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Lead Policy Adviser


Job details

  • London/Remote
  • £33,280 per year
  • 35 hours per week (Monday to Friday)
  • Full time, permanent

Working at Scope

  • Be a disability gamechanger
  • 27 days holiday per year
  • Flexible working
  • Discounts at gyms, restaurants and more

Job description

Role purpose:

  • Shape and lead Scope’s policy work on work and welfare including the impact of the cost of living crisis.
  • Working closely with Policy Manager(s) to deliver long-term social change.
  • Act as an internal and external ambassador for Scope’s policy and influencing work.
  • Contribute to the high performance and on-going development of Scope’s Strategy, Impact and Social Change Department.

Main responsibilities and accountabilities:

  • Lead on supporting Scope’s policies on disabled people in work and welfare and how they relate to the cost of living - identifying problems, then devising credible, evidence-based solutions to achieve change.
  • Lead Scope’s responses to consultations and inquiries, as well as those of other external stakeholders (e.g. think tanks, charities, regulators).
  • Work closely with research and insight colleagues to ensure policy development is informed by robust and credible research, including engagement with disabled people.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with key stakeholders within government (including civil servants and MPs), disability charities, DPOs, think tanks, professional bodies and others and businesses to help shape a joined-up and strategic approach to influencing on issues of common concern development of policy, legislation and practices that support disabled people.
  • Provide policy expertise, intelligence and insight to ensure strategic join-up between Scope’s policy and influencing work and other parts of the organisation such as partnerships and press.
  • Analysing external policy developments and communicating what this change means to various internal stakeholders, as well as considering how it affects our asks/policy work
  • Working with press & social media to respond at pace to external policy developments, communicating Scope’s position.
  • Supporting Political Strategy by providing policy input into various internal/external briefings e.g. MP meeting briefings, briefings ahead of Westminster Hall debates, briefings for Head of Policy and Campaigns ahead of select committee oral evidence sessions etc.
  • Working with data sets to support influencing and activities of other teams e.g. press, political strategy (like with the MP drop-in and submission to the CSR), campaigns.
  • Contribute to the development and delivery of other major projects across Strategy, Impact and Social Change and the wider organisation, as required.

Key contacts

Internal contacts

  • Policy and Campaigns
  • Public affairs
  • Research & Insight
  • Press Team
  • Marketing, Fundraising and Communications
  • Helpline team
  • Online community
  • Content

External contacts

  • Disabled people and their families
  • Other disability organisations, including Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs)
  • Civil servants and political stakeholders, e.g. MPs
  • Businesses

Person Specification

Grade specific competencies


  • Clarity about the contribution of policy influencing to achieving social change.
  • Demonstrates diplomacy, sensitivity and empathy with issues related to disability.
  • Ability to be proactive, respond positively to change, and work effectively under pressure and deal with conflicting priorities.
  • Evidence of excellent IT skills, particularly Microsoft Office


  • Demonstrable understanding of the social model of disability.

Standard role-based competencies


  • Good understanding of policy areas related to disability equality, ideally with an understanding of employment or welfare policy specifically.
  • A proven track record in effective policy analysis, policy development and delivering policy change.
  • Strong political judgement and substantial experience of developing and implementing policy influencing strategies.
  • Ability to assimilate and summarise complex information and work flexibly across a range of policy issues.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to join-up policy thinking with wider organisational activity, e.g. service delivery.
  • Substantial experience of building and maintaining relationships at a senior level with a range of external stakeholders, including civil servants, and industry leaders.
  • Good interpersonal skills, including diplomacy, negotiation and the ability to motivate others.
  • Proven project management skills, including establishing and maintaining relationships with internal stakeholders across departments to successfully deliver on pieces of work.


  • Experience of conducting research, data analysis and knowledge of research techniques.
  • Experience of carrying out research with disabled people and their families, or other groups within society.
  • Experience of successful partnership working with other organisations and individuals.

Travel and residence

  • The post-holder may be required to work occasional evenings and weekends, as well as travel and stay away from home occasionally.

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