Head of Communications

Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA)

Islington, London
£48,000 - £50,000 depending on experience

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

www.eia-international.org ukinfo@eia-international.org +44 (0) 20 7354 7960

Sectors: environmental policy & campaigning

Closing date: Monday, 22nd April 2019   1 day left

About us

We investigate and campaign against environmental crime and abuse.

Our undercover investigations expose transnational wildlife crime, with a focus on elephants and tigers, and forest crimes such as illegal logging and deforestation for cash crops like palm oil. We work to safeguard global marine ecosystems by addressing the threats posed by plastic pollution, bycatch and commercial exploitation of whales, dolphins and porpoises. Finally, we reduce the impact of climate change by campaigning to eliminate powerful refrigerant greenhouse gases, exposing related illicit trade and improving energy efficiency in the cooling sector.

About the Communications team

EIA UK’s Communications department plays a vital and central role within the organisation providing hard-hitting images and video footage for our reports, website, social media and EIA UK supporters’ engagement. It also provides training for local NGOs to help them use these techniques in their own campaigning. The team also facilitates internal communications and EIA UK employees’ engagement.


£48,000 - £50,000 depending on experience

Deadline for applications 

Monday 22nd April 2019

Main purpose of position:

The successful candidate will oversee and manage and the communications functions of the Environmental Investigation Agency UK (EIA UK) to ensure that objectives set out in established communications plans and strategies are achieved in line with organisational strategic objectives.

You will build and maintain reputation, brand and influence with key internal and external audiences and stakeholders covering all key areas of EIA UK activities.

Accountable for providing advice and support to the Executive Director, senior staff and staff on matters related to communications and external relations, you will also provide advice and oversight on internal communications and employee engagement.

Organisational matters:

Reporting to the Executive Director and line managing a team of three.


Senior Management

The Head of Communications is a member of EIA UK’s Senior Management Team and will be expected to play a proactive role in the management of the organisation.

  • Organisational strategic planning
  • Organisational development
  • Income and expenditure budget planning and management
  • Improving integrated planning and scheduling across all departments
  • Attending Finance Committee meetings to report and give advice on communications matters
  • Providing regular reports to the Board.

Strategic Planning

  • Participate in the annual planning meetings of EIA UK and lead the annual Communications Department planning process to produce effective strategies to reach identified target audiences across the range of campaigns and fundraising activities.
  • In cooperation with the Executive Director, Campaigns Director and other departmental heads, lead the development of any long-term strategy to achieve agreed long term organisational goals.
  • Advise and support the management team in strategic planning. This includes advice on creating and implementing communications strategies and campaigns for brand building; media relations; introduction of appropriate technology; and the provision of consistent communications messages and materials to support these responsibilities.

Communications management

  • Oversee EIA’s brand and ensure that communications fit within the brand
  • Lead internal communication channels such as the staff away day, intranet and staff newsletter
  • Oversee the generation of online content that engages audience segments and leads to measurable action.
  • Manage the development, distribution, and maintenance of all print and electronic information including, but not limited to enewsletters, reports, bi-annual printed newsletter and EIA’s website.
  • Coordinate webpage maintenance—ensure that relevant, new and consistent information (article links, stories, and events) is posted regularly
  • Ability to build relationships with third party suppliers of creative and production services
  • Maintain a system to ensure all visual material is efficiently logged and stored.

Team Management

  • Oversee a team of a Senior Digital Officer, Press and Communications Officer and Visual Communications Editor
  • Plan the work of the team, ensuring workloads are managed and deadlines met
  • Conduct monthly one-to-one meetings with each member of the team
  • Set annual objectives and monitor progress.

Budget Management

  • Produce cost-effective budgets to achieve action plans
  • Develop and maintain income and expenditure tracking and evaluation systems.
  • Deliver regular status reports to Executive Director
  • Ensure the Communications Department is kept within budget.

Please apply via our website here.

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