We are the largest community funder in the UK – we’re proud to award money raised by National Lottery players to communities across the UK. Last year alone we gave out over half a billion pounds (£508.5 million) of National Lottery funding to over 11,000 community projects across the UK, enabling even more people and communities to bring their ideas and ambitions to life.
At the heart of everything we do is the belief that when people are in the lead, communities thrive. National Lottery funding is open to everyone and we’re privileged to be able to work with the smallest of grassroots groups right up to large UK-wide charities.
We are looking for diverse and talented people who share our values and are passionate about funding great ideas that matter to communities and make a difference to people’s lives.
Are you a great story-teller? Do you have the commitment, vision and skills to help us build our profile and showcase the work of the amazing community projects we fund? Would you relish the chance to tell the inspiring story of how National Lottery good cause money is helping communities across the UK to thrive?
We are looking for an ambitious and proactive communications professional to join our busy strategic communications team as a manager based in either London or Newcastle.
You will be responsible for protecting and enhancing the reputation of the Fund. You’ll play a key role in the running of our busy press office while also helping to develop and deliver integrated communications campaigns in line with organisational priorities.
Using your excellent people, time and project management skills you will get the most out of our team of communications officers
You will lead in the setting of team targets and in measuring the impact of activity to inform future strategies.
Our team takes an account management approach to communications across the Fund’s departments. This means that you will operate across the organisation to ensure that strategic communications supports the Fund’s ambitions and delivers a consistent and coherent narrative whether at a national, regional or local level.
You will be comfortable working with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders and will be a key player in helping to ensure our strategic communications activity is well-planned and joined up.
A strong and supportive team player, you will work closely with colleagues across Engagement – including digital, social media, brand and Public Affairs. You will help to ensure activity is targeted and fully integrated, making best use of our platforms to successfully reach our audiences.
Confident and unflappable, you’ll also be called upon to provide expert guidance on risk and crisis communications management, including developing a cross channel responsive strategy.
You’ll also need to work within the Fund’s policies and procedures and in a way that is in line with our vision and principles.
As a manager you’ll need to demonstrate that you have the following:
- Highly developed writing, editing and communications skills
- Experience of working with local and national media, building relationships, actively selling in news stories and handling media enquiries
- The ability to build positive relationships and networks, both internally and externally, to support the delivery of the Fund’s objectives
- Previous line management experience, or experience of mentoring staff
- A strong understanding of public policy and the policy context in which the Fund operates, with demonstrable experience of interpreting complex policy ideas and objectives into effective communications activity with clear and concise messages
- Strategic communications thinking and experience, with the ability to set strategies based on audience analysis and understanding of communication and engagement channels
- The ability to shape communication activities around influencing objectives and target audiences
- Experience of using digital and social channels to engage audiences
- Developed planning and resource management skills
- An ambitious and proactive approach to communications planning which supports story-telling and influence
- The ability to engage in horizon scanning in relation to the context in which we operate and understanding of policy imperatives – with a strong and considered response in terms of communications approaches that strengthen our position and that of grant-holders
Strong issues management skills, e.g. handing sensitive issues with media/ other external stakeholder audiences
How to apply
To apply online and further details about our application process, the Fund’s work, and our range of excellent benefits, please visit www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/jobs.
Closing date: 28 May 2019
Interview date: Newcastle interviews 30/31st May 2019 and London 3rd June 2019.
The Fund is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.
We are committed to increasing employment opportunities for people with disabilities and will respond positively to meet individual needs throughout the recruitment process. Once in post, the Fund will ensure that any appropriate reasonable adjustments to our workplace are made, in order to support colleagues with any form of disability.