Media Job: Research and communications officer, Senscot

CLOSING DATE: February 10, 2017

SENSCOT is looking to recruit a new research and communications officer.

The role – based in Edinburgh – would be to  provide a dedicated research, communications and reporting service covering social and community enterprise issues in Scotland and, where appropriate, further afield.

The role will support the work of Senscot in terms of its reporting, social media and online journalism on behalf of the wider social enterprise community in Scotland.

Key responsibilities

* Overseeing Senscot’s research requirements on a weekly basis, including carrying out bespoke pieces of research on policy developments in relevant thematic areas i.e. health, employability, sport, culture.

* Producing copy (news items, articles) on a weekly basis for Senscot’s eBulletins, newsletters and social media.

* Collating existing and new information and data relevant to the work of Senscot and our partner organisations – including report writing in support of Senscot’s activities; preparation and publication of reports, briefing papers and position statements for internal and external use.

* Developing and overseeing Senscot’s web and social media presence – including facebook and twitter.

* Data management – update of database and website.

Person specification

We are looking for someone with:

* Direct experience of the social enterprise and/or community sectors in Scotland – an understanding and knowledge of the issues faced by Scotland’s wider social economy.

* Excellent writing and communication skills. Formal journalistic training would be an advantage.

* Excellent data analysis skills.

* Experience of databases, spreadsheets and website development and maintenance.

* Ability to work on own initiative.

* Commitment to the values of Senscot and the social enterprise sector in Scotland.

Terms and conditions

The basic terms and conditions are based on those of Senscot:

* 35-hour working week – Senscot operates a TOIL system.

* Annual leave entitlement is 25 days plus ten public holidays.

* Notice period – eight weeks.

* Senscot is committed to the active promotion of equal opportunities as an employer and in its provision of services to the community

Senscot background

In October 1998, The Big Issue in Scotland sponsored a conference of community leaders. The conference brought to light difficulties, frustrations and concerns experienced by social entrepreneurs.

While there are hundreds of strong, dynamic and imaginative community leaders, they often operate in isolation and the value of social entrepreneurship is not fully recognised.

As a direct result, Senscot, the Social Entrepreneurs Network Scotland, was created by and for social entrepreneurs throughout Scotland.

Senscot’s mission is to help social entrepreneurs become more effective in tackling the social problems of Scottish communities.

Senscot’s aim is to provide a network for social enterprise in Scotland whic  identifies and links up social entrepreneurs across Scotland; raises the profile of, and respect for, social entrepreneurs in Scotland; develops the range of services and resources available to the social enterprise sector in Scotland; and influences the climate of political support for social innovation in Scotland.

Senscot philosophy

Senscot takes the view that successive programmes to tackle poverty have had limited impact because they don’t involve local people and they don’t create sustainable, locally-owned agencies.

Senscot’s particular role is to recognise and support the contribution of social entrepreneurs, individuals who believe passionately in something which will benefit their community, who get their hands dirty doing it and who have the dogged determination to see it through.

Salary: £25,000

For an application form, click here.

Contact: Aidan Pia