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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Influencing Assistant

  • Full time
  • £23,000 – £26,000
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 19th June 2020

About Samaritans

Every six seconds, Samaritans answer a call for help. We’re here, day or night, for anyone who’s struggling to cope, who needs someone to listen without judgement or pressure.

Samaritans is not only for the moment of crisis; we’re taking action to prevent the crisis. Our influencing work is at the heart of our efforts to reach more people and make suicide prevention a priority.

Thanks to the passion and commitment of more than 20,000 volunteers, the hard work of our staff and the generosity of our partners and supporters we can be there for people who have nowhere to turn.

We’re looking for new talent to join our Scotland team. In this job you can make a significant contribution to the vital work we do to influence Scotland’s policy and political landscape on suicide and self harm and support our frontline services.

The Role

We are seeking an Influencing Assistant to join our Scotland team. This is a brand new role to help us make a step change in our public-facing activity. You will support us in our influencing work across channels, partner organisations and our large volunteer base so that fewer people die by suicide. And you’ll also help us keep the Scotland office running effectively.

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 looking to have a big impact, so we want you to share a commitment to positive social change. This is an opportunity to make a real difference with opportunity to develop your influencing skills.

The post will normally be based in our office in central Edinburgh; however staff are currently home-working due to COVID-19.

A Job Description is available for download below.

This vacancy has now closed

Scotland Administrative Coordinator

  • Full time
  • £21,379
  • Edinburgh (currently home based)
  • Closing 18th January 2021

Are you an experience and enthusiastic administrator wanting to work with a small team delivering high impact? Are you organised and forward thinking? Do you have a natural affinity for people? The Samaritans Scotland staff team need someone who can join us to become the bedrock of our day-to-day operation.

As a Samaritan you’ll be part of an established charity which, for over 60 years, has been delivering services to some of the most vulnerable people across the UK and Republic of Ireland. Our mission is to reduce the number of people who die by suicide and we pride ourselves in taking a leading role in influencing suicide prevention policy and practice.

We’re keen to hear from candidates who are equally passionate about our charitable purpose. You’ll be part of a small staff team based in Edinburgh - though given the current pandemic we are all home working with lots of time together online until government guidance changes.

This will be a busy role working across the team. You’ll be the first point of contact for the Scotland team and look after the office. You’ll work closely with the Executive Director, staying one step ahead to help her do her job. You’ll support the team with their day-to-day work and get involved in projects, like organising online events. And you’ll help us design and deliver improved processes to help our Scotland operation run smoothly.

Having had previous administration experience you’ll thrive on the buzz that comes with a fast-paced environment and the opportunity to share and action new ideas.

We want you to succeed and we’ll commit to developing you through involvement in initiatives geared towards your learning. But ultimately your success will hinge on your organisation, tenacity, resilience and collaborative style.

As an employer, we offer a good range of benefits, including 25 days’ holiday, three well-being days, flexible working, Health Cash Plan, Pension and interest-free season ticket loans.

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 broad range of backgrounds and experiences.