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Public Affairs & Media Officer

Scouts Scotland

Public Affairs & Media Officer

Fordell Firs (Dunfermline) with flexibility

Salary: c. £29,000

As Scouts, we believe in empowering young people with skills for life. We encourage our young people to do more, learn more and be more. We question and listen and form wide open minds. We take a deep breath and speak up. We think on our feet. See the big picture. Ignore the butterflies and go for it. We get back up and try again. We think about what’s next, and plan for it. We jump in, get muddy, give back and get set.

We’re Scouts and everyone’s welcome here. All genders, races and backgrounds. Every week we give almost 40,000 6–25-year-olds across Scotland the skills they need for school, college, university, the job interview, the important speech, the tricky challenge and the big dreams: the skills they need for life.

In this role you will:

  • Lead on media and public affairs activity to support the Scouts Scotland Strategy.
  • Raise positive awareness of Scouts in the media, among influential decision makers, leaders of civic Scotland, politicians and others in key public positions, members of Scouts Scotland and the general public.
  • Keep up to date on public policy, and Scottish parliamentary affairs, identifying and responding to opportunities for Scouts Scotland to meaningfully engage.
  • Support our community impact work to promote projects and work across Scotland, building strategic relationships with external organisations to help our members make a difference in their communities.
  • Provide media and public affairs training, advice and support for our staff, volunteers and young people.

Knowledge and Experience

  • At least 2 years’ experience of working in a media and public affairs role in which influencing and building relationships with external audiences was key to your role.
  • Experience of developing and delivering high impact influencing strategies/campaigns.
  • Experience of servicing the internal public affairs needs of an organization (briefings, parliamentary monitoring, speeches, etc.)
  • Experience of policy development (including research, consultation and development of proposals) based on internal and external agendas.
  • Experience of basic events management (e.g. receptions/launches, Parliamentary Receptions, etc).
  • Experience of researching and analysing Information.
  • Show excellent public speaking skills.
  • Demonstrate a clear writing style (e.g. reports, briefing papers, letters).
  • Understanding of GDPR and best practice for all data protection and permissions.
  • Understanding and awareness of the charity sector (desirable).

For a confidential discussion please call Debbie Shields at Aspen People on 0141 212 7555.

Job Pack

To apply please submit a CV and supporting letter.

Closing date: 09:00, Monday 1st November 2021

Interviews: Monday 15th November 2021