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Influencing Assistant

  • Full time
  • £23,000 – £26,000
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 19th June 2020

  • Advertised from 1st June 2020
  • 1 year fixed term, full time (a secondment would be considered)
  • Competitive Benefits + Flexible Working


About Samaritans

Every six seconds, Samaritans answer a call for help. We’re here, day or night, for anyone who’s struggling to cope, who needs someone to listen without judgement or pressure.

Samaritans is not only for the moment of crisis; we’re taking action to prevent the crisis. Our influencing work is at the heart of our efforts to reach more people and make suicide prevention a priority.

Thanks to the passion and commitment of more than 20,000 volunteers, the hard work of our staff and the generosity of our partners and supporters we can be there for people who have nowhere to turn.

We’re looking for new talent to join our Scotland team. In this job you can make a significant contribution to the vital work we do to influence Scotland’s policy and political landscape on suicide and self harm and support our frontline services.

The Role

We are seeking an Influencing Assistant to join our Scotland team. This is a brand new role to help us make a step change in our public-facing activity. You will support us in our influencing work across channels, partner organisations and our large volunteer base so that fewer people die by suicide. And you’ll also help us keep the Scotland office running effectively.

You’ll be an excellent communicator with experience of working or volunteering in media relations, policy or campaigning. A particular focus of the job will be on supporting us to develop our Scottish digital activity, so you’ll need to demonstrate experience of effective use of social media. You’ll be able to represent the organisation professionally and you’ll need proven organisational and administrative skills to ensure the team can deliver together, effectively.

We are a small team looking to have a big impact, so we want you to share a commitment to positive social change. This is an opportunity to make a real difference with opportunity to develop your influencing skills.

The post will normally be based in our office in central Edinburgh; however staff are currently home-working due to COVID-19.

A Job Description is available for download below.

Application notes

If you would like to apply for this role please send an updated CV and an accompanying statement of 500 words maximum, outlining your motivations for applying for the role and how you meet the stated criteria to no later than 9am on Friday 19th June.

For an informal discussion about the post, please email