Communications Lead (maternity cover)

  • Part time
  • £33,536 – £38,484 pro-rata
  • Edinburgh or can be entirely home based anywhere in the UK.
  • Closing 16th June 2023

  • Advertised from 26th May 2023
  • Part Time Temporary Position (12 months). 25 hours per week (specific hours to be discussed). Location: blend of home working and office, based in Rose Street, Edinburgh or can be entirely home based anywhere in the UK. Please talk to us about your flexible working requirements!


The Role

Scottish Women’s Aid has an opportunity to join their team as Communications Lead on a maternity cover basis. Our Communications Lead is responsible for developing and delivering the messages that reflect our core values and strategic priorities, communicating with media partners, stakeholders, and wider communities. The role holder works closely with our Communications Assistant.


Scottish Women’s Aid is Scotland’s leading voluntary sector organisation working to prevent domestic abuse and promoting effective policy and practice responses for women, children and young people who experience domestic abuse. We are the umbrella organisation for 34 autonomous Women’s Aid groups delivering direct services to women, children and young people across Scotland.

What You’ll Do

Working closely with colleagues across the organisation you will create, manage and develop a strong social media presence for Scottish Women’s Aid. You’ll co-ordinate the planning and delivery of media responses as well as external PR communications to member organisations, non-members partners and other stakeholders. Local and national campaign management will be integral to the role, as is working closely with the policy team to identify ways to publicise key issues for women, children and young people who experience domestic abuse and the work we do to address these issues.

What We Need

We’re looking for someone with experience in a similar communications role, with specific experience of campaign and political, parliamentary or public affairs work. Excellent written and verbal communications skills goes without saying: you’ll be skilled in the ability to write to suit a range of different audiences and assist your colleagues with writing and producing marketing materials.

We’re looking for someone who has;

· An understanding of the benefits of social media and content management systems

· Ability to manage all communications in relation to different external projects and services provided

· Experience using social media, website and content management systems

· An understanding of political and parliamentary processes

· Awareness and understanding of the feminist analysis of domestic abuse

What we offer

There are many reasons to work for Scottish Women’s Aid. We have a great working culture and our mission and vision attracts a brilliant staff team. Your hard work is rewarded with a package of support and benefits including:

Flexible working

We offer flexible hybrid working options for the majority of our employees. Some posts are eligible for full-time homeworking. We also offer flexibility for staff and work/life balance through a number of flexible working options such as flexi time, condensed hours, job sharing.


SWA are a Living wage employer, our pay and grading system offers a competitive starting salary and yearly progression.

Annual Leave

We offer a full-time annual leave entitlement of 30 days (210 hours) per year plus 10 Public Holiday days (70 hours) per year. Leave is accrued at the rate of 3.33 days (23.3 hours) per month.


SWA believes it's important that we help you save for your retirement so access to Nest pension scheme is given to all eligible employees. SWA contributes 10% of gross contractual earnings on the provision that the employee contributes a minimum of 3% towards their pension contributions.

Learning and Development

SWA supports and develops staff to ensure they have the necessary skills, knowledge and abilities. There is an internal schedule of training on key skills and knowledge relevant to all staff. There is also scope to attend ad hoc training for employees who are working to develop specific skills.

Enhanced Maternity and Paternity Pay

SWA offers staff who meet the criteria for Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP) an enhanced maternity pay of 20 weeks on full pay and 20 weeks on half pay.


As part of SWA’s commitment to staff wellbeing, staff are offered access to a confidential 24/7 health and Wellbeing service with AIG which provides confidential advice, counselling and legal support to all staff, and where applicable, immediate family members.

Bike 2 Work

An interest-free loan to purchase a bike, can be arranged up to the value of £1,000.

Edinburgh Leisure Gym Subsidies

Edinburgh based staff are able to access Edinburgh Leisure facilities for the reduced price of £1 per session.


Applications will be accepted from women only under Schedule 9, part 1 of the Equality Act 2010.

Scottish Women’s Aid is an equal opportunities employer, all women, including women with the protected characteristic of gender reassignment, may apply for women-only roles.

SWA are committed to recruiting a diverse workforce that is representative of the people we serve.

We are taking positive action to address an under-representation of both disabled and Black Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) employees within our workforce. We offer Disabled and BAME applicants the option of requesting that their application is considered under the terms of our Disabled or BAME Guaranteed Interview Schemes. You will be asked if you wish to be considered under the Disability/BAME Guaranteed Interview scheme when you complete our application form.

Application notes

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Closing date for applications: Friday 16th June 2023 at 12 noon.

For any questions relating to the vacancy please contact Square Peg HR is our recruitment partner for this vacancy.

Scottish Women’s Aid is a company limited by guarantee, company no. SC128433,

and a charity registered with the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator, charity no. SC001099.