Post: Policy and Public Affairs Officer 

Location: Edinburgh, but will consider remote 

Salary: £24,750 (rising to £25,234 within 1 year) per annum Pro-rata   

Hours: Full Time, 35 hours a week 

Tenure: Permanent  

Reporting to: Public Affairs and Communications Director  

Closing date: Wednesday 19 January 2022 at 5pm

Interview date: Friday 28 January (Held via video call) 


About the Role:

Our policy and public affairs officer connects with and influences politicians and senior decision makers. Our goal is to make society better for people who poor mental health and their families.

  • In this critical role you will work closely with the Director of Public Affairs and Communications to develop and implement a policy and influencing plan, ensuring that the voice of the people we support and their families is heard in all the places they need to be.
  • You will build powerful relationships with politicians, civil servants and partners and feel comfortable representing the organisation. You will love policy and public affairs, enjoy mastering details and offering sound advice. You will respond on behalf of the organisation to consultations and events and will be comfortable doing lots of research and writing.
  • You will ensure that we have a robust policy and public affairs process in place to respond to events and consultations, setting up meetings with influencers, writing the briefings for those meetings and recording our interactions on the lobbying register.
  • You will develop and implement a policy and public affairs plan which means we engage with external stakeholders, have our key messages disseminated and ensures that the voices of our members and the people we support are heard at all levels.
  • You will collaborate on key communications documents and channels including with our newsletter, website and support the high-quality use of our social media channels.
  • You will take ownership of remaining current on all policy developments in fields relevant to Support in Mind Scotland’s work and take it on yourself to ensure you are up to date and well informed of recent developments.
  • You will write briefings for the Director of Public Affairs and Communications, the CEO and board as needed.
  • You will organise and undertake the administration of events that support our policy platform whether that be events, party conferences, cross party groups, parliamentary receptions or other activity that support the charity.
  • You will support the work of the National Rural Mental Health Forum, manage the website and organise/support meetings.



Who are we looking for?

In order to deliver this role, we are looking for someone who is passionate about policy and public affairs, the difference that they can make and using the public realm to improve things for people who experience mental illness and their families. You:

  • are both a people person that can make great relationships with folk, plus organised and enjoy immersing yourself in detail.
  • have a strong, demonstrable knowledge and experience of working in policy and public affairs.
  • are comfortable and adept with the tools of the modern world including various online communication platforms and social media.
  • are positive with an enthusiastic ‘can do’ attitude, thriving on working in a dynamic workplace where you understand that everyone needs to be a leader.
  • have excellent literacy and research skills and are very comfortable reading, comprehending and writing. You enjoy making complex things simpler and more relevant for others.
  • have excellent interpersonal skills and work well with others. You can demonstrate how you have built relationships with external stakeholders.
  • are able to work under pressure and to exacting timelines and produce high quality work at all times.
  • are ambitious about what you, your team and the organisation can achieve. You see a challenge as an opportunity to improve and deliver outstanding service and support. You are a change-maker.



Why join us 

This is a great opportunity to join a thriving charity and help shape its future. In return for your work, passion and dedication, we offer scope for development, a benefit package including 37 days’ holiday, enhanced sick pay, season ticket loan, regular support & supervision, flexible as well as blended working pattern to help with work-life balance, additional leave for care and dependent responsibilities, and 24/7 access to an Employee Assistance Programme giving free legal, financial and medical advice, and support when coping with life's difficulties and challenges. 

We welcome and encourage job applications from people of all backgrounds and value the unique experience that everyone brings to our organisation. We are committed to equality, diversity and inclusion within our workforce, and to building a team made up of diverse skills, experiences and kinds of life experiences. 

Find out more about us on our website at and on social media. 


To Apply 

Please email your completed application pack to [email protected] by 5pm Wednesday 19 January 2022. With: Recruitment– Policy and Public Affairs Officer, in your email subject line. 

We welcome and encourage job applications from people of all backgrounds. 

If you consider yourself to have a disability, please complete the relevant section within the application pack to inform us of any arrangements that we may make to the interview process. 

We reserve the right to close this advert earlier or later than stated, so please don’t delay your application to avoid any disappointment. 

Application Pack

Job Description

Terms of Service

Application Form

Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form

Support In Mind Scotland is the operating name of the National Schizophrenia Fellowship (Scotland), a company limited by guarantee registered in Scotland SC088179. Charity Number SC 013649.