E2 9DA
£31,000 per year
Contract, Full-time
Job description

Moving away from traditionally reactive approaches to charity comms, On Road is improving media coverage of misrepresented groups and issues, from soap storylines to news, by moving senior media professionals on an emotional level about the issue at hand, providing informal yet carefully curated opportunities for them to connect with a diverse group of people who have first hand or relevant experience of the issue.

We run what we call “interactions” which have been developed and refined by our team since 2011 replacing traditional diversity training or campaigning at media professionals which often pushes statistics and facts about a community or issue at time-poor, overloaded journalists in an industry which is undergoing seismic change. Our experience shows that a journalist who has connected on a human level with an issue is much more likely to take it upon themselves to quickly research the topic, and often champion the issue within their organisation.

We are also modeling a much more in-depth and crucial level of support to people with first hand experience of the issues, which we call our “slow communications” methodology. This way of working ensures the people we collaborate with have a trusted network of peers, contacts, training and remuneration to do media work safely, sustainably, proactively and strategically, whether in front of the camera or behind the scenes.

With each project we take on, we work closely with a community over several years, and deliver four key activities: 

  1. “Interactions” – informal, facilitated meet-ups between community members and senior media professionals;

  2. Bespoke media and strategic communications training course which includes research-based framing and a core focus on self-care;

  3. Peer support and additional media skills workshops for people with direct experience engaging with the media; 

  4. Mentoring for project participants, often hosting others in the network to lead workshops and share learning within the various projects.

Our vision as a charity is to bring about narrative change and for the media across the UK to give accurate and fair portrayals of social issues and minority groups that are vulnerable to prejudice and misrepresentation.

Job Brief

We are looking for a Project Manager to join the project delivery team, working across On Road’s projects before being assigned their own project after the probationary period (3 months). This involves six main areas that make up our groundbreaking work:

  1. Organising and delivering the “interactions” with the media 

  2. Leading regular peer support meetings 

  3. Organising and facilitating strategic communications training courses 

  4. Supporting participants to take part in media opportunities 

  5. Advising on media enquiries 

  6. Collaborating with journalists on fresh content  

The kind of person we’re looking for loves working in a team towards the common goal of improving the world around us. You’re passionate about inclusion, fairness and a representative media. You will be excited to learn about our methodology and about the prospect of playing a significant role in a small, award-winning charity. 

Joining a busy and committed team, you’ll be up for a challenge and eager to get stuck in. You’ll have experience of running a project and working independently, whilst enjoying the support of an experienced and friendly team. Whether you’re working with the media, people from the projects, the team, clients or funders, you’ll be warm, engaging and able to build trust with journalists and members of our networks alike.

We are currently working on five projects: Talking About Poverty, working with people who have experience of poverty and low incomes; Media Movers, young people with migrant backgrounds; All About Trans, trans and/or non-binary people; Angles - a Different Take on Sexual and Domestic Abuse and improving understanding of palliative care.

Main responsibilities

  1. Develop and maintain project schedules, delivery plans, monitoring and evaluation and reporting consistently and to deadline

  2. Control and maintain programme budgets

  3. Pitch, plan and deliver interactions and events for the media and project participants to bring about better understanding and improve media portrayal

  4. Liaise with the media to encourage more positive media outcomes, involving working closely on stories, consulting on scripts, pitching articles and advising senior media professionals

  5. Running media training courses throughout the year and monthly peer support meetings

  6. Providing general support to project participants around media engagement and project involvement (e.g. supporting throughout media opportunities, attending interviews, briefing calls, aftercare support, pitching, developing ideas for content etc)

  7. Maintaining online presence for the project, including website, blogs and social media

  8. Identification of project risks and proactive escalation into issues as required. Escalation to internal or external stakeholders and advisors where necessary

  9. Produce quarterly project status reports, with contribution to discussions on improving project quality and legacy, and compile project reports for funders, support funding proposals and applications

  10. Facilitate and attend team, project and organisation meetings, training or events. Bring ideas for improvements and be open and honest in all communications where relevant and appropriate

  11. In the long term, managing a staff member, and working closely with the Chief Executive, Senior Project Manager, Project staff, advisors, trustees, clients, stakeholders, and project participants

  12. Media and community outreach and event attendance across all of On Road’s projects and work. Speaking at events or delivering workshops at conference where appropriate

Job skills and requirements

  • Project management (or producer) experience with a track record of excellent delivery, delivered on-time, with impressive outcomes. Experience in all aspects of project planning, reporting, monitoring and evaluation. In particular, this includes creating and managing budgets

  • Solid organisational skills including attention to detail, multi-tasking skills and ability to prioritise well, consistency, accuracy and resilience when working under pressure

  • Excellent written skills and good general IT skills using Microsoft Office, Excel, Word, Mailchimp, and experience producing copy for print or online blogs/newsletters/articles

  • Experience working with the media (e.g. journalism skills, production or freelance skills) or communications work more generally, so able to demonstrate knowledge in how the media works and what journalists look for

  • Excellent ability to coordinate participants and stakeholders, hosting and facilitating workshops/training courses/meetings/events

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills – enjoys dealing with people and has empathy, patience and good listening skills. Warmth, openness and sensitivity to the issues we work on and people we work with

  • Experience in fundraising, identifying sources of funding and submitting proposals

  • Experience resolving conflicts and problem solving when faced with challenges

Values and behaviours

  1. Personally committed to On Road’s mission and collaboration-focussed method of work

  2. Committed to reflection and learning, including sharing failures and uncertainties; taking feedback from the team and members of the community on your behaviour and work

  3. Awareness of your own needs: Events can be challenging – you will be resilient but good at knowing your limits under pressure and will be confident to ask for help when you need it. You will receive support from your team and we nurture an environment where no-one feels worried about asking for help or support when they need it

  4. Growing levels of self-awareness, including an understanding of how your background has shaped the opportunities afforded to you and how you relate to people from different backgrounds to you

  5. Willing to develop emotional intelligence, including a growing ability to empathise with and appreciate others, creating opportunities for those you work with to grow

Perks of the job include:

  1. Mentoring – each staff member is set up with an external mentor after the probation period

  2. Working in a brilliant office (in an Ethical Property building) surrounded by other social enterprises and charities

  3. Training opportunities – as a small charity, we have a modest training budget but we try our best to access training opportunities through our funders for staff where possible and encourage staff to attend events

  4. Being a part of social change alongside people with experience with misrepresentation

  5. Meeting amazing people through our networks of activists and journalists and working alongside people who love what they do

Application process

  • The deadline for applying is by 10am Wednesday 11th December.
  • Applicants will be informed on Thursday 12th December if they have been invited to interview
  • Interviews take place at our offices on Cambridge Heath Road on Tuesday 17th December
  • We’re based in The Green House, 244 – 254 Cambridge Heath Road, London, E2 9DA

See application pack for details of how to apply.

We are committed to providing equal opportunities for everyone regardless of their background. We are particularly keen to receive applications from Black, Asian and minority ethnic people; people with disabilities; people who identify as being LGTBQIA; people who have a mental health condition; and people who identify as working class or have done so in the past.

Refreshed on: 02 December 2019
Closed date: 11 December 2019
Job ref: References contacted if applicant is successful.
Tags: Project Management, Advocacy