Policy And Public Affairs Officer

Recruiter
National Autistic Society
Location
Glasgow
Posted
15 Sep 2018
Closes
19 Oct 2018
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
Who we are: The National Autistic Society are the UK's leading autism charity. Since we began over 50 years ago, we have been pioneering new ways to support people and understand autism. We continue to learn every day from the children and adults we support in our schools and care services. Based on our experience, and with support from our members, donors and volunteers, we provide life-changing information and advice to millions of autistic people, their families and friends. And we support professionals, politicians and the public to understand autism better so that more autistic people of all ages can be understood, supported and appreciated for who they are. Until everyone understands. Who we are looking for: An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Policy and Public Affairs Officer to join our team in Scotland. The Policy and Public Affairs Officer will work to influence government policy and legislative changes in the best interest of people with autism and their families. The successful candidate will represent the NAS to key government departments, Ministers and Parliamentarians in Scotland and develop the strategic relationships the NAS needs to influence nationally, while establishing local approaches. The Policy and Public Affairs Officer will also support campaigning activities in Scotland. The successful candidate must have proven experience in policy or parliamentary work, including knowledge of government structures and routes of influence. They must have proven experience in analysing information, grasping complex policy issues and communicating these in an accessible and persuasive way to diverse audiences. They should be educated to degree level in an appropriate discipline or have a proven track record in the field. A good understanding of voluntary sector and/or disability issues is desirable, as is a strong knowledge and understanding of campaigning methods. What we can offer you: • Excellent induction, training and development programme • Reflective supervision, mentoring and coaching • 24 hour access to online training • Online staff discount scheme for a range of benefits • Access to a 24 hour Employee Assistance counselling programme • Pension scheme • 25 days annual leave • Career progression opportunities Interviews: TBC Applications for this job are sought from anyone who is suitably qualified and experienced for the role but particularly welcome from those with a diagnosis of autism or Asperger syndrome. The NAS is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children and adults who use our services and as such expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Successful applicants will be required to complete the relevant safeguarding checks. For a Job Description, please select the APPLY NOW button or refer to Contact Information below and you will be transferred to our website. We are an equal opportunities employer. Registered as a charity in Scotland SC039427

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