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Communications Officer (0.6 FTE)

  • Part time
  • £20,568 – £23,616 pro-rata
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 5th October 2022

  • Advertised from 13th September 2022
  • Starting Salary: £20,568 FTE. 21 hours per week (working pattern to be agreed). Permanent. Probation period: 6 months.


We are looking for a creative and confident individual to join our External Engagement Team and work to ensure our communications reach families and relevant professionals and raise awareness of our purpose, resources and events.

The Role

We are recruiting for a Communications Officer within Families Outside at a time of growth for our organisation. This is an exciting opportunity to work in collaboration with a small team, supporting and delivering on the external communications for the organisation, ensuring our platforms have up to date and engaging content. The purpose of the role is to ensure a wide range of audiences know about the issues facing families affected by imprisonment via a variety of different communication methods, including social media platforms and information on our website.

However, this is a newly created position and isn’t limited in remit. Your role will be varied, and you’ll build relationships across a network of partners and volunteers, allowing you to use your initiative to support key activities and stakeholders.

About You

The right candidate will need to have excellent communication skills and the ability to set priorities for their own work, working collaboratively across the organisation. You will have a good understanding of website and social media management, experience of delivering effective communications strategies, using a range of digital platforms and tools. You will be able to understand and empathise with the needs of families affected by imprisonment and keen to be an ambassador for Families Outside.

About Us

Families Outside is the only national charity in Scotland that works solely to support families affected by imprisonment. Imprisonment can often have a huge impact on the things that matter most to families: money and secure housing, safe and connected relationships at home and in the community, and the emotional health and wellbeing of families. Families Outside is dedicated to providing a range of practical, social, and emotional support to people with someone in prison that are relationship-based, prison-aware, and family-focused.

Staff Benefits

  • 25 flexible leave days, growing to 27 after 5 years’ service, plus 10 public holidays (all pro rata)
  • Workplace Pension Scheme (4% matched contribution)
  • Hybrid & flexible working (negotiable)
  • Laptop and mobile phone for all staff
  • Travel expenses

Application notes

If you are interested in this post, we want to hear from you.

You can apply online here:

If you prefer, you can download Application and Equal Opportunities Monitoring forms from our website and email completed to

Please submit your application in Word format. Do not convert to PDF.

Informal enquiries are welcome. For more information on the post, please contact 0131 557 9800 or email

Closing date: 3pm on Wednesday 5th October 2022

Interviews held: Tuesday 18th October 2022

We welcome applications from people with disabilities. If you are shortlisted, and have any particular access or other requirements, please contact Alexandra Brady, HR Advisor, at , who will be pleased to discuss this with you.