Communications and Marketing Officer

Do you want to be part of helping people in Scotland to live mentally healthier and happier lives? 

The Mental Health Foundation is recruiting for a Communications and Marketing Officer to support our Scotland team to connect with people and partners across the country.

The Mental Health Foundation is an expanding organisation.  Our vision is good mental health for all, and prevention is at the heart of what we do.  We place particular focus upon those who have greatest need.  We use our knowledge, informed by rigorous research, to inform and work with policymakers, practitioners, communities, companies, and the media.  We have pioneered change for 70 years and are not afraid to challenge the status quo.  Come join us!

This post is crucial to our plans for the next five years.  Our profile as a charity in Scotland is growing. Every year we run Mental Health Awareness Week and host the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival – two major highlights in a busy calendar of activities.

The Communications and Marketing Officer role will join a growing Communications & Fundraising team in Scotland.  You will support campaigns and activity that increase awareness and support for the Foundation among a variety of audiences in Scotland.

This is an essential, varied and engaging role; we are especially keen for the postholder to support digital comms in Scotland, including our social media channels, but you will also be key to planning and delivering wider campaigns and media activity.   You will have the chance to be part of developing our Northern Ireland team in 2021.

We are looking for someone:

  • Who brings some strong comms skills to the post and is interested in growing and developing more.
  • Who thinks creatively and can play a key role in growing the reach and reputation of the Foundation in Scotland.
  • Who will enthusiastically support a variety of communications activities in Scotland.
  • Who can create timely and compelling content for diverse Scottish audiences.
  • Who can work collaboratively with colleagues, stakeholders, external partners and supporters.

Starting salary £30,000 rising to £33,857 (pro-rata if part-time)

Why should you join the Mental Health Foundation?

  • 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays, rising to 27 after 5 years’ service
  • 3 closure days between Christmas and New Year
  • 3 wellbeing days per annum
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Generous non-contributory pension scheme, 8% at 3 months service, rising to 10% at 6 months service employer contribution
  • Life Assurance Scheme at four times annual salary
  • Flexible working
  • Season Ticket Loan
  • Cycle to work scheme

Please note that for safeguarding purposes, all our roles require a Disclosure Scotland PVG check. Also, we are unable to provide sponsorship for this post, you must be able to demonstrate your eligibility to work in the UK. 

How to apply

If you think your skills match and you’d like to be part of a dynamic and growing organisation, please complete and send your application form to [email protected] (along with a completed Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form).  Please note that all sections of the application form should be completed as CVs will not be accepted.  Applications will close at 5pm on 27 January 2021.  Interviews are planned for  Week Commencing 15 February 2021.

Diversity is greatly valued at the Foundation.  Applications from all sections of the community are actively encouraged.  If you have a disability, require any additional support or have any questions regarding the role, please contact us at [email protected]

Due to Covid-19 and until further notice, we are operating digital recruitment (including interviews via video conferencing) and on-boarding processes. We are blending office and homeworking until further notice.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Employment Benefits

Pension (non-contributory)

The Mental Health Foundation considers it is important to encourage staff to save for their retirement and as such provides staff with an 8% contribution as part of auto-enrolment from 3 months service. After successful completion of the probation period this contribution increases to 10% - all non-contributory.

Employee Assistance Service

At times staff members may face and need help with a variety of issues throughout their lives and as part of the commitment to staff members the Foundation provides an independent and confidential counselling and information telephone service. Support is available on a range of issues including legal, financial, emotional, health issues and work related concerns. Free to contact, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on 0800 030 5182.

Wellbeing Days

Staff may take up to 3 days per annum for their personal mental health needs.

Annual leave

Staff receive 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays, pro rata when part-time, rising to 27 days after 5 years’ service.

Christmas leave

Staff receive an additional 3 days leave at Christmas when the office closes between Christmas Day and re-opens after New Year’s Day. This is in addition to the annual leave entitlement.

Life Assurance Scheme

Staff receive death in service life cover at four times their annual salary.

Flexible working

The right to request flexible working is available to all staff. There are a number of different flexible working arrangements available throughout the organisation, which can be arranged by mutual consent.

Season ticket loan

Interest free loans are available to purchase season tickets for the journey between home and work.

After successful completion of the probation period.

Cycle to Work Scheme

The Cycle to Work scheme is a UK Government tax exemption initiative introduced to promote healthier journeys to work and to reduce environmental pollution. Staff will be able to purchase a bike of a value of up to £1,111 tax free. After successful completion of the probation period.