Head of Communications

Whitley Fund for Nature

£35,000 pa

Paid • Full Time • Permanent


Sectors: conservation & wildlife, environmental policy & campaigning

Closing date: Not specified, apply soon!

Objective: To lead on PR and communications at WFN: an impactful fundraising and grant-giving wildlife conservation charity focused on supporting grassroots projects in the Global South.

Reports to: Director

Place of work: Central London, with the option to work remotely up to 2 days/week

Contract: Full time permanent contract following probationary period, working 5 days p/w

Salary: £35,000 p.a.

Deadline: We are accepting applications on a rolling basis. Please apply as soon as possible for consideration.

The Whitley Fund for Nature (WFN)

WFN is a UK-registered charity (www.whitleyaward.org no. 1081455) offering funding (Awards), training 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, landscapes, climate and people through promoting the work of our winners. We focus support on nationals (leaders who were either born in 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, with a current annual income of £2m/year. 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, Trustee Sir David Attenborough, and Ambassadors Kate Humble and Tom Heap. Next year, WFN will be marking its 30th anniversary, which provides a special opportunity to celebrate 30 years of supporting inspiring conservation leaders, and to look to the future. In line with our ambition to raise £3m/year by 2025, we are expanding our team to meet targets and increase the amount of support we can channel to our growing network of conservationists around the world as we seek to further raise their profile and foster south-south collaborations among WFN alumni.

Position of Head of Communications

This is a fantastic opportunity for a highly motivated individual to join us in the role of Head of Communications. This varied role offers the successful candidate a key position at WFN, leading on charity and winner PR, and setting and implementing WFN’s annual Communications Strategy. The HoC is responsible for digital communications (including website, e-letters, video and social media), printed publications, and branding. They report to the Director and will receive day-to-day support with social media from the Fundraising Officer. They regularly assist in helping organise exciting events, such as our annual Whitley Awards Ceremony as well as timely communications campaigns relevant to the environment sector.

Strong writing ability and an eye for design are required to deliver communications across the charity, including across printed and digital platforms. If you are a creative self-starter with a passion for communicating positive conservation stories to a diverse audience, possess excellent organisational skills and are accustomed to managing a varied workload, then this role is for you. The successful candidate will have a desire to contribute to the mission of an effective wildlife conservation charity and build the profile of both the organisation and our winners.



  • Demonstrable history working in a similar role within the charity/NGO sector
  • Proven success in leading PR campaigns and securing media coverage
  • Excellent writing ability
  • A track record of producing effective digital and print communications for a wide range of audiences
  • Confident webmaster/editor (WordPress experience preferred)
  • Experience setting social media strategy, and using online tools such as Canva and Hootsuite to aid with content creation and scheduling
  • Competency with basic video editing
  • Strong interpersonal skills (interface with team members, trustees, media, donors, suppliers, international grantees)
  • A creative thinker with an eye for design, who can build timely campaigns and keep content fresh to increase engagement
  • Extremely organised, with high levels of accuracy and attention to detail
  • 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
  • Understanding of key issues in wildlife conservation
  • Proven ability in effective budgeting, negotiating and budget management


  • MSc in relevant subject
  • Experience with event organisation
  • Fundraising experience
  • Competency using Salesforce database and/or Vertical Response
  • Familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite and/or Keynote
  • Experience working with high profile individuals

 Additional details related to the position

  • Attractive holiday package totalling 30 days p.a. plus bank holidays
  • The charity operates a Pension Scheme
  • 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: [email protected]. Please also send a signed copy of our Candidate Privacy Notice 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