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Communications & Community Engagement Manager

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

  • Advertised from 15th May 2019
  • + benefits. 35 hours per week.


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.

Application notes

Please complete a CV and covering letter detail how you meet the requirements of the role to

Closing date Monday 3rd June.

Interview in central Edinburgh on Tuesday 11th June 2019.