Top job! Head of Communications and Policy

  • Full time
  • Circa £55,000
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 28th January 2019


  • Advertised from 8th January 2019

Role

Closing date: Monday 28th January 2019 at 11.30pm

Shelter Scotland is looking for a dynamic Head of Communications and Policy with experience of managing the communications mix and influencing policy and decision makers to head up a dedicated team.

Our award-winning Communications and Policy Team is responsible for promoting Shelter Scotland’s brand. They also lead our public campaigning and digital communications to achieve change for those that do not have a safe, secure or affordable home in Scotland. Their work targets national and local government, as well as communities and stakeholder groups. And, by using rigorous research, client insight and human stories, they develop campaigns for change to tackle the root causes of Scotland’s housing crisis. Right now, we need someone like you to lead and manage our communications and policy activities in line with our new strategy.

About the role

As well as motivating and inspiring a team, you’ll be responsible for developing and delivering a communications plan and making sure we’re positioned effectively with policy makers and decision makers alike. Seeing that our digital presence continues to break new ground will be one of the challenges awaiting you too, as will developing and projecting compelling messages to the right audience at the right time in order to bring about change.

Working with the Director of Shelter Scotland, our Head of Services and Head of Business Development you will provide leadership across the organisation, line manage others and oversee the department’s annual budget.

About you

Used to developing and delivering effective communications, you also have strong management skills and a proven ability to effectively coordinate a department to deliver impact. We’ll also be looking for an excellent knowledge of digital communications and their strategic importance. As comfortable coordinating key policy messages as you are representing an organisation externally, including undertaking speaking engagements and media interviews, you're proactive, results-driven and commercially aware. What’s more, you’re not afraid to question convention and challenge the status quo when required.

Benefits include 30 days’ annual leave, the possibility of flexible working, enhanced family friendly policies and significant opportunities for learning and development.

Shelter Scotland helps over half a million people every year struggling with bad housing or homelessness through our advice, support and legal services. And we campaign to make sure that, one day, no one will have to turn to us for help.

Safeguarding is everyone’s business. Shelter Scotland is committed to protecting the health, wellbeing and human rights of those we support, and enabling them to live free from harm, abuse and neglect. All our staff will be expected to observe professional standards of behaviour and conduct their work in line with our Safeguarding Policies.

For further information about the role and the benefits of working for Shelter please visit our website.

At Shelter Scotland, we welcome and encourage applications from everyone regardless of age, disability, gender, ethnicity, religion and sexual orientation. We are facing diverse problems, so need diverse people to tackle them.

Shelter does not accept unsolicited CVs from external recruitment agencies nor accept the fees associated with them.

Application notes

For further information and to apply visit our website