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External Affairs Officer

  • Full time
  • £24,720 – £28,000
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 22nd October 2020

  • Advertised from 9th October 2020
  • Salary commensurate with experience Hours per week: 35 Permanent


About the job

The Citizens Advice network in Scotland is the largest independent advice service in the country. Citizens Advice Scotland is a charity within this network – we act as a national organisation supporting and representing the service as a whole and the interests of citizens.

We are currently looking for a full time External Affairs Officer to join our communications team to deliver national, local and digital communications and play a vital role in delivering public affairs.

This is a key post charged with delivering significant external communications reach and impact. The role supports and contributes significantly to the Citizens Advice Scotland Workplan to raise awareness and improve understanding of our work with a wide range of external audiences, as well as responding to emerging issues.

You'll bring a skill for and experience of creating and producing digital content, a solid understanding of the Scottish media and political landscape, and the ability to exercise sound judgement and a strong strategic news sense on a consistent basis.

This role offers you the opportunity to work at the heart of supporting Scotland's largest independent advice network, making an invaluable contribution to citizens’ lives.

*This role is normally based in our Edinburgh office. As a result of the COVID-19 crisis, all CAS staff are currently working from home and we would therefore expect the successful candidate would be required to work from home initially. Re-opening our offices will be carefully planned and managed in accordance with the latest Scottish Government guidance and public health advice. Candidates should be prepared to work from home initially, but be aware that attendance at the normal office base will be required in future. We are currently reviewing our home working policy in response to the COVID-19 crisis and ongoing opportunities to work from home can be discussed with the successful candidate at offer stage.

For more information, please refer to the Job Pack which can be downloaded using the links below or on our vacancies page

Employee benefits

Citizens Advice Scotland offers excellent terms and conditions, including a total of 40 days leave (including public holidays) and a pension scheme with an 8% employer contribution. We have a flexitime scheme which enables our employees to work flexibly in line with organisational requirements, and as an inclusive employer we are happy to consider other flexible working arrangements where appropriate. For more details of some of the other benefits on offer to our employees, please see the section on Employee benefits in the Job Pack.

Application notes

To apply for this role, please send completed copies of the Personal Details Form, along with your current CV to:

In addition, we ask you to provide a short written statement (maximum of two pages) with examples which demonstrate how you meet the requirements of the post, as set out in the job description and person specification.

You can find all necessary forms below or on our website:

Closing date 22 October 2020

Equality & Diversity Monitoring

To help Citizens Advice Scotland monitor equality and diversity statistics please return the Equality & Diversity Monitoring Form separate from your other application documents by emailing it to:

About the employer

Citizens Advice Scotland is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

The Scottish Association of Citizens Advice Bureaux – Citizens Advice Scotland. Scottish charity (SC016637) and company limited by guarantee (89892)