Chief Social Policy Adviser

The Scottish Government

Edinburgh or Glasgow [2-3 year Fixed Term Appointment or secondment]

  • Location

    Edinburgh or Glasgow [2-3 year Fixed Term Appointment or secondment]

  • Job type


  • Sector

    Central Government

  • Salary/Remuneration

    Circa £100,000

  • Job ref


  • Expiry date

    16 January 2022

  • Client

    The Scottish Government

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This is an outstanding opportunity: with a chance to influence, advise and guide the Scottish Government and help shape core public policy and services at a time of unprecedented challenge, as we recover and renew in response to the COVID pandemic.

Job Description

As Chief Social Policy Adviser you will provide expert social science advice to Ministers and senior policy advisers. You will report directly to the Director General - Communities and will work collaboratively with a broad range of Scottish Government Directorates and external stakeholders on a variety of issues.

This is a unique opportunity for an exceptional leader in social science to ensure that social policy research and evidence supports the Scottish Government’s ambitious programme for Covid recovery and tackling child poverty.

As well as having primary responsibility for ensuring access to high quality social science advice across Scottish Government, you will also have a unique opportunity to champion the role of social science both within and outside of the Scottish Government. Maintaining links with your academic or research field and with the research community more broadly, is encouraged.

You will embody the Civil Service values of integrity, honesty, objectivity and impartiality.

This is envisaged as a full-time post but there is scope for flexibility for job share or alternative working patterns, including part-time hours by mutual agreement.

Applications should be received by midnight on Sunday 16 January.

We welcome applications from all suitably qualified people and aim to employ a diverse workforce, which reflects the people of Scotland.

Recruitment Timetable

Closing date
Sunday 16th January 2022

Short listing
Monday 7th February 2022 to Wednesday 9th February 2022

Monday 28th February 2022 to Friday 11th March 2022

Final panel
By the end of March

How to apply

Applications should consist of a full curriculum vitae detailing career and achievements, as well as a supporting statement which addresses the role description and person specification.

• Supporting Statement (maximum 1,500 words) - explaining how your skills, qualities and experience make you suitable for the role. You should make particular reference to, and structure your supporting statement around, the essential criteria

• CV – Please also send us your CV, setting out your career history, with key responsibilities and achievements. This should provide details of your qualifications and career history with dates and reasons for leaving.

• Diversity Monitoring Form – As part of the application process you will be asked to complete a Diversity Monitoring Form. This form will appear online once you have submitted your application. Information given on the diversity monitoring form will be treated in strictest confidence and will be retained by HR for monitoring purposes. It will not be made available to those involved in the selection decision. See the Civil Service Diversity and Inclusion Strategy  for more information.
Please note that completion of the form is mandatory in line with the Civil Service Commission Recruitment Principles and candidates who do not complete the form will not be shortlisted.  

 Should you encounter any issues with your online application or are unable to apply online please contact

For a confidential discussion please contact our recruitment advisers at GatenbySanderson:

Paul Aristides

(07964 827000)

Olivia Robinson

(0113 205 6298)


  1. Candidate Pack - CSPA - The Scottish Government.pdf