Samaritans
Samaritans

Charity number 219432

Samaritans is a unique charity dedicated to reducing feelings of isolation and disconnection that can lead to suicide. Every six seconds we respond to a call for help. Every year, we answer more than 5 million calls for help by phone, email, SMS, letter, face to face at one of our local branches and through our Welsh language service. We're here 24/7, before, during and after a crisis. Whether it’s an ‘are you ok?’ at just the right moment, or the midnight support of a trained volunteer; whether it's better training in the workplace or campaigning for more investment in national and local suicide prevention – we're here. Our charity works to make sure there’s always someone there, for anyone who needs someone. Every life lost to suicide is a tragedy, and Samaritans’ vision is that fewer people die by suicide.

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Top job! Diversity & Inclusion Project Manager

  • Full time
  • £36,149
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 14th April 2021

We are looking for a Diversity & Inclusion Project Manager to develop, deliver, and evaluate a three-year funded project in Scotland to support improvements in diversity and inclusion in Samaritans Scotland. You will be supporting development of inclusive volunteering opportunities in Scottish branches, the National office, and new areas of Samaritans work in Scotland.

· £36,149 per annum plus benefits

· 3 year FTC

· Edinburgh, Scotland

· 35 hours per week (Monday - Friday)

Key Responsibilites:

· To embed Samaritans approach to Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion into specific new activities in Scotland

· To develop and support opportunities to sustainably increase diversity and inclusion in existing Scottish branches

· To manage effective development, delivery, and evaluation of the project

· To provide expertise from, and in, Scotland on Samaritans wider developments in improving Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion

Skills and Experience:

· Experience in successfully leading and managing projects to deliver increased diversity and a strong culture of inclusion

· Knowledge of Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion, including the legislative environment in Scotland and the features of good practice

· Experience of successfully influencing cultural change

· Skills in influencing a wide range of audiences effectively

· Experience of community development, particularly with marginalised and/or under represented groups

Samaritans is wholly committed to inclusion and diversity and to building a culture and environment where everyone is appreciated for the unique person that they are. We warmly welcome applications from a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences.

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Top job! Influencing Manager

  • Full time
  • £36,149 – £37,649
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 5th May 2021

We are looking for an Influencing Manager (Scotland) to manage Samaritans Scotland’s influencing staff and activities across parliamentary, public policy and communication channels. You will help us effect positive change and support our work to ensure fewer people die by suicide. This is an exciting time to join a growing team and play a key role in developing our influencing function at a time of great change with a new Scottish Parliament and Scottish Government on the horizon.

As Influencing Manager, you will ensure engagement in our influencing work from people with lived experience, Samaritans volunteers, external partners and relevant colleagues across UK and ROI. You will bring professional expertise and influencing insight to shape Samaritans Scotland’s work.

Key Responsibilities

• Line manage a small Influencing team (currently two staff)

• Manage day-to-day delivery of effective influencing activity in Scotland, under the direction of the Executive Director

• Build relationships, internally and externally, to support impact in Samaritans’ Scotland public policy work

• Provide influencing expertise to support Samaritans Scotland’s impact

• Contribute to the development of an innovative and impactful influencing team

The Person

• Previous experience of leading influencing activity at a national level to effect positive social change

• Previous skills and experience in working successfully across parliamentary, public policy and media functions

• Expert knowledge of the workings of the Scottish Parliament and Scottish Government

• Previous experience of working with print, broadcast and digital media

• Experience of creatively engaging different audiences in public policy and/or messaging development

• Knowledge of writing and presenting persuasively

• Strong analytical and project management skills (able to evaluate and measure impact)

• Experience of managing or overseeing staff or volunteers

• Passionate about influencing positive social change across different channels

• A confident and persuasive communicator

• Enjoys engaging in complex relationships and inter-dependencies to effect change

• Previous experience in mental health, well-being or inequalities (desirable)

• Experience of engaging with people who have lived experience (desirable)

• Knowledge of different techniques for levering social change (desirable)

Samaritans is wholly committed to inclusion and diversity and to building a culture and environment where everyone is appreciated for the unique person they are. We warmly welcome applications from a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences.

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Communications Officer (Scotland)

  • Full time
  • £30,000 – £32,000
  • Hybrid: Linked to our Edinburgh office
  • Closing 31st December 2021

We are looking for a Communications Officer to join Samaritans on a six month fixed term contract. As Communications Officer, you will be joining a busy and dynamic Influencing Team working across established Samaritans’ campaigns, reacting to the day-to-day news and supporting the delivery of two exciting areas of brand-new work.

• Start date is January or early February 2022

• 6 months fixed term contract

• Full time (35 hours per week)

• £30,000-£32,000 per annum, pro rata

• Hybrid: Linked to our Edinburgh office

• We encourage flexible working, talk to us about your preferences

It’s a busy time for Samaritans Scotland just now, we have significant opportunities to influence Scotland’s approach to suicide and self-harm, a major new project to establish in the western Highlands, and a new strategic delivery plan to develop and launch. We are looking for someone to join our Influencing Team to provide us with communications expertise and help us get our message out across Scotland’s national, local and digital media channels.

You will liaise with volunteers in branches across Scotland, senior volunteer management and staff in other nations. You will also engage with national and regional media and with members of the public via social media channels, and support members of the public to tell their stories of lived experience.

Key Responsibilities

• Support development of our first phase work in the West Highlands, working with the marketing team to promote Real People, Real Stories in Scotland and, particularly, in the west Highlands through local channels

• Support communications around fundraising and policy campaigns, publications and activities in Scotland, attending events where appropriate

• Promote awareness raising of Samaritans services through all appropriate channels

• Support engagement in, and communication of, the new Samaritans Strategy and the Scottish Strategic Delivery Plan in Scotland

• Provide reactive media support for stories arising in Scotland

Skills and Experience

• Demonstrable experience in successfully delivering media campaigns, across channels, in Scotland

• Experience of working sensitively with people to support them to share their stories

• Excellent written and verbal communication and presentation skills

• Attention to detail and strong organisational skills

• Ability to work calmly under pressure and within a small dynamic team

• Ability to manage a complex workload and work to tight deadlines

• Thorough understanding of social media (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube etc.)

• Proven experience of representing an organisation to the public or/and media (desirable)

• Ability to demonstrate knowledge of the environment in which non-governmental organisations operate (desirable)

• Ability to demonstrate knowledge of working with volunteers and a volunteer led organisation (desirable)

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Influencing Assistant (Scotland)

  • Full time
  • £24,000 – £26,000
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 31st December 2021

We are looking for an Influencing Assistant to support Samaritans’ public-facing impact and reach activity in Scotland, aimed at ensuring fewer people die by suicide. You will support Samaritans’ influencing work across external channels and a large volunteer base.

• Permanent role

• Full time (35 hours per week)

• £24,000-£26,000 per annum plus benefits

• Hybrid: Linked to our Edinburgh office

• We encourage flexible working, talk to us about your preferences

You’ll be an excellent communicator with experience of working or volunteering in media relations, policy or campaigning. A particular focus of the job will be on supporting us to develop our Scottish digital activity, so you’ll need to demonstrate experience of effective use of social media. You’ll be able to represent the organisation professionally and you’ll need proven organisational and administrative skills to ensure the team can deliver together, effectively.

We are a small team working to have a big impact. We want you to share a commitment to positive social change. This is an opportunity to make a real difference with the chance to develop your influencing skills.

Key Responsibilities

Supporting development of our public-facing impact and reach

• Supporting the development of our digital engagement in Scotland, including support to build our social media profile and website content and to establish remote consultation tools with volunteers and partners

• Assisting in developing and maintaining our Scottish activity planner, including liaising with volunteers and colleagues across nations to keep this up-to-date.

• Scanning websites and other information sources for opportunities to promote Samaritans’ work, and communicate our priorities, in Scotland

• Supporting our effective engagement with print and broadcast media in Scotland

• Supporting the development of public-facing materials in Scotland

• Assisting in the development of campaigns and the gathering of real stories

• Supporting in-nation communication and activity with Scottish branches

Supporting our work with key influencers

• Supporting the collection of data and information to support our policy activity in Scotland

• Supporting maintenance of an accurate contacts database of influencing partners in Scotland and supporting communications with them

• Assisting with meetings and events, such as focus groups and seminars

• Supporting Samaritans’ staff and volunteers to attend national meetings, events and conferences in Scotland

Skills and Experience

• Previous experience within influencing and campaigning

• Experience of using social media effectively and using the internet to source authoritative data / information

• Knowledge and understanding of the Scottish policy, political and/or media landscape

• Experience of working / volunteering in media relations / policy / campaigning

• Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with good attention to detail

• Excellent organisational and time management skills; ability to prioritise tasks and competing timeframes

• Strong numeracy skills

• Experience of supporting meetings / events

• Excellent Microsoft competency, including Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint

Samaritans is wholly committed to inclusion and diversity and to building a culture and environment where everyone is appreciated for the unique person they are. We warmly welcome applications from a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences.

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Chair of the Samaritans Scotland Committee (Trustee)

  • Management Board
  • Unpaid
  • Scotland
  • Closing 10th January 2022

Every life lost to suicide is a tragedy, and Samaritans’ vision is that fewer people die by suicide. That’s why we work tirelessly to reach more people and make suicide prevention a priority. As we all begin to emerge from an extraordinarily challenging period, with many facing hardship, it has never been more important for Samaritans to be here. We are looking for a Scotland Committee Chair and Trustee who will bring exceptional skills and experience to our organisation, combined with shared values.

In April 2022 we will launch a new UK & ROI strategy and accompanying strategic delivery plan for Scotland. With a strong heritage from 60 years of providing our Listening Service, we are now taking great strides to extend our reach within communities who need us most. And we are building our influence and service to improve prevention and support for those at risk of suicide and self-harm.

In Scotland, we are moving from strength to strength and want to build our in-nation governance to underpin our aspirations to extend our reach and impact. There are great opportunities for Samaritans in Scotland and we are seeking a Scotland Committee Chair who can support us to take forward reforms to our board and lead effective governance of the fast-growing work of our Scotland Office. This is a non-remunerated/voluntary role.

The successful applicant will bring experience and knowledge with which to lead Samaritans, a deep commitment to our mission and values, and the ability to provide effective support and challenge to the Board of Trustees. As a Trustee, you will play a key role in shaping the means of achieving our vision and will promote and develop Samaritans, ensuring we remain accessible, relevant, available, sustainable and consistently driven to delivering our mission both in Scotland and across the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland.

You’ll be based in Scotland with a robust understanding of the civic and political landscape we work in. You’ll be passionate about embedded equity, diversity and inclusion in all we do. You’ll have a senior / executive level background in a complex organisation with experience of working collaboratively to deliver change and increased impact. You will have previous governance experience with time to invest in this role.

Time commitment - As a minimum, attendance is required at four Scotland Committee meetings and four Board of Trustee meetings each year, a Board of Trustees away day, two Regional Council meetings and the annual meeting of Council of Samaritans. Additional activity between committee meetings will also be required to develop the committee membership and Scotland agenda.

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Policy Officer, Scotland

  • Full time
  • £32,000
  • Edinburgh - with the choice to work from home or the office.
  • Closing 4th March 2022

Reporting to the Influencing Manager, Samaritans are seeking an experienced Policy Officer to drive forward our mission to reduce suicide, through developing and influencing policy and practice at national and local levels.

You will have experience working in a policy or public affairs environment and be passionate about influencing change. You’ll be insightful and up to date on developments in your field, with a good working knowledge of the field of mental health and suicide prevention. Highly organised and a good communicator, with resilience and the ability to translate data insights to meaningful messages, to contribute energy and enthusiasm to best influence our Policy agenda and strategy.

Your role will be a challenging and rewarding one; working across our small Scotland team, and also with wider colleagues from the central Samaritans Charity, external stakeholders, Centres of Excellence, member charities and activists, you will play a key role in ensuring we campaign with one voice and help drive change to support suicide prevention.​

This is a brilliant time to join Samaritans as we capitalise on the growth of the charity during the pandemic. You will support us to make a positive impact and deliver our strategic and operational priorities. Samaritans is one of the UK and Ireland’s best known and respected charities. As the impact of the pandemic continues to be felt across our society, Samaritans is needed more than ever. If you want to make a real difference to people’s lives – this is the role for you!

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Regional Development Lead, Scotland

  • Full time or Flexible
  • £33,000 – £35,000
  • Hybrid working – this role is primarily worked from home with access to local Samaritans and Rail offices in the region.
  • Closing 7th April 2022

As Regional Development Lead you’ll be helping to make huge difference to the lives of those that work and use the railways in the region, as you support us in our life saving suicide prevention work.

In this exciting role and working with our award winning rail programme, you’ll provide expert care and advice within the rail networks within the region.

In this role you’ll be an expert advisory support link for the rail industries and local community partners. You’ll have experience of stakeholder engagement and partnership working. Warm, personable and friendly, you’ll be able to build and maintain relationships with many different groups of people.

You’ll need compassion and resilience to work with exposure to incidents that may be upsetting.

Organised and methodical you’ll also be an effective Project manager with enthusiasm and a good understanding of mental health and suicide prevention.

Working remotely at times, you’ll be a self-starter but also have the support of the wider rail team at Samaritans. ​

This is a brilliant opportunity to work with Samaritans at a critical time. As the country recovers from the pandemic, and the cost of living continues to increase, we must ensure we have the right measures in place to support mental health and prevent suicide.

Our vision is that fewer people die by suicide – with your help we can make change that saves lives.

​Outline of this great opportunity;

A Permanent contract

Full time, 35 hours per week with flexible working practices

£30,000 to £35,000 per annum,

Comprehensive and competitive benefits

​Hybrid working – this role is primarily worked from home with access to local Samaritans and Rail offices in the region.

Samaritans will provide you with use of a laptop and mobile phone.

A full outline of the Role available in the Job description here.

​Employee Benefits

Samaritans invests in our people’s wellbeing through the provision of a range of benefits including;

Flexible working and family-friendly policies.

A structured induction and ongoing training and development.

28 days holiday, plus bank holidays each year, rising to 33 days over 5 years of service.

Matched Pension contributions of up to 5%.

A health cash plan to cover the cost of medical and alternative health treatments.

Complimentary subscriptions to Headspace and Perk Box for expert meditation, fitness programmes and shopping discounts.

If this sounds like the opportunity for you, please apply. You’ll be asked to upload your CV and a cover letter, outlining how your skills and experience meet the job specification.

This role will close for applications on the 7th April 2022, with interviews scheduled to take place in the week of the 20th April 2022.

If you’re interested in applying or would just like to find out more, then we'd love to hear from you.

Samaritans recognises the enormous benefits and the social justice imperatives of ensuring diversity at every level of our organisation. We are wholly committed to inclusion and diversity and to building a culture and environment where everyone is appreciated for the unique person they are.

To ensure Samaritans is representative of those we support and who support us, we particularly welcome applications from Disabled, BAME and LGBTQ+ candidates, as these people are under-represented in our organisation.

We are committed to making our recruitment processes accessible to everyone and are flexible in how we receive information. If you would like to apply via a different format or let us know how we can support you to be the best you can be, please contact the People Team at recruitment@samaritans.org and we will try our best to accommodate your needs.

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West Highland Project and Partnerships Manager

  • Full time
  • £37,000 – £39,000
  • Home-based: located in/near the West Highlands mainland or Skye
  • Closing 15th May 2022

We are looking for a West Highland Project and Partnerships Manager to join Samaritans on a 12 month fixed term contract. This role will provide operational management for a major new Samaritans project focused on lone and isolated workers in the west Highlands mainland and Skye, funded by the Scottish Government.

The Project

The project will work with the local community and agencies, and Samaritans staff and volunteers, to: Increase awareness of Samaritans’ suicide prevention offer and wider supports, encouraging help seeking behaviour; develop bespoke local campaigns; create and offer new learning resources; commission new research and promote new volunteering opportunities.

This is a great new opportunity to work for a well-known and respected organisation. This role will see the tangible benefits of extending Samaritans’ reach within the local community.

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West Highland Project and Partnerships Assistant

  • Full time
  • £24,000 – £27,000
  • Home-based: located in/near the West Highlands mainland or Skye
  • Closing 15th May 2022

We are looking for a West Highland Project and Partnerships Assistant to join Samaritans on a 12 month fixed term contract. This role will provide event, promotion, engagement, and communications support to a major new Samaritans project, focused on lone and isolated workers in the west Highlands and Skye, funded by the Scottish Government.

​The Project

The project will work with the local community and agencies, and Samaritans staff and volunteers, to: Increase awareness of Samaritans’ suicide prevention offer and wider supports, encouraging help seeking behaviour; develop bespoke local campaigns; create and offer new learning resources; commission new research and promote new volunteering opportunities.

This is a great new opportunity to work for a well-known and respected organisation. This role will see the tangible benefits of extending Samaritans’ reach within the local community.

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