MSP Staff
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Commensurate with experience

About The Role

The Scottish Labour Parliamentary Group is looking for a full-time Head of Engagement to join their team.
Location: Scottish Parliament, Holyrood, Edinburgh
Hours: Full-time; 35 hours
Salary: Commensurate with experience


An exciting opportunity has arisen for an outgoing, innovative, and highly motivated individual to join the team supporting the parliamentary work of the Scottish Labour Parliamentary Group in the position of Head of Engagement.

The successful applicant will thrive on building and managing relationships and will work as part of an effective and inclusive team focused on delivering a clear engagement strategy on behalf of the Scottish Labour Parliamentary Group. Working with MSPs offices, the policy team, and the Visits and Engagement officer, the Head of Engagement will be expected to lead the Scottish Labour Parliamentary Group’s engagement strategy: Managing and coordinating outreach to the business community, trade unions, third sector and voluntary organisations, community groups, non-governmental organisations, and those with an interest in policy and Scottish Parliamentary business. The Head of Engagement will develop and oversee a programme of engagement meetings and communications between portfolio leads and relevant interested organisations and will assist individual MSPs in their relationship building and communications with external stakeholders regarding policy discussions and parliamentary business.

The role will be demanding but also gratifying, working in a fast paced and constantly evolving political environment, as part of a supportive and highly motivated team to ensure collaborative relationships are maintained and clear lines of communications are established between the Scottish Labour Parliamentary Group and organisations across Scotland.



  • Oversee and expand an effective engagement strategy for the Labour Group in the Scottish Parliament
    • Identifying key issues relating to policy positions and national political developments and facilitating meetings and collaborative discussions with relevant groups and organisations to help inform the work of the Scottish Labour Group and the communication of Scottish Labour’s approach to issues raised in the Scottish Parliament
  • Supporting Scottish Labour MSPs and their offices with their outreach to organisations representing the business community, trade union, third sector and voluntary organisations, local community groups, and single-issue campaign groups
    • Ensuring Scottish Labour MSPs keep abreast of the work of organisations and community groups in their regions and relating to specific portfolios
    • Work with the Policy team and the Visits and Engagement officer to manage a programme of regular meetings between portfolio leads and relevant organisations
    • Collaborating with colleagues to assist MSP offices when building local networks and relationships with organisations and community groups and ensuring portfolio leads are communicating regularly and effectively with stakeholders in each sector
  • Develop a strategy for ongoing collaborative communication between the Scottish Labour Parliamentary Group and a wide range of organisations across Scotland
    • Overseeing the communications between portfolio leads and individual MSPs and the relevant organisations both by sector and geography and managing follow-up actions resulting from meetings and discussions with various organisations

About You


  • Applicants will be expected to demonstrate experience of working in a high-profile engagement and/or communications environment
  • Demonstrable experience of leading teams in a complex stakeholder environment, balancing competing priorities, deadlines, and resources
  • Ability to build constructive relationships and collaborative opportunities with stakeholders and staff at all levels while working flexibly as part of a team
  • Applicants will be expected to have good judgement and excellent attention to detail and should be able to work well in a time sensitive and high-pressured environment, managing their workload effectively with competing demands on their time
  • A good understanding of Scottish politics and the areas of devolved responsibility is essential and knowledge of existing organisations operating in Scotland is desirable
  • Ideally applicants will also have experience of working in a political environment as well as a strong interest in politics and an affinity with the values of the Scottish Labour Parliamentary Group

The Selection Process

Applications, consisting of a CV together with a covering letter setting out how you meet the person specification, should be submitted to the Labour Group’s Business Manager, Neil Bibby, MSP (please email by the closing date of Thursday 30th September 2021

Interviews expected to take place week beginning Monday 4th October 2021