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Reference: 86671

Date Added: 12 November 2022
Closing Date: 25 November 2022

Job Title: Head of Office

Working For: Jamie Halcro Johnston MSP (Highlands and Islands)

Location: Edinburgh

Salary: £37,000

Length of Contract: Permanent

Job Details

An opportunity for a Head of Office role has become available in Jamie Halcro Johnston MSP's office in the Scottish Parliament.


  • Oversight of research and communications output of the office.
  • Keeping knowledge of policy areas and local issues up-to-date, with a focus on the Highlands and Islands region.
  • Carrying out research projects.
  • Speechwriting for parliamentary activities.
  • Supporting and advising on parliamentary duties, such as committee work and parliamentary questions.
  • Working with colleagues to coordinate effective communications with constituents and media.
  • Obtaining and compiling relevant research documents from external bodies.
  • Preparing and delivering regular briefings and updates.
  • Analysing, evaluating and interpreting data and statistics.
  • Acting in a supervisory capacity for the team and oversight of parliamentary office.
  • Managing staff and reviewing their performance.
  • Managing office budget in line with Members Expenses Scheme, Allowances Office and People and Culture Group.
  • Peer-reviewing validity and quality of work to ensure accuracy
  • Managing constituency accounts, premises and equipment.
  • Overseeing health and safety and staff wellbeing.
  • Ensuring office is kept up-to-date with its relevant legislative and compliance obligations.
  • Ensuring all office research complies with data protection legislation and GDPR requirements.
  • Checking for any updates to compliance related legislation and communicating changes to colleagues.


  • Familiarity with UK and Scottish politics and parliamentary procedures.
  • Be a quick learner with the ability to multitask and work within tight timescales.
  • Be a proactive problem solver with the motivation and resilience to adapt and deal with challenges.
  • Evidenced research skills with the ability to communicate to a variety of audiences.
  • Have analytical skills with the ability to identify and investigate trends while interpreting data.
  • Be able to lead on areas of project work while developing new areas and methods of research.
  • Excellent written communication skills.
  • Have experience of managing staff with the ability to nurture and build effective teams.
  • Be confident in managing budgets for staff resources and office provisions.

Closing Date: 25 November 2022

Interview/Start Dates

The closing time is 12 noon on the closing date.

Interviews will be held in the week commencing Monday 28 November.

Application Details

Please apply by providing a CV with supporting statement via the Scottish Parliament website here:


Website: https://www.parliament.scot/msps/current-and-previous-msps/jamie-halcro-johnston

Additional Notes