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£40,000 to £46,000, depending on experience

About The Role

The Scottish Greens Parliamentary Group are looking for a full-time Head of Strategy and Campaigns to join their team.
 

Location: Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh

Salary: £40,000 to £46,000, depending on experience

Hours: 37 hours per week; applications for part-time or job shares are welcome.

Reporting to: Mark Ruskell MSP

 

The Scottish Greens returned a record number of MSPs to Holyrood in the May election, and have entered into an historic co-operation agreement with the Scottish Government that will see many of our manifesto commitments delivered, helping Scotland step up and take the action needed to tackle the climate emergency. This is a key role, managing the Scottish Green Parliamentary Group’s central team, and working with the MSPs and staff to develop and deliver the Green agenda in Parliament, coordinate and support the delivery of parliamentary campaigns, and to communicate the Green MSPs’ work effectively.

 

Job purpose

To manage the provision of research, communication and campaign services for the Green Group of MSPs, advise on and coordinate the Group’s parliamentary activity, and line manage the central team of staff.

 

Duties and responsibilities

  • Manage the provision of research, communications and business management services for the Green Group of MSPs
  • Line manage the Group’s central team (currently six members of staff)
  • Advise on and coordinate parliamentary activity, including positioning and approach to chamber business
  • Liaise with government advisers and other key contacts to inform parliamentary activity
  • Work with MSPs in the development and delivery of a parliamentary strategy, and advise MSPs on the delivery of their duties
  • Ensure group research and communications work is joined up, performance driven, and co-ordinated with individual Green MSP staff teams
  • Support the Group in developing and delivering parliamentary and regional campaigns
  • Manage the Group budget and commission external services to support the Group’s communications and research programme
  • Maintain a strategic oversight of comms output and strategy, in close cooperation with the Communications Manager
  • Support the Group Convenor and the MSPs in ensuring group cohesiveness and developing positive ways of working together
  • Other duties in support of the MSPs carrying out their parliamentary duties as required

About You

Person specification

Essential

  • Experience of working in a political, public affairs and/or campaigns environment
  • Experience of line management
  • Understanding of the Scottish political landscape and an interest in politics
  • A quick learner with the ability to multitask and work within tight timescales
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • A commitment to Green values and political aspirations

Desirable

  • A good understanding of the Scottish Parliament and parliamentary process
  • Experience of managing multi-disciplinary teams to deliver successful campaigns
  • Strong relationships across policy and media landscape in Scotland

The Selection Process

If you would like to discuss this role in further detail, please contact Jenny.Smith@parliament.scot in the first instance.

To apply, click on "send CV" and upload your CV and supporting statement as one document. When you've clicked "send CV" use the text box to provide wording for the covering email. Your supporting statement should set out how you meet the job specification and should be no longer than one page/two sides.

Closing date: 10:00 on Monday 25 October