scotland Impact Workplan.
The team currently covers a wide range of issues including access to justice, telecoms and postal policy. This role will have a primary focus on access to justice issues although the post holder may be required to work on other areas relevant to the team’s remit as appropriate.
You will have experience of analysing policy documents, writing reports and influencing external policy/decision making. You will also have an ability to effectively interpret and analyse quantitative and qualitative data and have excellent communication and stakeholder management skills. Relevant legal qualifications or experience of justice policy, regulatory affairs, or consumer advocacy in Scotland would also be advantageous in this role, although this is not a necessity.
This role offers you the opportunity to work at the heart of supporting Scotland's largest independent advice network and to make an invaluable contribution to citizen’s lives.
For more information, please refer to the Job Pack which can be downloaded on our vacancies page.
Citizens Advice Scotland is committed to promoting diversity and inclusion. We offer a range of family friendly, inclusive employment policies and flexible working arrangements to support all our staff. We are also committed to equality of opportunity for all and applications from individuals are encouraged regardless of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and marriage and civil partnerships.
*This role is normally based in our Edinburgh office. As a result of the COVID-19 crisis, all Citizens Advice Scotland staff are currently working from home and we would therefore expect the successful candidate would be required to work from home initially. Re-opening our offices will be carefully planned and managed in accordance with the latest Scottish Government guidance and public health advice. Candidates should be prepared to work from home initially, but be aware that attendance at the normal office base will be required in future. We are currently reviewing our home working policy in response to the COVID-19 crisis and ongoing opportunities to work from home can be discussed with the successful candidate at offer stage.
Citizens Advice Scotland offers excellent terms and conditions, including a total of 40 days leave (including public holidays) and a pension scheme with an 8% employer contribution. We have a flexitime scheme which enables our employees to work flexibly in line with organisational requirements, and as an inclusive employer we are happy to consider other flexible working arrangements where appropriate. For more details of some of the other benefits on offer to our employees, please see the section on employee benefits in the Job Pack.
To apply for this role, please send completed copies of the Personal Details Form, along with your current CV to: email@example.com
In addition, we ask you to provide a short written statement (maximum of two pages) with examples which demonstrate how you meet the requirements of the post, as set out in the job description and person specification.
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