Westminster, Greater London
£30,000 - £35,000 per year (dependent on experience)
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

The Institute of Alcohol Studies (IAS) is looking to recruit an experienced and talented Communications Manager to lead our communications activities that enable us to meet our objective of promoting evidence-based policy solutions to reduce harm from alcohol. This is an exciting opportunity to join a dynamic team and work on a high-profile social and political issue that affects thousands of lives across the UK and worldwide.

IAS works to provide key decision-makers and opinion-formers with the most up-to-date information on alcohol policy. Effective communication is an integral part of our work and the role of Communications Manager is key to the delivery of the IAS Strategy 2020-2023. Reporting directly to the IAS Chief Executive, the Communications Manager will develop and deliver IAS external and internal communications activities. This will include:


  • Identifying opportunities for IAS to inform media debates about alcohol and public policy
  • Acting as the first point of contact for press and public enquiries and assisting senior colleagues with media lines to take
  • Promoting IAS projects and events by writing and disseminating press releases and other promotional media
  • Managing the IAS website and all published content (news articles, newsletters, factsheets in the Alcohol Knowledge Centre, briefings, consultation responses, reports, blog posts, audio, video)
  • Managing social media platforms and all published content
  • Producing and publishing Alcohol Alert, the regular IAS newsletter with accompanying podcast series
  • Sending daily alcohol news updates to alcohol policy stakeholders
  • Maintaining the library of legislative, statistical and scientific literature for IAS colleagues and keeping a calendar of official releases in preparation for publication
  • Providing ad hoc communications, policy and research support to the team, for example contributing to research reports and consultation responses


Person specification


Essential requirements for this role are:


  • Educated to degree level or equivalent
  • Excellent communications skills with a proven ability to produce high-quality content for a range of purposes (e.g. newsletters, technical briefings, social media, press releases)
  • Experience of working in a communications role that requires communication of complex, technical information into easily accessible formats
  • Experience of coordinating media, social media and communications activity, including securing press coverage
  • Ability to develop media responses and advise senior colleagues on approaches to news stories
  • Experience of creating content for and managing websites using WordPress or similar
  • Excellent organisational and time management skills with proven ability to prioritise competing demands and meet deadlines
  • Excellent attention to detail


Desirable requirements for this role are:


  • Experience of working in public health, substance use or academia
  • Experience of working with statistical datasets and producing data visualisations using statistical software packages
  • IT skills with the ability to provide technical support to colleagues


Our approach to recruitment


We value diversity and welcome applications from individuals of all backgrounds. We seek to employ people on the basis of their ability to carry out the role being recruited for and ensure that no applicant receives less favourable treatment than any other on the grounds of disability, gender, race, religion or belief, age, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status or caring responsibilities. Please let us know if you require additional support to make an application, for example, if you require documentation in an alternative format.

Posted on: 23 February 2021
Closed date: 18 March 2021
Tags: Communications, PR, Policy/Research

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