The Beacon Collaborative is seeking a marketing and communications coordinator to oversee and coordinate the communications activities that form part of the broader Beacon Collaborative campaign to grow philanthropy across the UK. The post holder will be vital to the work of Beacon over the coming 6 months, delivering on objectives to increase philanthropy in the UK by communicating the impact that philanthropists can have when working with organisations.

The role will involve a mix of communications work, stakeholder relationship management, and project and central administrative work, such as:

  • Preparing news updates, blogs, interviews, podcasts, social media, website management and growth, SEO
  • Making sure all communications are adequate and responsive to our network of philanthropists, funders, senior executives and policy makers
  • Supporting the board and our councils, liaising with project teams and updating shared document stores

Reporting to the Programme Manager, this post holder will have the opportunity to be involved in the early days of the Beacon Collaborative initiative – growing and shaping the initiative as it takes hold.

Key terms and conditions:

  • £26,000 p/a
  • Flexible working arrangements (37.5 hours p/w, daily involvement required, availability for London-based meetings)
  • Based in co-working spaces in central London, but the possibility of home working part of the week is available
  • 6 month contract, with the possibility of extension
  • Reports directly to Programme Manager
  • 28 days holiday entitlement (plus bank holidays)
  • 3% pension contribution

Roles and responsibilities

  • Creating and managing proactive and reactive communications with stakeholders, including writing news updates, blogs, presentations, press releases
  • Managing an active social media presence (Predominantly Twitter and LinkedIn, including advertising/micro-targeting via digital ads, designing specific, creative copy to promote programs), communicating with audience, responding to queries in a timely manner and monitoring community feedback
  • Managing a Salesforce database of contacts and assisting with the integration of Salesforce for communications and data collection through the website.
  • Some administrative duties including meeting agendas and minutes
  • Designing presentations, producing videos, podcasts and visuals
  • Conducting interviews with senior professionals, entrepreneurs, philanthropists, policy makers and ministers
  • Managing logistics for virtual and face-to-face events
  • Delivering an external communication plan which sets out the messaging and narrative for the organisation clearly, succinctly and effectively
  • Managing content production and forward planning for projects and campaigns
  • Contributing to communications content planner, generating ideas and sourcing news
  • Maximising coverage across key media outlets, appropriate to each target audience, and responding to calls from the media
  • Evaluating success of communications activity, including utilising tools such as Google Analytics
  • Undertaking any other duties within competence as required by the Programme Manager.

Person specification

  • While no experience is necessary, an interest in the philanthropic sector is essential
  • Ability to develop positive working relationships with people across all levels of organisations, from CEOs to junior researchers – Essential
  • Sophisticated communication, organisational and administrative skills – Essential
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
    • Ability to use WordPress, Salesforce, Word/Excel as well as Slack and OneDrive
    • Ability to deal with senior people in time-poor settings
    • Willingness to attend meetings and take minutes
    • Some project management experience
  • Ability to prioritise multiple demands and self-manage – essential self-starter and internally motivated. You will often be working alone and need to maintain enthusiasm – Essential
  • Ability to work under pressure, with high attention to detail – Essential
  • The ability to work both independently and as part of a team – Essential
  • A good eye for design and user experience – Essential
  • Strong analytical and verbal skills; quick thinker and clear communicator – Essential
  • Demonstrate superior judgment based on skills, intuition and experience – Essential
  • Results-driven, high-performing, high-quality work attitude – Essential
  • 2 years post-graduation experience in a role requiring either digital communications management, stakeholder coordination or significant administrative roles – Desirable
  • Understanding of SEO fundamentals – Desirable

Information on applying

We encourage people from any background to apply. We are committed to being representative of our society and bringing together those with a variety of skills and experiences to shape what we do and how we work. All disabled candidates who demonstrate that they meet the essential criteria will be invited for an interview.

To apply please send a cover letter, equalities and diversity monitoring form (Download below) and a CV by email to The cover letter should include a brief description of your current and previous work, how you meet the person specification and your availability for the start date

Closing date – 19th July 2020

Interviews – Week commencing 20th July

Start date – 24th August 2020

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