External Affairs Officer

  • Full time
  • £29,899
  • Our offices are in Edinburgh, but we are currently working remotely. There will be flexibility about candidate location and home working.
  • Closing 8th March 2021

  • Advertised from 15th February 2021
  • £29, 899 (new pay structure pending) 35 hours per week. Maternity cover (approx. 1 year from March 2021)


The Role

Scottish Women’s Aid is excited to recruit for maternity cover for our External Affairs Officer. The role holder plays an essential part in the continued development and delivery of key messaging for SWA, increasing awareness of the organisation and ensuring our core values are reflected in all our communications.

The Organisation

Scottish Women’s Aid is Scotland’s leading voluntary sector organisation working to prevent domestic abuse and promote effective policy and practice responses for women, children and young people who experience domestic abuse. We are the umbrella organisation for 36 autonomous Women’s Aid groups delivering direct services to women, children, and young people across Scotland.

What You’ll Do

The External Affairs Officer will develop and support effective media relationships to ensure awareness and understanding of SWA to a wide target audience. You will create meaningful dialogue with appropriate stakeholders, responding to media enquiries and drafting briefing notes, articles and web content aligned to SWA’s core values and strategic priorities.

What We Need

The successful candidate will have substantial communications experience in a similar role, ideally with a sound understanding of parliamentary, political and policy processes. You will have the confidence, skills and proficiency to quickly add value to the role and organisation, alongside excellent written and verbal skills with the ability to translate complex information for appropriate media use. A sound understanding of social media, website, and content management systems, as well as impact evaluation and measurement, is essential for success in this position.

We’re looking for someone who has

• A proven track record of delivering on external affairs strategy in a similar organisational context

• A well-established comms network that supports effective partnership working with the media as well as political and parliamentary stakeholders

• A sound knowledge and understanding of the ethical considerations associated with media and communications

• The ability to manage communications in relation to external projects and services

• A positive track record of working to support colleagues with local and national campaign priorities

• Knowledge of communicating a gendered message and understanding of the issues relating to violence against women

• Experience of a range of software such as Mailchimp, Drupal, Survey Monkey, MS Office

Application notes

Visit our website and download the application pack womensaid.scot/news/vacancies

For any questions relating to the vacancy please contact carolyn.hughes@squarepeghr.co.uk Square Peg HR is our recruitment partner for this vacancy.

Closing date for applications: 8th March 2021 @ 12noon

Interview date: 22nd March 2021 (via Zoom)

Scottish Women’s Aid is committed to promoting equality and diversity. Applications are welcomed from all sections of the community. Applications will be accepted from women only under Schedule 9, part 1 of the Equality Act 2010.

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.