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Institute for Voluntary Action Research
Oval, Greater London
£30,000 - £35,000 per year
We're looking for a capable communicator who can help take IVAR’s profile to the next level.
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Oval, Greater London
£30,000 - £35,000 per year
Contract, Full-time
Job description

About The Institute for Voluntary Action Research (IVAR)

We help charities and funders to be the best they can be – for the people and communities they exist to support. We do this by asking questions and helping our partners to answer them through action research – bringing together an organisation's data and experience with wider evidence. It’s high quality, rigorous research – with a practical application. Grounded in 20 years’ of working with organisations and partnerships across the UK.

Through our work we often produce useful ways of thinking about particular challenges. We publish these freely on our website for others to use. 

We value diversity, equality and inclusivity. Applications are actively encouraged from underrepresented backgrounds, including but not limited to gender, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation and religion.
 

Job description 

You will be a capable communicator who can help take IVAR’s profile to the next level; supporting us to bring our strategic priorities to life, and enabling us to share insights from the full breadth of our research portfolio with a wider audience of professionals from the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector; trusts and foundations; and public agencies. 

Main functions

  • Work with researchers on the design and delivery of communications plans for specific projects
    • Manage the production of communication materials from brief to delivery using our external team of designers, web tech support, proofreaders and printers
    • Create new webpages (using templates; Wordpress site)
    • Write and distribute press releases 
    • Develop constructive and collaborative working relationships with IVAR’s staff and associates, trustees and funders enabling them to contribute actively and meaningfully to IVAR’s communications activities
  • Support the delivery of IVAR’s strategic priorities
    • Contribute creativity and initiative to the question of how IVAR can use communications to meet its strategic priorities (find out more on page 4 of job application pack)
    • Contribute to the growth of our network
  • Contribute to IVAR’s organisational communications planning and delivery
    • Work with the Head of Communications and research team to generate and plan content across IVAR’s channels: website; blog; social media (Twitter and LinkedIn); newsletter (Mailchimp)
    • Manage IVAR’s social media feeds (Twitter and LinkedIn)
    • General website updates, e.g. updating time sensitive information
    • Use audience insights and Google, Twitter and web analytics to gather data to report on the effectiveness of IVAR communications

Person specification

This post requires someone with the following: 

Interest

  • A natural interest and understanding of the distinctive features and operating environment of the voluntary sector and/or funding environment
  • A commitment to IVAR’s mission, values and ways of working – including a commitment to continuous learning
  • Ability to think conceptually and creatively about the translation of research into useful and usable materials

Knowledge, skills and personal attributes

  • First class communication skills; able to write, edit and present information clearly and engagingly with a keen eye for detail
  • Experience in extracting key messages and meaning from longer format content and adapting content to a range of formats, e.g. newsletters, reports, web, Twitter
  • Understanding and experience of the production process required for delivering communications across media from brief to completion (e.g. print, online, social media)
  • Experience in digital communications
  • A good team player, yet also able to work alone, take initiative and manage a diverse and fast-paced workload
  • Understanding of data management, data protection and legal requirements
  • Competent use of Word, Powerpoint, Excel
  • Competent/confident to use Mailchimp/Wordpress content management systems
  • Competent/confident to use Google/web/Twitter analytics

How to apply

You can find out more about the role and how to apply by downloading our job application pack. 

Additional documents
Job Application Pack - Communications Officer, IVAR (.pdf)
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Institute for Voluntary Action Research

We help charities and funders to be the best they can be – for the people and communities they exist to support. We do this by askin... Read more

Posted on: 21 September 2020
Closing date: 16 October 2020
Tags: Advice, Information,Communications, PR
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