Senior Communications Officer

  • Job Reference: SCAGI2405/CC
  • Date Posted: 30 April 2021
  • Recruiter: Development Initiatives
  • Location: Bristol
  • Salary: £35,000 to £39,000
  • Sector: Marketing and Communications Officer
  • Job Type: Permanent

Job Description

Senior Communications Officer
Bristol, Avon (alternative locations within the UK will be considered for the right candidate, with regular travel to Bristol required)
Are you a driven communications professional with excellent people skills? Do you have a real passion for using strategic communication to drive change and improve people’s lives? If so, read on.
About Us
Development Initiatives applies the power of data and evidence to build sustainable solutions.
Our mission is to work closely with partners to ensure data-driven evidence and analysis are used effectively in policy and practice to end poverty, reduce inequality and increase resilience.
While data alone cannot bring about a better world, it is vital to achieving it. Data has the power to unlock insight, shine a light on progress and empower people to increase accountability.
We are now looking for a Senior Communications Officer to join us at our Global Hub in Bristol.
The Benefits
- Salary of £35,000 - £39,000 per annum depending upon experience
- Flexible working arrangements
- Pension scheme with 5% contribution
- Employee assistance programme
- Cycle to work scheme
- Enhanced maternity, paternity and adoption leave and sick pay policies
- Casual dress code
- Offices just five minutes from Temple Meads train station
- Up to five days’ paid leave to volunteer for a cause that addresses poverty or helps vulnerable people
- Buy/sell holiday scheme
- 25 days’ holiday plus Bank Holidays and discretionary paid time off at Christmas
This is a fantastic opportunity to help drive awareness and support of key high-profile
projects and programmes that will improve people’s lives.
We are truly passionate about our vision and provide a culture of transparency and innovation where teams are encouraged to think outside the box and empowered to perform at their best.
What’s more, the successful candidate will be joining a team that is currently going through a period of exciting change and growth as we embark on our new 10-year strategy.
The Role
As the Senior Communications Officer, you will lead the development and delivery of strategic communications for key high-profile projects and programmes, with an emphasis on digital products and channels.
Reporting to the Head of Communications, you will utilise a full range of communications
skills. These will include stakeholder engagement and management, media handling and translating complex analysis into engaging messages and communications products.
Taking a results-oriented approach, you will oversee the monitoring, evaluation and impact of communications activities for key projects. Your aim will be to ensure desired results are being achieved and learning is captured and acted upon.
Specifically, you will: 
- Handle media enquiries, including writing press releases, media briefings and liaising with journalists
- Build strong relationships with PR, creative and web development agencies 
- Deliver communications support and provide strategic advice for consultancy clients
- Produce insight on the external landscape, key trends, partners and audiences
- Using Google Analytics and other tools on social media to track engagement with content
About You
To join us as the Senior Communications Officer, you’ll need:
- At least five years’ experience working in communications
- Demonstrable strategic communications experience
- At least three years’ experience in international development 
- Experience of working with external agencies and stakeholders 
- A degree (or equivalent) in social sciences, communications or similar 
Previous experience of working in a not-for-profit or charitable organisation is desirable, as is experience of website content management. Commissioning content such as blogs and case studies from external stakeholders and guiding its development would also be beneficial to your application.
Other organisations may call this role Communications Officer, Communications Manager, Digital Communications Officer, PR Manager, Public Relations Manager, Press Officer, or Press Liaison Officer.
Development Initiatives is an equal opportunities employer and, in line with our policies, we aim to ensure that no job applicant receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of race, colour, nationality, religion, ethnic or national origin, age, gender, marital status, sexual orientation or disability.
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