Policy Development Support Assistant

The ALBA Party are looking to bring a Policy Development Support Assistant into our team. Applications for the position close on Friday 9th September 2022

Application forms can be downloaded at the bottom of this page and all applications must be sent to [email protected].


The role will be based between a combination of Home workings and Alba’s Glasgow office. 


Grade A1 –Competitive Dependent on Experience 

Contract Type

12 months fixed term contract


34 - Job Sharing will be considered

Working Pattern

Monday to Thursday 9 am to 5 pm & Friday 9 am to 4 pm


30 days annual leave plus public holidays 


Policy Development Support Assistant (12 Month Contract) - JOB DESCRIPTION

PRIMARILY REPORTS TO: General Secretary 

FUNCTIONAL DAY TO DAY REPORTS TO: Policy Development Senior Officer


MAIN PURPOSE OF THE JOB: To support the Policy Development Senior Officer with the administration of Party Policy Development initiatives such as organising policy events, preparing reports to assist policy development and supporting associated administrative tasks. 


This job description is not a complete listing of all duties but contains the key elements of the role.

  1. To work to individual and team targets and ensure delivery of these on a weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual basis.
  2. To complete workload assigned by line manager. 
  3. Oversee the organisation of Party Policy Development events such as National Assemblies, Conferences, stakeholder engagement meetings, public policy engagement initiatives and expert panels. 
  4. Support the Policy Development Officer in the preparation of the Party’s Annual Policy Document. 
  5. Provide administrative support when requested. 

Person Specification - Policy Development Support Assistant



Essential Desirable
A demonstrable commitment to undertaking all training, with support and coaching being provided by the RMU supervisor.  



Essential Desirable
Experience of working to a high standard (accuracy and attention to detail) and within deadlines. Working in a membership organisation.
  Strong candidates will have experience with customer service, and meeting targets within a team.



Essential Desirable
Understanding of political parties and how policies are development and then included in Party Manifestos for elections in Scotland. Knowledge of the relationships between the various spheres of Government in Scotland and how policy is developed then implemented by Scottish, Local, and UK Governments.



Essential Desirable
Effective and clear communication skills.  
Exceptional people skills with the ability to self-manage, and stay enthusiastic and motivated.  
To collaboratively work as part of a team; supporting others to jointly achieve goals and targets.   
Accuracy and attention to detail.  
Competent knowledge and use of IT skills (particularly Microsoft Excel)  



Essential Desirable
Functional Skills in English & Maths as a minimum. College Level Education.


Specific Requirements 

Essential Desirable
Able to work unsocial hours including some weekend working where required.  




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