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Senior Communications Officer

  • Full time
  • £28,499 – £33,918
  • Edinburgh and Hybrid
  • Closing 29th January 2023

  • Advertised from 6th January 2023
  • 37.5 hours per week – happy to talk flexible working
  • SUS3950


About the role

A new and exciting opportunity to work as a Senior Communications Officer with Sustrans as part of the Scotland Policy and Communications team to promote and raise awareness of Scotland's National Cycling Network and other key routes.

As the Senior Communications Officer, you will be responsible for building and managing internal and external relationships with key people such as Visit Scotland and Local Authority Partners. In addition, you will be developing and implementing Communication Strategies for various projects. As part of the Policy and Communications Team, you will support internal communications and support the Community Engagement teams, producing engaging content.

In addition, the Senior Communications Officer is responsible for managing the day-to-day delivery of content for the Policy and Communications Team to the public, media, policymakers, and influencers and creating and adapting content for press releases, social media, and digital platforms. Also, gather data and compile reports on digital engagement post-project to report/ demonstrate success.

Responsibility for line managing the Network Engagement Officer to support their professional development also sits within the remit of this role, so experience in line and task managing interns or staff members is key. In addition, we will look for you to have a motivational approach to developing their skills and abilities while ensuring critical outcomes.

We offer hybrid working with some travel to locations around Scotland expected.

You will find more information about the current projects and campaigns below.

Network Engagement project support:DISABILITY HISTORY MONTH 2022

Network Delivery infrastructure project support:MONKLANDS CANAL 2022

Leisure/tourism campaigns:Highland Explorer 2022:

About you

An experienced communications professional, you will have extensive experience working in communications, PR, Marketing (or similar) environment. In addition to organising and running events, you must be able to write engaging content for publications, press releases and websites and deliver these to tight deadlines.

Ideally, you'll be experienced and interested in using social media professionally, including delivering social media-focused campaigns. In addition, you must be experienced in organising and running events and experienced in working with creative colleagues and external agencies and applying brand and style guidelines.

Skills and Abilities

With the proven ability to write relevant, engaging content for print and digital channels for diverse audiences, excellent inter-personnel skills and the ability to work cooperatively and effectively with others in a team, you must be confident in making decisions when appropriate and necessary.

The role requires you to be organised and efficient, with practical time management skills and the ability to coordinate multiple tasks simultaneously to plan, prioritise and deliver to tight deadlines, and be confident in or have the desire to line and task manage interns or staff members. In addition, your oral and written communication skills should be exemplary, allowing you to interact easily at all levels and build strong and effective relationships.

You should bring with you a good understanding of the communications environment, including the broader media landscape, including the use of social media in a professional context, branding, digital and marketing also excellent IT literacy, including confidence in using digital Content Management Systems and Adobe Creative Cloud package (Premier Pro, Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator,

Sustrans has a long-term commitment to being a charity for everyone - reducing inequality, valuing diversity, enabling inclusion and ensuring all people are treated with dignity and respect. We aim to be a truly inclusive employer and welcome applications from all members of the community, particularly under-represented groups.

What we offer

In return, we can offer true hybrid working to suit individual circumstances and a flexible, supportive and rewarding working environment.


• 28 days' leave per annum plus bank holidays for full-time working

• Ability to buy an extra week of annual leave (pro-rata for part-time staff)

• Staff volunteer days

• 24/7 free, impartial and confidential support service

• We are members of the Green Commute Initiative and Cycle Scheme who both offer cycle to work schemes


• Group Personal Pension scheme with a 4% or 5% of basic salary contribution being matched by Sustrans

• Bike, computer and season ticket loans

• Discount benefits

Family Friendly

• Enhanced maternity and paternity pay

• Flexible Working practices (full-time hours are 37.5 per week, Monday - Friday)

Application notes

To find out more visit our website

The closing date for the receipt of completed applications is 23:59, 29 Jan 2023.

Interviews will take place via MS Teams during the week 6 Feb 2023

To apply, please complete our online application form. More details of our vacancies can be found at

About Sustrans

At Sustrans, you'll be part of a movement to make it easier for people to walk and cycle. We're all here to change things! You'll be part of an incredible community of talented, passionate, creative, problem solvers all working together to change things for the better.

We act locally and think big - we have a vision of a society where the way we travel creates healthier places and happier lives for everyone.

You'll be questioning the status quo and daring to imagine a different world. You'll work on exciting, impactful projects that will stretch and empower you and you'll be rewarded by seeing the difference you make to people, communities and the planet.

We believe including everyone is central to who we are and what we want to achieve, we welcome difference and pride ourselves on creating a culture where you can be yourself and where your wellness is supported.

You'll be guaranteed to make friends for life and work with a team that is incredibly flexible, supportive, ethical and fun.