Communications Officer

Aldersgate Group

Central London
£28,000 - £30,000 pa dependent on experience

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

www.aldersgategroup.org.uk sophie.arndt@aldersgategroup.org.uk

Sectors: sustainability

Closing date: Monday, 29th July 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 in excess of £550bn. 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 Officer 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, implementing the UK’s Green Finance Strategy and shaping key environmental and low carbon policy in the EU.

JOB DESCRIPTION

Purpose of the role

The successful candidate will join a small Secretariat (of five) to manage all communications, events and finances and provide administrative support to the Secretariat, Board and membership.

Main duties and responsibilities

  1. Communications: contributing to the group’s external media work (supporting the preparation of press releases etc.), building and maintaining contacts with relevant journalists, handling design and print of external reports, managing the Aldersgate Group twitter feed, monitoring relevant online news and social media (Twitter, LinkedIn) and keeping colleagues updated.
  2. Managing website: keeping website up to date (using a content management system), developing a strategy to continuously improve content and actively managing the Aldersgate blog site.
  3. 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 early morning and evening work. The Communications Officer will also be asked to represent the Aldersgate Group at some external events, where relevant.
  4. Membership management: building relationships with all of the Aldersgate Group’s members, answering their queries and all reasonable requests and writing and circulating membership updates (using Mailchimp).
  5. Accounts: managing the financial accounts, including invoicing members, tracking membership payments and managing staff salaries and pensions. Producing cash flow forecasts, which are reviewed quarterly by the Board, and managing the Aldersgate Group’s annual financial accounts.
  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 one to two years of work experience. They will have:

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

The successful candidate will also:

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

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT

Salary: £28-30k per annum dependent on experience + 3% pension contributions
Contract: Permanent
Hours: Monday – Friday, full time, 40 hours per week
Leave: 25 days per annum plus bank holidays
Location: Central London
Start date: August preferable, but flexible

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 9.00am BST on Monday 29th July 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 interview on either the 6th or 7th of August 2019.


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