Bats in Churches Communications Officer

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£31,857 - £34,255 (pro rata)

Our aim is for everyone in the National Church Institutions (NCIs) to feel that they belong, and are valued for who they are and what they contribute. Together, our people contribute in different ways towards our common purpose, whichever NCI they work in and whatever their background.

The Bats in Churches Project is a ground-breaking partnership bringing together communities, bats and historic churches. The partnership includes Natural England, Cathedral and Church Buildings Division of the Church of England, Historic England, Bat Conservation Trust and Churches Conservation Trust, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund until 2023 to safeguard the future of protected bat roosts living in hundreds of England’s parish churches whilst reducing their negative impact on these historic buildings and the people who use them.

This is an excellent opportunity to join us as Bats in Churches Communications Officer on a fixed term basis (maternity cover). This exciting role is crucial to get the right messages across to the right audiences.

As Communications Officer, you will be responsible for delivering the Bats in Churches project communications strategy and action plan during the delivery phase of the project. You will be the key link between the project and its wider stakeholders, supporting the team to recruit volunteers and citizen scientists, keeping our church partners informed about project progress and encouraging new audiences across the country to get involved in heritage and nature conservation.

We would like to hear from you if you have the ability, motivation and commitment to give to this post on a part time basis working 17.5 hours per week on a fixed term contract which is expected to last for 12 months.

To arrange an informal discussion about the role, please contact

Interviews will be held remotely using Zoom on Tuesday 3rd August 2021.

In return we offer a unique environment with opportunities for continuous learning, generous annual leave for work life balance, season ticket loans and a range of benefits including discounted entry to attractions and what we feel is a market leading package when it comes to our pension scheme.

The Role

Design and publications

  • Oversee the production of a project brand and visual identity guidelines.
  • Ensure consistency of the project brand across all internal and external communications.
  • Manage external designers to produce project publications and templates.

Digital communications

  • Write, edit, co-ordinate and publish content across various channels, including the website, social media, and print and online marketing materials.
  • Design, produce and disseminate regular newsletters for electronic and/or physical distribution to diverse stakeholder groups.
  • Maintain the project contact database, ensuring compliance with data protection regulations.


  • Oversee the procurement of a website design contractor and the development of a new website.
  • Develop, write and update content for the project website.
  • Produce case studies and source photography for the project website.

Media and publicity

  • Seek out and deliver media promotion opportunities for the project through local, national and specialist media, in accordance with the project communications strategy.
  • Prepare reactive press statements and respond to media enquiries.
  • Work with project team members to assist community engagement and interpretation activities.
  • Identify key media contacts and build relationships with journalists.
  • Organise and manage launch event and photo calls.

Social media

  • Run the project’s social media channels.
  • Plan engaging multimedia content, sourcing and sharing newsworthy information from across the partnership to reach wide-ranging audiences.
  • Moderate the Facebook community, deal with enquires and ensure the content is right for the group.
  • Promote project in person and digital events.

Reporting and evaluation

  • Keep quarterly progress reports up to date detailing digital, print and PR activity to share with funders.
  • Produce summary reports for digital events and press releases.

Budget management

  • Manage the Communications budget in conjunction with the Finance Officer.

The Requirements



  • Proven ability to manage and deliver your own workload to meet agreed targets and deadlines.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills, able to successfully engage with project partners and participants, especially volunteers.
  • Excellent organisational skills and good attention to detail.
  • Excellent IT skills.


  • Experience of delivering marketing and communications plans.
  • Practical experience in a digital communications role.
  • Experience of working with national and regional media.
  • Previous experience of working collaboratively with multi-layered partnerships.
  • Experience of working with a diverse range of volunteers.
  • Experience of working with agencies and suppliers.

Personal Attributes:

  • Sympathetic understanding of the purposes of churches as centres of Christian worship and mission.


  • Willing to regularly travel to churches in remote/rural locations.

We in the National Church Institutions support the mission and ministries of the Church all over England. We work with parishes, dioceses (regional offices), schools, other ministries and our partners at a national and international level.

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As a Disability Confident Leader, we actively look to attract, recruit and retain those of you who are disabled.

As a member of the Armed Forces Covenant, we welcome applications from those of you who have served in our Armed Forces and their families.

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