Marketing & Communications Manager
Salary: £25,000 – £28,000
Location: Witney (with travel across all our services)
Hours: 37.5 hours per week
Guideposts vision is of a society where all people are valued and have equality of opportunity. We focus on helping people build on their strengths, maintain their independence, achieve their aspirations, develop supportive connections and prevent isolation and loneliness.
As a charity we have over 45 years’ experience meeting the needs of individuals who face any number of complex challenges; from autism, learning disability and mental health conditions, to physical disability and age-related conditions, such as dementia, sensory impairment and mobility problems. Whether through active care and support services, information advice and guidance or independent living and training projects; Guideposts exists in order to connect people and their carers with opportunities.
The Marketing & Communications Manager will be responsible for the development and implementation of the communications strategy, promotional and communication activities raising the profile of the organisation on a local and national scale, increasing awareness of our projects and services,supporting successful fundraising.
The role will require you to work closely with other Guideposts operational and fundraising functions to deliver a proactive, holistic marketing and communications strategy which supports achievement of the charity’s fundraising targets and wider strategic aims.
You will be joining the charity at an exciting time following our recent WOBA win as Charity of the Year 2019.
Travel is required regularly across Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire and Hertfordshire to support our projects and services in those locations.
In this role you will work collaboratively as part of a small and committed team, to lead on communications working closely with service managers and the CEO.
You will create and maintain accurate and up to date content on our website and social media platforms, with regular input of news, views and stories from our services. We are looking for someone with a proven ability to manage social media, success in running social media campaigns, writing articles and newsletters including our bi-annual donor newsletter, video making (desirable), use of e-newsletter software and digital programmes (eg. Mailchimp).
You will engage with local and national media and have an understanding of how the media work to ensure accurate and timely coverage of events and activities including production of press releases and media attendance at events.
The successful candidate will have:
2+ years proven experience in a communications role and experience in the charity or social care sector would be advantageous
a positive can do attitude alongside a willingness to represent the charity and enjoys networking
the ability to write in a variety of styles for multiple audiences
the ability to work independently and manage your own varied workload, planning and managing your time and priorities effectively
think creatively to work on a small budget, use creative marketing techniques to attract attention, enjoy designing and creating leaflets with a creative flair
experienced in design software such as Adobe Photoshop and InDesign
experienced in engaging with varied audiences across a range of media
In return you will receive a competitive salary plus;
Pension scheme: Guideposts will contribute 6% of your salary when you contribute 3%
Health Cash Plan
Cycle to Work Scheme
Career Development & Training Opportunities
Annual leave: 23 days rising to a maximum of 28 days plus bank holidays
Closing date: Wednesday 10 July
Interviews: w/c 15 July
We are committed to providing a safe and enjoyable environment for the people that attend our services and expect that staff share our commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of the people who use our services. Our preferred candidate will be required to undertake a DBS check, full induction and training will be provided.
The client requests no contact from agencies or media sales.