Job title: Media and Communications Manager.
Contract: Full time, permanent, subject to the successful completion of a six-month probationary period.
Reporting to: Head of Policy.
Starting salary: £34,819, including London Weighting, in addition to an annual 8% pension employer’s contribution.
Salary range: £34,819 – & 40,395 (NJC scale points 27 to 33)
Annual leave: 30 days per annum.
Hours: 35 hours per week. The role will require occasional weekend and out of hours working, for which TOIL will be granted.
Based at: Initially working from home, then based at the INQUEST Office, Finsbury Park, London N4.
INQUEST is an equal opportunities employer. We actively promote diversity and strongly encourage applications from within Black Asian and Minority Ethnic communities, other under-represented groups, and from those who have overcome significant adversity in their lives.
Founded in 1981, INQUEST is the only charity in England and Wales providing expertise on contentious deaths and their investigation to bereaved people, lawyers, other advice and support agencies, media, parliamentarians and the general public. Our range of cases includes custody and detention, multi-agency failings or where wider issues of state and corporate accountability are in question, such as with Hillsborough and Grenfell. You can find more information on our website, particularly in our Impact Report, and on our Campaigns, and Media Releases webpages.
About the role
We are looking for a highly skilled and strategic communicator who will bring initiative, sensitivity and energy to INQUEST’s public-facing work. The successful post holder will manage and develop INQUEST’s press, media and digital media, and oversee wider communications across the organisation.
This is an exciting time to join INQUEST, which is at the forefront of the current movement against state violence and systemic racism in the UK. The successful candidate will play a key role in INQUEST’s external profile and campaigns, bringing the experiences and voices of bereaved families into the public domain. They will develop our existing media presence as well as new proactive and social media strategies, to further our organisational aims. We will look to the post holder to bring new ideas into our media and communications work, and to bring these ideas to fruition. In the post-holder’s first year in post, we would expect to have developed, agreed and begun to implement a new media and communications strategy for INQUEST, and built our social and digital visibility and engagement.
Line managed by the Head of Policy, and part of a small but dynamic policy and communications team, the successful candidate will work across the organisation, with bereaved families and lawyers. The role is ideal for a proactive and highly organised communicator, able to balance priorities in a fast-paced environment. They will have a track record of high quality output, influencing media and building strong working relationships.