Current Vacancies

Communications Manager

Salary: £31,600 pro-rata (£18,960)

Reports to: Chief Executive

Hours: 21 hours per week (0.6 FTE) (flexible work pattern available)

Location: Home-based with requirement to attend Edinburgh Office from time to time – option to be based at Edinburgh office if preferred.

Closing date: 31st October 2022

Interview: Week beginning 14th November 2022

Post Summary: Humanist Society Scotland is looking for someone with a proven talent for engaging and effective communications. The successful candidate will lead the wide-reaching communications of Scotland’s national charity for people seeking an ethical, rational and secular future.

This is an exciting role that focuses on the Society’s aim to grow awareness of Humanism in Scotland to new audiences, as well as focussing on our key campaigns and ensuring the public are aware of the services offered by the Society.

As part of a small team of national staff, the Communications Manager is responsible for managing all communications and marketing activities, both at a strategic level and on a day-to-day basis. 

Please send a CV and cover letter which demonstrates how you meet the person specification to by 31st October 2022.

About Humanist Society Scotland

Humanist Society Scotland is part of the global Humanist movement of people and organisations. We are a registered charity of over 15,000 members, governed by an elected Board of Trustees.

Our Vision

A caring and compassionate Scotland informed by reason.

Our Mission

To be the champion for Humanism in Scotland.

Humanist Society Scotland offer benefits of 6% employers pension contributions, 35 days annual leave (pro-rata for part-time), winter flu jab and telephone counselling care.

Read more in our:

Strategic Plan 2020-2023 

2021 Scottish Parliament Election Manifesto

2021 Annual Report

2020 Annual Report 

Key responsibilities

  • Develop new strategies and projects to increase knowledge and understanding of Humanism in Scotland.
  • Plan and implement Humanist Society Scotland media strategy, with defined objectives and measurable outcomes.
  • Supervise the production of content for all communication channels, including website, social media, magazine, podcast, campaign communications and supporter e-newsletter.
  • Oversight of digital marketing and online messaging to strengthen knowledge of brand and work of the Society.
  • Plan and arrange annual member and supporter in-person conference and other ad-hoc online events.
  • Contribute to the production of content as required.
  • Identify, plan and deliver effective online and offline campaigns that contribute to our strategic goals and objectives.
  • Manage press and media activity, including working proactively with partners, internal and external stakeholders to boost awareness of the Society and its work.
  • Drive fundraising activities and membership recruitment.
  • Line management responsibilities.

Person Specification


  • Minimum of five years of professional experience in communication and/or marketing / digital marketing.
  • Experience of policy/campaign and/or public awareness campaigning.
  • Ability to design communications that will recruit, engage and motivate members, supporters and other key stakeholders.
  • Experience of working with the press and media.

Experience of successful social media usage to promote a brand/organisation

  • Excellent communication skills – both written and verbal.
  • Ability to represent Humanist Society Scotland with the press/media.
  • Ability to work flexibly and independently in response to rapidly changing external events.
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Strong planning and strategy skills.
  • Experience of project management.
  • Strong computer, web and social media skills.
  • Interest in Humanism and sympathy with the aims and objectives of the organisation.


  • Experience of developing and implementing media strategy.
  • Experience of managing budgets.
  • Experience of fundraising.
  • Experience of working in the charitable sector.
  • Experience of using a CRM system.
  • Relevant training/qualification.

Application process

Please return a CV and cover letter (no more than 2 sides A4) to 

Please use ‘Communications Manager’ as the subject line of your email.

Your cover letter should detail how you meet the person specification set out in the job advert. Speculative CVs with no cover letter will not be considered.

A selection of candidates will be invited to an interview.

Closing date: 31st October 2022

Interview: Week beginning 14th November 2022

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