Media and Impact Assistant

  • Part time
  • £24,421 – £30,167 pro-rata
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 8th March 2021

  • Advertised from 11th February 2021
  • Plus benefits Permanent. 22.5 hours per week.


IPPR Scotland, Scotland’s progressive think tank, is looking to recruit a Media and Impact Assistant to join our growing team in Edinburgh. This is an exciting and challenging new role, based in IPPR Scotland, and forming part of IPPR’s UK-wide communications team, which will work to help IPPR Scotland achieve impact and influence across a wide range of audiences.

The IPPR Scotland team works for a fairer and more progressive Scotland. We do this by producing well-researched analysis and developing new creative policy ideas and solutions, focussed on some of the biggest questions, challenges and opportunities facing Scotland.

After the multiple crises of 2020, we want to see a Scotland that emerges from the Covid-19 crisis better than before, built on the foundations of social, economic and climate justice. If successful, you would be joining an organisation with a proven ability to shape some of the biggest decisions in Scotland, at a time when the decisions facing policymakers in Scotland over the coming months and years could shape the country for decades to come.

IPPR Scotland is a cross-party and non-profit think tank with charitable status. We are part of the IPPR family across the UK, sitting alongside IPPR North based in Manchester and Newcastle and IPPR in London.

You will work to assist colleagues in planning, developing, coordinating and delivering IPPR Scotland’s communications across a range of channels. You will have a focus on media and digital communications, as well as our external affairs activity aimed at decision-makers in Scotland. You will carry out a range of tasks aimed at building IPPR Scotland’s profile in the media, social media and among policymakers in Scotland, achieving impact and influence for our work.

To be successful you will have experience of working (paid or unpaid) in a communications or media environment; knowledge of the Scotland-based media; and a keen interest in politics and public policy in Scotland. You will combine excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to interpret and communicate complex information and draft accurate and concise media releases. If you have the ability to think creatively and work flexibly as part of a small team, we would like to hear from you.

IPPR is committed to equality of opportunity. As an organisation that engages in critical debate about a wide range of progressive policy issues, we value the creativity and range of perspectives that a diverse team can provide. We welcome applications from all sections of the community, especially from those with lived experience of disadvantage, and from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic candidates who are currently under-represented at IPPR.

As part of our commitment to flexible working we will consider a range of options for the successful applicant to fill the post. All options can be discussed at interview stage.

Application notes

Before applying, go to our website to read the information pack that includes the job description and person specification, or email quoting the job title or REF: MIA/FEB.

To apply for this post we would like you to submit a personal statement of no more than 1000 words demonstrating your suitability for the role and clearly addressing each of the points in the person specification under headings. We would also like you to submit a CV.

Both should be returned to, quoting the job title or REF: MIA/FEB. Please also complete IPPR’s equal opportunities monitoring form

The closing date for receipt of completed applications is 11.59pm 8th March 2021.

The first stage of the selection process will be a written task, followed by interviews later in March/April.