Communications and Marketing Officer

NatureSpace Partnership

£30,900, 4-day week + company benefits

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

Sectors: conservation & wildlife, ecology

Closing date: Monday, 5th August 2024  

Duration: Full time (32hrs, 4-day week*)

*We are conducting a gold standard 4 day week trial until 31st December 2024, with possibility to become a permanent change. Full time hours outside of the trial are 40hrs per week, Monday to Friday.

Closing date for applications: 9am on Monday August 5th 2024

How to apply: Send your CV and a covering letter to [email protected] by 9am on Monday August 5th 2024. Please include the job title that you are applying for in the subject line in the email and let us know if you require any assistance in the application process, so that we can make any reasonable adjustments.

The role 

The Communications and Marketing Officer role is an opportunity to use your communications skills to help tackle the UK’s wildlife emergency, by joining a ground-breaking project that is delivering a step-change in the conservation of a rapidly-declining animal – the great crested newt. This role sits within the company's Strategy Team which has a broad remit and this is currently the sole communication/marketing post.

The role would suit a mid-level graduate Marketing / Communications specialist looking to make a difference with a friendly and growing company that is working with planning authorities and NGOs to deliver high-quality nature conservation outcomes. This is both an outward-facing role as well as a key internal position.

On the outward facing side you will be dealing directly with all the company’s stakeholders – from planners, developers and their ecologists to local and national politicians and the general public On the internal front you will be the company go-to for advice and support on broader company communications.

The postholder will widen and deepen relationships with new and existing audiences. You alone will design and deliver all of our communications including social media, website content, newsletters, in-person and virtual training courses. We have a great message – a conservation scheme that is better for developers, better for planners and better for wildlife – that we need to promote. We want you to have one eye on the future and strategically steer our communication and marketing strategy today towards the goals for tomorrow.

This role will suit someone who is great at telling a story, is creative with social media, and is excited to challenge themselves in their career as we strengthen our brand and profile. We are a small organisation and the ideal person for this role will be someone who is proactive, dynamic and willing to embrace a variety of work streams from content creation to developing strategic communications.

Key responsibilities: 

  • To lead the ongoing development and delivery of the internal and external communications strategy.
  • To proactively articulate the vision and the values of the business, delivering these messages via a full range of communication and engagement interventions, including press releases, media statements, social media and training presentations.
  • To support and guide colleagues across the organisation to collate and co-ordinate the dissemination of information to the relevant audiences.
  • To create, edit and proof-read content with a consistent tone of voice and unified message across a variety of communication channels.
  • To continuously evaluate and report on the impact and effectiveness of communication channels.
  • To establish and maintain effective relationships with key internal and external stakeholders.
  • To manage and respond to media enquiries in a timely and accurate way.
  • Monitor political, media and sector landscapes to identify relevant issues and work with the appropriate stakeholders to address and respond to these.
  • Look at new and innovative methods of engaging and communicating with stakeholders in an effective, timely and meaningful way to achieve the best results and take the company to the next level.

Essential skills, knowledge, and experience: 

  • Education at degree level or equivalent, or the ability to demonstrate work-related experience.
  • Excellent proven writing skills, with a confident grasp of grammar, punctuation and spelling and have the ability to write to a variety of different audiences
  • Experience or enthusiasm to work on nature conservation issues.
  • Experience of delivering public-facing communications campaign.
  • Public engagement and event management skills, both in person and virtual.
  • Ability to translate complex, technical information into accessible communications for a range of audiences.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to engage and influence.
  • Strong skills in creating engaging social media content, including the use of design software such as Canva to create image and video content.
  • Ability to take the initiative, be creative, and to come up with original ideas.
  • Experience of relationship-building with internal and external networks.
  • Ability to plan, prioritise and project manage; organised, methodical, conscientious and able to enjoy high workloads and work efficiently to meet tight deadlines.
  • Self-motivated and independent - able to work flexibly with minimal supervision.

Desirable skills, knowledge, and experience:  

  • Good understanding of the current local and national planning policy and political landscape.
  • Monitoring and evaluation of campaigns and communication activities to determine reach and impact, including on social media.
  • Experience of using a CRM system or email marketing software to support targeted communication (specific experience using Zoho Campaigns would be an advantage).
  • Experience creating short and/or long form video content

Company background

Great crested newts have declined dramatically in the UK over the last 50 years and although still widespread across lowland England they are no longer common. Despite protection under UK and European wildlife law, numbers are still declining, and habitat loss is their biggest threat.

In 2018 the NatureSpace District Licensing Scheme was launched – set up in partnership with national freshwater and amphibian Non-Governmental Organisations as well as seven local planning authorities across the South Midlands. Since then, the scheme has expanded nationally and now covers over 60 local planning authorities across Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, East Sussex, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Milton Keynes, Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire, Staffordshire, Surrey and West Sussex.

The scheme allows planning authorities to authorise (under strictly defined terms) activities which affect great crested newts at the same time as they grant planning permission. The District Licensing Scheme has significant advantages for newt conservation and wider biodiversity benefits through a fully funded region-wide conservation strategy that creates high-quality habitat at a landscape scale and delivers long-term management and monitoring for newts, which is delivered via our partners at the Newt Conservation Partnership. The scheme benefits developers because the licensing process for great crested newts is simplified and streamlined.

NatureSpace also work with national infrastructure providers, such as Network Rail, to help them secure and deliver 'Organisational Licences' for protected species with the same conservation deliverables. The schemes are administered by NatureSpace, are regulated, and approved by Natural England and are supported by the country’s leading amphibian and freshwater NGOs – the Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust and Freshwater Habitats Trust.

Company culture, employment benefits and location

NatureSpace Partnership is a small (c.50 staff) but busy and rapidly growing company. Being a small organisation, everyone has a big say in what we do and how we do it. Our agility and size mean that your voice will be heard, and you will have the opportunity to directly see the results of your work.

Work/life balance is important to us. We actively support flexible working arrangement so that our work fits in with our lives and we are open to exploring how this role could best work for you.

The successful candidate/s will be joining a friendly, close-working team of home-workers and will have responsibility for managing their workload and working independently as part of a dispersed national team. The post requires high levels of motivation and high standards of self-management. Location is entirely flexible within the UK - this post will be mainly desk-based but some travelling to meetings in central England may be required.

NatureSpace embraces equal opportunities, diversity and inclusion and we welcome applications from all suitable qualified and experienced individuals. To build a team of the most talented employees, NatureSpace is committed to being a flexible employer and we place considerable emphasis on wellbeing and job satisfaction.

We offer a significant benefits package for all staff including flexible working with an extended 4-day working week trial during 2024, time off-in-lieu (TOIL) or overtime pay (in agreement with your line manager), 20 annual leave days (which equates to 5-weeks off per year in light of the 4-day working week, plus bank holidays, weekday birthdays and additional holiday over the Christmas period), an annual performance bonus of up to 20% of your pay, company pension contributions, company private health and life insurance, plus the option to join our electric vehicle salary sacrifice scheme.

Applicants must have the legal right to live and work in the UK.

Interview dates: You will be notified by Monday August 12th 2024 if you have been selected for interview; with interviews being held virtually (via Microsoft Teams) week commencing Monday August 19th 2024.

Expected start date: As soon as possible.

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