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  • Ref no: EDN12800
  • Published: 20/3/2020
  • Closes: 17/4/2020
  • Location: Waverley Court 4 East Market Street, EH8 8BG
  • Salary: £36,499.00 - £43,619.00 per year
  • Contract Type: Fixed Term
  • Position Type: Full Time
  • Hours: 36 hours per week

Job Description

Chief Executive

Senior Communications Officer (Communication and Engagement) 
Fixed term for 12 months
Waverley Court

Salary: £36,499 - £43,619
Hours: 36 per week

We want to ensure Edinburgh, as Scotland’s capital city, is at the forefront of securing a swift and just transition to a low carbon future for Scotland – now, and for future generations. Recognising the urgent need for radical action to mitigate the effects of climate change, the City of Edinburgh Council has declared a climate emergency and set out a bold ambition for the city to be carbon neutral by 2030.

To help make this vision a reality we are looking for an experienced, self-motivated, and flexible communication and engagement professional to join the Corporate Policy and Insight function to support our work with citizens and partners in taking forward a proactive sustainability agenda across the city.  

In driving a fast-paced agenda for tackling climate change, we have partnered with the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation at Edinburgh University (ECCI) and EIT Climate-KIC - Europe's largest public-private partnership for action on climate change - to become one of only 15 European cities leading the way on climate change as part of the ‘Healthy, Clean, Cities Deep Demonstration’ programme.  The Council is also co-sponsoring, with ECCI, an independent Climate Commission for Edinburgh which will bring together partners from across the city and beyond, to provide expert advice and challenge on the system change required to deliver a carbon neutral city.  

The Senior Communication Officer will lead on internal and external communications for the Council’s sustainability programme, including ‘Edinburgh Talks Climate’ - a major programme of citizen engagement. The post will ensure co-ordination of communication activity with the Climate Commission, support the ongoing development and delivery of ‘Edinburgh Talks Climate’, and lead on communication and engagement to support the development of a 2030 Sustainability Strategy for the city.  This will include working with Elected Members, Senior Council officials, partner organisations and citizens and communities.

The successful candidate will be required to work flexibly across a range of settings, adapting their approach to suit different communication and engagement aims and audiences.  

They will:

• demonstrate strong leadership and personal responsibility, and be results orientated in relation to the portfolio of work they lead

• have a strong track record in designing, implementing and managing bespoke behaviour change communication campaigns targeted towards different internal and external audiences

• be committed to the principles of co-production, and experienced in deploying different consultation, engagement, collaboration or co-productive methodologies as appropriate

• demonstrate experience of strategic collaboration with citizens and communities, and partners in the public, private and third sectors

The job description details the responsibilities and transferable skills required across a multi-discipline team and is therefore generic, while the person specification details the key skills, knowledge and expertise required for this specific post.

Our salary range typically reflects the initial starting salary and annually increases until it reaches the top of the range.  For roles in grade 5 or above, annual increments in our contribution zones are dependent on achieving agreed performance goals.

The advertised salary will increase by 3% on 1st April 2020.

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