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Public Affairs and Press Manager

  • Full time
  • £33,587 – £38,275
  • Edinburgh based with some travel across Scotland as required
  • Closing 30th October 2023

  • Advertised from 13th October 2023
  • 37 hours per week. Permanent.


Are you an experienced communications professional with a passion for tackling social exclusion and homelessness in Scotland? Do you enjoy working with journalists to keep the stories that matter high on the political agenda? Could you persuade decision makers in Government, in Parliament and across the public sector that the time for action to tackle Scotland’s homelessness crisis is now?

If so, this role leading our public affairs and influencing work is for you.

About the role

You will achieve positive change in policy and practice regarding homelessness and social exclusion by engaging with decision makers on new legislation, including the Housing Bill, and lead our engagement with mainstream media.

This will include assimilating complex information and developing clear and impactful communications. You’ll collaborate with colleagues across our organisation and with others working across the sector.

About You

You will be an experienced communications professional who understands how Government and Parliament work, the process for legislation and the influence of the media in political decision making. You may not have worked in the homelessness sector before, but you will have a passion for systems change to end poverty and social exclusion and a strong track record of achieving positive change to policy and practice at a national level.

How we’ll support you

As part of the Relationships Team you’ll be supported by experienced colleagues who share your passion to tackle homelessness and its root causes. You’ll be supported by the Senior Relationships Manager and Director of Commercial and Trading, with the opportunity to work closely with colleagues across our Marketing and Communications Team and Senior Management Team. You will have the opportunity to attend training and networking events to deepen your knowledge of the issues surrounding homelessness and social exclusion and extend your professional network.

About us

At Cyrenians we tackle the causes and consequences of homelessness. We understand that there are many routes into homelessness, and that there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach to supporting people towards more positive and stable futures. That’s why all our work is values-led and relationships-based.

Read more about our values here.


Application notes

For full details and an application pack please visit , call 0131 475 2354 (during working hours) or e-mail:

Closing date 12 noon on Monday 30th October 2023.

Interviews will be held during the week of 6th November.

CVs will not be accepted

We will review applications as they are received and arrange to meet with candidates that we wish to take forward (usually within 5-7 days from receipt).