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Communications Officer

The Sigrid Rausing Trust

Location The Trust’s office in West London, with the benefit of the Trust's flexible working policy

Position Full time 37.5 hours per week

Salary 40,000-50,000

Application deadline 29 November 2020
The application deadline for this role has passed

About the Trust

The Sigrid Rausing Trust is a grant-making foundation based in London. Founded in 1995, its purpose is to promote the values and principles of human rights, equality and the rule of law, and to preserve nature from further degradation. In pursuit of these goals, the Trust supports advocacy, creativity, research and scholarship – and has given away approximately £397 million to organisations all over the world. Its current annual budget is £40.85 million. The Trust is led by ten Trustees and currently employs 25 staff.  More detail on the Trust’s work can be found on its website www.sigrid-rausing-trust.org

During 2020 the Trust has begun a review of its communications work.  The incoming Communications Officer will take forward an ongoing review of our internal and external communications, including finalising the redesign of our website.

 

JOB DESCRIPTION

Reporting to: Chief Operating Officer

Management responsibility: None

Grade: £47,208 (Grade D)

Contract terms: Permanent, 37.5 hours a week

Purpose of the role

To coordinate and execute the Trust’s internal and external communications activities, working to capture and reflect the ‘voice’ of the Trust. Using this developed ‘voice’ synthesize the Trust’s communications through: website maintenance and updates, social media, and regular updates to Trustees, in close consultation with the Senior Management Team.

Relationships and reporting lines

The Communications Officer reports to the Chief Operating Officer. Key relationships include the Executive Director, Deputy Executive Director, as well as other programme and operational staff. The role will also include some interaction with Trustees. This newly created position will also manage consultants where necessary.

Main duties and responsibilities

  • Work with others to coordinate the development of a communications strategy, ensuring this strategy is regularly updated and evaluated
  • Bring coherence to the Trust’s communications (website and social media accounts and any events and internal communications) to ensure they are aligned with the Trust’s mission, values, and strategies.
  • Use Trust data to inform and support internal and external communications in multiple formats including: updates to Trustees and others as necessary.
  • Write and edit content for the website, in liaison with Programme staff and in accordance with the Trust’s communications strategy.
  • Manage the Trust’s social media channels, including developing a social media strategy and maintaining the Trust’s voice on social media in line with our principles and values
  • Research, draft and curate compelling stories that speak to the work and impact of grantees;
  • Manage the Trust’s relationships with long-term and short-term communications consultants as needed.
  • Support staff and Trustees in external engagements, including any media and speaking opportunities and events. Assist in identifying such engagements where necessary.
  • Keep informed of trends in communications and philanthropy and in the fields in which the Trust works in order to proactively identify and act on opportunities to collaborate with peers and other stakeholders to advance priorities.
  • Provide internal communications support, such as compiling and editing reports to the Trustees.
  • Oversee the Trust’s brand identity, ensuring coherence and continued development as required.
  • Utilise communications tools and services such as Adobe Creative Cloud, Google Analytics, and Mailchimp.
  • When required work with programme team to review communications activities in grantee proposals and reports.

 

PERSON SPECIFICATION

Knowledge, qualifications and experience

  • A relevant degree or equivalent experience in communications.
  • Five to seven years of professional experience in communications with progressively increasing responsibility, ideally working on the Trust’s focus areas;
  • A skilled writer and editor with a track record of telling stories of positive impact;
  • Prior experience of working with charities, non-governmental organisations and/or trusts and foundations;
  • Knowledge of philanthropy in the human rights, conservation and/or arts fields;
  • Design skills or demonstrable interest in design as applied to communications;
  • Experience of working in different national and regional contexts desirable, ideally in the Trust’s focus regions (Europe, particularly Central and Eastern Europe and the Balkans, the Former Soviet Union, the Middle East and North Africa; East and Southern Africa);
  • Excellent written and spoken English. Knowledge of other languages relevant to the Trust’s focus regions a plus.

Key competences and skills

  • Ability to identify, write and edit engaging stories, and a sensitivity to nuance in language and meaning;
  • Ability to produce original, clear, concise content within tight deadlines; a meticulous proof reader and copyeditor.
  • Understanding of women’s rights, LGBTI people’s rights and / or other group’s rights and demonstrable experience of integrating these issues into communications products
  • A keen focus on detail and accuracy while keeping sight of big-picture goals;
  • Facility with social media and website content management, including Wordpress and other packages, and a drive to stay current with evolving digital technologies;
  • Organised, with an ability to prioritise and manage competing demands;
  • Collaborative, with excellent interpersonal skills, ability to adapt for a range of audiences, sensitive to cultural communication differences, and ability to work well others;
  • Understanding of audiences, ability to identify different stakeholders and navigate between them.
  • Takes initiative but knows when to seek advice and guidance;
  • Good judgment and self-awareness;
  • Integrity, humility and a sense of humour.

     

Other requirements

SRT is only able to consider applications from candidates who already have the right to live and work in the United Kingdom.

To apply

We ask you to submit CV and supporting letter in a word document by midnight on 29th November 2020.

Your supporting letter should demonstrate how you meet the person specification. Please note that the CV and supporting letter should be no more than two pages in length each. This length restriction is intended to limit the effort required of applicants, and enable a quicker first stage review on the part of the Trust. 

Please send your CV and supporting letter to jobs@srtrust.org

First round interviews will take place from 10th December. Second round interviews will take place from the week commencing 14th December

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