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Reference: 86670

Date Added: 12 November 2022
Closing Date: 25 November 2022

Job Title: Communications Manager

Working For: Jamie Halcro Johnston MSP (Highlands and Islands)

Location: Edinburgh

Salary: £34,000

Length of Contract: Permanent

Job Details


  • Oversight of overall media strategy.
  • Implementing media and digital communication strategy.
  • Establishing media monitoring systems and responding quickly to new developments.
  • Managing provision of communications and press advice.
  • Providing regular feedback and auditing of media strategy.
  • Identifying potential media opportunities and acting as media contact.
  • Identifying forthcoming events and opportunities to promote the work of the MSP.
  • Managing work with press offices colleagues, including managing broadcast and other media requests.
  • Building effective working relationships with local and national journalists.
  • Developing creative new engagement methods for social media accounts.
  • Representing me in dealing with media and providing statements where appropriate.
  • Some out-of-hours work may be required during particularly busy periods or in response to events.
  • Producing materials that effectively convey my aims to the general public and media.
  • Producing high quality press releases, briefings and other written materials.
  • Keeping up to date with current media developments.
  • Building and maintaining relationships with stakeholders in the region.
  • Corresponding with constituents and local campaign groups where necessary to pursue issues and campaigns.
  • Following all media outlets to capture relevant developments as they happen.
  • Maintaining information systems to support communications.
  • Maintaining and growing social media presence.
  • Drafting and posting social media content to update constituents on my parliamentary activities.


  • Relevant experience in a communications/press office role, or alternatively in local/national journalism, is highly desirable.
  • Understanding of media strategy and motivation to proactively seek out media opportunities.
  • Understanding of social media, including ability to produce graphics and video, is desirable.
  • Be capable in monitoring media developments and sourcing information from a range of channels.
  • Have the ability to build good working relationships with local and national journalists and stakeholders.
  • An active interest in, and understanding of, Scottish politics with the confidence to represent MSPs in a media-related capacity to a variety of stakeholders.

Closing Date: 25 November 2022

Interview/Start Dates

Closing time is 12 noon.

Interviews are expected to be held in the week commencing 28 November. 

Application Details

Please apply by sending a CV with covering letter via the Scottish Parliament careers website here: 


Website: https://www.parliament.scot/msps/current-and-previous-msps/jamie-halcro-johnston

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