Policy and Public Affairs Manager – NUS Scotland

Location: Edinburgh
Salary: £33,658

Policy and Public Affairs Manager – NUS Scotland

NUS Scotland is looking for an experienced, enthusiastic and knowledgeable candidate to join our team in Scotland.

About NUS Scotland

NUS Scotland exists to promote, defend and extend the rights of students, and develop strong students’ associations. We are a membership organisation working to represent our student association members in further and higher education across Scotland. We set our own political direction within the context of a devolved Scottish Parliament and Government.

About the role

NUS Scotland is one of the most influential campaigning organisations in Scotland, securing significant wins for students and promoting the value of further and higher education.

You will be responsible for leading NUS Scotland’s policy, press and research work, working to support the NUS Scotland Director, elected student officers and membership in order to influence decision makers on issues that affect students in Scotland in line with NUS Scotland’s policy positions.

You will formulate policy solutions and political advice, and articulate NUS Scotland’s policy positions. You will work to maximise NUS Scotland’s influence within Scottish political life and secure significant and positive change for Scottish education and society. The role includes policy research, development and influencing, and working with press and campaigns colleagues to ensure those positions are communicated out to a broad range of audiences, and delivered on by decision makers.

You will work closely with our elected student officers, this role is high tempo, varied and broad in scope, needing the ability to develop connections and knowledge to maximise influence in the pursuit of NUS Scotland’s policy positions and priorities. We are looking for someone with strong policy experience, well-honed political judgement, and the ability to work in an organisation led and shaped by elected representatives.  

The successful candidate should have knowledge of Scottish political life, including key decision makers and stakeholders affecting students in Scotland, experience of working a policy, press or political environment and a strong track record of working effectively with a wide range of senior stakeholders.


At NUS we pride ourselves on being able to offer a generous benefits package in order to support our employees both in their working lives and their personal lives.

We demonstrate this is a number of ways which include:

  • 27 days holiday (plus 1 extra day each year to a maximum of 30) plus 4 days over the Christmas period as well as public holidays
  • Childcare voucher scheme with a further childcare allowance to support parents
  • Flexible working options
  • An individual health cash plan
  • Employee assistance scheme including a GP advice line, virtual doctor, counselling, medical information and legal advice
  • A generous pension scheme (employer matched up to a maximum of 6% of basic salary)
  • Access to learning and development opportunities

How to apply

For more information please read the role profile or to apply please complete the application form and diversity monitoring form, both available on our website

Please note we do not accept CVs or pdf documents

Deadline for applications is 26th June 2017 at 5pm

Interviews will be held on 11th July 2017.

Completed applications should be returned to recruitment@nus.org.uk

 NUS is committed to being an inclusive employer and having a diverse workforce. We particularly welcome and encourage applications from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds.