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Communications Manager

Advice, Charity, Community, Social Welfare
Job Role
£37,030 Per Annum
Full Time
Contract Type:
Closing Date:

Communications Manager

Shelter Scotland

  • Full time
  • £37,030
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 31st March 2020
  • + excellent benefits


Are you a strategic communicator with experience of managing and motivating a communications team and a proven ability to innovate and enthuse others to join you on the journey? Then join Shelter Scotland as Communications Manager and you could soon be playing a vital role in helping Shelter Scotland get the message out as we continue to tackle the root causes of Scotland’s housing crisis.

A home is a fundamental human need, as essential as education or healthcare. Yet millions of people across Britain struggle on a daily basis with homelessness, bad housing conditions, soaring rents, discrimination and the threat of eviction. So, we are striving for change — with individuals, in communities, across society – and leading the way to a safe home. We need ambitious, best-in-class individuals who are passionate about our cause to join us at this exciting time. This is your chance to play a part in the fundamental change we are striving to achieve.

About the role

Our award winning Communications team promotes Shelter Scotland’s brand and leads our public campaigning and digital communications to achieve change for those that do not have a safe, secure or affordable home in Scotland. Your challenge will be to head up that team and take responsibility for the communications we produce, in order to raise the profile of both the cause and the charity. As well as developing and delivering communications strategies that will drive our objectives forward, we’ll rely on you to provide strategic direction for all communications connected to our work. And, when it comes to identifying opportunities to position us as a thought leader or highlight our strategic messages, driving our media work or working with those with lived experience to help them tell their story, again, we’ll count on you.

About you

With a relevant degree or equivalent experience in communications, you’re creative, innovative and commercially aware and have an excellent understanding of digital media and traditional channels, plus a passion for using them. You’re an excellent copywriter and editor too – a natural at capturing and refining key messages. The ability to relate to, and communicate effectively with, diverse stakeholders and audiences is also important, while knowledge of the communications and political context of Scotland would also be useful. Someone who responds positively to change, you’re not afraid to challenge the status quo and introduce new ideas when appropriate. What’s more, you lead by example, have an adaptable approach and are committed to achieving results for our cause.


We offer a wide range of benefits, including 30 days of annual leave, enhanced family friendly policies, pension and interest free travel loans. Our employees also have access to a tenancy deposit loan, cycle to work scheme and an employee assistance programme.

Shelter Scotland helps over half a million people every year struggling with bad housing or homelessness through our advice, support and legal services. And we campaign to make sure that, one day, no one will have to turn to us for help.

Application notes

Closing date: 31 March 2020 at 11.30pm.

Interviews: 7 April (am) and 8 April (pm).

To find out more about the role and the benefits of working for Shelter Scotland please visit our website. Apply to be part of our Campaigns & Policy team and be the change you want to see in society.

Safeguarding is everyone’s business. Shelter is committed to protecting the health, wellbeing and human rights of those we support, and enabling them to live free from harm, abuse and neglect. All our staff will be expected to observe professional standards of behaviour and conduct their work in line with our Safeguarding Policies.

At Shelter Scotland, we welcome and encourage applications from everyone regardless of age, disability, gender, ethnicity, religion and sexual orientation. We also encourage applications from people, who have been homeless or have been at risk of homelessness. We are facing diverse problems, so need diverse people to tackle them. In addition to this, we encourage an approach to involving people with personal insight of housing issues and homelessness in our recruitment processes.

Shelter does not accept unsolicited CVs from external recruitment agencies nor accept the fees associated with them.

Find out more about Shelter Scotland