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Reference: 72158

Date Added: 1 August 2019
Closing Date: 16 September 2019

Job Title: Head of Strategic Communications

Working For: Economic Change Unit (ECU)

Location: London

Salary: £52,000-£56,000

Job Details

ECU is seeking an experienced strategic communications professional to develop and run its strategic communications programme, aimed at improving the spread and impact of new economic ideas, policies and practices. This will be achieved through a range of proactive and reactive methods, promoting and informing high quality news and comment across mainstream and digital media.

  • Hours: 5 days a week
  • Duration: Three-year fixed term contract
  • Office location: central London, with flexible working

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Developing an overall communications strategy for new economic ideas and practice in the UK, aimed at improving awareness and impact within mainstream decision-making and media communities, and working with stakeholders to do so
  • Collaborating with ECU’s strategic partners to deliver materials, stories, voices and messaging to support this strategy
  • Monitoring the news cycle and the state of play in economic and political debates to ensure that ECU remains alert to opportunities for proactive and reactive intervention
  • Identifying and planning specific communications campaigns and activities that advance narratives and ensure a greater level of impact for new economic ideas, policies and practice
  • Building and maintaining trusted relationships with key journalists and editors and broadcast producers across mainstream and specialist media in the UK, and working proactively with them to shape media coverage of ECU priority issues
  • Identifying and writing news stories and placing them in mainstream and digital media
  • Identifying, training and mobilising key academics, opinion formers and communicators to act as experts and commentators in the media
  • Working closely with existing communicators and media staff in organisations promoting new economic ideas and practice, both within and out of the UK, and acting as a source of expertise on communications for them
  • Working closely with the ECU Programme Leads to craft and deliver communications strategies for specific projects
  • Recruiting and line managing the Strategic Communications Officer
  • Monitoring, evaluation and reporting of the impact of the strategic communications programme
  • Any other duties as may be reasonably expected and requested by the ECU Director, including day-to-day administration of ECU

Person specification available in the full job description here https://www.econchange.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Head-of-Strategic-Comms-JD-3.pdf

Closing Date: 16 September 2019

Interview/Start Dates

Application deadline: Midday on the closing date

First round interviews: 27th September 2019

Application Details

Please send your CV and a cover letter detailing your interest and experience in relation to the job description to info@econchange.org. Short-listed applicants will be contacted following the closing date for a first round interview, which will be conducted on 27th September in central London. If necessary, second round interviews will be conducted on Friday 4th October.

More information and full job description available here: https://www.econchange.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Head-of-Strategic-Comms-JD-3.pdf

Website: http://www.econchange.org

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