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Communications Lead

  • Full time or Part time
  • £28,000 – £34,000
  • The job is home-working based – the team all work remotely.
  • Closing 11th December 2023

  • Advertised from 24th November 2023
  • Reporting to: BEFS Director. Hours: 30 – 37.5h per week (based on applicant request) FT hours = 37.5h per week. Salary: (FTE) depending on skills and experience. Term: FT role until March 2025. Expectation to extend, subject to funding.


BEFS Communications Lead will drive the communication activities of the organisation. Working closely with the Board, Director, and team, and communicating with our Member organisations, the post holder will be responsible for managing the breadth of the organisation’s (digital) communications channels. Adopting a proactive cross-sectoral approach, the post holder will play a key role in maintaining and raising BEFS profile with policy makers, the sector, and wider stakeholders.

Responsibilities, supported by the team, range from being the strategic lead for the organisation’s communications, to content creation and design.

In our 20th year we are seeking the right individual – with an excellent turn of phrase, and an eye for detail – to fit into a small, friendly team.

The Communications Lead will be involved in all aspects of BEFS newly funded NLHF project which develops BEFS governance, BEFS strategic framework development, BEFS equalities, diversity and inclusion (EDI) offer for the sector (and internal training) – as well as related events and workshops.

Person specification

Applicants should be confident communicators with strong written and inter-personal skills, and experience of using a wide range of communication methods (which have a focus on digital), including websites, social media, news releases, and press liaison.

Applicants should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the key issues affecting the existing and historic environment, with knowledge of the main players and lead organisations in the wider built environment sector.

This post will suit an experienced communications professional and is an ideal opportunity to gain valuable experience working for a national organisation.

If invited to interview, you will be asked to demonstrate how your experience meets the requirements of the post. We will look for evidence of past experience, and your approach to the key responsibilities outlined above.

Application notes

Please see the application pack below, then complete the application form (CVs will not be accepted).

Send your application attached to an email to:

For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Ailsa Macfarlane, BEFS Director

This FT role is funded both by BEFS core funder Historic Environment Scotland (HES), and by the National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) through funding for organisational resilience.

Closing date for applications: 12 noon on 11 December 2023

Interview date: Week commencing 18 December 2023