Communications Manager (Maternity Cover)

Whitley Fund for Nature

Competitive, depending on experience

Paid • Full Time • Fixed Term Contract

Sectors: conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Thursday, 30th January 2020  

Objective: To manage communications (including print and digital) at an impactful fundraising and grant-giving wildlife conservation charity focused on supporting grassroots projects in the Global South.

Reports to: Director

Contract: 12 month fixed-term contract (maternity cover), with possibility of extension. 

Deadline: 30th January (before end of day). Initial interviews will be targeted for 6th and 7th February.

Apply: Send your CV, contact details for two referees and a covering letter explaining why you feel you would be right for this position and your motivation to: Please also send a signed copy of our Candidate Privacy Notice (download below) with your application.

The Whitley Fund for Nature (WFN)

WFN is a UK-registered charity ( no. 1081455) offering funding (Awards) and media profile to inspiring leaders of wildlife conservation projects across the Global South. We support pragmatic, sustainable and long-lasting work rooted in science and community involvement. The charity funds projects directly and we remain in regular contact with our winners. WFN also raises awareness of the serious problems facing wildlife and their habitat through promoting the work of our winners. We focus support on nationals (leaders who were either born to the country where they work or have gained nationality) and aim to build the capacity of successful local NGOs and grassroots work. We fund mainly in Africa, Asia and Latin America where income is often hardest to raise and can have the biggest impact for people and biodiversity. Our funding is raised each year, mainly from family foundations and trusts, as well as from individuals, corporates and international NGOs. WFN is governed by a committed trustee board. Our small team is dynamic, hard-working and strives to go above and beyond expectations. The charity benefits from high profile support from patron, HRH The Princess Royal and Trustee Sir David Attenborough.

Position of Communications Manager

This is a fantastic opportunity for a highly motivated individual to join us in the role of Communications Manager on a fixed-term contract as maternity cover for the current position holder. This varied role offers the successful candidate a key position at WFN, responsible for website management and developing effective communications across printed and digital platforms (e.g. annual reviews, booklets, letters, e-letters, website and social media). The CM works closely with the Head of Partnerships to draft fundraising proposals and donor reports, and leads on winner PR. The CM is also responsible for developing WFN’s annual Communications Strategy with input from the team, and for ensuring a joined up strategy for communications across all media. The CM reports to the Director and line manages WFN’s Operations Officer. They regularly assist in helping organise exciting events, such as our annual Whitley Awards Ceremony. The right candidate will be a self-starter with a passion for communicating positive conservation stories to a varied audience, excellent organisational skills and accustomed to managing a varied workload. Strong writing ability and an eye for design are required to deliver communications across the charity, including across printed and digital platforms. The successful candidate will have a desire to contribute to the mission of an effective wildlife conservation charity.



  • Demonstrable history working in a similar role within the charity/NGO sector.
  • Strong communication skills (interface with team members, trustees, suppliers, international grantees, donors, media).
  • Excellent written ability.
  • Understanding of key issues in wildlife conservation.
  • A track record of producing effective digital and printed communications for a wide range of audiences.
  • Requisite PR and media relations experience.
  • Confident webmaster/editor (WordPress experience preferred).
  • Experience using digital communication channels & tools including social media and web systems to monitor and maximise digital engagement.
  • Extremely organised, with high levels of accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Proven ability in effective budgeting, negotiating and budget management.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office - Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint and Word.
  • Able to manage and prioritise a varied workload within deadline.
  • Capable to work as part of team and on own initiative.
  • Flexible ‘can do’ approach and will flourish in a small office environment.


  • MSc in Conservation/Biology/Zoology (or similar relevant subject) 
  • Line manager experience
  • History in event organisation
  • Fundraising experience
  • Competency using Salesforce database and/or Vertical Response
  • Familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite and/or Keynote
  • Competency with basic video editing

 Additional Details Related to the Position

  • Holiday entitlement will be at the rate of 2 days per calendar month.
  • The charity operates a Pension Scheme.
  • Apply: before the 30th January deadline. Send your CV, contact details for two referees and a covering letter explaining why you feel you would be right for this position and your motivation to: Please also send a signed copy of our Candidate Privacy Notice (download below) with your application.
  • Please indicate what your notice period, if any, would be in your letter.
  • Only applicants who have the right to work in the UK at the time of application will be considered for this role.

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