Head of Policy and Public Affairs (Scotland)
Up to £55,000 with flexibility for the right candidate
For over 70 years Marie Curie has worked to deliver a better end of life experience for everyone. A key part of that mission means lobbying for the changes needed from national and local decisionmakers in order to improve those experiences. In recent years, our policy and public affairs teams across the UK have made a real difference to improving end of life care across the four nations.
The Policy and Research Directorate at Marie Curie are a new directorate, which brings together their policy, public affairs, and research work to maximise impact. Marie Curie seek a new Head of Policy and Public Affairs (Scotland) which plays a crucial role in this function – leading the Policy and Public Affairs Scotland team to develop policies to improve end of life care in Scotland, based upon the evidenced needs of people affected by terminal illness.
Working in partnership with the Heads of Policy and Public Affairs in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, this role will also collaborate to coordinate and deliver an impactful influencing strategy across the four UK nations.
The ideal candidate will have a strong grounding in policy, and a passion for social justice, and challenging inequalities in care and experience is crucial. Political engagement and judgement when dealing with the Scottish Government is key alongside an in-depth understanding of structures within the Scottish Government, health and social care organisations and local authorities in Scotland. There must be a comprehensive understanding of policy affecting people towards the end of life at national and local levels and demonstratable success at a highly strategic level in delivering evidence based campaigning and lobbying work. Ideally this would also include experience of working with the media. Overall, you will be an impassioned leader who can balance working across the four nations, looking for diplomatic and collaborative opportunities whilst bringing together your own team to forge Scotland’s policy.
We know that the UK has profound inequalities in end-of-life care. We work to challenge this, and to do that as effectively as we can, we need a diverse team. We are devoted to the social justice imperatives and organisational benefits of full diversity, inclusion and equity in the workplace, and are a Stonewall champion. We actively encourage and welcome applications from candidates of diverse cultures, perspectives and lived experiences.
If you think you might be the right candidate for this role and would like an in-depth chat about the position, please get in touch with Catriona Mackie at Aspen People on 0141 212 7555.
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Closing date for applications: Sunday 16th January 2022