Head of Communications – Canary Wharf, London E14 5LB
£40,000 pro-rated to £24,000 for 3 days (21 hours) per week
25 days holiday pro-rated to 15 days, generous pension, and STL
Head of Communications (salary £24,000 for 3 days per week) needed for Career Ready, a UK-wide charity linking employers with schools and colleges to prepare young people for the world of work.
• We give students from lower income families the confidence, skills and networks to achieve their potential
• We work in 250 schools and colleges across the UK, offering programmes based on our Skills for Career Success learning outcomes, delivered by employer volunteers and based on four pillars – masterclasses, mentoring, workplace visits and work placements
• Last year we were chosen by the government-funded Careers & Enterprise Company as one of the organisations to lead the national expansion of employer-led careers education.
We recognise the potential in students from all backgrounds, and help them to develop the skills and strengths necessary for long-term career success. A registered charity, our organisation is funded by a combination of charitable donations from corporate supporters, grants from charitable foundations and fees from schools and colleges.
Reporting to the CEO, the Head of Communications plays an essential role in developing and delivering the communications strategy for the organisation and supporting our schools, colleges, supporters and students to get the most from their Career Ready experience. The role has responsibility for two staff.
Based in Career Ready’s Head Office in Canary Wharf the role will require some out of hours work, as well as occasional travel in the UK.
Main purpose of role:
• To lead a small team to deliver communications for a national charity
• To develop and deliver the Communications Strategy for the organisation
• To plan, develop and help deliver all communications, marketing and PR activity to support the strategic direction and development of Career Ready
• To manage and run the press office function
• To build relationships with staff and external stakeholders, including schools and colleges, students, employers and partner organisations to deliver effective, two-way communications
This will include the following responsibilities:
• Work with the Communications Team to develop and review Communications Strategy
• Work with colleagues to provide strategic communications guidance to support the ambitions of the charity;
• Provide reports and work with Trustees and Board members
• Directly manage the Communications Manager and support them to manage the Communications Apprentice
• Build strong relationships with key media contacts across the UK
• Draft, edit and disseminate proactive releases and reactive statements
• Work with press leads in partner organisations to draft and agree joint releases
• Work with Career Ready colleagues to build a strong bank of case studies
• Support members of staff taking part in media interviews, providing briefing notes and basic training where necessary
• Continuously look for further media opportunities, including horizon scanning for topical news agenda items and policy announcements.
• Work with the Data team and Director of Programmes to design and develop online surveys and manage responses
• Review analytics and feedback from communications colleagues to shape the future direction of digital communications
Events and campaigns
• Work with the Events Manager to support key strategic events, including producing materials and providing communications and PR support on the day
• Work with the wider team to plan content for all stakeholder bulletins
• Evaluate and analyse the impact of stakeholder communications, including reviewing relevant feedback from formal surveys
Business Development and Fundraising
• Work with the wider team to meet key partnership targets, including case study requirements, as agreed with each employer account
• Support the Business Development and Fundraising team to report on key impact metrics for strategic supporters
• Work with communications colleagues in employer partners to support key campaigns
The successful candidate will have the following:
• A first degree in a relevant subject. A Post-Graduate qualification in PR, Marketing or Communications is an advantage
• Proven strategic planning experience and experience in managing a press function
• Sound judgement and an instinct for news
• Experience in using a variety of evaluation methods to measure the impact and effectiveness of communications
• Ability to build relationships with a broad range of stakeholders at all levels within an organisation including business partners, schools, colleges, students and journalists
• Experience of commissioning external suppliers, including designers, printers, photographers and film production companies
• Effective interpersonal and influencing skills, with the ability to gain others’ confidence quickly and build strong relationships
• Self-motivation and ability to work autonomously
• Ability to prioritise and multi-task, together with good organisational and administrative skills
• Experience of managing others and managing budgets
• Resilience and ability to maintain humour and a sense of proportion
• Enthusiasm and commitment to the values of the charity
• Strong communication skills, with strong attention to detail
• Experience of using the full Microsoft Office suite of programmes and content management systems. Experience in using Salesforce an advantage
• Experience and expertise in maximising the use of social media
• Proof reading and editing skills
Experience in the charity sector and as well as contacts in the in the national education and business media are both desirable.
To apply for this position please send your CV and a one page covering letter in Word format stating why you think you are suitable for the role, giving details of your current salary, by email to Anne Spackman, Chief Executive Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications should be submitted by no later than 5pm Friday 17 March 2017.
Interviews will take place in Career Ready’s offices in Canary Wharf on Tuesday 28 March 2017.