Communications and Engagement Lead - 91114

University of Strathclyde - School of Social Work and Social Policy

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

FTE: 1.0 (35 hours/week)
Term: Fixed (until31/03/2018) with 2 further years indicative funding

By joining this innovative, sector-leading organisation, you will support CELCIS to shout from the rooftops about the outstanding work we and our partners are doing to make significant improvement in the lives of children and families in vulnerable or disadvantaged circumstances.

Although based at Strathclyde University, CELCIS is not an academic outfit. We work hand in hand with partners to strengthen and improve children’s services. And that means engaging with carers, social workers, teachers, nurses the police, local authorities, charities and Scottish Government.

As an exceptional communications professional - most likely from a public/corporate affairs background, with in-house and/or agency experience - You will have a deep understanding that good communication can change lives.

You will be highly a motivated self-starter, strategic in your approach, and able to work confidently to develop both CELCIS’s growing profile and our credibility in the children’s sector. You will lead and manage a multi-disciplinary team which includes communications, events and enhanced learning services. You will also offer the know-how, creativity and skills to lead on the implementation of our ambitious and exciting modern, multi-platform 5 year communications strategy.

You will take a lead role in engaging and working with staff across CELCIS and those working in the children’s sector to translate, communicate and exchange evidence in a way that excites, persuades and moves people working with and for children to act.

This is a truly collaborative effort; working with colleagues to develop, deliver and continually improve the CELCIS offer in how we exchange knowledge and evidence – we want people working in the children’s sector to have full access and be able to learn from our easy to read written outputs, multi-media and digital learning offerings and our on and offline events where you will help facilitate the exchange of ideas and evidence.

Funding for the post: The post is initially funded to March 2018, with a further 2 years indicated by Scottish Government. We have received core funding from Scottish Government since 2000.  


At CELCIS our ultimate goal is simple. We want to make a big difference. All of our work is dedicated to making positive and lasting improvements in the lives and experiences of children living in, and on the edges, of care.

We work in close partnership with carers, social workers, teachers, health professionals, charities, the police, local authorities, and the Scottish Government, sharing our collective skills, knowledge and expertise to develop the best possible systems and practice for children in and on the edges of care. We always work towards making positive and enduring improvements through our innovative evidence-based implementation approach.

Our real strength is in our people. Team CELCIS are a friendly and skilled group of people who offer a shared commitment to making a real and lasting difference in young lives.

Informal enquiries about the post can be directed to Kathleen Doyle, Head of Central Services, ( / 0141 444 8557).

Formal interviews for this post will be held on Friday, 10 November 2017.

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