Charity registered in Scotland SC026570
Humanist Society Scotland is looking for someone with a proven talent for engaging and effective communications in addition to supporting volunteer development and engagement. The successful candidate will lead the wide-reaching communications of Scotland’s national charity for people seeking an ethical, rational and secular future.
This is an exciting role that focuses on the Society’s aim to grow awareness of Humanism in Scotland to new audiences, as well as focussing on our key campaigns and community work.
The Communications and Community Engagement Manager role will lead on:
We are looking for a strategic thinker who can utilise digital technology to connect with supporters to get our message across in the media and to Government. You will be passionate about progressive change and share our vision for an ethical, rational, secular Scotland.
The successful candidate will have experience of working on recent influencing campaigns. They will have excellent writing skills and an understanding of the role media relations plays in raising awareness of a cause. They will have an aptitude for data led campaigning and understand how to utilise a CRM system such as CiviCRM (as used by Humanist Society Scotland). A strong understanding of social media, bulk emailing and web platforms would be an advantage.
They will be an excellent communicator who is competent across a range of disciplines, including public awareness campaigning, political lobbying and media. They will thrive in the creative environment of tight budgets and tight deadlines and enjoy the challenge of crafting messages that reach the widest possible audience.
The successful candidate will also have experience of working with and coordinating volunteers.
About Humanist Society Scotland
Humanist Society Scotland is part of the global Humanist movement of people and organisations. We are a registered charity in Scotland and governed by a Board of Trustees elected by members.
Humanist Society Scotland seeks a future in which:
Whilst individual humanists may differ in the importance they give to different activities, such as seeking to improve human rights or the development of humanist ceremonies what unites them is the basis of their life stance.
Humanist Society Scotland exists to:
Humanist Society Scotland promotes Humanist values to people in Scotland, campaigns for an ethical, rational and secular future, and gives voice to the millions of people in Scotland who live without religion.
We support a community of 14,000 members working together for a compassionate, dignified and respectful vision of Scotland and the world. We provide services, such as ceremonies and school visitors, which enable people to discover Humanism and live their lives as Humanists.
We're currently recruiting for an Administrative Assistant to join the team, based in our central Edinburgh HQ. The role involves general administration across the organisation, particularly finance, supporting our board of trustees and its committees, and membership.
The ideal candidate has great communication skills, works well in a team and has an aptitude for digital technology. A further person specification is included with the job description.
The working pattern for this part-time role will be agreed with the successful candidate.
The Board of Trustees of Humanist Society Scotland is currently looking to appoint a new Chief Executive Officer.
The Society is already a successful organisation, so we are looking for an exceptional leader to take it to the next level so as to develop and maximise our impact, profile, visibility, membership and income.
Based in Central Edinburgh, Humanist Society Scotland is a national charity and exists to promote Humanism and its values within Scotland. It initiates, leads on and engages with major social, education and campaigning activities, as well as being the major provider of Humanist wedding, funeral and naming ceremonies, with a celebrant body of circa 130 across all of Scotland.
In the last four years, led by our departing Chief Executive Officer, the charity has developed and continually grown in strength. Having been an organisation run entirely by volunteers, it currently has a professional staff team of 6.5 FTE.
Reporting to the Board, the new CEO will be a key member of our leadership team, playing a crucial role in developing Humanist Society Scotland’s core activities. You will also be responsible for ensuring the effective running of the office on a daily basis, leading the staff to provide a comprehensive range of support, services and events for Humanist Society Scotland and our members. Further, the CEO regularly represents Humanist Society Scotland in media interviews in response to policy issues.
A dynamic senior leader, you will be an innovative and creative thinker, with drive and ambition to campaign and lobby for change. A confident public and media speaker, you will be able to inspire a wide range of different stakeholders.
You will also be an imaginative and collaborative manager, inspiring and motivating your team in a manner that is positive and supportive of our vision, mission and values. Working collaboratively with the staff team and Board of Trustees, you will have excellent interpersonal skills enabling you to build a strong network of relationships. You will have the ability both to provide direction and also to work as a committed team player delivering effective strategy and action plans.
Humanist Society Scotland is a values-based organisation and all candidates will be required to demonstrate their commitment to Humanist values.
Job share applications are also welcomed.