Reducing harm caused by alcohol


Senior Coordinator (Policy) 

£32,000 full time (34.5 hours per week)

Flexible and hybrid working: The normal place of work is 166 Buchanan Street, Glasgow, G1 2LW

However, AFS encourages flexible and hybrid working to meet the needs of the post and to accommodate the post-holder.

Who we are

Alcohol Focus Scotland (AFS) is Scotland’s national alcohol charity, committed to preventing and reducing harm to individuals, families, communities and Scotland as a whole.

Scotland had been making progress in reducing alcohol consumption and harm from record levels, not least due to the positive effects of minimum unit pricing of (MUP). Unfortunately, alcohol deaths have risen significantly since 2020, due to the effect of the pandemic on consumption by heavier drinkers combined with reduced access to services. Research suggests levels of harm will continue to rise for some time.

Join us at an exciting time as we advocate for renewed efforts to implement evidence-based alcohol policies - such as restricting alcohol marketing - as well as ensuring access to high quality treatment and recovery support in response to Scotland’s alcohol crisis.

Who we are looking for

We are seeking a skilled policy professional to join our passionate team. You will have a varied and challenging role, providing policy and research support across a number of policy areas, with an initial focus on alcohol marketing and control on the sale of alcohol. Your excellent analytical, organisational and communication skills will be vital in ensuring we meet our goal of effecting policy change in Scotland, to reduce alcohol harm and improve lives.

We are looking for a candidate with:

  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience working in a fast-paced policy or practice environment
  • Experience of analysing, interpreting and communicating evidence and research to support policy and practice development
  • Experience of working collaboratively and strategically with external organisations and agencies to effect change

What we offer

  • A competitive salary and benefits package that includes a contributory pension plan, generous annual leave entitlement and other benefits.
  • A central Glasgow location, close to rail and bus stations.
  • Flexible working is encouraged to meet the needs of the post and to accommodate the needs of the postholder.
  • A range of formal and informal training and learning opportunities.
  • The support of an organisation committed to its operational values.
  • The satisfaction of working with a skilled and dedicated team to make change happen.

Alcohol Focus Scotland is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

How to apply

To apply, please go to to upload a Supporting Statement, demonstrating how you meet the criteria in the ‘Person Specification’ section of the job description, and your CV showing your qualifications and experience.

**PLEASE NOTE you must complete the application process and upload all documents within 24 hours: this system does not allow you to return to edit applications after 24 hours.**

A Right to Work in the UK check is required for this post. 

To find out more about this role, please visit our website or contact Nicola Merrin, Policy and Research Manager at and 0141 572 6295.

The closing date for applications is 9 am on Monday 13 May 2024.

Please note - Suitable candidates will be offered an interview at the earliest opportunity. Appointment may take place prior to the closing date, so please submit your application as soon as possible. This post will be removed from our website once a candidate is appointed.