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Communications Manager

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The Communications Manager will ensure that O’r Mynydd i’r Môr / Summit to Sea has a shared communications strategy which is understood and followed by the project team, and which provides a joined-up approach across different media.<br /> They will take the lead in telling the story of the project and helping a wide audience of stakeholders and community members to understand more about the aims and principles of O’r Mynydd i’r Môr / Summit to Sea.<br />

Summit to Sea/O’r Mynydd i’r Môr (S2S) is an exciting and pioneering new partnership project being delivered by Rewilding Britain, Woodland Trust, RSPB, Wildlife Trusts, Marine Conservation Society, ecodyfi, Coetir Anian, WWF, Whale and Dolphin Conservation and Pen Llŷn a’r Sarnau. The project aims to be the first in Britain to establish a dynamic ecosystem from mountaintops to the sea. This will eventually see the restoration of a mosaic of habitats over at least 10,000 ha of land and 28,400 ha of sea from the Pumlumon massif – the highest point in mid-Wales – down through wooded valleys to the Dyfi Estuary and out into Cardigan Bay. The flourishing ecosystems that emerge will support nature-based enterprises which provide resilient economic alternatives for local communities.

A vision of this scale requires a coordinated effort between landowners, communities, farmers, fishers, foresters, public bodies, NGOs, businesses and relevant experts. The people who have lived and worked on the land and sea in mid-Wales are the people who know it best. Local people – stewards of the land and sea, and the wider community – will play an integral part in shaping and co-designing the project.

You will report to the Project Director. Please send your CV, your reasons for applying for the job, and where you believe your skills set match our essential and desirable criteria as listed below to jobs@summit2sea.wales

Closing date: Friday 10th May 2019

Interview date: Tuesday, 11th June 2019, Forestry Hub, Dyfi Eco Park, Machynlleth.

Key Job Purpose

The Communications Manager will ensure that O’r Mynydd i’r Môr / Summit to Sea has a shared communications strategy which is understood and followed by the project team, and which provides a joined-up approach across different media.

They will take the lead in telling the story of the project and helping a wide audience of stakeholders and community members to understand more about the aims and principles of O’r Mynydd i’r Môr / Summit to Sea.

You will be responsible for 

The Communications Manager will lead and deliver fully bilingual communications for O’r Mynydd i’r Môr / Summit to Sea, engaging effectively with the public, the media and policy makers, adapting communications to the different sectors and audiences in line with the communications strategy.

They will be responsible for delivering the day-to-day communications including:

  • Communicate consistent messages to key audiences about the project.
  • Develop and deliver on and offline communications campaigns with the aim of reaching people living and working within the proposed Summit to Sea project area.
  • Responsible for choosing the right tools to communicate with key audiences using knowledge and insight to inform your decisions
  • Writing and editing communications materials for community engagement events
    • Writing and editing the project newsletter (online / print)
    • Web editing and publishing blog posts from the project team
    • Researching and writing case studies and reports
    • Collecting and sharing feedback from community events and engagement communications
    • Commissioning creative content from third parties
  • You will be the first point of contact for press enquiries relating to the project and will have primary responsibility for and ensuring that questions are answered and information is shared where appropriate (with support from Rewilding Britain communications team).
  • Ensuring S2S is understood by the media and the media are interested in presenting information to the public in a manner that informs and educates them on the purpose and principles of the project i.e. press releases, photo calls, interviews as appropriate.
  • Arranging for project members to participate in media activity when appropriate.
  • Manage filming and photography enquiries and input into any programme-making opportunities.

Experience and competence for this role

  • Previous experience of leading, managing, and delivering a full range of communications activities.
  • Comfortable and effective when working in partnership with Rewilding Britain communications team, project partners, and wider stakeholders.
  • Having the ability to use your communications skills to contribute significantly to the success of a strategy.
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills in both Welsh and English, including the ability to work successfully with the Welsh language media.
  • Meticulous attention to detail in both languages.
  • Ability to create and deliver a content plan with support from others as necessary.
  • Experience of developing and delivering really excellent communications that help make stakeholders feel engaged.
  • Experience of developing a variety of communication products for a wide variety of audiences, for example from event invitations for community meetings to policy briefings for government ministers.
  • Interest in and some understanding of agricultural, environmental and ecological issues in mid-Wales.
  • Ability to develop and adapt technical and scientific messaging for public audiences and non-specialists.
  • Ability to plan work activities, reviewing and prioritising as necessary, to achieve high standards and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to provide effective and useful leadership, advice and guidance to others on their communications work.
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team to promote and deliver successful events.

Behaviour

Essential 

  • Excited to work in a small team, where everyone wears many hats, and every day is different.
  • Solution focused.
  • Attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Builds positive personal and organisational relationships.
  • Able to work on own initiative, with flexibility, and collaboratively as part of a team.
  • Great at building relationships across the whole of the project.
  • Being innovative and creative and adapting to the changing needs of the project. Able to create and deliver new ideas that further the projects’ aims in engaging with people. 
  • Having a clear sense of direction, being confident by doing the right thing at the right time

Desirable

  • Passion for making a difference that allows both people and nature to thrive.

Other

Essential 

  • Sometimes willing to work outside office hours/at weekends
  • Entitlement to work in the UK

Desirable

  • Based in the project area

Terms and Conditions

Salary: This role is offered as a freelance contract for an initial one year period at £18,000 per year for 3 days per week. Travel: this role will require occasional travel throughout Wales and occasionally the UK, including overnight stays. Use of public transport is preferred; when this is not convenient, staff may use their own vehicle. Current mileage rate is 45p.

Reporting Lines: The post holder reports to the S2S Project Director.

Start date: As soon as possible/Summer 2019

Contract: 3 days per week/equivalent hours. Initial contract for 1 year with possibility of extension.

Location: Flexible. The S2S team are based at the Forestry Hub, Dyfi Eco Park, Machynlleth.

Welsh Language: Fluency in written and spoken Welsh is a requirement for this role

Equality in employment: Candidates will be shortlisted and selected according to suitability for the post without regard to age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.

If you would like to further information or would like to speak to someone regarding this role, please contact Melanie Newton, Project Director, info@summit2sea.wales

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