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Communications and Influencing Lead

  • Full time
  • £31,000
  • Edinburgh/Hybrid across Scotland
  • Closing 28th September 2023

  • Advertised from 11th September 2023
  • 28 hours per week. 1 year fixed term, extension subject to funding.


Our vision is for a fairer Scotland for all self-identifying young women and girls. A Scotland where young women are meaningfully heard, valued and supported to lead collective action and enact transformational change throughout society, systems and structures.

To help us achieve this, the role of Communications & Influencing Lead has been created to:

  • Manage all of the Young Women’s Movement external and internal communications through an intersectional feminist approach.
  • Develop and lead the Young Women’s Movement’s Communication and Influencing Strategy, with the objective of growing our profile, influencing policy, driving income and continuing to establish us as a recognised brand.
  • Ambitiously extend our reach to even more young women and girls through a range of innovative campaigns and influencing strategies.

Everyone who works at Young Women’s Movement:

  • Has equality at the heart of everything they do.
  • Takes a participatory approach to our work. We are for young women and by young women.
  • Builds communities of friendship and support networks, finding joy in our collective actions and connections.
  • Understands the impact of challenging inequality on those most affected by it. We lead with kindness and empathy, putting collective wellbeing at the core of our organisation.
  • Delivers our work with integrity and are proud of the work we do.
  • Is bold and brave. We do not shy away from challenging the status quo and taking radical steps to make gender equality a reality in Scotland

Key Responsibilities

Media and Stakeholder Engagement

  • Lead and develop the Young Women’s Movement public relations activity including writing press releases; securing opinion pieces in relevant publications; preparing briefings for interviews/media engagement and proactively monitoring media trends.
  • Lead our public affairs activity, working closely with the Research and Policy Lead to ensure that the voices of young women and girls are influencing and driving policy, service design and funding decisions.
  • Cultivate and sustain relationships with key journalists and outlets across Scotland and the UK, being prepared to respond to comment requests.
  • Oversee and manage the development of innovative, creative and high-performing campaigns, tactics and content that drive signups, fundraising and advocacy.
  • Responsible for key messages across the organisation and the brand positioning of The Young Women’s Movement.
  • Work closely with the wider Young Women’s Movement team, advisory collective and young women and girls involved in our work to share compelling impact stories.

Strategic Leadership

  • Develop a Communication Strategy for the Young Women’s Movement media and marketing campaigns and manage the implementation through the Communications Team.
  • Work alongside our Communication Coordinator to develop and deliver our digital strategy by managing the development of our new website and digital resources.
  • Work closely with the Young Women’s Movement Partnerships and Innovation Team on income generation campaigns and events.
  • Work with the CEO and Head of Partnership & Innovation to create strategic thought leadership content.
  • Contribute to the overall strategic direction of the Young Women’s Movement, ensuring all communications and influencing activity aligns with our strategic pillars and theory of change.

Line Management

  • Maintain a supportive working environment with a focus on feminist wellbeing within the Communications and Influencing Team.
  • Line management of the Communication and Influencing Team’s workload, activities and professional development.
  • Identify and manage external agencies/consultants for creative, digital and communication projects as and where required.

Operational Leadership

  • Develop and implement internal communications processes and systems to ensure collaborative and streamlined working across teams.
  • Ensure the Young Women’s Movement is compliant with the Lobbying Act.
  • Ensure compliance with online safety, cyber security, data protection and GDPR policy.
  • Report and monitor the impact of our communications and campaigns work through a CRM system and/or other media tracking platforms.
  • Contribute strategically to team and organisational planning, setting and monitoring objectives, targets, and budgets.


  • Undertake any other reasonable duties that occasionally arise.
  • Demonstrate a willingness and ability to operate within a constantly changing environment and as such work priorities and targets may change.

Let’s talk about you - you will already have or be working towards:

  • Experienced communications professional with a proven track record in public relations and public affairs.
  • Experience in developing and delivering innovative engagement and communication strategies.
  • Experience managing media inquiries and coordinating interviews, statements and producing press releases.
  • Existing links to key journalists across Scotland.
  • Knowledge of the latest digital tools and techniques to engage young women, partners and stakeholders.
  • Exceptional relationship management skills, with experience of working with and harnessing a wide range of supporters, including high-profile individuals, activists and brands.
  • Strong written communication skills with the ability to synthesise and communicate complex information to a wide range of audiences.
  • Strong verbal communication and presentation skills and experience of representing an organisation publicly.
  • Management experience and/or experience of working in a leadership capacity.
  • Experience in budget setting and management.
  • Passionate about advancing gender equality for young women and girls across Scotland.
  • A strategic doer who strikes the balance between leadership, tactics and being hands-on as required.
  • A flexible and adaptable approach, coupled with the ability to operate under pressure and prioritise workload to meet deadlines.
  • Willingness to work flexibly and travel across Scotland when necessary.
  • Commitment to own continuing professional development.

Due to the nature of our work with children and young people, successful applicants will be required to undergo a disclosure check through the PVG Scheme.

Why should you want to work with us?

  • We operate a 4-day working week, which means full-time is 28 hours.
  • We offer flexible working options and patterns, including the option to hybrid work from anywhere in Scotland.
  • Our annual leave entitlement is 22.5 days a year, plus 6 public holidays.
  • We provide 1 additional day of annual leave for your birthday (or to take another time that you would like to celebrate)
  • We are committed to supporting staff development through training and coaching opportunities.
  • Wellbeing and mental health support are our priorities, all of our staff can access counselling through our EAP package.

Don't meet every single requirement?

Studies show that women and Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic people are less likely to apply for a job unless they meet every qualification. So, if you're excited about this role but your experience doesn't align perfectly with the job description, we'd love you to apply anyway. You might just be the perfect person for this role, or another role within The Young Women’s Movement.

Application notes

To find out more and apply, please click here.

Closing: 9:00am, 28th Sep 2023 BST