Communications Manager

Aldersgate Group

Central London
£32,000 pa

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

www.aldersgategroup.org.uk

Sectors: environmental policy & campaigning, carbon, climate & energy, sustainability

Closing date: Friday, 21st June 2019   2 days left


Communications Manager (permanent contract)

May 2019

About the organisation

The Aldersgate Group (www.aldersgategroup.org.uk) is an alliance of leaders from business, politics and civil society that drives action for a sustainable and competitive economy. Our members include some of the largest businesses in the UK from a wide range of economic sectors with a collective global turnover of around £600bn. Other members include leading NGOs, professional institutes, public sector bodies, trade bodies and politicians from across the political spectrum.

We are politically impartial and champion the important role of the business sector in moving the UK towards a zero carbon economy that is both energy and resource efficient.

This is an exciting time for the Aldersgate Group. In 2018, the Group saw the arrival of eight new members and was heavily involved in discussions to shape the development of the Environment Bill and the government’s flagship strategies on clean growth, green finance and resource efficiency. We also continued to build on our track record of influencing EU policy such as through the development of the Circular Economy Package.

Within the last six months, our public and private events have fielded high profile speakers from business, politics and academia, including BEIS Secretary of State Greg Clark, Minister of State for Energy and Clean Growth Claire Perry, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Environment Thérèse Coffey, European Commission Vice President for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness Jyrki Katainen and senior representatives from a wide range of businesses and financial institutions such as Anglian Water, BT, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, CEMEX, Kingfisher, Legal and General Investment Management, Michelin, Siemens, Sky, SUEZ and WSP.

With major campaigns and policy developments ahead, we are looking for a highly motivated Communications Manager to help grow the impact and influence of the Aldersgate Group. This is an important time to be joining the Group, with significant opportunities ahead in shaping the first Environment Bill in over 20 years, implementing the Clean Growth and Resources and Waste Strategies, developing a new policy package to deliver net zero emissions, influencing the UK’s future Green Finance Strategy and shaping key environmental and low carbon policy in the EU after the European elections.

Job Description

Purpose of the role

The Communications Manager will be managed by the Public Affairs Manager and will manage all communications, meetings, events and finances and provide administrative support to the Secretariat, Board and membership. Over time and depending on workload, the Communications Manager may also have the opportunity to lead on some of the Group’s policy work.

Main duties and responsibilities

  1. Communications: identifying key communications opportunities linked to Aldersgate Group policy priorities in order to proactively contribute to the group’s external media and communications work. This includes identifying events and social media opportunities, supporting the preparation of press releases, identifying, building and maintaining contacts with relevant journalists and remaining informed of the latest media outputs from government and prominent businesses on issues core to the Aldersgate Group’s agenda. The Communications Manager will also run the Group’s social media feeds, and keep colleagues updated on all of the above.
  2. Events: drafting invitations, agendas and event summaries, managing invitations and the RSVP process and ensuring the smooth running of events on the day, which may include some evening work. The Communications Manager will also be asked to represent the Aldersgate Group at some external events and will seek to identify relevant opportunities.
  3. Membership: building relationships with all of the Aldersgate Group’s members, answering their queries and all reasonable requests, writing and circulating membership updates (using Mailchimp), identifying possible relevant topics for member roundtables and quarterly meetings, supporting the Executive Director with membership engagement and identifying possible new members.
  4. Accounts: managing the financial accounts, including invoicing members, tracking membership payments, managing staff salaries and pensions, generating quarterly cash flow statements and overseeing the Group’s annual financial accounts process.
  5. Website and branding: handling the design and print of policy reports and briefings, keeping website up to date (using a content management system), looking for opportunities to improve content and presentation and actively managing the Aldersgate Group’s blogsite.
  6. Office management: acting as the first point of contact for queries (internal and external) and organising and supervising all administrative activities that facilitate the smooth running of the office.

Person specification

The successful candidate will hold a degree level qualification with at least two years of communications experience. They will have:

  1. Experience in a communications, events or an administrative role
  2. Experience in project management
  3. The ability to network and build relationships with a wide variety of stakeholders from business, politics, media and civil society
  4. A solid understanding of the UK political system
  5. A strong interest in UK environmental and climate change policy
  6. Sound competence in the use of a range of software including MS Office Suite and social media platforms

The successful candidate will also:

  1. Have excellent analytical, written and oral communication skills
  2. Be highly motivated, proactive and enthusiastic with the ability to work independently, using own initiative
  3. Be a confident team player with excellent interpersonal skills and a willingness to be flexible and adaptable
  4. Have excellent time management, administrative and organisational skills
  5. Have excellent attention to detail

Terms of Employment

Salary £32k per annum. Annual salary reviews take place every January.
Contract Permanent
Hours Monday - Friday, full time, 40 hours per week
Leave 25 days per annum plus bank holidays
Location Central London (zone 1)
Start date Early August 2019

Application process

Please email your CV (max two sides) and covering letter (max one side) to Sophie Arndt (sophie.arndt@aldersgategroup.org.uk). The closing date for the receipt of applications is 12.00pm BST on Friday 21st June 2019. Applications received after this time will not be considered. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide individual feedback on applications.

Successful applicants will be invited to interviews on Thursday 4th and Friday 5th July 2019.


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