Humanist Society Scotland
Humanist Society Scotland

Charity registered in Scotland SC026570

Humanist Society Scotland (HSS) is the Scottish charity working on behalf of non-religious people who seek to live ethical and fulfilling lives on the basis of reason and humanity. HSS is part of a UK, European and wider international movement of people and organisations. In Scotland, HSS members have a clear vision of a secular Scotland, and the activities that HSS can pursue to achieve that end. We are a registered charity in Scotland, and governed by a board of Trustees elected by members. The day-to-day work of the Society is undertaken by a team of staff and volunteers overseen by the Senior Management Team.

Current vacancies

Communications & Community Engagement Manager

  • Full time
  • £28,000
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 3rd June 2019

Humanist Society Scotland is looking for someone with a proven talent for engaging and effective communications in addition to supporting volunteer development and engagement. The successful candidate will lead the wide-reaching communications of Scotland’s national charity for people seeking an ethical, rational and secular future.

This is an exciting role that focuses on the Society’s aim to grow awareness of Humanism in Scotland to new audiences, as well as focussing on our key campaigns and community work.

The Communications and Community Engagement Manager role will lead on:

  • Planning, delivering and evaluating our public affairs strategy to deliver change in priority campaign areas;
  • Managing our media and digital communications strategy to ensure a high profile for both Humanism and Humanist Society Scotland; and
  • Overseeing and developing successful volunteer projects including our StreetCare teams and engagement with schools.

We are looking for a strategic thinker who can utilise digital technology to connect with supporters to get our message across in the media and to Government. You will be passionate about progressive change and share our vision for an ethical, rational, secular Scotland.

The successful candidate will have experience of working on recent influencing campaigns. They will have excellent writing skills and an understanding of the role media relations plays in raising awareness of a cause. They will have an aptitude for data led campaigning and understand how to utilise a CRM system such as CiviCRM (as used by Humanist Society Scotland). A strong understanding of social media, bulk emailing and web platforms would be an advantage.

They will be an excellent communicator who is competent across a range of disciplines, including public awareness campaigning, political lobbying and media. They will thrive in the creative environment of tight budgets and tight deadlines and enjoy the challenge of crafting messages that reach the widest possible audience.

The successful candidate will also have experience of working with and coordinating volunteers.

About Humanist Society Scotland

Humanist Society Scotland is part of the global Humanist movement of people and organisations. We are a registered charity in Scotland and governed by a Board of Trustees elected by members.

Our vision

Humanist Society Scotland seeks a future in which:

  • The worth, dignity and autonomy of every person is respected and individual freedom is balanced with social responsibility and a duty of care for future generations;
  • Scottish civic institutions are democratic and human rights are developed, embedded and protected;
  • Ethical and moral problems are addressed with compassion, knowledge and reason;
  • No belief system (religious or not) should have, nor expect, privilege in the democratic process.

Whilst individual humanists may differ in the importance they give to different activities, such as seeking to improve human rights or the development of humanist ceremonies what unites them is the basis of their life stance.

Our Work

Humanist Society Scotland exists to:

  • Be a champion for people in Scotland seeking to live a humanist life and be the voice for a secular education system;
  • To be the first choice provider of high quality, ethical Humanist ceremonies;
  • Be recognised as a thought leader on the moral and ethical issues affecting Scottish society;
  • Work with other Humanist associations (and like-minded organisations) in the UK, Europe and internationally.

Job description

Key responsibilities


  • Develop new strategies and projects to increase knowledge and understanding of Humanism in Scotland.
  • Plan and implement Humanist Society Scotland media strategy, with defined objectives and measurable outcomes.
  • Supervise the production of campaigns and news content for all communication channels, including website, social media, magazine and emails.
  • Contribute to the production of content as required.
  • Identify, plan and deliver effective online and offline campaigns that contribute to our strategic goals and objectives.
  • Further our campaign priorities through effective influencing and mobilising supporter base.
  • Act as the main point of contact for members of the media and other external stakeholders.
  • Monitor the external policy environment in order to identify potential opportunities for Humanist Society Scotland to influence the public debate in Scotland in line with our campaign objectives.
  • Manage website content and our social media channels.

Community engagement

  • Represent Humanist Society Scotland externally, as requested, including at governmental meetings, inter-agency meetings, public talks and local group events.
  • Lead coordination of volunteer projects including school visitors, Eco-Humanists and StreetCare.
  • Ensure volunteer programmes have effective and robust management procedures in place.
  • Monitor overall volunteer performance against key objectives, coach and mentor volunteers with effective induction and training.
  • Act as the lead liaison for local member groups.
  • Organise supporter events including Annual Conference.
  • Support the fundraising efforts in the development of campaign-related and volunteer project fundraising content.

Person specification


  • Minimum of two years of professional experience in a communications or volunteer management role.
  • Experience of public awareness campaigning.
  • Ability to design communications that will recruit, engage and motivate supporters.
  • Experience of working with the media.
  • Excellent communication skills – both written and verbal.
  • Ability to represent Humanist Society Scotland at meetings, with the media and at supporter events.
  • Ability to work flexibly in response to rapidly changing external events.
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Strong planning and strategy skills.
  • Experience of project management.
  • Experience of volunteer management and development.
  • Interest in Humanism.


  • Strong knowledge of the Scottish political landscape.
  • Experience of developing and implementing media strategy.
  • Experience of managing budgets.
  • Experience of fundraising.
  • Experience of working in the charitable sector.
Closed vacancies
This vacancy has now closed

Administrative Assistant

  • Part time
  • £16,895 pro-rata
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 4th February 2019

Humanist Society Scotland promotes Humanist values to people in Scotland, campaigns for an ethical, rational and secular future, and gives voice to the millions of people in Scotland who live without religion.

We support a community of 14,000 members working together for a compassionate, dignified and respectful vision of Scotland and the world. We provide services, such as ceremonies and school visitors, which enable people to discover Humanism and live their lives as Humanists.

We're currently recruiting for an Administrative Assistant to join the team, based in our central Edinburgh HQ. The role involves general administration across the organisation, particularly finance, supporting our board of trustees and its committees, and membership.

The ideal candidate has great communication skills, works well in a team and has an aptitude for digital technology. A further person specification is included with the job description.

The working pattern for this part-time role will be agreed with the successful candidate.

This vacancy has now closed

Top job! Chief Executive Officer

  • Full time
  • £45,000 – £51,000
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 5th April 2019

The Board of Trustees of Humanist Society Scotland is currently looking to appoint a new Chief Executive Officer.

The Society is already a successful organisation, so we are looking for an exceptional leader to take it to the next level so as to develop and maximise our impact, profile, visibility, membership and income.

Based in Central Edinburgh, Humanist Society Scotland is a national charity and exists to promote Humanism and its values within Scotland. It initiates, leads on and engages with major social, education and campaigning activities, as well as being the major provider of Humanist wedding, funeral and naming ceremonies, with a celebrant body of circa 130 across all of Scotland.

In the last four years, led by our departing Chief Executive Officer, the charity has developed and continually grown in strength. Having been an organisation run entirely by volunteers, it currently has a professional staff team of 6.5 FTE.

Reporting to the Board, the new CEO will be a key member of our leadership team, playing a crucial role in developing Humanist Society Scotland’s core activities. You will also be responsible for ensuring the effective running of the office on a daily basis, leading the staff to provide a comprehensive range of support, services and events for Humanist Society Scotland and our members. Further, the CEO regularly represents Humanist Society Scotland in media interviews in response to policy issues.

About You:

A dynamic senior leader, you will be an innovative and creative thinker, with drive and ambition to campaign and lobby for change. A confident public and media speaker, you will be able to inspire a wide range of different stakeholders.

You will also be an imaginative and collaborative manager, inspiring and motivating your team in a manner that is positive and supportive of our vision, mission and values. Working collaboratively with the staff team and Board of Trustees, you will have excellent interpersonal skills enabling you to build a strong network of relationships. You will have the ability both to provide direction and also to work as a committed team player delivering effective strategy and action plans.

Humanist Society Scotland is a values-based organisation and all candidates will be required to demonstrate their commitment to Humanist values.

Job share applications are also welcomed.


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