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Census Community Engagement Officer

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Job summary

£31266 - £35813
Around 37.00 per week
Closing Date
16 April 2021 at midnight
Employment Type
Fixed Term Appointment - Not Fair and Open

We are currently seeking applications for a Community Engagement Officer within National Records of Scotland (NRS) based in Edinburgh. This is a 12 month fixed-term (without fair and open competition) and pensionable appointment and new entrants will normally start on the minimum of the pay range. As Fixed-Term Appointments (without fair and open competition) are already exceptions to Civil Service Commission's Recruitment Principles they cannot under any circumstances be extended over 23 months and must not have held a previous fixed term appointment (without fair and open competition) or secondment in the 12 months prior to the appointment start date. Candidates with a disability who meet the required criteria below will be invited to the next stage of the recruitment process.

This is an exciting opportunity to work in a communications and engagement role in Scotland’s Census, as we prepare for the next census in 2022. It is not often in communications and engagement that your audience is truly everyone in Scotland, but that is the scale of the challenge ahead of us as we prepare to deliver a digital-first census. Sitting within the Census Communications and Engagement team, you will be responsible for helping to encourage participation in the census across Scotland among key groups, delivering need-to-know information to those groups through events and engagement activity, and motivating, informing and energising our stakeholders.

You will report to the Community Engagement Manager, and will work alongside colleagues leading on internal and external communications, marketing, branding and media relations for the census.

Main Duties 
·Play a key role in delivering a community engagement strategy ahead of Census 2022, to raise awareness and engage with key communities and harder to reach groups.
·Identify umbrella organisations for target groups who can help identify trusted intermediaries, and work with them to cascade messaging, engage with groups, and understand their needs.
·Develop profiles for key community groups, and group-specific engagement plans, encompassing events, message cascade through trusted intermediaries, and media and social media work.
· Help to create and deliver a programme of events and community engagement (virtually until restrictions allow face-to-face engagement) across Scotland to target key communities and raise awareness and motivation for Scotland’s census ahead of and during live operations.
·Regularly monitor and evaluate activity along with supporting the local community engagement activity of the Census regional managers.
· Attend promotional conferences and events across Scotland, acting as an ambassador for the Scotland’s Census, providing advice and key messages to delegates  on Census issues and the work of Census as necessary (virtually until restrictions are lifted).
·Build and maintain relationships with key policy areas and internal and external stakeholders, covering the wide remit of the programme’s work.
·Work flexibly with communications colleagues on media and social media engagement, internal communication and other duties as required.

Qualifications Required
For jobs in Band B & C you must hold a minimum of 3 Highers or equivalent. Other qualifications equivalent to these may also be acceptable, if you are in any doubt please contact to discuss. 
Please note: If you fail to demonstrate how you meet the minimum qualifications as stated above, your application will be automatically sifted out.

Essential Criteria
You must have significant experience working in a high profile engagement and/or communications environment.
You must have demonstrable experience of community and stakeholder engagement within a high profile sector.

Nationality requirements
This job is broadly open to the following groups:
• UK nationals
• nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UKs
• nationals of the Republic of Ireland
• nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with (or eligible for) status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
• relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
• relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
• certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals
We strongly urge that EU nationals who may not have Settled or Pre-Settled Status make an application before 30 June 2021, to ensure their continued eligibility to employment.

Further Information
To apply for this post, you will need to provide the information requested below via the online application process. These must be combined into one document as the system can only accept a single document upload per application:

A CV (no longer than two pages) which addresses the experience required outlined within the advert. Add to your CV your personal statement (no longer than 500 words) demonstrating your “experience of community and stakeholder engagement within a high profile sector.” Failure to submit a single combined document (CV and personal statement) will mean the panel only have limited information on which to assess your CV against the criteria in the person specification.

To apply, you must fully complete and submit an online CV via this website before the closing date. 
To learn more about this opportunity, please contact:

Important Information Regarding Interviews
In recognition of the Scottish Government's ongoing measures and guidance in its response to Covid-19 (Coronavirus), we would like to advise applicants that a decision has been taken that all interviews must be conducted in a virtual/remote setting.
In order to facilitate this new way of working, we are asking all applicants to ensure that they have a suitable space to complete the virtual interview. In addition, a personal device of choice, which has the interview application downloaded. This could be MS Teams or Webex for example. This will allow candidates to undertake the interview/assessment if selected. We are also asking you to ensure that your personal Wi-Fi/Broadband capacity will be sufficient to carry both audio and video feeds.

If you experience any difficulties accessing our website or completing the online application form, please contact the resourcing team via recruitment@gov.scot.

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