Communications Manager

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Title: Communications Manager

Contract Type: Full time 12 months fixed term (subject to 3 month probation period)

Start Date: Immediate (with flexibility for the right candidate)

Salary: £30-36,000 dependent on experience

About Centre for London

Centre for London exists to develop new ways of addressing the key challenges facing London and to foster fresh thinking on its future. It achieves this through its events and research, working in partnership with the city's business groups, charities, campaign organisations and national and London government, and through public engagement. Centre for London was established in 2011, becoming a registered charity and independent organisation in January 2013.

The Centre has an established reputation for producing influential research and high profile events, numbering Boris Johnson and Tony Blair amongst its guests. The Centre's programme for 2015-16 spans four areas, addressing a wide range of social and economic concerns: Work and Innovation, Social Capital and Public Services, The Future Shape of London and London: Global Capital.

Job Description

The Centre is at a critical time in its transition from start-up phase towards being an established organisation. The position of Communications Manager is a new role in the team, and requires an entrepreneurial, self-starting, personable and highly organised individual to lead the design of the media strategy, securing a wider and increasingly influential media profile for the Centre's publications and ideas. The Communications Manager will report to the Managing Director.

Key Responsibilities

Duties and responsibilities will include:

  • Working with the senior management team (SMT) to lead the growth and development of the organisation's media strategy
  • Growing and developing the Centre's media output, including developing networks with media professionals and securing media coverage for the organisation
  • Working with the research and events teams to secure a high profile for the Centre and its output, to extend its networks and increase its influence
  • Working with the SMT to develop the corporate communications strategy and performance and impact indicators, then implementing regular and consistent communications through the Centre's website, social media and other digital communications output
  • Monitoring and evaluating the Centre's media output, including logging media hits, collating and reporting internally on media successes, and communicating the organisation's successes externally to stakeholders through appropriate channels
  • Managing the delivery of the Centre's publications and other output, including liaising with external editors and designers to ensure research and other outputs are delivered on time and in budget

Person Specification

Qualification Criteria

  • Qualified to degree level
  • Right to work in the UK

Specific Skills and Experience

  • Significant experience of working in a media/PR environment or press office
  • Experience of the policy/political environment, preferably with an understanding of London issues and concerns
  • Experience of developing communications strategies as well as hands-on delivery of related activities
  • Experience of drafting copy for websites, newsletters, press releases and other corporate communications
  • Experience of using databases to manage corporate relationships
  • Outstanding written and oral communications skills
  • Confident and proficient in MS Office applications including Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Experience of personnel management and supervision
  • Existing network of press and PR contacts, with deep understanding of news and media processes
  • Thorough understanding of social media platforms and related communications techniques, including how to drive online engagement

Personal Characteristics

  • Commitment to the Centre's aims and values
  • Flexible, highly organised, proactive and able to multi-task and prioritise work to meet tight deadlines
  • Able to manage relationships with more senior colleagues and drive through decisions where appropriate
  • Detail orientated whilst able to maintain a strategic perspective
  • Able to take ownership of tasks with personal drive, and to work with minimal supervision
  • Excellent team player and team leader

To Apply

Interested applicants should send a CV and cover letter (up to one side of A4) demonstrating competency for the role to Abigail Malortie (Managing Director) to by Friday 17 th July at 5pm. Interviews will be held from 22 nd July onwards. Only successful applicants will be contacted for an interview.

[Please note that this role supercedes the previously advertised position of 'Communications and Events Manager'. The Centre is also recruiting for a full time Events Manager.]