Houston & Killellan Kirk
Title: Communications Officer
Start date: January 2023
Initial contract: reviewable after 18 months
Responsible to: Deputy Session Clerk
The main purpose of the post is to support the development of the profile and outreach aims of Houston and Killellan Kirk (HKK) by engaging with internal and external audiences and maximising positive publicity, while dealing effectively with a range of communications requirements to support and promote the activities of the life of the church within the parish.
Support the development and implementation of a communications strategy for HKK, in conjunction with the Kirk Session and strategy group.
Support the development and operation of our new church website and, in conjunction, an accompanying social media plan. Subsequently, day to day management of both website and social media channels.
Responsibility for the update and operation of the church management system (CMS) ensuring all data protection requirements are followed in all information held about, and sent out to, the congregation. This will involve working collaboratively across Kirk Session and various teams in HKK and, occasionally, supporting the use of the CMS by team leaders and other members.
Assist the Minister, Kirk Session and wider eldership to develop good relationships with church members and the wider community through communication, maximising opportunities to promote events and publicise the work of the church and Market the Church’s facilities in all appropriate ways with the aims of growing its use and place in the local community. This could include e-bulletins and newsletters.
Coordinate, facilitate the production of an events plan.
Provide advice and guidance on media coverage for events and emerging issues/crises, and respond to media requests including the press, and where appropriate, prepare media statements liaising with the Church’s National Office Communications team where necessary.
Manage and oversee editorial aspect of all publications to ensure professional and high-quality standards are maintained including setting timescales, editing, proofing, finalising, production, and publication. This includes leading on the format, layout and design of publications – either produced in-house or via commissioning external designers/printers.
Keep informed of developing communication methods and media and advise on their applicability and usefulness for HKK communications activities, advising on the strategy and use of all social media channels.
Provide guidance on HKK branding, and monitoring/improvement of all communications output.
Liaising with the Minister, Session Clerk, Deputy Session Clerk and Team Leaders where necessary
Educational and/or Professional Qualifications (E=Essential, i.e. a candidate must meet all essential criteria to be considered for selection, D=Desirable)
E1 – Previous experience in a relevant communications role
E2 – Previous experience of producing a range of public facing content digital and otherwise
Job-Related Skills and Achievements
E3 – Proficient in use of digital platforms e.g. social media, web design
E4 – High level of confidence in using all standard office packages.
E5 – Excellent organisational and time management skills, using own initiative and pro-active working
E6 – Ability to effectively plan and prioritise competing demands and manage deadlines
E7 – Strong interpersonal and communication skills, both verbal and written
E8 – Strong teamwork skills, with ability to work independently as required
E9 – Ability to exercise confidentiality and discretion
E4 – Flexible and adaptable to new situations and opportunities, with a solution focussed approach
Terms and Conditions: Communications Officer, Houston & Killellan Kirk
The salary scale is £13,000 pro rata.
Whilst normal hours of work will be 15 hours spread across the week as agreed locally, as the nature of the work calls for a degree of flexibility, thus hours of work, which are as agreed with the line manager, may vary from day to day and could increase, by agreement, if need arises.
We would discuss with the post holder on place of work, as an employer we support flexible and home working.
Post holder would meet with the Minister, Session Clerk and Deputy Session clerk annually for a review of the role and performance.
There are 5 weeks annual leave pro rata in each full holiday year which runs from 1 January to 31 December. Entitlement is based on full weeks worked. There are also 9 pro rata statutory holidays.
Travel expenses by public transport or by use of own car at rates as agreed by your Employer and reviewed annually. Car mileage will be paid by the Employer at Church of Scotland milage rates.
The successful candidate will be required to be/become a member of Disclosure Scotland PVG Scheme.
For further information on the role, please contact Revd Gary Noonan or Helen Dunn (Deputy Session Clerk)
The closing date for applications is 30/12/2022 with interviews following thereafter.
We reserve the right to close this advert early and may review and interview applicants throughout the process.
Please send a covering letter showing your suitability for the role, and up to date CV to Helen Dunn by email to firstname.lastname@example.org