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Policy Officer (About Dementia)

Closing date: 19 Aug 2022

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Age Scotland is the national charity for older people. We work to improve the lives of everyone over the age of 50 so that they can love later life. We support and enable hundreds of communities and older people’s groups across Scotland. We provide information, friendship and advice through our free helpline and publications. We tackle loneliness and isolation with our Friendship Line and much more. We work in Scotland with older people’s groups who provide vital activities and services for older people in their local community. We campaign on the issues that older people tell us are important to them.

MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES / DELIVERABLES:

  • Work with the About Dementia team and colleagues in Age Scotland’s Policy and Communications team to influence policy and practice nationally and locally.
  • Scope out existing evidence of good and bad practice in dementia policy and practice and identify gaps in current research.
  • Provide About Dementia with technical support and expertise in policy and influencing.
  • Identify opportunities for About Dementia, our members with lived experience, and partners to influence public policy.
  • Prepare policy statements, briefings and consultation responses to the Scottish Government, Scottish Parliament and other organisations based on evidence from our work.
  • Work with the team to provide support and facilitation input to About Dementia meetings. 
  • Work to develop policy and research papers to support our influencing work, and inform our members about key developments in dementia policy and practice.
  • Establish effective working relationships with About Dementia members with lived experience and partners.
  • Work with the Policy and Communications team to provide dementia related input to media work, press, influencing and campaigns. 
  • Work with the About Dementia team to contribute to the continuous evaluation of our project, and provide support to sub-group facilitators to do likewise 

KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:

Essential:

  • Substantial experience in a policy or campaigning role. 
  • Expert knowledge of Scottish political system and policy development.
  • Experience of working to influence demonstrable policy change. 
  • Experience of carrying out desk-based research

Desirable:

  • Experience of project evaluation.
  • Experience of working with older people.
  • Experience of supporting people to turn grassroots lived experience into policy evidence.
  • Experience of qualitative and/or quantitative research methods
  • Knowledge of dementia policy landscape and/or current trends in health and social care policy.

SKILLS:

Essential:

  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills including presenting complex issues to the general public.
  • Networking and influencing skills.
  • Analytical and research skills.
  • Ability to work with team colleagues and partner agencies in a manner consistent with the values of the organisation and the highest levels of empathy with the mission of the Charity.
  • Flexible, adaptable and willingness to engage in self-development.

Desirable:

  • Knowledge of dementia and areas of policy and practice including community-based support, social care, social security, equality and human rights. 
  • Strong understanding and knowledge of current social and political issues affecting people with dementia and their carers. 
  • Understanding of Human Rights and commitment to working to advance the rights of people living with dementia. 

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Educated to degree level (or equivalent work-related experience). 

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • The role may from time to time require travel throughout Scotland and the wider-UK, involving possible overnight stays
  • An understanding of and commitment to equal opportunities.
  • Commitment to work alongside and support volunteers.
  • Willingness to work from the Edinburgh office when required (NB, travel costs from home to the office will not be reimbursed by Age Scotland)
  • Employees enrolled in Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA or 2FA) will be expected to install and maintain the Watchguard app on either their personal or work mobile device.
  • Employees are expected to have a suitable home work space with a good broadband connection for occasional home working.
  • Commitment to the aims and vision of Age Scotland and the ability to demonstrate our values in your work.
  • Employees are expected to undertake any and all other reasonable and related tasks allocated by their Line Manager.

To apply for this job please visit www.ageuk.org.uk.

Other benefits

The post will be a hybrid blend of office based (in Edinburgh) and home-based work. At least 40% of the working week will be based at our office in Causewayside, Edinburgh.

In return for your expertise and commitment to our values you’ll receive a generous holiday allowance, a range of learning and development opportunities, optional healthcare benefits and a contributory pension scheme with employer contributions of up to 9%.

How to apply

Full details of the role and application forms are available from our website: www.age.scot/workforus. Alternatively, you can call 0333 323 2400.

Please email completed applications to [email protected]

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Job Details

Organisation: Age Scotland

Location: Edinburgh

Salary: £30,000 - £40,000 (£29,000 - £31,500)

Closing date: 19 Aug 2022 (12 PM)

Contract type: Fixed (1 Year 9 Months)

Full-time/part-time: Full Time

Remote working: No

About the Organisation

Age Scotland is the national charity for older people. We work to improve the lives of everyone over the age of 50 so that they can love later life. We support and enable hundreds of communities and older people’s groups across Scotland. We provide information, friendship and advice through our free helpline and publications. We tackle loneliness and isolation with our Friendship Line and much more. We work in Scotland with older people’s groups who provide vital activities and services for older people in their local community. We campaign on the issues that older people tell us are important to them.

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