Job: Project Communications Officer (part-time, to 31st December 2020)

4th February 2020

Creative Carbon Scotland is seeking a part-time (one day per week / 0.2FTE) Project Communications Officer for a contract from 2nd March to 31st December 2020.

Background   

Creative Carbon Scotland – a charity initiated by Festivals Edinburgh and founder members, the Federation of Scottish Theatre and Scottish Contemporary Art Network – is a partnership of arts organisations working to help shape a sustainable Scotland. We believe that the arts and culture have an essential role in achieving the transformational change to a sustainable future. 

Our vision is of a Scotland where this role is fully recognised, developed and utilised by both the cultural world and others interested in sustainability. 

Our mission is therefore to connect the arts and culture with others working towards that transformational change in order to bring it about. 

Our objective is larger than achieving incremental change in small pockets: we want to form a network of creative individuals and organisations who together can alter perceptions and change society using the work they make and present, the way they operate and how they speak to the public. 

We work with artists and individuals, cultural and sustainability organisations, funders and policy makers, connecting them to the change process and exploring how the cultural sector can contribute.  

This is an exciting time for Creative Carbon Scotland (CCS) and our work. Since the declaration of the climate emergency by the Scottish Government and others we have been busier than ever and our knowledge, contacts and expertise are in constant demand. With work including two major EU projects and the COP26 in Glasgow coming up soon, we are seeking additional support in our communications work. Some of this will be supporting our collaboration with Climate Ready Clyde and Climate-KIC in the development of Clyde Re:builta transformative adaptation strategy and plan for the Glasgow City Region, home to one third of the Scottish population. Some will relate to the COP in November. 

Therefore, we are seeking a part-time (0.2FTE) Project Communications Officer to support our Communications Manager in our press and PR work, developing project branding and templates, keeping our social media accounts up to date and lively, writing copy for our own and others’ websitesand generally implementing a complex and busy communications strategy and plan. Although CCS is based in Edinburgh, this work is largely Glasgow-focused, so being Glasgowbased would be an advantage and the ability to work independently is essential. Time is tight, so we are hoping someone can take on this role as soon as possible; ideally starting on 2nd March. CCS is a flexible organisation so work patterns can be tailored to suit the successful candidate.   

Application process  

We’re sorry: we got the settings wrong on our website so the application form wasn’t available yesterday (Sunday) afternoon. If you had a problem submitting, please do so now before 1pm on Monday. Let Alexis know on the address below if you need more time.

Applications will only be accepted via the form below, unless alternative arrangements are made. If you wish to make alternative arrangements or have any problems in using the site, please write to alexis.woolley@creativecarbonscotland.com to seek assistance in good time before the closing date of midnight on Sunday 16th February (NB: this deadline was updated at 18:30 on 4th February) 

Please study the job description and person specification below closely and ensure that in your application you demonstrate clearly how your skills and experience mean that you meet the person specification and fulfil the needs of the role. Complete the form below and upload your CV, a covering letter explaining how you meet the person specification and two examples of your previous work in support of your application, as indicated on the form.  

Creative Carbon Scotland applies a strong equal opportunities approach to recruitment. To help us avoid unconscious bias when shortlisting, please do not use your name or provide your contact details on your CV or other uploads; use your initials. Do provide your name and contact details on the form. Please save your CV, letter and examples in the format [your initials_CV e.g. AB_CV], [AB_letter], [AB_eg1] and [AB_eg2]. Your documents will be separated from your completed form details and we will assess your application using them only. 

We recommend submitting your documents as PDFs, though our system also accepts .doc documents. It does not accept .docx documents.

Applications must be submitted by midnight on Sunday 16th February. Interviews will take place in Glasgow on Thursday 20th February (NB: these dates were updated at 18:30 on 4 February).

Equalities  

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 usOur 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.

Project Communications Officer – job details 

Salary: Up to £27,000, depending on experience, pro rata for 0.2 full time equivalent (1 day/week), + 3% of salary in pension contributions 

Reports to: Communications Manager

Responsible for: Any freelancers, as appropriate 

Hours0.2 fulltime equivalent. This means a 7.5 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: Creative Carbon Scotland welcomes proposals for flexible working subject to the needs of the role being satisfactorily fulfilled. 

Holidays: 20 days plus 10 public holidays (pro rata) to be taken at times agreed with the Communications Manager. (For the period of this contract this will mean 3.33 days annual leave plus 1.66 days for public holidays, or four days in total.) 

Place of workCreative Carbon Scotland is based at City Chambers, High Street, Edinburgh, but this job could be based in Glasgow at the City Chambers with others in the Climate Ready Clyde secretariat. Home working and hot-desking will be necessary. Travel throughout Scotland may be required.  

Contract and notice period: This contract is for the period 2nd March to 31st December 2020Due to EU funding for the role, it is not possible to take this as a freelance contract – it must be an employment contract. A probationary period of two months will apply, following successful completion of which the full, fixedterm contract will be confirmed.   

Secondments Creative Carbon Scotland is very willing to consider a secondment for this role.  

Equipment: Creative Carbon Scotland is BYOD. However, a laptop and mobile phone will be provided if required.    

Job Description  

Main purpose of job:  

  • To support the Communications Manager in delivering Creative Carbon Scotland’s communications strategy and plan, in particular working on the Clyde Re:built project and our work on COP26. 

Responsibilities: 

A. Communications  

Clyde Re:built (70% of the role) 

Working with the Clyde Re:built team in: 

  • Press and PR relating to the project to stimulate uptake of the opportunities it offers potential partners 
  • Developing and producing the communications and engagement strategy and bi-monthly project newsletters. 
  • Setting up and managing social media accounts to ensure that our relevant partners and audiences are fully aware of the project and their opportunities to participate in it 
  • Developing (with graphic designers, as appropriate) branding and templates for the project 
  • Co-ordinating and producing copy for the Clyde Re:built partners’ and others websites to a high standard 
  • Managing the design and production of relevant project print materials, such as reports and meeting documents 
  • Designing and delivering stakeholder engagement events 

COP26 (20% of the role) 

Supporting the Communications Manager to:  

  • Build awareness of Creative Carbon Scotland’s work amongst UK and international attendees at COP26 through events, social media and web materials 
  • Use the focus provided by COP26 to increase Creative Carbon Scotland’s presence in the mainstream media through press and PR work. 

B. CCS strategy and team support (10% of the role) 

  • Participating in appropriate staff and one-to-one meetings  
  • Assisting the wider team with project delivery as appropriate

C. Equalities, Diversity and Inclusion 

  • 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 

Essential characteristics 

  • Strong experience in press, media and PR, including producing and editing copy to a high standard and success in placing stories in specialist and general outlets 
  • Excellent contacts in the Scottish and/or UK press and media, particularly in the cultural or environmental fields 
  • Strong experience in establishing, managing and contributing to social media accounts 
  • Experience of working with others to design branding 
  • Strong experience of writing, editing and posting copy for and to websites 
  • Knowledge of Glasgow City Region cultural, business and social scenes 
  • Demonstrable knowledge of and interest in either the climate change or the cultural world, particularly in Scotland 
  • Demonstrable ability to work effectively and efficiently with little direct supervision 
  • Flair and imagination  

Desirable characteristics 

  • Video and image editing skills for social media and website use 

Please complete the form below to apply for this role.

Deadline: midnight, 16th February 2020

Applications have now closed. Thank you for your interest.

 

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