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Corporate Policy Officer (Equalities)

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Salary:From £31,510 

Working pattern:Full time, Permanent 


Closing date:03 February 2021 at midnight 

Who we are

Legal aid plays a vital role in Scottish society by enabling people to enforce and protect their rights, defend themselves and manage their personal affairs and relationships. The Scottish Legal Aid Board is the national funding body for most solicitor and advocate delivered publicly funded legal services.

We also have a role in advising Scottish Ministers on the strategic development of legal assistance.

We welcome and encourage applications from diverse backgrounds, including groups currently underrepresented in our workforce. We pride ourselves as being an employer of choice.

The role

We are currently recruiting for a corporate policy officer, experienced in working in the equalities field. This is permanent, full-time and pensionable position.

The post holder will contribute to the delivery of SLAB’s policy development programme, which assists the organisation in delivering its mission and strategic objectives.

As a member of our established equalities function, you will assist the organisation with undertaking Equality Impact Assessments, working across the organisation with teams ranging from Human Resources to our solicitors who deliver legal advice to the public. This support may vary from light touch advice to delivering training or working directly with colleagues as part of a project team.

Being part of the Policy and Development department, you will work in a supportive team environment alongside colleagues who are also engaged in collaborative work internally and externally. You will have frequent contact with senior colleagues, including the Policy Projects Manager and Manager of Policy and Development, regular contact with the Director of Strategic Development, who oversee the equalities function, and occasional contact with the Chief Executive and other Directors.

Candidate’s profile

  • Experience working in a similar role is required

  • Knowledge of the current and evolving legislative framework for equalities

  • A good level of experience of supporting equality impact assessments

  • Proven ability to analyse information, produce findings and recommendations

  • Good interpersonal skills and the ability to work as part of a team

  • Persistent, but able to maintain a sensitive and diplomatic approach

  • Strong relationship building skills

  • Strong negotiation and group facilitation skills

  • Good written and oral communication skills self-motivation, discipline and customer focus

  • Adaptability to rapidly changing requirements and the ability to meet tight deadlines

  • Strong achievement orientation and an ability to get things done

  • Good personal organisation

  • Good working IT skills including MS Office package, particularly Excel, Word and Outlook

  • Knowledge and experience of qualities policy implementation and / or experience of developing and delivering training materials is desirable

  • Experience of work in / with central or local government, non-departmental public body or charity will be beneficial but it is not mandatory

SLAB as an organisation is offering stable employment with a wide range of benefits. You will have access to flexible hours and occasional remote working, as well as other employment benefits offered by the Scottish Legal Aid Board, which are listed in the full job description.

Application Information

The job description and person specification with other relevant documents are available below.

Completed applications should be returned by Wednesday the 3rd February (midnight). Interviews will be organised via a video call shortly after closing date however, this can change depending on candidates’ availability.

To apply please click the “Apply Online” button. For assistance, please contact Klaudia Hall on or 0131 240 2145.

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