Media job: Communications officer, PIRC

CLOSING DATE: May 16, 2018

Salary: £28,033 – B2, pro rata

Status: Fixed-term – 18 months, initially

Hours of work: Part-time, with on-call duty on a rota basis

Location: Hamilton

The PIRC was established in 2013 and is responsible for carrying out independent investigations into incidents involving the police and independently review the way the police handle complaints from the public.

Our aim is to secure public confidence in policing in Scotland by supporting continuous improvement and promoting positive change.

The Police Investigation & Review Commissioner is currently seeking to recruit a communications officer to join her team in Hamilton.

This is an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic, self-motivated individual to work in a fast paced environment with a growing, progressive organisation.

As a communications officer reporting to the head of Communications, you will assist in the planning and delivery of the communications strategy, both internally and externally.

You must be able to demonstrate experience of the following specific duties (see candidate information pack for full details):

* To draft and distribute press releases and respond to enquiries from the media during the working day and out of hours;

* To provide media support, when necessary, to the Commissioner and staff in the Investigation, Review and Corporate teams;

* To develop and promote the work of the PIRC using digital media; and

* To develop and update content for the PIRC website.

Successful candidates should have a good general education with a qualification in communications or marketing and a minimum of a year’s experience working within a communications environment in a similar role.

The successful candidate must also have proven experience of delivering a range of high quality communications materials, including website, reports and in-house newsletters. You will be required to be on-call, on a rota basis, and be prepared to work unsocial and extended hours where required. An additional remuneration allowance is payable for this work.

The PIRC offers excellent career prospects, competitive pension and benefits and operates flexible working arrangements.

The position is based in Hamilton and the successful candidate must undergo vetting and Security Clearance (SC) prior to appointment.

The PIRC is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to promoting a diverse workforce, with an emphasis on the PIRC Values of integrity, impartiality and respect. We therefore encourage applications from all members of the community. We are committed to the Disability Confident Initiative and offer a guaranteed interview to any applicant who considers themself to be disabled and who meets the competency requirements for the post.

How to apply

Download the candidate information pack here and the application pack here or email or telephone 01698 542924. Please also complete the equal opportunities monitoring form.

The closing date for applications is 12 Noon on May 16.

Previous applicants should not apply.

The shortlisting will take place thereafter. Successful applicants will be contacted with an interview date in due course.

Applicants who have not been contacted by us within three weeks of this closing date should assume they have been unsuccessful on this occasion.

Only completed application forms will be considered

Please do not substitute your Curriculum Vitae for a completed form since this will not be considered.