Media & Stories Officer for Sight Scotland

Location:
Blended working with on average two days a week in Gorgie, Edinburgh. The post holder will also be expected to visit Sight Scotland sites across Edinburgh, West Lothian and Paisley and potentially visit service users in their homes as well to interview them for stories. A driving license is preferable for this reason – pool cars are available.

Salary:
£28,024

Status:
Permanent

Reporting into:
Director of Marketing & Communications

Closing Date:
Monday October 3rd 2022

Interview Date:
TBC

Job Description
More Info
Sight Scotland

The Media and Stories Officer works across the two charities to source stories and case studies of service users and families to use in press and promotional campaigns to support our marketing and fundraising aims. The postholder is responsible for building strong relationships with staff, service users and their families to write powerful human-interest stories that demonstrate the impact of our work.

The post holder is also responsible for working with visual impairment experts across the organisation to develop information resources.

  • Working either as a journalist or as a Press Officer
  • Working with the media and securing positive media coverage
  • Writing human interest stories, including of a sensitive nature and / or about vulnerable individuals

Skills:

  • Strong relationship building skills and an ability to work with a wide range of stakeholders, internal and external, at all levels
  • Proactive at sourcing and identifying potential stories
  • Very high standard of written communication skills with a strong grasp of grammar
  • Ability to conduct interviews face to face and over the telephone in a calm, patient and empathetic manner.

Other:

  • Ability to work out of hours, for which TOIL will be granted
  • Full clean driving license

The post holder may be required to travel to areas across Scotland to conduct interviews with service users to use in media stories.

It is desirable that you have:

  • Experience and / or training / qualification as a journalist.

APPLY FOR THIS POSITION

Applicants must apply for this position by Monday October 3rd at 5pm. Please attach your CV and Cover Letter by clicking on the Send Application button below.

SEND APPLICATION