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Communications Officer
 
Title: Communications Officer
Category: Other
Job type: Permanent
Job status: Full Time
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Description:
PURPOSE OF POSITION:

As the Communications Officer, you will work closely with ARK’s Head of Communications to implement the company's communications strategy, working with departments across the company to identify key information that should be shared internally with other staff and externally with our clients and the wider public. You will also provide day-to-day oversight of external communications outputs, to ensure they are delivered to a high standard with consistent branding and design.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:

Assist in all aspects of delivery of an internal and external communication strategy. A key part of this will be acting as an internal news editor, collaborating with colleagues across the company to identify and record key information to be shared, and using that information to generate high quality, compelling content for publication on a variety of internal and external channels. Oversee the company’s social media accounts, including maintaining a regular posting schedule of engaging content, responding to comments and facilitating and encouraging online discussions where appropriate. Monitoring and reporting on social media performance. Work alongside ARK’s research team to provide copy editing support and quality assurance for external written outputs, including regular research reports. Ensure all documents are clearly written, well structured, grammatically correct and analytically sound. This may frequently involve supporting team members who are non-native English speakers to ensure that reports are delivered to the highest quality. Provide copy-editing support to the bid-writing department, especially by “Red Teaming” drafts of submissions. Implement consistency in corporate branding in company-wide written outputs, working with colleagues across the company to ensure adherence to brand guidelines and document templates. Provide technical training where necessary, including in the use of InDesign for the delivery of most research outputs. Manage and develop the company’s photo archive, liaising with project teams to build a bank of high-quality photographs that can be used for corporate communications. Requirements

A minimum of 5 years of professional experience in journalism or communications. Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field, including political science, international affairs, journalism, and history. Demonstrated editing or copywriting experience, with native-level English proficiency and strong, often meticulous, attention to detail. Excellent communication and presentation skills, specifically the ability to deliver succinct and persuasive analysis. Knowledge of how to adapt writing styles for different media formats. Experience of writing to picture to create engaging video scripts and/or video graphics would be an advantage. Solid understanding of the use of a range of social media platforms and social tools. Knowledge/experience of digital marketing and SEO would be an advantage. Ability to develop strong visual identity for social media posts, including through the use of Adobe Creative Suite (Illustrator, Photoshop). Creative skills to contribute new and innovative ideas for content production and distribution. Strong organizational and time management skills, including the ability to work independently on multiple projects with competing deadlines. Excellent teamwork and networking skills. Experience of working in multi-cultural teams would also be an advantage. Desirable

Additional regional expertise. Specific regions of interest include southeast Asia and East Africa.
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