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Kensington, Greater London
£60,000 per annum
Contract, Full-time
Job description

The Earthshot Prize, which launched globally in October this year, will be the most ambitious and prestigious of its kind – designed to incentivise change and help to repair our planet over the next 10 years.  

Crucial to the mission of The Earthshot Prize is our Head of Communications to help us tell the story of The Earthshot Prize to a global audience.

Head of Communications – The Earthshot Prize

12-month Fixed Term Contract

£60,000 per annum

Kensington, London/Remote working

This is a new role within the team, which will see the appointed individual building on plans in place to lead and develop the communications strategy for the Prize in its inaugural year. This is a unique opportunity which will allow the successful candidate to lead an exciting, creative and high-profile global communications campaign, culminating in the announcement of the first winners of the Earthshot Prize in Autumn of 2021.

Working closely with the Director of The Earthshot Prize, the appointed individual will oversee all communication activity, ensuring it supports the overall aim of The Earthshot Prize to repair the planet by 2030.

The team delivering The Earthshot Prize will remain housed within The Royal Foundation until late 2021. At this point, The Earthshot Prize will become an independent entity. We expect this role, and the job holder, to transition to the new organisation at this point.

Principal Accountabilities

Designing and implementing a truly global, diverse and inclusive communications strategy to position The Earthshot Prize as a new leader in both the environmental and non-profit sector.

Delivering this global communications strategy through an agency relationship while managing and growing a team of communications professionals to support activity.

Ensuring communications activity has reach and relevance in all major regions of the world so that the Prize becomes a recognisable global project and brand.

Taking a leading role in designing and shaping content (from press notices and op-eds to speeches and social media content) to further the reach of the Prize, the success of the winners, and the partnerships which underpin the project.

Owning and maintaining a communications calendar, covering all Earthshot Prize channels, which builds excitement and maintains interest in the work of the Prize. 

Managing and building important relationships with both internal and external stakeholders, and supporters of The Earthshot Prize.

Acting as a key spokesperson for The Earthshot Prize, able to represent the Prize externally when required.

Collaborating closely with the Director of The Earthshot Prize, the CEO of the Royal Foundation, and the communications team at Kensington Palace to ensure The Earthshot Prize supports both the priorities of The Duke of Cambridge, and The Royal Foundation.

Play a constructive role on the development of the Prize and provide input into weekly/monthly reports for the Director of The Earthshot Prize.

Undertake any other duties as may reasonably be required.

Relationships (Internal and external)

  • Key members of The Earthshot Prize and The Royal Foundation team. 
  • Members of the Kensington Palace team
  • External communication agencies
  • Key Earthshot Prize Stakeholders where and when appropriate.
  • UK and international media outlets and journalists

Person Specification

The Royal Foundation is a high-profile organisation, and the successful candidate will appreciate the importance of discretion and confidentiality and have a mature and professional approach.


Key skills and Competencies

Excellent communication skills, with an ability to excite and engage through the power of effective story-telling and innovative content for a wide range of channels and audiences.

Skilled at developing and delivering creative and proactive communication campaigns that drive impact.

Proven project management skills, with an ability to see the bigger picture beyond day-to-day actions and deliver exceptional work at a fast pace.

A self-starter with sound judgment who can promote team effectiveness and identify issues before they arise.

Skilled at writing and an ability to craft compelling narratives, ensuring that complex topics and issues are accessible to a wide range of audiences.

Adaptable and flexible approach to plans, able to respond confidently and positively to changing scenarios and seize opportunities – providing clear direction throughout.

Impressive internal and external stakeholder management skills, able to build, develop and maintain relationships and present confidently to senior stakeholders.

The successful candidate will have an excellent eye for detail, ensuring that external and internal presentation is perfect.

Experience working with senior broadcasters and production companies to create content and designing and working on high-profile events.

A commitment and willingness to uphold The Foundation’s values in all areas of work.

Experience and Knowledge

Demonstrable experience in a position of management/leadership working in the communications industry and/or leading high-profile communications campaigns.

Understanding and evidence of building a communication strategy and content which excites and engages a global audience across traditional and social media, marketing and digital channels.

Experience of working with and directing the work of communication agencies.

Ability to run and manage a busy high-profile communications team, and experience of managing an expanding team.

Proven success at building strong relationships with stakeholders to further the reach, awareness and overall communication objectives.

Considerable experience working with, and managing high-profile partners, and positively responding to challenging circumstances while maintaining discretion at all times. 

Experience and in-depth knowledge of climate change and the environmental sector is a plus.

Qualifications 

Seeking a candidate with Degree level education or, in exceptional circumstances, significant relevant experience in lieu of this.

Practical Requirements 

Available to work beyond standard hours and to travel in UK as needed. 

Ability to speak another language to degree level would be welcome.

This document is not contractual and may be subject to change following consultation with the post-holder. 

How to Apply:

To apply for the position please submit your supporting statement and CV, please note that if the position has a high number of suitable candidates, we may close the position before the closing date of Friday 27 November 2020 at 12 noon.

Please ensure that all relevant documents are attached to your application BEFORE submission. You can add attachments via the + sign towards the bottom of the application page.

If you submit your application without attaching the relevant documents, your application will not be considered for shortlisting.

1st Round Interviews – Thursday 10 December 2020/Friday 11 December 2020

Final Interviews – w/c 14 December 2020

The Royal Foundation is an equal opportunities employer and therefore is committed to promoting equality of opportunity and diversity and to tackle any forms of discrimination within our working environment, whether on grounds of race, gender, sexual orientation, gender re-assignment, disability, age, class, religion or belief. These principles underpin our professional behaviour and are embedded in our policies, procedures, day-to-day practices and external relationships.

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Refreshed on: 23 November 2020
Closing date: 27 November 2020
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Tags: Communications, PR,Senior Management

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