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Apply to be our Campaigns and Communications Director

18 05 22

Deadline for applications: 5.00pm on Monday 6th June 2022. 

Salary: £45,000 to £50,000 (dependent on experience)

Benefits: Pension, 25 days Annual Leave plus Christmas-New Year, staff learning fund, enhanced parental benefits package

Reports to: CEO

Based in: London office, with an optional hybrid model, but expected to be in the office at least three days a week

Why this role is important – and why you’ll make a difference doing it

HOPE not hate is the UK’s leading anti-fascist organisation. Our mission is simple: To monitor and challenge the far right, to engage in the communities that are susceptible to them and to address the issues and policies which give rise to them.

Over the last five years, we have grown steadily, with our research and intelligence work exposing and undermining the far right, even foiling a murder plot, our community engagement providing expertise to vulnerable communities and our work in schools growing exponentially to teach young people to recognise and challenge prejudice and hate.

HOPE not hate is seeking a Campaigns and Communications Director to join our tight-knit team. The role is to provide management and coordination of our campaigns and communications activity. In this role, you will lead the team responsible for our political and digital campaigning, promoting and amplifying the work and brand of the organisation, overseeing our online fundraising and management of our HOPE Action Fund and HOPE Education Fund schemes.

You will be a member of the Senior Leadership Team and work with the CEO, Senior Leadership Team, HOPE not hate Board, staff, volunteers and HAF/HEF members, coordinating the development of active campaigns nationally and locally.

Our ideal candidate will be motivated, professional, and a great communicator with the ability to get the best out of the team. We are looking for someone who believes in our work and will demonstrate exceptional drive to further our mission.

If you’re passionate about challenging the far right and building hope in communities, and would like to use your expertise to help us do both, we want to hear from you.

What you’ll be doing in this role

  • Managing the C&C team and developing and running a strategy to deliver the organisation’s priorities and objectives
  • Lead on political and digital campaign planning, execution and supporter mobilisation
  • Oversee the communications output for the organisation in support of its objectives including both digital and non-digital elements, press and media work – ensuring the communications activity links to key campaigns outputs such as research, education and policy work.
  • Oversee our online fundraising strategy
  • Manage our online brand and identity to ensure coordinated, coherent and appropriate tones across all channels
  • Manage, deliver, and monitor a work programme, including reporting against agreed milestones outputs and outcomes, and internal and external project reporting, as required
  • Implement a powerful story-telling approach across all channels and audiences
  • Work in partnership with other organisations to maximise impact of our activities and to provide greater allyship
  • Management of supplier relationships and freelancers for communications
  • As part of the Senior Leadership Team you will be involved in wider organisational management, reputational and budgetary issues as well as developing our annual work plan

What we think you’ll need to be able to do the job

We expect applicants to show a range of experiences:

  • At least 5 years’ experience of comms and campaign experience, with some of that time spent managing a team and experience setting strategy and workplans
  • Experience in leading, delivering and supporting online and offline national and local campaigns
  • Ability to juggle multiple issues and ensuring joined up working across the organisation
  • A good understanding of the political landscape and institutions
  • A proven track record of achieving ‘real world’ impact
  • An understanding of, and experience in, email campaigning and online fundraising
  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills with ability to develop strong relationships with colleagues and external partners
  • Knowledge and experience of mobilising supporters to achieve organisational objectives, and a passion for supporter development and community building
  • Understanding and experience of UK broadcast, print and social media
  • Excellent communications skills including experience in creating and editing lively, dynamic content for a range of media and channels
  • 100% commitment to HOPE not hate’s values and mission. A self-starting, communicative and organised personality, ready to help HOPE not hate thrive and grow

You will have emotional resilience to work in a field that can involve challenging content, good judgement and prioritisation skills, and the confidence and ability to work under pressure and reduced timescales. You will be comfortable working in an environment that requires discretion.

We believe that our work will be at its best if it is created by people with a range of backgrounds and experiences. We are keen to interview people who will add diversity to our team. We are an antifascist organisation, which strives to be an effective ally in the wider fight against racism and inequity.

How to apply for this role

To apply, you’ll need to answer four questions. Firstly, set out your most recent professional roles, and then answer the other questions to show us how you meet the criteria for this role. Each answer has a character limit of 2,000 characters.

1. Please list the jobs you have done over the last five years, listing the organisation, your title and a brief summary of your responsibilities

2. Please tell us about how your professional experience would enable you to do the role, outlining how you feel ready to take on the responsibilities outlined, especially managing a team and ability to juggle multiple issues

3. What do you think are the key challenges in building and maintaining online fundraising?

4. Please tell us about a couple of campaigns you have run or overseen and how, in each case, they have achieved impact?

Then just send your completed answers to [email protected] with the subject line ‘Campaigns and Communications Director – Application’. The deadline for applications is 5pm 6th June 2022.

If you would like to chat to someone about whether the role is a good match for you, please also email [email protected], and we can set up a time for a call. If you need us to make any adjustments to our recruitment process, please let us know at [email protected] and we will be happy to support you.

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