Global Witness works to expose and challenge the underlying causes of the climate emergency.
We’ve been creating change for over 20 years, from alerting the world to blood diamonds to halting forest destruction deals. Our investigations have changed the world.
We are looking for a Director of Communications to join Global Witness for up to 13 months to provide maternity leave cover.
About the role
As our Interim Director of Communications, you will lead Global Witness’s strategic communications to drive the advocacy impact of our campaigns, build our reputation and profile and increase our power base and influence.
You will manage a high performing team of 11 staff in London, Washington DC and Brussels to ensure they are developing and maintaining great relationships with stakeholders including funders, donors, campaign and communication partners and the leadership team.
You will help build our media, digital and community outreach to deliver innovative and powerful campaigns that achieve change in the world and working closely with the communications team, you will ensure that communications are well planned and delivered and risk is managed effectively.
You are a highly credible leader with extensive experience of getting the best out of a talented global team. You will have the ability to network with a diverse range of media contacts globally to drive impact using effective communications and have successfully managed and delivered significant projects.
Your success in the role will come from your experience of building a reputation and organisational profile, gained in an international and relevant context. Your experience of international affairs, crisis management communications, legal risks as well your excellent knowledge of the role digital tools play in realising your strategy will be essential for this role.
You will be an excellent communicator yourself, having the ability to write to a high standard, and using your public speaking skills to influence and further our message. Your prioritisation, initiative and ability to be resilient under pressure will be key for this role.
You are a great collaborator, working closely with our leadership team and others to maintain an integrated and strategic approach across the organisation, you will be taking ownership and responsibility for the delivery of objectives.
As a plus, you may bring US or EU media experience and knowledge from a campaigning background or of the areas we work in. Most importantly you share our vision for a better world – where power is more evenly disrupted, bold action is taken to address the climate emergency, and there is a just and equitable transition to a greener, fairer future.
Working for us
Global Witness has a talented team of people worldwide with offices in London, Washington DC, and Brussels. We aim to be a diverse and inclusive place to work. We value new perspectives, original ideas and different ways of working. We believe that diverse views and experiences improve the way we do our work. We do our best to make our jobs accessible to all regardless of gender, ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation or identity.
We offer an excellent benefits package including a competitive salary and 25 days annual leave (exc. Bank Holidays), pension, private medical insurance and the option of flexible working arrangements.
This role is based in London and therefore to be considered for this role you must be able to provide proof of eligibility to work in the UK. We are currently trialling a new hybrid working model for 2022 that requires staff to be in the office at least 20% of the working week.
Please send in your CV (max 2 sides) and a one-page cover letter outlining how you meet the requirements of the role with Director of Communications in the subject heading by midnight BST on 31 May 2022.
If you have a disability and would prefer to apply in a different format or would like us to make any reasonable adjustments to enable you to apply or attend any interview, please let us know.
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