Communications Manager - Interim
Edinburgh/ Remote Working
Temporary - 8 Months (with possibility to extend)
Our public sector client are recruiting for a Communications Manager on a temporary basis for an 8 month interim contract, with the possibility to extend. The position is based in Edinburgh but given the current restrictions, colleagues are currently working from home. This is a part-time post, working roughly 30 hours per week, with a competitive salary depending on experience.
Due to the nature of this role, a basic disclosure is required issued within the last 12 months or applicants must be willing to apply.
As a Communications Manager, you will act as the principle source of communications support to the Chair, members and the secretariat. In particular, you will play a lead role in the clients third statutory duty to improve awareness of sentencing policy and practice, an area in which the client wishes to increase its activity. This entails working proactively and positively with the media; justice partners and other stakeholders to promote awareness among the public as well as practitioners, policymakers and those with experience of the criminal justice system.
Roles and Responsibilities
Responsible for the implementation of a comprehensive and wide ranging communications strategy, including proactive media and social media campaigns; initiating and drafting news releases and features; populating blog pages; and organising and attending conferences.
Responsible for providing a comprehensive media service which will include dealing with enquiries appropriately to meet deadlines and being on-call out of hours on occasion.
Monitor and track relevant news items, report on analytics and take the initiative in correcting inaccuracies in relation to sentencing.
Promote awareness of sentencing among justice partners and other stakeholders through a variety of means including news features, presentations, and educational work.
Responsible for website content and development including procurement exercises and educational material such as case studies.
Support the Communications Committee in its work, setting meeting agendas and drafting and publishing minutes.
Work with colleagues to ensure public-facing material is accessible.
Form part of the clients secretariat team, which as well as the Secretary includes Researchers, a Policy Manager, Business Manager and a lawyer.
Work collaboratively with the other members of the multidisciplinary team and as such there will be many opportunities to develop wider skills, for example in terms of strategic management and financial management.
Excellent written communications skills, including experience of drafting a range of material for the media; social media; stakeholders and websites.
Creativity and open-mindedness
An ability to work both autonomously and with colleagues to ensure deadlines are met, working flexibly to shape objectives and manage priorities
Knowledge of website development or content management systems
Excellent interpersonal skills to support productive working relationships, with the ability to offer constructive challenge where appropriate
Political acuity and an understanding of the criminal justice system
Experience of supporting a committee, or Board or similar
Project management skills
To be considered for this role, please apply online now with your up to date CV