Communications Manager

Posted 15 days agoExpires in 14 hours
Hybrid - remote working and London
Employee
£46,771 - £50,292 per year, after probation.

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 Clewer Initiative (TCI) enables Church of England dioceses and wider church networks to raise awareness of modern slavery, identify victims and to help provide victim support and care. Learn More >

TCI believes that the solutions to modern slavery already exist within the community and that the Church of England, which is present in all communities and is at the heart of many, has a primary responsibility in leading these efforts.

Are you an outstanding communications professional? If so, you could be our new Communications Manager.

Expect to develop and bring to life an ambitious communications strategy supporting TCI, including the development of our work through social media, by reaching new audiences and growing our social media reach and impact, and managing our apps.

As well as a strong track record in communications, you will bring substantial experience of internal and external communications, including digital. Demonstrating a participatory approach, you will work closely with the TCI team and develop innovative, targeted, and relevant ways to help spread the word to our many internal and external audiences. You will also be able to deliver creative solutions within a limited budget, and will be comfortable working collaboratively with key internal and external partners.

The Church of England is for everyone and we want to reflect the diversity of the community the Church serves across the whole country. Therefore, while of course we welcome all applications from interested and suitably experienced people, we would particularly welcome applicants from UK Minority Ethnic Backgrounds.

We are taking a flexible approach to work, with many teams opting for a hybrid approach to their working week, with a mixture of home and office-based working. Details about working arrangements for this post will be discussed further at interview.

The post is offered on a fixed-term contract expected to last for 3 years.

For an informal conversation please contact caroline.virgo@churchofengland.org.

Interviews will be held w/c 13th December 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

  • Owning and delivering the TCI communications strategy.
  • Planning and scheduling communications in conversation with the team, and advising on capacity to provide communications support to operational work.
  • Working with the Director and Programme Development Manager to grow and manage our social media presence according to the TCI social media strategy.
  • Ensuring that communications activity is responsive to operational requirements.
  • Leading on the management of our apps, including working with external stakeholders to promote and manage their effective delivery.
  • Managing a portfolio of communications work which includes specific campaign work (e.g. foodbanks and modern slavery, themed Lent and Anti-Slavery Day campaigns) and strategies to engage statutory and non-statutory partners.
  • Developing our internal news channels, creating, writing, co-ordinating and delivering content, updating key stakeholders on TCI, and creating new channels where these add value.
  • Building the TCI brand and collateral assets, and working with the development team to ensure that this is used to full advantage.
  • Exploring, tailoring, and delivering content via a range of accessible channels – including digital (website and social media), audio (e.g. podcasts), video, and written (newsletters).
  • Evaluating the impact of TCI’s communications using qualitative and quantitative measures.
  • Managing and directing all TCI staff and external operators’ involvement in the delivery of communications initiatives (e.g. social media, PR, etc.).
  • Developing culturally appropriate and engaging campaigns for the pilot work in other countries.
  • Advising TCI staff on all matters related to communications, and acting as a specialist resource around communications support for operational work.
  • Any other tasks that may be necessary to the ongoing development of TCI and that are appropriate to this role.

The Requirements

Essential

Skills/Aptitudes:

  • An active planner with the ability to create and manage communications plans.
  • Outstanding writing skills.
  • Excellent proofreading and copy-editing skills.
  • Strong social media and web content creation skills.
  • Excellent attention to detail.
  • Ability to write for web and print.
  • Good understanding of targeted messaging and audiences.
  • Ability to communicate complex and sensitive information in a straightforward way.

Knowledge/Experience:

  • Significant experience in developing and delivering successful communication strategies.
  • Significant communications experience across a wide range of channels (including web, social media, written, print, and audio).
  • A track record of creating engaging, audience appropriate content.
  • Experience in leading communications, particularly across a wide range of stakeholders.
  • Understanding of the media.

Personal Attributes:

  • Entrepreneurial and self-starting mindset.
  • Open and collaborative teamworking style.
  • Agile and responsive approach to change.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Creative – able to make connections and find ideas for stories.
  • Discretion in dealing with confidential matters and sensitive issues.
  • Friendly, approachable, and efficient.
  • Self-motivated and well organised.
  • Easy to work with – high challenge personality.
  • Able to digest complex information and propose a way forward.
  • Sympathy with the Church of England and its aims.

Education:

  • Educated to degree-level or equivalent.

Circumstances:

  • Able to undertake occasional travel.

Desirable

  • Experience with web development and design.
  • Experience with app development and delivery.
  • Experience of communications work in a charity or social action context.
  • Excellent project management and organisational skills with proven ability to coordinate a number of projects and tasks with competing deadlines.
  • Familiarity with the Church of England and its structures.
  • Understanding of the working of the Church of England, including parishes/dioceses and National Church structures and relationships.

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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.

We are committed to being an equal opportunities employer and to ensuring that everyone, job applicants, customers and other people with whom we deal, are treated fairly and not subject to discrimination. We will do whatever is necessary to provide genuine equality of opportunity. We continuously review our policies and processes to support our aim to create a workforce as diverse as the nation the Church of England serves..