British Sign Language (BSL) Development Officer – Part-time Fixed Term for 2 Years

The Scottish Parliament has just announced an exciting opportunity!

As part of the Parliament’s commitment to BSL, we are looking to recruit a part-time BSL Development Officer to help with the implementation of our BSL Plan. This is a completely new job role and will be the first time the Parliament has appointed a BSL Officer.

The post-holder will be:

  • the main point of contact between the Parliament and BSL user communities in Scotland, proactively developing links with BSL communities, deaf clubs and similar social groups, to raise awareness of the Parliament and to help individuals and groups get involved with the work of the Parliament
  • the Parliament’s expert on BSL, working closely with offices across the Parliament to raise awareness of BSL and to develop services for BSL visitors and the wider BSL community. This will include answering enquiries, developing information and digital resources in BSL, proposing content for the BSL Facebook channel and providing advice to Parliament staff and Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) on procedures and good practice

If the post-holder does not have BSL as their first language, they will require a Level 6 Certificate in BSL Studies, and the ability to use BSL fluently in a range of work and social situations. It is essential that the post-holder has at least 3 years’ experience of using BSL at an advanced level and of working with BSL user communities.

The post-holder needs to be authoritative and credible for members of the public, Parliament staff and MSPs in the role of the Parliament’s BSL expert. Communication skills, both in written English and BSL, will therefore be important for communicating and negotiating with senior managers and staff across the Parliament, including parliamentary officeholders, senior staff groups and the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body.

How to Apply

You can apply in writing by submitting your CV and a written statement outlining your skills and experience or by BSL video outlining your qualifications, skills and experience.

Written applications should be no longer than 3 pages; videos should be no longer than 15 minutes.

Please email your CV and written statement or video to If you wish to send a video, we can accept emails up to 150MB only (including attachments). If your video file is larger, please email it to us through a file transfer service such as We Transfer.

Alternatively, you can mail your CV and written statement to The Scottish Parliament, Human Resources Office, Holyrood Road, Edinburgh, EH99 1SP.

The closing date is 5pm on 12 March 2019

The full job description is available in BSL and/or written English on the Scottish Parliament’s website –