Refuge is the UK’s largest provider of specialist services for victims of all forms of gender-based violence (domestic, sexual, so called ‘honour’ violence, trafficking, prostitution, forced marriage, stalking and FGM). Every day we support over 6,500 women and children in our national network of services. These include Independent Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based Violence Advocacy services (IDVAs / ISVAs and IGVAs), community outreach, specialist refuge accommodation, sanctuary services and culturally-specific services and the Freephone 24 Hour National Domestic Violence Helpline (run in partnership between Refuge and Women’s Aid).
We advise Government and lobby hard to keep violence against women and girls high on the public agenda. We run award-winning prevention and public education campaigns, managing a busy press office and website, and we are an accredited training provider. We give a voice to the voiceless.
Position: Senior Communications Officer
Location: Head Office, London
Job type: Full Time, Permanent
Hours: 37.5 hours per week
Salary: circa £35,000 per annum
Benefits: 28 days annual leave, Peoples Pension, an employee assistance programme and training.
Closing date: 2nd June 2019
Interview date: 12th June 2019
About the role:
Refuge’s small communications team covers a wide-ranging remit of work spanning reactive and proactive national and regional press, integrated campaigns, internal communications, the Refuge website, social media, newsletters and service literature. This is a great chance to join this busy team in a new role and make a real impact in reaching out to women and children who experience abuse and bringing about change to end violence against women and girls.
We are looking for an experienced Senior Communications Officer (Campaigns and Internal Communications) with excellent writing skills, news and political judgement, and proven campaigns delivery. The post-holder will deliver integrated, proactive campaigns - supporting policy, public awareness, communications and fundraising - around key VAWG issues.
This post will also be responsible for supporting the development and roll out of an internal programme of communications across Refuge’s base of 300+ staff. The role will also involve the production of content for newsletters, social media and the website, ideally including audio-visual materials and graphics.
We work in an exciting and fast-paced environment, collaborating closely with the Policy, Fundraising and Operations teams to identify opportunities and sector trends and coordinate work on these across departments.
The successful applicant will have a minimum of 5 years’ experience within the field of communications and campaigns, undertaking high-profile work with proven results. You will have the ability to strategically prioritise requests and manage a complex workload with competing demands.
This is a wide and varied role. No two days are the same at Refuge, but the work of the communications team is interesting and rewarding.
All candidates must demonstrate a commitment to the feminist values of empowerment and equality, which underpin all of our work.
Refuge is proud to be a leader in its field and an employer of choice with leading edge systems for supervision, quality management and development. We are an accredited training provider; we offer the first Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) accredited qualification for our profession.
An enhanced Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) certificate will be required for this role.
Refuge is committed to quality, equality and diversity and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. This post however is restricted to women due to the nature of the role. The Occupational Requirement under Schedule 9 (part 1) of the Equality Act 2010 applies.
No agencies please - as a charity we work hard to keep our costs down.
You may have experience of the following: Senior Communications Officer, Communications Officer, Communications Coordinator, Communications Executive, Internal Communications, PR Assistant, PR Officer, PR Advisor, PR Executives, Senior Media Assistant, Media Officer, Media Advisor, Media Executive, Media and PR Officer, Public Relations, Public Relations Officer, Press Officer, Public Relations Assistant, Public Relations Advisor, Public Relations Executive, Marketing Assistant, Marketing Executive, etc.