Media job: Communications officer, PIRC

CLOSING DATE: April 15, 2021

Vacancy: Communications officer

Salary:  £30,652 – £35,110 – B2 (staff will be appointed on Point one of scale, £30,652)

Status: Permanent

Hours of work: Around 37 hours per week, with on-call duty on a rota basis (mainly at weekends)

Location: Hamilton (currently, remote working)

THE Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (PIRC) is currently seeking to recruit a communications officer to join its team, based in Hamilton.

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

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.

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

The successful candidate will support the Commissioner and head of Communications in the planning and delivery of the PIRC communications strategy, both internally and externally.

As a communications officer, you will assist in the promotion of the work of the PIRC through a variety of communications channels designed to increase public awareness and understanding of the Commissioner’s role and remit.

Reporting to the head of Communications, you will be a member of a team working on a wide variety of projects, including the publication of corporate publications and Complaint Handling Review and investigation reports.

The post holder will provide an in-house copywriting, design and editing resource for colleagues producing internal and external reports and other materials.

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

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

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

* To develop and update content for the PIRC website and staff intranet;

* To support senior staff in drafting, distributing and publishing internal staff messages and materials; and

* To develop in-house corporate publications and design materials promoting the work of the PIRC.

Successful candidates should have a good general education with a qualification in communications or marketing and a minimum of two years’ 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 and staff intranet articles, corporate reports and in-house publications.

You will be required to be occasionally on-call 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, although, due to the current COVID pandemic, staff are currently remote working.

Please note 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.

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 and would welcome applications from all members of the community. We are committed to the Disability Confident Initiative and offer a guaranteed interview to any applicant who meets all of the selection criteria required for the post and considers themselves to be disabled.

Important information regarding interviews

In recognition of the Scottish Government’s ongoing measures and guidance in its response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus), we would like to advise applicants that a decision has been taken that all assessment and interviews must be conducted in a virtual/remote setting.

In order to facilitate this new way of working, we are asking all applicants to ensure that they have a suitable space to complete the virtual assessment/interview as well as a personal device of choice with access to Microsoft Teams by which you can undertake the interview/assessment if selected.

We are also asking you to ensure that your personal wi-fi/broadband capacity will be sufficient to carry both audio and video feeds to undertake the interview. This will then ensure that there are no issues incurred during the interview.

For information on this vacancy, please contact Ruth McCallum at or call on 07342 080256.

How to apply

The candidate information pack /application form available from:


The closing date for applications is on Thursday 15th April 2021, at midnight.

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.