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Communications and Public Affairs Officer

  • Full time
  • up to £32,885
  • Stirling with hybrid working
  • Closing 2nd February 2023

  • Advertised from 13th January 2023
  • 1.0 FTE/35 hours per week


An exciting opportunity exists to join College Employers Scotland (CES). You will help ensure that CES’ views and interests are effectively represented with key stakeholders, policy makers and opinion formers, and that members are engaged on proactive and reactive issues. You will also be responsible for ensuring that websites and social media channels are kept up to date with all the latest information about National Bargaining in the college sector. This will require you to provide support to, and guidance and advice on, a range of communications and public affairs issues to the Director and staff of CES at any given time.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

Communications and Media Relations

• Support all incoming media enquires; ensuring journalists receive a prompt and efficient response.

• Brief the Director and team members on relevant media communications and topics.

• Support team members to ensure all internal and external communications are effective, engaging, forward thinking, and aligned to the operational plan.

• Take ownership of the development and delivery of communication plans and strategies, agreed with the Director to raise the profile of College Employers Scotland.

• Write press releases, media statements and briefing papers.

• Monitor and analyse print, broadcast, online and social media on a regular basis.

• Track media activity and produce reports, briefing papers and presentations as required.

• Proactively place and write feature articles for a variety of media.

• Update social media channels and website content of College Employers Scotland and the National Joint Negotiating Committee (NJNC) to strengthen the digital presence.

Public Affairs

• Take ownership of the development and delivery of communication plans and strategies, agreed with the Director.

• Act as a source of in-house information and expertise on public affairs and communications.

• Work with team members to ensure effective engagement with key policy makers, decision-makers, members and stakeholders.

• Respond to enquiries from politicians and providing proactive briefings.

• In conjunction with team members:

o monitor the political environment and identify opportunities to influence policy development and political decision-making, including relevant consultations, parliamentary debates, events and conferences.

o maintain a contact programme of parliamentarians, civil servants, opinion formers and key stakeholders, ensuring College Employers Scotland has good relationships with key decision makers.

• Draft parliamentary questions, debates, amendments to legislation and motions and disseminate briefings for parliamentarians.

• Analyse information and data to inform College Employers Scotland’s public position on agreed topics

• Establish and maintain good relationships with communications and public affairs colleagues in Colleges Scotland, providing assistance when required.

• Undertake projects and attend external meetings.

NB: Colleges Scotland operates a Hybrid Working Policy and whilst this post is based in Stirling, the successful candidate would not necessarily need to be in the office on a full-time basis.

Application notes

The closing date is Thursday 2 February 2023.

If you would like further information on this post please visit the myjobscotland websiteor contact Gavin Donoghue, Director of College Employers Scotland, email:

To apply for this post, please visit the myjobscotland website.