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Communications Officer (Pathfinder)

  • Full time
  • £33,392
  • Hybrid: Glasgow
  • Closing 16th June 2024

  • Advertised from 4th June 2024
  • 32 hours per week. Permanent (Subject to funding).


As part of a new pathfinder project to address child poverty, GCVS and Glasgow City Glasgow have an opportunity for a Communications Officer. Candidates should have excellent communication skills, and especially an understanding and experience of communications approaches which reach people who are less likely to access services.

The Pathfinder Project to Address Child Poverty

In 2017, the Scottish Government announced ambitious targets to reduce relative child poverty in Scotland to less than 18% by 2023, and less than 10% by 2030. At the same time, the Child Poverty (Scotland) Act placed a statutory duty on the Local Authority and the Health Board to document the significant change in actions undertaken in an annual Local Child Poverty Action Report (LCPAR).

In 2018, Scottish Government statistics for Glasgow stated that 34% (36,104) of our children were living in relative poverty. Achieving both the interim and final targets set required Glasgow to lift 16,705 children out of relative poverty by 2023 and a further 8,622 by 2030.

The scale of the challenge is, and continues to be, significant. Based on the most recent analysis of Council internal data of 20,000 households by the Centre for Civic Innovation, an additional £120m in income per year would be required to lift all of these families out of poverty. Crucially, this is before the current cost of living crisis which will both deepen existing levels and push more of our children and families into poverty.

The impact of the pandemic, alongside the cost-of-living crisis, requires us to embrace new and radical approaches to make a real difference for families across our city. It was this shared recognition of the need for a fundamental shift in approach that brought city partners together to examine opportunities to secure whole system change. It is our shared commitment, to bring bold and decisive action that delivers better services and outcomes for the city, that has focused the intention to deliver a pathfinder which addresses the levels of child poverty in the city whilst informing whole system change.

This pathfinder needs to be bold to deliver on both our child poverty targets and the city’s ambitions for whole system change. A bold vision requires bold investment to support operational, development and service activity. This a whole partnership initiative and we have decided to resource a multi-agency change team, resourced from partners including HSCP, Council, Scottish Fire and Rescue, GSCS and third sector organisations.

The role of Communications Officer will be part of a multi-agency Poverty Pathfinder project, who will lead on the development and implementation of communications and marketing strategies. The post holder plays a central role in ensuring the pathfinder’s voice and messages are heard by stakeholders – in particular those who are often not reached. The post-holder will work with others to support them with specific communications, while also curating central team communications.

Application notes

To apply for this post, please email your CV with a covering letter to by the closing date: Sunday 16th June 2024

Note that we require a Covering letter as part of your application.

Covering letter: use the person specification and job description provided for reference, and tell us about your skills and experience, qualities and achievements, which you consider, make you the best candidate for the post. Please give relevant examples to illustrate how you meet the criteria. Please try covering all the criteria from the Person Specification when possible as this is very important for the short-listing process.

GCVS strives to be an equal opportunities employer and is a Disability Confident Employer.


GCVS is committed to enhancing the employment opportunities of disabled people and to removing barriers to employment when possible. All disabled candidates will be interviewed if they meet the essential criteria for appointment to this post. Please indicate any disability or condition of which you would wish us to be aware