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Heritage Policy Officer

  Historic Environment Scotland in Longmore House, Edinburgh, Scotland (with hybrid working)
   £26,341–£32,669 per annum
  Apply before: 28/09/2022
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Closing Date:                         Wednesday 28 September 2022, midday
Expected Interview Date:     19 October 2022
Starting Salary:                     £26,341 per annum
Salary Range:                        £26,341–£32,669 per annum
Location:                                Longmore House, Edinburgh (with hybrid working)
Contract Type:                      Permanent
Working Hours:                     Full-time, 37 hours per week
The post of Heritage Policy Officer is with Historic Environment Scotland, based at Longmore House in Edinburgh. This is a permanent and pensionable appointment.
In this post, you will help to develop and publish national historic environment policy and guidance. You will research a wide range of topics and engage with people across HES, the heritage sector and beyond to gather views on what guidance and support is needed. You will support the work of the team, which includes our external training programme, promoting the value of Scotland’s historic environment, and giving support and advice about the management of our World Heritage Sites.

Overview of the post and information about the team

The Heritage Directorate’s work includes identifying and recording historic sites and places across Scotland, assessing and designating nationally important sites, managing the Buildings at Risk Register, providing advice about the management of Scotland’s World Heritage Sites and leading on some of their management plans, and publishing information about the historic environment on our website. In addition, we provide HES’s advice-giving role within the planning system across Scotland. HES is a statutory consultee for particular types of applications, in policy making and development planning, Strategic Environmental Assessment and Environmental Impact Assessment and the consenting and enforcement authority in relation to works to scheduled monuments.
All these roles require us to provide high-quality and accessible guidance, policy documents and published advice, at the national level for those who make decisions about changes to the historic environment. This post will support the delivery of this guidance. The post is based at Longmore House with the possibility of hybrid working.

Key responsibilities, duties and objectives

  • Work with the Senior Heritage Policy Officer and Deputy Head of Heritage Policy to support a strategic approach and programme for delivery of heritage management policy, guidance and published advice.
  • Contribute to drafting, editing and proofing guidance and policies and support their production and publishing and ensure that they are consistent, accessible, written in plain English.
  • Support the delivery of heritage management guidance and policies by producing reports on research and consultation with others to agreed deadlines.
  • Work with stakeholders and colleagues to make sure that our guidance is focused on meeting external demand and its delivery is prioritised to address the areas of greatest need and to maximise its impact.
  • Help research key policy issues affecting the historic environment and monitoring the impact of existing policies and guidance to understand its performance and impact.
  • Collate case studies highlighting key examples of good practice in the planning process.
  • Contribute to stakeholder workshops on our Managing Change Guidance, to make sure that the guidance we are focused on providing is responsive to the sector’s needs.
  • In conjunction with stakeholders, help support the development and coordination of a high-quality external training programme for heritage professionals working with the planning system.
  • Coordinate and facilitate stakeholder engagement related to our advice, guidance and policy work.
  • Support external consultation on new and updated guidance and contribute to analysis of responses
  • There is the potential to take on line management responsibilities in this role, including managing overtime, TOIL and current objectives, providing support and direction to employees to ensure they achieve work goals.

Knowledge, skills and experience

You will be required to demonstrate that you meet the requirements and qualifications below as part of the selection process. 

Essential requirements:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience working on projects involving multiple individuals and workloads, and managing timescales and contributions
  • Experience of academic or professional research
  • Knowledge of ongoing and upcoming issues for the historic environment and planning sectors
  • The ability to interpret wide-ranging information quickly and identify priorities Experience in historic environment sector, town planning or environmental specialism

Desirable requirements:

  • Experience in national or local policy, in policy development, application or interpretation
  • Web writing or copy-editing experience, and experience of producing documents in Plain English
  • Experience using design software such as InDesign or ReadyMag, or experience working with contractors on document design
  • Experience with public consultation processes or analysis
  • We especially welcome applications from people who have Gaelic or British Sign Language skills

Qualifications & Professional Memberships:

  • SCQF level 9 in a Heritage or Policy related subject, such as Archaeology, English or History, or equivalent level of experience (Essential)
  • Membership of a relevant professional body, such as IHBC, CIfA or RTPI (Desirable)

How to apply for this post

You can apply on-line by visiting our website at
Read full details of the advert here:  Historic Environment Scotland Heritage Policy Officer 
For further information about the post, please contact Ruth Cameron, Senior Heritage Policy Officer, at

Please quote BAJR in your application.

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