Conference Organiser/Promoter with European Movement in Scotland (EMiS)


Location: Edinburgh
£8.25 per hour
20 hours a week over six months (520 hours in total)

Start date: early March 2016


About the Organisation
As part of the European Movement UK, the European Movement in Scotland is largely autonomous and is governed by an Executive Committee elected at an Annual General Meeting which usually takes place in November of each year. We are an independent, not-for-profit, non-governmental organization, funded exclusively by our members. We receive no funding from any political party, from the UK or Scottish Governments.

Although the Movement in Scotland shares the same overall aims and objectives as the UK Movement, it is particularly concerned with the interests of Scotland as a constituent part of Europe.
We believe in a strong and united Europe. We also believe that in Scotland there is a great reservoir of goodwill towards Europe. The European Movement in Scotland aims to mobilize this goodwill and to counter Eurosceptic misinformation by working to make the pro-European voice heard in the media and in government.

EMiS wishes to inform the discussion around the forthcoming EU Remain/Leave Referendum by promoting informed debate in Scotland on the following topics:

• Britain’s relationship with the EU. What it is? What it could be?
• Implications of the Prime Minister’s ‘reform package’
• Key areas of people’s lives which will be affected by the eventual vote.
• Young people’s views of the EU in the UK and across Europe.

In order to achieve these aims a media/social media campaign will be pursued promoting the positive experience for citizens of our EU membership. A key component and hook for our campaign will be a series of public debates, similar in format to BBC TV’s ‘Question Time’, to take place between April 2016 and September 2016 (depending on date of referendum) in Scottish Universities. Based on previous collaborations this is expected to include Glasgow, Edinburgh, St Andrews, Aberdeen and UHI.

While the debates should attract a total audience of around 1,200-1,500, the wider dissemination of information and encouragement of on-line debate and press coverage is of equal if not greater importance and should reach a total coverage of around 500,000 during the lifetime of the project. Fostering this is therefore key to the role.

The Role
EMiS is looking for a keen candidate to fill the role of Conference Organiser/Promoter. Within this role your main tasks will include, but are not limited to:

• To organise and implement a media campaign using traditional (newspapers, radio and television) and social media to reach a wide cross section of students and the public in each of the locations and nationally. This will include drafting/coordinating copy for news releases and comment articles and helping design leaflets, posters, newsletters etc. (40%)
• To assist in the organisation of a series of debates in Scottish Universities, working with the relevant university authorities, student societies (e.g. Edinburgh University EU Society, Glasgow University European Society), student unions and appropriate staff (facilities, catering etc.), contacting speakers and chairman and liaising with them in the run up to each event. Attendance at these events is also required. (40%)
• To organise and run information stalls on appropriate occasions e.g. Europe Day. (5%)
• To work with the EMiS Administrator in the regular production of the EMiS newsletter and blog. (5%)
• To maintain statistical records of the events, attendance statistics, feedback forms etc. and summarise as required in report form. (5%)
• To report weekly to the Project Manager on progress. (5%)

Day to day management will be via the EMiS Project Manager but the successful candidate will be a self-starter and work according to their own initiative. EMiS Executive Committee members will facilitate key introductions and occasional attendance at EMiS Executive Committee meetings will be required.

The job will be based at Orbit Communications in Walker Street, Edinburgh. Usual office facilities, including desk, computer, telephone, email and Internet access etc. will be provided there.

Orbit Communications will provide mentoring to help maximise effectiveness and additional support by providing access to media lists and contact databases. This is an opportunity to work with an award winning rising star in the PR industry.

While this appointment is for a minimum of 6 months should circumstances develop during that period there may be an opportunity for a longer appointment.

The ideal candidate will have experience of organising events and controlling costs, with practical knowledge and experience of using social media to promote events and will must be able to work efficiently with minimal supervision. Experience of handling press and media issues as well as working in a PR/promotions environment is desirable but not essential.

Candidates should have good interpersonal and communication skills and be capable of managing various time commitments. The graduate should additionally have good knowledge of MS Word, Excel, Facebook and Twitter. Knowledge of politics (especially Scottish) and European Issues and knowledge and awareness of media functions is also desirable.

The applicant will ideally be a self starter, will demonstrate a positive attitude and will be capable of managing flexible working hours.

Closing date for applications is 8 February 2016, 12noon. 
Please submit a CV and brief covering letter through the Adopt an Intern online application form on our website. State a. your availability and b. How you meet the requirements of the job specification. We do NOT accept e-mail applications unless otherwise stated.

Please confirm your eligibility to work in the UK.



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