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Thank you for your interest in wanting to join the Poppyscotland team. We can help you develop your skills at one of Scotland’s leading charities. With us, you will be making an impact on more than just your career, you will be part of an organisation that changes people’s lives.

Our people are the foundation of our success as we rely on their sense of purpose, passion, and commitment to help support the Armed Forces community in Scotland. If you like what you hear, this could be the place for you. Our current vacancies are listed below.

Current vacancies

PR Manager - Edinburgh

Salary £30,600 - £36,000

Poppyscotland is seeking to appoint a new PR Manager as the charity embarks on an exciting and ambitious new strategy which will take us beyond our centenary year in 2021.

In recent years Poppyscotland have secured an extremely high media profile and engaged in many innovative PR activities to highlight the needs of our beneficiaries and the impact of our work.  We have also secured the support of several celebrity ambassadors to further enhance our publicity.

While experience of working for a publisher or broadcaster is beneficial, applicants must be able to demonstrate their success in building the reputation and standing of an organisation through delivering strategic communications strategies. With more news content moving online, we are especially keen to hear from candidates with a track record of increasing an organisations presence and profile on digital media platforms.

Poppyscotland provides life-changing support to our Armed Forces community. We reach out to those who have served, those still serving, and their families. At times of crisis and need we offer them vital practical advice, assistance and funding. 

Main responsibilities:

  • Build Poppyscotland’s profile and standing by generating coverage via national, local and digital media channels.
  • Engage and influence a wide range of audiences including the Armed Forces community, supporters, volunteers, national and local government, other charities and the general public.
  • Act as primary point of contact within Poppyscotland for all media enquiries and respond effectively, both during office hours and out of hours.
  • Develop and maintain links with the media in Scotland, both nationally and regionally, to maximise coverage for Poppyscotland.
  • Oversee and further develop Poppyscotland’s portfolio of case studies, ensuring the wellbeing of these beneficiaries is protected and their stories used sensitively to enhance the charity’s reputation and standing.
  • Assist with the development of the organisation’s key messages ensuring they are consistently delivered and the brand is promoted accurately and positively.
  • Work with Head of Marketing to contribute to and develop the marketing strategy.
  • Supervise PR & Marketing Coordinator on day to day basis.

Knowledge & Experience

Applications are encouraged from PR professionals with a Degree qualification in a communications field or equivalent who have the following experience:

  • A few years experience working within a PR & marketing environment working with the media on a proactive and reactive basis and who can demonstrate both creativity and an acute attention to detail. 
  • Demonstrated success building the reputation and standing of an organisation through delivering strategic communications strategies especially via digital media platforms.
    • Ability to write compelling content (e.g. press releases, opinion pieces) that editors, and the public, will care about.
    • Experience acting as a primary contact within a press office.
    • Experience of building and nurturing relationships with relevant journalists.
    • Excellent interpersonal skills.

    Further information is available at here.  Please send your CV and a covering letter, highlighting how you meet all the key skills and experience, to recruitment@poppyscotland.org.uk by 5pm on Monday 15th November 2021.

    Interviews, including a short assessment, are likely to be on Thursday 25th November 2021 via Microsoft Teams.

    If you have not been contacted within 2 weeks of the closing date you may conclude that you have not been short-listed for interview. As a charity we are unable to respond to all applications received due to the costs involved.

    Regional Fundraiser (East)

    Salary £24,500 to £27,000 –Edinburgh/Home based, 35 hours per week

    Poppyscotland provides life-changing support to our Armed Forces community which includes those who have served, those still serving, and their families. At times of crisis and need we offer them vital advice, assistance and funding.

    You will work with the team of Regional Fundraisers with your main responsibility being to develop, implement and grow supporter-led fundraising across the East of Scotland. You will recruit and support volunteers and ensure they have a great experience whilst fundraising for Poppyscotland.  A critical part of this role is also to support our volunteer Poppy Appeal Area Organisers to maximise their local Poppy Appeal incomes.

    Key Skills / Experience

    • experience of delivering regional fundraising activities
    • experience of recruiting, motivating, managing and developing volunteers undertaking fundraising activities
    • experience of using fundraising databases and spreadsheets
    • experience of managing projects within budget and deadline
    • excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to represent the organisation effectively to a wide range of external stakeholders and supporters with a positive and co-operative attitude
    • strong written communication skills with the ability to create innovative and persuasive presentations and proposals to a range of audiences
    • a willingness to use initiative and take on responsibilities and challenges
    • financial management skills including ability to budget forecast and report fundraising income and expenditure
    • full, UK driving licence is essential
    • knowledge of the local business and volunteering sector in the East of Scotland and the military is desirable

    Further information and Job Description is available here.  If you are interested in this role please send your CV and covering letter, highlighting how you meet the key skills and experience, to recruitment@poppyscotland.org.uk by Sunday 28 November 2021.

    This is a permanent post, working 35 hours up to five days a week (flexible working pattern to meet business needs). The role forms part of the centrally based fundraising team in Edinburgh, it offers the opportunity for a mix of home & office working. Includes a generous company pension, an employee assistance programme and learning and development opportunities

    Interviews are likely to be 3 December 2021 by Microsoft Teams.

    If you have not been contacted within 2 weeks of the closing date you may conclude that you have not been short-listed for interview. As a charity we are unable to respond to all applications received due to the costs involved.

    Interested in volunteering?

    Support our amazing team by volunteering to collect during the Scottish Poppy Appeal or at one of our year-round events.

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