Job: Communications Officer (3 days/week (0.6FTE), 6-month contract July 22 2019 – January 31 2020, £25,000p.a pro-rata)

29th May 2019

Our Digital Communications Officer will be taking leave of absence for six months, so we're in search of a skilled professional to cover and develop our communications work during that period.

Applications for this position closed on Thursday 13 June 2019.


The arts and culture shape the ways in which we live in the world and so have an essential role to play in addressing the climate emergency. Creative Carbon Scotland works with individuals, cultural organisations and non-cultural organisations working on both carbon emissions reduction and climate change adaptation to build a sustainable, equitable, climate-adapted Scotland.

Our Mission is to:

  • Engage cultural organisations in actively promoting environmental sustainability and addressing the climate crisis
  • Help cultural and other organisations to harness the power of culture to shape an environmentally sustainable Scotland
  • Help the cultural sector run itself as environmentally sustainably as possible

Demand for our work is increasing as we support the cultural sector in its work on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and adaptation to the impacts of climate change, and as we successfully develop ways in which cultural practitioners help organisations working on adaptation and carbon reduction achieve their aims. We are also currently leading Cultural Adaptations, a project co-funded by the EU through the Creative Europe programme, building up a to a major conference in autumn 2020.

At a time when the climate crisis has never been higher on the agenda, this is a great opportunity for an enthusiastic, organised self-starter with strong professional communications experience combined with good knowledge of climate change and/or the arts and culture. They will join us for a busy and exciting period which includes our annual Green Arts Conference, several Green Teases, major projects and planning for the future. The team works closely with the Board of Creative Carbon Scotland and the successful candidate will play a full role in a flexible, generous and innovative organisation that is working to build a better world

Application Process

Please use the form below to apply. This will ask you to upload a CV (maximum two pages), a covering letter (also maximum two pages) explaining why you would like to work in this role for Creative Carbon Scotland and evidencing how you fit the person specification below, and three examples of your previous work. Applications must be submitted by midnight on Thursday 13 June. If you have any problems with submitting your application, or if you want an informal conversation about the job, please contact Ben Twist on Interviews will be held on Friday 21 June in central Edinburgh


Creative Carbon Scotland is committed to equalities and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates: we will make reasonable adjustments where necessary to enable people with particular needs or requirements to work with us. Our Equal Opportunities Policy is available on our website.  Please complete the Equal Opportunities Monitoring survey here and confirm that you have done so in your application – this is anonymous and the information provided will not affect your application in any way.

Communications Officer: Job Description and Person Specification

Salary: £25,000/year, pro rata at 0.6 FTE (3 days/week), + 3% of salary in pension contributions.

Reports to: The Creative Carbon Scotland Director will be the line manager.

Responsible for: There are no staff management responsibilities attached to this post, but the successful candidate will be responsible for overseeing Creative Carbon Scotland’s contract with a local web design/development company.

Hours: 0.6 full time equivalent. This means a 22.5-hour week with a degree of flexibility on both sides, as some evening and weekend work may be required and busy periods may call for extra hours, with time taken off in lieu during quieter periods.

Flexible working and Job Sharing Creative Carbon Scotland welcomes proposals for flexible working or job-share, subject to the needs of the role being satisfactorily fulfilled.

Holidays: 20 days plus 10 public holidays per year (pro rata, ie 6 days + 3 days for a six month contract at 0.6FTE) to be taken at times agreed with the Director.

Place of work: Based at City Chambers, High Street, Edinburgh, but home working and hot-desking may also be necessary. Travel throughout Scotland required.

Contract and notice period: This is a fixed term post in the first instance from 22 July to 31 January 2020. A probationary period of 1 month will apply, following successful completion of which the full fixed term contract will be confirmed.

Secondments: Creative Carbon Scotland is very willing to consider a secondment for this role where this will embed knowledge and work related to the climate crisis within the cultural sector, or knowledge of the cultural sector in the sustainability world.

Equipment: A laptop and mobile phone will be provided if required.

 Job Description  

Main purpose of job: 

  • Lead and implement the communications strategy for CCS to ensure its continued success in achieving its mission
  • Develop CCS’ profile in the cultural and non-cultural sectors

Main Responsibilities:

A: Lead and implement the overall communications strategy for CCS to ensure its continued success in achieving its mission (50% of the role)

  1. Ongoing maintenance of the CCS website working with an external web development agency;
  2. Co-ordinating and supporting other team members’ communications work for their individual projects
  3. Co-ordinating promotion of the GAI, the Green Arts conferences and, working with the Networks and Events Officer, develop and improve relevant resources
  4. Working with the Networks and Events Officer, promoting culture/SHIFT work, aiming to maximise usage of the Library of Practice and increase attendance at Green Teases

B: Develop CCS’ profile in the cultural and non-cultural sectors, promoting its work and existence through (40% of the role):

  1. Creating digital content including video, photographic and written content, digital resources, and monthly newsletters.
  2. Developing CCS’s media presence through identification of relevant individuals, networks and professional platforms for dissemination of CCS work and core messages, and creation of tailored content for these groups.
  3. Communicating through external platforms and targeted direct communications.
  4. Producing & increasing readership of the CCS monthly Newsletter.
  5. Ensuring that funders’ support is fully acknowledged.
  6. Networking at relevant events.

C: CCS Strategy & Team support (10% of the role)

  1. Contributing to weekly staff meetings and long-term strategic planning
  2. Contributing to fundraising and reporting to funders, sponsors etc
  3. Assisting the wider team with project delivery as appropriate.

D: Equalities, Diversity and Inclusion

  1. Along with all members of the team, ensuring that CCS’ Equalities, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan is considered and acted upon in all the above areas.

The list of responsibilities is not exhaustive and the employee may be required to perform duties outside of this as operationally required and at the discretion of the Director.

Person Specification



  1. A demonstrable interest in the intersection of culture and the climate crisis
  2. Knowledge of a variety of different formats of digital communication and to which audiences each is best suited
  3. Proficient in Microsoft Office suite, and online publishing through WordPress, MailChimp, Vimeo, Hootsuite, Eventbrite and Canva


  1. Substantial communications experience and application to CCS – including developing comms strategies and supporting team members in comms activity
  2. Professional press and PR experience
  3. Professional digital experience and skills – website management, digital content creation, video and podcast recording and editing
  4. Experience of online platforms – webinars, video conferences, internal IT systems


  1. Excellent written and oral communication skills, including an ability to write persuasively and shape colleagues’ text for different audiences and media
  2. Flexible and proactive with the ability to prioritise effectively
  3. The ability to work independently, using one’s own initiative, and as part of a team
  4. Flair and imagination


  1. An understanding of CCS’s contribution to transformational change in Scotland through the role of the cultural sector in addressing the climate crisis

To Apply 

Applications for this position closed on Thursday 13 June.


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