Communications Manager

Organisation: The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland

Salary: £36,909 per annum

Location: EH12 6TS

The role

To lead and manage communications team activities in support of the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS)’s vision and mission as a leading wildlife conservation charity. Promote Edinburgh Zoo and Highland Wildlife Park as world class visitor attractions and gateways to nature and RZSS as an international leader in conservation and science, growing brand awareness, income and support, and safeguarding our brand reputation.

Some of the things you’ll do:

* Contribute to and support the implementation and delivery of the communications strategy and annual communications plan to meet agreed engagement targets
* Line manage three members of the communications team and provide support to colleagues across our charity
* Manage and develop content and engagement across communications channels, including the media, social media, website, newsletters, blogs and intranet
* Manage, promote, deliver and evaluate communication projects/activities/campaigns on time, to quality and risk profile standards and within agreed budget
* Manage and develop the complaints process for Edinburgh Zoo and Highland Wildlife Park
* Develop and commission promotional assets, including photography and video, ensuring brand consistency, value for money and quality
* Ensure factual accuracy to the highest possible standards, adhering to legal and ethical requirements within the media and wider communications

What we’re looking for:

* An excellent understanding of the Scottish media industry and brand social media management
* Understanding of legal (including GDPR guidelines) and ethical requirements in the media
* Assertive communicator, confident in dealing with a wide range of stakeholders
* Creative copywriting and proofreading, with the ability to tailor often complex messages to a wide range of audiences, including the media, with an understanding of search engine optimisation (SEO)
* Demonstrable experience in a similar role

What you’ll get in return:

* 37.5 hour working week (5 out of 7 days / working weekends on a rota basis with the team) based at Edinburgh Zoo with regular visits to Highland Wildlife Park
* 34 days annual leave (pro rata)
* Access to a healthcare plan
* Employer contributory pension scheme
* You will also receive an RZSS staff membership which will give you (and family/friends) free (and discounted) entry to both Highland Wildlife Park and Edinburgh Zoo, as well as a number of other zoos across the UK.

Shortlisting of applications and interviews for this position will take place while the advert is live; the advert will close once a successful candidate has been found. Interested candidates are therefore encouraged to submit applications as quickly as possible.

Application Deadline: Friday 20/01/2023