Communications Manager for Scottish Greens Parliamentary Group

Scottish Greens Parliamentary Group are looking for a Communications Manager to join their team

Location: Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh

Salary: between £33,519 - £37,612, plus on-call allowance

Hours: Full time (30 hours per week), plus weekend on-call cover as part of a team rota

Reporting to: Head of Strategy and Campaigns

Part time and job share applications welcome. The Scottish Green MSPs have a four day working week policy, with full time positions equivalent to 30 hours per week.

This is an exciting opportunity for a passionate and experienced communications professional to join the Scottish Green Group in Parliament. You will work as part of the central team that supports the work of the Green MSPs in Parliament and lead our communications operations across print, broadcast and digital media. This is a fast-paced, challenging and rewarding role that will put you at the heart of our efforts to create a fairer, greener Scotland.

Responsibilities

Acting in a supervisory role with oversight of overall media strategy for the Group/MSPs.

  • Tracking media monitoring systems that detect news instantly as it breaks.
  • Managing provision of communications and press advice.
  • Leading the development and implementation of media and digital communication strategy.
  • Line management of two Communications Officers, and liaison with regional communications teams.
  • Leading on the development of messaging and communications strategy, in line with the MSP group strategy.

Identifying potential media opportunities and acting as media contact.

  • Organising and arranging interviews and events.
  • Identifying ways to build the profile of the Group and individual MSPs.
  • Developing creative new engagement methods for social media accounts.
  • Representing the Group in dealing with media and providing statements where appropriate.
  • Supporting campaign development and delivery.

Producing materials that effectively convey the Group’s aims to the general public and media.

  • Keeping up to date with current media developments.
  • Building and maintaining relationships with press, broadcast and other stakeholders.
  • Producing high quality press briefings, speeches, presentations and written materials.

Following all media outlets to capture relevant developments as they happen.

  • Maintaining information systems to support communications.
  • Maintaining and growing social media presence.
  • Drafting and posting social media content to promote Group MSP activities.
  • Reviewing social media trends and briefing the Group/MSPs on issues of relevance.

About You

Requirements

Essential

  • Have significant experience working with or in the Scottish media.
  • Be creative in designing and communicating over a range of formats on different media platforms.
  • Have flexibility using relevant IT skills and writing styles, covering both traditional and newer forms of media.
  • Have detailed knowledge of Scottish politics and the Parliament.
  • Have the ability to work under pressure to tight deadlines.
  • Have the ability to foster good working relationships with confidence to understand how the media world operates.

Desirable

  • Experience of political, campaigning, parliamentary and/or public affairs work.
  • Experience line managing a team in a communications environment.

The Selection Process

For any queries about the role please contact jenny.smith@parliament.scot

To apply send your CV and supporting statement as one document to jenny.smith@parliament.scot. Your supporting statement should outline how you meet the requirements detailed above for this role.  Applications that do not include a supporting statement may not be considered

Closing date: noon on Monday 23rd May

 

Closing Date: Monday, May 23, 2022 - 12:15