Brixton, Greater London
£28,000 - £32,000 per year
Permanent, Contract, Full-time
Job description

Start date: ASAP
Deadline for applications: 1st March 2020
Job type: 4 or 5 days a week (your choice)
Salary: £28,000 - £32,000 pro rata depending on experience
Holiday: 34 days pro rata (including public holidays + Christmas office break)


About Us

We are a rapidly growing communications agency that breathes life into brave ideas. The brave ideas that we seek out are those that help experts communicate in the simplest ways to the audiences that matter. By getting experts to engage broader audiences, we hope to reduce the growing levels of polarisation in Britain and America.

This involves working with organisations like think tanks, universities, and NGOs to create communications strategies, run social media campaigns, build websites, and develop brands.

A selection of recent/current projects...

  • Digital: United Nations University. UNU were looking to mobilise the financial sector to take action in the fight  against modern slavery and human trafficking. To accompany the launch of their report, UN University commissioned Cast from Clay to design and build some online assets.

    In particular, we designed two online tools to encourage finance professionals to engage in the report’s content in a more accessible way.

    The work included a chatbot-inspired interactive experience to helps users gauge the extent to which their organisation was vulnerable to the risk of facilitating modern slavery and human trafficking. These launched to a very positive reception.

  • Social: NATO Engages. A consortium of organisations – including RUSI, the Atlantic Council, the Munich Security Conference and GlobSec – was responsible for organising a conference ahead of NATO’s Summit of allied leaders, to commemorate its 70th birthday.

    The consortium tasked us with broadening the conversation around NATO beyond the usual community of national security experts. To do this, we developed three Twitter threads around three themes. We also devised a strategy to put a small amount of paid promotion behind the social media posts.

    The result was over 7,000 Twitter engagements over a period of three weeks, and a huge increase in reach.

  • Strategy: The Centre for Food Policy. We have recently won the brief to develop the communications strategy for the Centre for Food Policy at City University.

    Our work will include: management workshop, user research, channel review, communications and content strategy. More to come...


The Job

Our core team is small and close-knit, and we have strong relationships with a veritable tribe of freelancers who bring their specialist expertise to bear on individual projects. They are very much part of our family.

We’ve recently seen several client wins, and are in need of an account manager to join our core team and take the lead in running specific client accounts.

We’re on the hunt for a generalist rather than a specialist. You’ll be someone who can quickly build relationships (clients and colleagues), has a keen eye for detail, and is able to anticipate issues before they become problems. You’ll have a sense of urgency about you, and not be afraid to muck in to the most mundane of jobs (you can expect us to be right there with you).

One day you’ll be managing a print design process, liaising between the design team in the UK, proofing their work before sending to a client in the US. The next you may be running sessions in a workshop to help a client rethink their strategic positioning. The day after you may be dreaming up OpEd ideas to pitch to media (and doing the pitching).

We do a lot of website development work, so likely one of the first things you’ll have on your plate will be managing a website development project (or two) from start to finish. As with everything, you can have as much or as little support from us as you want.

Working at Cast From Clay is about more than just client work. You’ll be someone with ideas. Someone who thinks outside the box. Someone who wants to get involved with a younger agency and shape its development.

At a philosophical level, you’ll be hungry to change the way elite organisations perceive their role in society. We couldn’t care less what your politics are, but you won’t be someone that is content with the status quo. Indeed, you may have debated whether experts themselves are part of the problem.

We were recently described as the “think tank for think tanks” by the communications lead of a top US think tank. Spending time thinking will be something you enjoy doing, but knowing how to turn that thinking into communications that will have an impact is crucial.

The role offers a breadth of project experience among a diverse array of policy organisations. It also offers a lot of freedom. Our brand is shaped by those that fly under its flag, and you will have the freedom to nurture our brand in your own way.

We’ll look to you for ideas on how to run our social media accounts and newsletter, and to devise a brand ambassadors programme to build relationships with forward-thinking communicators. We’re always open to new ideas for things to do.

We all work a day a week from home. And at least half a day each week we’ll expect you to be out and about, going to events, meeting prospects, taking them through our research and building relationships across the industry. There is no expectation that you bring in business, but if you do (and we’ll support you strongly) you can expect your salary to increase quickly.

Things to read

  • Tom Hashemi, The Business of Ideas is in Trouble: re-injecting facts into a post-truth world, War on the Rocks

  • Aidan Muller, A new model for think-tank communications, Cast From Clay

  • Aidan Muller & Tom Hashemi, Why the public should matter to think tankers, Cast From Clay


Box ticking

Must haves

  • A belief that the status quo isn’t good enough

  • Three to five years’ communications experience

  • Experience managing print design and web projects

  • Diligent, excellent attention to detail, a strong work ethic

  • Ability to meet deadlines whilst not letting the ball drop on other projects


Nice to haves

  • An understanding of digital marketing, including PPC and SEO

  • Some experience of Google Analytics and Google Tag Manager

  • Some experience with WordPress

  • Microsoft Office skills (mostly Powerpoint, some Word)

What you can expect to work on in your first month

Client work

  • Mid-tier think tank: rebrand

  • University policy institute: communications strategy

  • Advocacy organisation: web build

  • Leading US think tank: print design


Sales & Marketing

  • Adobe InDesign training

  • Attend at least one think tank event per month on behalf of Cast From Clay

  • Write at least one blog post per month (for our blog, or to pitch in somewhere else)

  • Develop and implement Cast From Clay brand ambassador programme

  • Revisit and update internal content strategy, plan quarterly social media calendar



If this sounds like you, please submit an application that includes:

  1. A short covering letter in the body of your email that includes the below (we don’t need any more than this):

    1. 100 words on an idea you’ve heard recently that has stayed with you (it doesn’t have to have anything to do with politics or policy), and;

    2. 100 words identifying a piece of comms you think is amazing, and why.

  2. Your CV (no more than 2 pages)

Posted on: 20 January 2020
Closed date: 19 February 2020
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Tags: Campaigning, Communications, PR

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