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Communications Officer, Network Development

  • Full time
  • £28,211
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 5th November 2023

  • Advertised from 18th October 2023
  • Permanent. 37.5 hours per week – happy to talk flexible working.
  • SUS4154


About the role

This is an exciting opportunity to join our Policy and Communications team in Scotland. Supporting the National Cycle Network Development team to promote Sustrans Scotland's main walking and cycling routes and Networks.

As the Communications Officer, your prime responsibility will be promoting the National Cycle Network (NCN) in Scotland to key individuals, partners and consumers through various media outlets, social media, Sustrans, website microsites, events and other marketing channels.

You will support the work of the Senior Communications Officer with all aspects of communication and promotion of the NCN and other strategic routes in Scotland to core target audiences as defined by the National Development Team and NCN Scotland communication strategy.

You will build relationships with internal and external partners, communicating our messages with a key focus on our Paths for Everyone vision.

This role will require travel and work at locations as necessary to undertake projects on behalf of Sustrans.

About you

You should have experience working in a communications and marketing environment. And experience writing and or editing content for publications, press releases, leaflets, and websites. You will also have experience in using content management systems and social media platforms in a professional environment, along with experience in ensuring all communications are aligned with the organisation's brand identity and key messages.

We ask you to demonstrate your knowledge of Microsoft Office suite and content management software. And knowledge and a good understanding of the communications environment, including press, media, digital marketing channels and print.

Sustrans has a long-term commitment to being a charity for everyone - reducing inequality, valuing diversity, enabling inclusion and ensuring everyone is treated with dignity and respect. We aim to be a truly inclusive employer and welcome applications from people from all parts of the community, in particular from 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 5% or 6% of basic salary contribution being matched by Sustrans
  • Bike, computer and season ticket loans
  • Discount benefits
  • London Weighting Allowance of £4,195 for all those living within a London Borough (32 local authority districts plus the City of London)
  • Death in Service benefit – 3 x annual Salary

Family Friendly

  • Enhanced maternity and paternity pay
  • Flexible Working practices (full time hours are 37.5 per week, Monday - Friday)

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.

Application notes

To apply, please visit our website.

Additional information

The closing date for the receipt of completed applications is 23:59, 05 November 2023.

Interviews will take place at the Edinburgh Hub during the week commencing 13 November 2023.