Communications Officer

Soil Association

£15,397 (0.6 FTE £25,661)

Paid • Part Time • Fixed Term Contract

Sectors: food, farming & horticulture

Closing date: Wednesday, 24th July 2019   5 days left

Contract: Fixed term until 31st March 2020
Hours: Part-time hours of 22.5 hours per week 

About us

The Soil Association was formed in 1946 to pioneer a better world – one where we can all farm, eat and live healthily in balance with the environment. Today, we’re still dedicated to making positive change happen. We’re farming, growing, buying, cooking and eating. We’re campaigning, lobbying and certifying. We’re running research programmes that pave the case for change. And we’re inspiring millions of people to take their own step towards a sustainable future.

About the opportunity

The scope of our work in Scotland is expanding fast, and we need communications support across two of our farming and land use programmes, which promote nature-friendly farming. We are looking for a self-motivated, flexible individual who is a naturally strong communicator to help us increase our profile, reach, engagement and impact.

Your role

You will help increase the impact of the Rural Innovation Support Service (RISS) and Landscape Leadership (LL) programmes by delivering media, communications and marketing activity across a range of platforms including press, digital and social media.
Scotland’s Rural Innovation Support Service supports farmers interested in new ways of working to get a viable project together. It is led by Soil Association Scotland, and delivered with SAC Consulting, SAOS, and Scotland Food & Drink.
Landscape Leadership will empower rural land managers to inspire and enable positive change at scale across businesses, the wider countryside and rural communities. Please visit our website to read the full job description. 

About you

A proactive and highly organised individual, you’re also a creative thinker with a flair for the written word. With proven experience in a previous communications or marketing role, you’re as comfortable drafting a press release as planning a social media campaign.

You’ll enjoy connecting with our stakeholders to draw out the experiences that put a human face on our programme work. At the same time, your attention to detail and commitment to quality ensures that the stories you gather are always presented to the highest standard.

The successful candidate will work and communicate across different teams with competing priorities, so a collaborative and adaptable approach is a must.

Our employee benefits

Working with us you will have a range of financial and lifestyle benefits, including:

  • 27 days annual holiday plus bank holidays, increasing to 30 days with service
  • A defined contribution pension scheme
  • Free membership of the Soil Association Charity
  • Discounts on organic produce, farm visits
  • Volunteer days to give back to the local community or support green initiatives
  • Family friendly policies, flexible working and childcare vouchers
  • Cycle to work

Important dates

Closing date for applications: 9am July 24th 2019
Interviews are expected to take place: Tuesday, August 13th in Edinburgh

To Apply

Please submit your CV with a covering letter, outlining your relevant skills and experience for the role, to Please make sure that the file names of the documents you attach contain your name (first name and surname).

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