Communications Post Vacancy

Apr 23, 2024 | Job Vacancies

Job title: Communications and Engagement Officer 
Reporting to: Director
Accountable to: Director
Hours and location: 21 hours 

Remote working with travel in the central belt of Scotland

Salary: £26,000-£28,000 
Duration  Permanent, subject to funding  

About the Scottish Child Law Centre

We are a specialist hub protecting children’s rights in Scotland.  We provide free legal advice about child law and children’s rights to promote equitable access to justice and specialist training which strengthens advocacy and sustainable support for the rights of the child.  We also use evidence from our direct engagement and work with partners to influence long term change for children. 

Importantly, we are the only specialist hub for all ages of children and across all areas of child-related Scots’ law. We are here for children, and those who care and support them, and all advice is provided by our qualified solicitors.

Many more children and families are struggling with complex issues in the backdrop of increasing poverty, and demand for our free legal advice has significantly increased.  We also know from feedback that our specialist training is deeply valued in the current fast-moving children’s policy environment and as children’s rights are implemented.  

The Scottish Child Law Centre’s vision is for ‘All children growing up in Scotland to have their rights respected, protected and fulfilled.’  To support that vision and the growing need, we have recently produced a communications strategy to raise our profile and further extend our reach, particularly targeting communities experiencing a multiple breach of their rights.       

About the Role

Are you an experienced communicator and passionate children’s rights advocate?  If so, we’d love you to hear from you.

We are looking for a communications officer to drive forward the Scottish Child Law Centre’s communications and to further raise our external profile and demonstrate our impact. 

Ideally, you will also have experience of children’s policy and/or have worked with children and young people.  Public affairs experience would also be valuable.

We are a supportive, creative and dynamic team and this is a new part-time post. 

Your responsibilities will include,

  • Co-ordinating our forward communications planner to effectively raise our profile as a specialist hub protecting children’s rights in Scotland, and across a diversity of audiences and channels.
  • Drafting content for all of the Centre’s communications to engage and support a wide range of audiences, and in line with our Message House and wider communications strategy. This will include letter/emails, social media messaging, graphics, leaflets, press releases, articles, blogs and newsletters.
  • Attending team meetings and working closely with the team to best identify all activities, opportunities and issues to inform our forward communications.
  • Regular liaison with the senior solicitor and director to discuss the child policy environment and provide communications campaign support where the Centre can support or influence change for children.
  • Supporting the community advice clinics and wider work through inclusive and accessible communication materials.  This includes a bank of case stories, educational materials, and in person and creative events to help people understand how the Centre’s services and knowledge of child law and children’s rights can support them. 
  • Regular liaison with the engagement team and the young advisors to support the showcasing of their lead and voice through relevant communication opportunities. 
  • Monitoring and regularly refreshing the content of the Centre’s website, ensuring it is inclusive and accessible to a diversity of audiences.
  • Leading on the shaping of creative social media campaigns across all channels, including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and TikTok.
  • Producing a quarterly online and print newsletter to keep our membership, partners and the wider public updated on the Centre’s work and impact.
  • Designing online surveys to support the Centre’s evaluation and monitoring work.
  • Building the Centre’s media presence.  This includes establishing a network of supportive print, broadcast and specialist media contacts, generating content for each, preparing quotes and supporting the team with media opportunities.
  • Organising promotional events and materials, such as a Scottish Parliament exhibition/event and promotional stalls at related national conferences.
  • Regularly reviewing and updating distribution lists for the Centre’s key communications. 

Person specification 

  • Highly developed communication skills, written and oral, and an ability to provide complex legal information in a comprehensible way to children, young people and those for whom English is an additional language. 
  • Ability to liaise and work effectively in partnership with a wide range of partner organisations and funders. 
  • Ability to work independently and on own initiative, taking responsibility for delivering and reporting on set targets. 
  • Excellent IT skills and organisational skills. 
  • Graphic design skills to draft videos and images in our branding for social media. 
  • Clear understanding of how to gather evidence, monitoring and evaluation and how to communicate our impact to different audiences. 
  • Experience of drafting funding applications.
  • Knowledge and understanding of how to engage children and young people through digital media. 
  • Excellent people skills with an ability to build positive and productive working relationships with a wide range of stakeholders. 
  • Monitoring of the communications budget line and that activities are delivered within budget. 
  • Monitoring and evaluation of communications activities to ensure a cycle of continuous improvement. 

Application process 

Closing date Monday the 13th of May at 9am 

Please submit a CV and covering letter to enquiries@sclc.org.uk that is no more than two pages, stating how you meet the criteria and why you are interested in the role. 

Interviews will be held online in early June. 

We particularly encourage applications from disabled people and people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, as these groups are currently under-represented in the organisation. 

We would be happy to discuss alternative working patterns too. 

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