Communications Officer
£32,000
35 hours per week – 1 year fixed term contract.

About us

The Social Change Agency helps build people powered movements that change the world.

We are experts in creating social impact using communication, community organising, crowdfunding, peer networks, systemic and organisational change. We offer strategic consulting, programme design, training and workshops combining tried and tested approaches with cutting edge tools and perspectives.

Our clients include DFID, Power to Change, Help Refugees and Raleigh International and our training and events attract some of the brightest and best social changemakers in the land.  We also help to run UK Aid Match, one of mechanisms by which government match funds international development charity appeals.

Job overview

The role involves supporting the communications apparatus of our biggest client, DFID, on their UK Aid Match scheme. This includes working closely with international development charities on their strategies for communicating their work to the British public, assessing opportunities for ministerial involvement in promoting charity appeals, and using political awareness and understanding of current affairs to assess any risk in communications.

Reporting to

Communications Manager

Key responsibilities

  • Supporting grantees of DFID’s UK Aid Match in successfully delivering their communications strategies. This involves an evaluation of each CSOs communications strategy, feasibility and effectiveness.
  • Assessing and supporting CSOs communications throughout their live appeal.
  • Noticing new opportunities for outreach for CSOs.
  • Understanding where and how ministers can get involved in CSO appeals.
  • Ensuring communications are on message, effective, and concise in delivering the development goals.
  • Turning complicated/boring copy into more approachable and interesting language.
  • Building effective relationships with partners and CSOs.
  • Keep up to date with a varied political and current affairs landscape to stay on top of developing news stories in order to spot opportunities for ministers and CSOs.
  • Support communities of practice for skill development and sector improvement, including delivering training and networks development.
  • Supporting the communications needs of the Social Change Agency for clients and for us, as and when required.

Skills and experience required

  • 3 years’ experience in a press/comms office environment.
  • Ability to evaluate communications strategies to see if they will be effective, and if they are feasible.
  • Exemplary written and verbal communication skills that enable you to assess and proactively support CSO messaging and ensure it is engaging and appropriate.
  • A keen eye for detail and proofreading ability.
  • Experience or knowledge of using the media to reframe public narrative.
  • Understanding political risk.
  • A good understanding of varied communication channels, including social media and digital platforms.
  • Common sense, understanding current affairs and critical thinking.
  • Enthusiasm for the cause and an interest in the development sector.
  • Experience of being in an effective professional network
  • Experience of working in an office environment.

This role will be suitable for:

A doer with an interest in social justice, communications and development.  Someone who is keen to make an impact in a small team, and happy working on their own initiative with energy, enthusiasm and good humour. A natural connector of people and ideas, who is collaborative, approachable and flexible by nature.

Salary: £32,000
Contract: Full time, 1 year fixed term contract – with a view to extend if possible.
Location: Kings Cross, London.
Holiday:  25 days all plus bank holidays is what we work to and any salary will be pro rata.
How to apply: Please send us a CV and a cover letter telling us why you are interested in the role and what you think you can contribute to it. Email Sapna Patel – sapna@thesocialchangeagency.org.  

Deadline for application: 24 February 2019

Interviews: We will call applicants for interview on a rolling basis.

Equal Opportunity Employer: The Social Change Agency is committed to the diversity of our team. We encourage applications from all suitability qualified people regardless of age, gender expression, sexuality, race, disability and ethnicity.

We would consider part time working, job share and flexible working.

Candidates must have the right to work in the UK independently, as we unfortunately are unable to provide visa sponsorship.