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Policy Officer (Equalities)

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Salary:Starting salary is £33,950, within a pay band up to £39,460 (pro rata if part time) 

Working pattern:Full time, Permanent 


Closing date:27 November 2023 at midnight 

Join us as a Policy Officer (Equalities) (Grade 5) and be at the forefront of driving positive change!

In this dynamic role, you will play a crucial part in shaping and implementing SLAB's policy development programme. As a key member of our established equalities function, you will have the unique opportunity to contribute to the organisation's mission by assisting in Equality Impact Assessments, upskilling colleagues and driving our Equality Outcomes. Whether providing insightful advice, delivering engaging training sessions, or collaborating directly on projects, your role will be integral to fostering an inclusive environment and delivering change.

Elevate your career, make a difference, and thrive in a role that values your expertise and commitment to positive change. Apply now and be a driving force in shaping the future.

Starting salary is £33,950, within a pay band up to £39,460 (pro rata if part time).

About us
The Scottish Legal Aid Board (SLAB) was set up in 1987 to manage legal aid in Scotland. We are a non-departmental public body responsible to the Scottish Government. Our main purpose is to manage and continuously improve publicly funded legal assistance and to advise Scottish Ministers on its strategic development for the benefit of society.

If you wish to learn more about the Scottish Legal Aid Board (SLAB) and our other direct services please visit

Why work for us
We are an ethical organisation, carrying out rewarding work that can have a considerable impact on clients’ lives.

We seek high calibre people and in return, we set out to provide good training and development with rewarding working conditions. We aim to be an ‘employer of choice’. Should you come to work with us, you’ll discover that no matter what your job or level of responsibilities, you are treated as an individual, with fairness, dignity and respect.

Our stable and secure reward package includes:

• A competitive salary with potential for pay progression
• Flexible working arrangements and a great holiday entitlement of 34 days per year (inclusive of public and privilege holidays) increasing after five years of continuous service
• A defined benefit pension scheme with a 6% employee contribution
• Job security in a stable environment for long term career progression
• Support from colleagues within a rewarding, positive work culture
• Opportunities for learning and development while making a difference with challenging tasks for ultimate job satisfaction.

To find out more about working with SLAB and our benefits, please visit

About the role
The aim of this role is to be a source of expertise and driver on mainstreaming the public sector equality duty (PSED) into our general functions and the related statutory duties listed in the legislation and to contribute to the delivery of SLAB’s policy development programme, which assists the organisation in delivering its mission and strategic objectives by:
1. Providing advice and assistance to our staff to mainstream the public sector equality duty into their work.
2. Developing equality outcomes that align to our corporate priorities, delivering and monitoring progress of activities
3. Monitoring and driving fulfilment of mainstreaming and other statutory requirements under the Scottish specific duties and gender representation on public boards
4. Directly delivering equalities related projects, stakeholder engagement, evidence-gathering, analysis, report writing and completion of equality impact assessments as required
5. Monitoring and engaging with the external equalities environment, understanding the implications for the organisation

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 oversees the equalities function, and occasional contact with the Chief Executive and other Directors.

This post is permanent on a full time basis.

If you are applying for a full time position on a part-time basis (less than 37 hours per week), please give details of the number of hours and pattern of part time work you would be interested in. Further details are supplied in the ‘General Information for Applicants’ document.

We are an equal opportunities employer and we are dedicated to being fair and inclusive, and to being a place where all belong.

We welcome and encourage applications from diverse backgrounds, including groups currently underrepresented in our workforce. These include people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, disabled people, and LGBTQI+ people.

We will ensure that disclosure of disability status will not negatively impact anyone’s application. We are committed to guaranteeing an interview to every applicant who indicates they have a disability, in terms of the Equality Act 2010, that meets the minimum criteria for the role.

For more details about this role and a full list of essential criteria and required competencies, please see the ‘Additional Information’ section on the vacancy page.

Completed applications should be returned by Monday, 27 November 2023 via SLAB’s recruitment portal.

Application Information

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