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Head of Communications and Policy

Edinburgh£52,025 per annum, plus excellent benefits

Closing date: 7th February 2014

Interviews to be held 21st February 2014 in Edinburgh

Shelter Scotland is looking for an insightful Head of Communications and Policy with experience of managing the communications mix and knowledge of policy making and the political context, to lead a dedicated team.

Our award winning Communication and Policy team’s role is to influence change and communicate our vision and values. They are also the guardian of the Shelter Scotland brand and work to promote awareness and understanding of our work. Marketing, digital, media, policy and campaigns and public affairs – all are elements of a department that together deliver compelling messages to achieve positive change for homeless and badly housed people across Scotland.

Benefits include 30-days annual leave, and significant opportunities for learning and development.

Your key responsibilities:

  • Lead and manage Shelter Scotland’s communications and policy activities in line with our strategy and plans
  • Develop and deliver a communications plan and make sure we are positioned effectively with policy makers and decision makers alike
  • See that our digital presence continues to break new ground
  • Work with the Director of Shelter Scotland and Head of Services to provide leadership across the organisation, line manage others and oversee the department’s annual budget.

And what you’ll need:

  • Experience of developing and delivering effective communications and leading a strong team in media, digital, campaigning and public affairs, policy and marketing
  • In-depth understanding and experience of influencing policy and decision makers
  • ‘Ahead of the curve’ knowledge of digital development
  • Strong management skills and the ability to co-ordinate the work of a department effectively

For further information about the role, the benefits of working for Shelter and to apply please visit our website.

At Shelter Scotland, we welcome and encourage applications from everyone regardless of age, disability, gender, ethnicity, religion and sexual orientation. We are facing diverse problems, so need diverse people to tackle them.

Shelter Scotland helps over half a million people a year struggling with bad housing or homelessness – and we campaign to prevent it in the first place.

We’re here so no-one has to fight bad housing or homelessness on their own.