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Top job! External Affairs Manager

  • Full time
  • £30,500 – £38,602
  • Flexible: Glasgow / Edinburgh
  • Closing 6th May 2019

  • Advertised from 19th April 2019
  • 35 hours per week
  • 003783


Who we are looking for:

Be at the heart of a campaigning organisation shaking things up in Scotland

We are a campaigning organisation. Our goal is to make society, and Scotland, work for autistic people. We do this through providing services directly to autistic people and their families but also by campaigning vociferously for the rights of autistic people and to ensure that they get the best support as possible from the Scottish government.

We have recently had a step change in our campaigning and public affairs activity where we have been campaigning to end the social injustice of autistic children being illegally excluded from school. We want you to lead our campaigning and public affairs work in Scotland as our new External Affairs manager

Who you are:

With your outstanding interpersonal and communication skills ( written and oral) you will work with colleagues, politicians and civil servants to convince them to support our campaigns and change policy.

With your experience of lobbying and track record of campaigns you feel comfortable working in a political environment and are knowledgeable about how to get things done.

You are a strategic and tactical thinker, looking for opportunities to push forward our agenda.

You have experience of working with the media, writing press releases that catch attention, building powerful relationships with journalists and if necessary you feel comfortable representing our views on TV and radio.

You have experience of public relations and PR crisis management, dealing with and responding to sometimes challenging incidents in a professional manner.

You get the best out of people with your line management skills, developing your team ( A policy officer and a media officer) and delegating appropriately.

You are passionate about social justice, you believe that no one in our society should be left out, excluded or not given the support they need.

Application notes

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No Agencies please.

We may conduct rolling interviews so please do not wait for the closing date before putting in your application.

What we can offer you:

• Excellent induction, training and development programme

• Reflective supervision, mentoring and coaching

• 24 hour access to online training

• Online staff discount scheme for a range of benefits

• Access to a 24 hour Employee Assistance counselling programme

• Pension scheme

• 25 days annual leave

• Career progression opportunities

Who we are:

We are the UK's leading autism charity. Since we began over 50 years ago, we have been pioneering new ways to support people and understand autism. We continue to learn every day from the children and adults we support in our schools and care services.

Based on our experience, and with support from our members, donors and volunteers, we provide life-changing information and advice to millions of autistic people, their families and friends. And we support professionals, politicians and the public to understand autism better so that more autistic people of all ages can be understood, supported and appreciated for who they are.

Until everyone understands.

Interviews: We may conduct rolling interviews so please do not wait for the closing date before putting in your application

Applications for this job are sought from anyone who is suitably qualified and experienced for the role but particularly welcome from those with a diagnosis of autism or Asperger syndrome.

The NAS is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children and adults who use our services and as such expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Successful applicants will be required to complete the relevant safeguarding checks.

We are an equal opportunities employer.