Communications Consultant

£30,000 Full-time 15 August 2022

Job overview

Salary: £30,000 p/a
Hours: 37.5 hours per week
Location: London / flexible (see further details below)
Application deadline: 12pm, 15 August 2022
Optional webinar: 6pm, 1 August 2022
Start date: As soon as possible

We are recruiting a Communications Consultant with a keen interest in comms and marketing to support both The Social Change Agency’s consultancy team and telling the story of our work to a variety of audiences. A key part of this role will be to provide communications support and oversight to international development charities as they plan and run their UK Aid Match communications appeals. You will also be delivering support to grantees of the Lloyd’s Bank Foundation in their communications strategy and infrastructure. These groups are on the front line of issues from disability rights to ending homelessness to prison abolition and beyond. In addition to the consultancy, the role will be a part of the wider communications and business development team for The Social Change Agency and our sister organisation, The Social Change Nest, through finding creative ways to engage their audiences and build their public profile across various channels.

Application deadline 15 August 2022

Tasks and responsibilities

Project Delivery (UK Aid Match) – 20%

  • Being the key point of contact with all consortium partners involved in UK Aid Match, including Mannion Daniels, FCDO and the various charity comms leads. 
  • Fulfilling the reporting requirements for the programme, including overseeing accurate data collection to feed into this.  
  • Monitoring and logging programme risks, escalating these where appropriate, as well as proactively feeding back learnings and insight to the consortium. 
  • Providing creative communications expertise to multiple organisations, as part of the UKAM programme and wider SCA consultancy client work. 

Consultancy Delivery – 40%

  • Providing consultancy to small charities through our partnership with the Lloyds Bank Foundation Enhance programme. This will involve a diagnostic to understand the need, and creating bespoke approaches for each charity.
  • Supporting wider projects on an ad hoc basis where your skills and experience contribute to the success of the project. 
  • Project management across all consultancy work, with regular reporting of project, budget, and capacity to the Head of Practice.

SCA & SCN Communications & Marketing – 30%

  • Work with the CEO and Marketing Manager to develop a communications approach for SCA and SCN.
  • Develop creative approaches and outputs to engage audiences and showcase our work.   

Strengthening the business & personal development – 10%

  • Identify and make recommendations to improve work processes as applicable.
  • Support with internal activities and support the development of the wider team that contribute to The Social Change Agency’s overall mission and strategy. 
  • Provide support as required to the success of the team.
  • Work with your line manager to ensure that you are growing and developing your skills. 

Skills and experience

Required

  • Around 3 years relevant professional experience. 
  • Exemplary written, digital and verbal skills. 
  • Expertise in how communications strategies, tactics, and execution contribute to social change. This includes but is not limited to messaging development, social media strategies, audience analysis, and beyond.
  • Experience using this to support organisations their social impact goals. Useful if this experience has ranged across organisations of various sizes, resources, and levels of communications expertise.
  • Experience of managing client relationships.
  • Confidence in taking responsibility for personal workload, managing multiple client relationships and organising competing demands. 
  • Experience of project management and reporting against project plans and budgets. 
  • Proven interest in social justice and international development and knowledge of how communications relates to these areas. 

Terms and benefits

Terms: The role will be full time (37.5 hours/week) fixed term for 1 year. We will consider applicants interested in 4 days a week on a pro rata basis.  We will consider  well structured JobShare applications. As we often work with volunteers occasional evening and weekend work will be required and compensated through TOIL. The occasional UK or European travel will be required (by arrangement).

The role is a fixed-term contract with potential opportunities for growth, development and expansion into a permanent role: we are a small, agile agency and are committed to supporting our staff to acquire the skills and grow in all areas of our business.

We are open to exploring flexible working arrangements and supporting you to meet commitments you may have.

Salary: £30,000 p/a

Location: Our office is in London, which is open to you to work from any time. If you are outside of London your place of work will officially be your home, and the office if you are based in London. You can be based anywhere in the UK, but it must be within a commutable distance from the London office as you will be required to come in from time to time. 

We require the whole team to come together 5 times a year (Quarterly & Annual strategy setting), we will pay for travel expenses for these five meetings. You may be asked to travel to attend other internal meetings from time to time, and will be required to cover that cost.

Language skills & visa status: Candidates must be fluent in English. You must have the right to work in the UK independently, as we are unable to provide visa sponsorship.

Holiday: 22 days plus bank holidays. We close the office in the days between Christmas and New Years – this time is paid for all staff and is in addition to your annual leave entitlement.

Employer pension contribution: We offer a 3% employer pension contribution, that you will auto enrol for after 3 months of employment with SCA.

Additional Paid Time Off: We offer 2 days of paid voluntary time off, encouraging all staff to serve as trustees or any equivalent voluntary positions to contribute to their communities

Health Assured Service: The health and wellbeing of our staff is very important to us. We offer all of our staff access to the Health Assured wellbeing service, which offers a 24 hour support line, structured counselling with external support, and a bank of online resources such as webinars and articles tailored towards health and wellbeing for both you and the members of your family.  

Webinar

We will be holding a webinar from 6.00-7.00pm on 1 August 2022. This will be a chance for you to learn more about our role, the organisation, and ask any questions to the team.

The webinar has now passed, but you can still watch the recording here.

If you have any questions not covered in the webinar then you can still email us at hello@thesocialchangeagency.org

Apply

To apply please fill out this application form. Please note that CVs, cover letters, and/or copies of the question outline will not be considered. You can also view the questions and draft your answers here before submitting it through the Google Form.

Applications will close: 12pm, 15 August 2022
Interviews will be held on: the week starting 22nd August 2022

We strongly encourage applicants from a wide variety of backgrounds. We are committed to our staff representing the wide variety of backgrounds represented in the communities we work with. If you are concerned that you may not fit 100% of the job specification – please throw your hat in the ring. We never put formal education requirements on any role as we value lived experiences as highly as formal education and training qualifications.

We follow a blind recruitment process, which means that hiring managers for the role can only see your work history and answers to application questions when deciding to progress to the interview stage.

If you need any accessibility accommodations for this application please do not hesitate to contact us at hello@thesocialchangeagency.org or by calling 0333 200 5837 and we will be happy to provide you with those accommodations.

About The Social Change Agency

The Social Change Agency uses social innovation, peer networks, research, community organising, collaboration and systemic and organisational change approaches to create social impact. To do this, we provide strategic consulting, communications expertise, training and programme design. We combine tried and tested approaches with cutting-edge tools and perspectives that often result in original programmes and services that break through long-standing challenges. What do we do best? Creating bespoke, blended solutions so the organisations we work with can change the world.
Our exciting range of clients includes Youth Futures Foundation, Climate-KIC, Guy’s and St Thomas Charity, the Greater London Authority (GLA), King’s College London and Danone among many others. In addition to our client work, we train the next generation of movement and network builders – our training and events attract some of the brightest and best social changemakers.

We incubate, build and support social movements like the Young Trustees Movement, Parents for the Future, and much of the mutual aid movement in the UK. We have brought innovative products to market, such as The Movement Building Canvas and Lost Voices. In 2020, we created, incubated and spun out The Social Change Nest CIC – which provides fiscal support to social movements and networks across the UK whilst also providing funding and grant management. The Social Change Agency and the Social Change Nest CIC form a unified crucial space for supporting social change agents through our work.

Our culture

We are proud of our culture. Underpinned by our values of wholeheartedness, co-creation, collaboration and pioneering we believe relationships are the glue that holds us all together. It helps us create the most innovative work with our clients and gets us through the most difficult times together – we know that transformational social change is generational work and we must look after ourselves and each other for the long haul. We understand that working makes up a significant part of our lives and we want to make sure that our time spent working is productive, enriching, and joyful.

You’ll be joining a close-knit team – supported and developed to be the best you can be. We believe that every member of our team brings a unique perspective from their experiences and abilities and encourage everyone to be a curious soul about how we can improve everything we do, from how we interact as a team to how we deliver for our clients and communities.

We live our values and have been certified as a BCorp business, Disability Confident Employer, and an accredited Living Wage Employer. In addition we were listed as one of the top social enterprises in the UK in the SE100.