Edinburgh, Edinburgh
£29,444 per year
Temporary, Full-time
Job description

Dig It! Communications Manager

We’re looking for a candidate to fill this exciting role for the Dig It! project and help us bring Scotland’s archaeological stories to life. Working as part of a small project team within the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, this is an excellent opportunity for a self-starter wishing to blaze their own trail, engage new and existing audiences, and work in partnership with organisations across the country.

The ideal candidate will be familiar with developing and delivering communication strategies and have experience of producing, overseeing and assessing the impact of a range of content. They will be able to manage and prioritise a varied workload, with an eye for detail and an understanding of how to reach different audiences.

Hours of work:            37 hours per week, fixed term up until the end of March 2022 subject to successful completion of a three-month probation period. We are aiming to extend this role by a further two years subject to funding.

Salary:                         £29,444 per annum

Holidays:                     38 days per annum

Location:                     Based at the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland offices in Edinburgh          

Reporting to:               Dr Jeff Sanders, Dig It! Project Manager

Main Purpose:            The Dig It! Communications Manager is responsible for ensuring that Dig It! communications are on brand, aligned with the project’s vision, mission and values, and meeting or exceeding the set targets. This includes overseeing the social media channels, press releases, monthly e-newsletter, campaigns, external articles and blog posts, and the Dig It! website (including weekly articles, event uploads and design updates) while line managing the Dig It! Communications Officer.



Dig It! is a hub for Scottish archaeology with a Scotland-wide network of heritage organisations, museums and archaeological groups. The team sources the best events and stories from across the country and promotes them to members of the public through their website, social media channels, e-newsletter, press releases and more.

Our vision is a Scotland where everyone enjoys archaeology and our mission is to encourage the discovery of Scotland’s stories through archaeology by providing innovative promotion and support to the heritage sector. We aim to do this by being inclusive (helping to ensure that archaeology is for everybody), innovative (stepping away from the traditional and embracing the unexpected) and collaborative (working closely with others and sharing “lessons learned”).

We do this by promoting the work of others, running campaigns and initiatives, and creating projects in collaboration with a range of different partners, while working towards Scotland’s Archaeology Strategy (particularly Aim Four – Encouraging Greater Engagement).

Dig It! is coordinated by the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland (Charity No SC010440) and is primarily funded by Historic Environment Scotland. Founded in 1780, the Society promotes the understanding and conservation of Scotland’s historical and archaeological environment for the benefit of all. It publishes high-quality books and peer-reviewed papers, runs an annual programme of lectures and conferences, and administers research grants and prizes to support best practice and encourage new and innovative research into Scotland’s past. The Society offers a range of staff benefits including a 10% pension contribution, flexible working, paid research leave, and a daily exercise and event attendance policy.

The Society is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to treating all applicants equally irrespective of their sex, marital/civil partnership status, age, race, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, religion or belief, gender identity, or caring responsibility. We are open to flexible approaches to the job, including secondments.

See attached for further details and person specification


Closing date for applications: Noon, Monday 6 April 2020

Interviews: Tuesday 14 April 2020, in the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland offices in central Edinburgh

NB: reasonable travel expenses will be reimbursed. Interview by Skype is possible. We are actively monitoring advice regarding COVID-19, so the interview date may be subject to change.

Please email your CV and a cover letter detailing how your skills and experience fulfil the criteria for the role to Dr Jeff Sanders, Dig It! Project Manager.

Contact Dr Jeff Sanders to discuss the role in further detail.

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Posted on: 13 March 2020
Closed date: 06 April 2020
Tags: Communications, PR, Marketing