We are looking for an experienced Project Manager who will manage the Media Movers programme, Media Movers North and Media Movers South. This involves working closely with the Media Movers Project Assistant and Project Lead, as well as with the participants within the programme; young people with migrant backgrounds and sector professionals, the media and funders.
About On Road Media
On Road Media is an award-winning charity that tackles social problems by improving media coverage of misrepresented groups and issues. We work towards long term narrative change by informing everything we do with research that tells us which stories are most effective to create positive social change for people.
We support people with first-hand experience of the issues to do safer, more strategic media work, whether in front of the camera or behind the scenes, bringing them together with the media on “interactions” to inspire fresh and nuanced content with a focus on popular culture.
Our projects include Talking About Poverty”, Angles: A Different Take on Sexual and Domestic Abuse”, All About Trans, and Media Movers which supports young people with migrant backgrounds. We have recently begun work in two new areas, Climate Stories That Work, and the palliative care of children.
Our work has leveraged over £6 million in positive programming on these issues in the UK through our media interactions; behind the scenes, facilitated sessions.
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 already passionate (or are keen to learn more) 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. You will be up for a challenge and will enjoy the support of an experienced and friendly team.
We are committed to providing equal opportunities for everyone regardless of their background or age. We are particularly keen to receive applications from Black, Asian and minority ethnic people; people with disabilities (visible and invisible, mental and physical); people who identify as being LGBTQIA; and people who identify as working-class or have done so in the past.
These are split between project related work and non-project work
- Develop and maintain project schedules, delivery plans, monitoring and reports consistently
- Control and maintain programme budgets
- Maintain quality, impact and effectiveness of Media Movers through objectives and key results (OKRs)
- Deliver a series of workshops (what we call “interactions”) to bring media professionals and young people from migrant backgrounds together to improve media portrayal
- Liaise with the media to bring about more nuanced content and better understanding, involving working closely behind the scenes on stories, consulting on scripts, pitching and advising senior media professionals
- Provide general support to project participants around media engagement and issues related to involvement with the project
- Provide expertise to project participants and media workers on framing principles and help bring about well-framed media content (you will be trained in strategic communications and framing upon joining the organisation)
- Run peer support meetings twice monthly and collaborate with our network of co-facilitators on delivery
- Maintain online presence for the project, including website and social media
- Identification of project risks and proactive escalation into issues as required. Escalation to internal or external stakeholders and advisors where necessary
- Produce quarterly project status reports, with contributions to discussions on improving project quality and legacy, and compile project reports for funders
- Build capacity in the third sector by sharing our methodology through consultation and/or ad hoc training with sector colleagues and organisations working in this space
- Run meetings with the team around particular issues or topics related to On Road’s strategy
- Facilitate and attend team, project, organisation and other meetings, training or events as appropriate
- Work closely with the Project Assistant and Administrative Assistant on Media Movers related admin, expenses, project activities and supporting where necessary with charity administration, such as the annual report
- Close liaison with the Chief Executive, Senior Project Manager, team, advisors, trustees, stakeholders, and project participants
- Community outreach and event attendance across all of On Road’s projects and work
- Speaking at events or delivering workshops at conferences where appropriate
Essential job skills and requirements
We expect you to meet most of this criteria, however, we don’t expect you to meet every point and welcome applications where skills have come from a mix of areas.
- At least two years of project management experience
- Experience in line management (e.g. at least one person or a team)
- Project management experience using objectives and key results, with a track record of excellent delivery, delivered on-time, within the scope and budget, with impressive outcomes
- Experience in all aspects of project planning, including managing budgets, reporting, monitoring and evaluation
- Excellent experience in facilitating, supporting and boosting relationships, keen to network and maintain connections
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills – enjoys getting to know and collaborating with people and has empathy, patience and good listening skills
- Excellent written skills and good general IT skills using Microsoft Office, Excel, Word, Mailchimp
- Experience in producing copy for print or online blogs/newsletters/articles and/or websites using WordPress (or similar) as well as social media
- Solid organisational skills including consistency, accuracy and an eye for detail
- Experience in fundraising, identifying sources of funding, submitting proposals and reports
- Experience in resolving conflicts and problem-solving with an awareness of how a project can affect others and willingness to manage the effect it will have on them, setting expectations and managing concerns or challenges
- Background in events planning and delivery or campaigning
- Experience or interest in using the Agile method for project-planning and knowledge of project systems such as Trello, Slack or Asana
- Background in working with the media (e.g. journalism skills, production or freelance skills)
- Background in charity sector and in particular, a small charity
- Background in working with minority groups and social issues and/or understanding of misrepresented communities different experiences and challenges
- Experience in project management using project management systems (e.g. Asana, objectives, key results)
- Ability to work as part of a team as well as being self-sufficient - comfortable working remotely from some (or all) colleagues
Values and Behaviours
- Personally committed to On Road Media’s mission, vision and values and collaboration-focussed method of work.
- Committed to reflection and learning, including sharing failures and uncertainties; openly taking feedback from the team and members of the community on your behaviour and work.
- Brings ideas for improvements and is open and honest in all communications where relevant and appropriate
- Awareness of your own needs: Events can be challenging – you will be 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’re keen to nurture an environment where no-one feels worried about asking for help or support when they need it.
- Resilience working under pressure, ability and willingness to both give and take constructive feedback.
- Willingness to work the odd evening or weekend as needed, with a time-off-in-lieu policy.
- 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.
- Willing to develop emotional intelligence, including a growing ability to empathise with and appreciate others, creating opportunities for those you work with to grow.
Reward package includes:
Working in a friendly office (in an Ethical Property building) surrounded by other social enterprises and charities. The office is Covid safe and open, however, currently, we’re mostly working remotely due to the pandemic. There is a framework of support for staff, including a work station risk assessment and health and safety action plan. The On Road Media team have:
- Fortnightly well-being check-ins with your manager – an opportunity for you to share feelings and experiences about your work, alongside feeding into a well-being and welfare staff framework.
- Mentoring – each staff member is set up with an external mentor after the 3 month probation period.
- 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.
- Meeting amazing people through our networks of activists and journalists.
- Working alongside people who love what they do.
- Access to a 24/7 Employee Assistance Programme with counselling and advice helplines.
Deadline is 11am Wednesday 24th March 2021.
The client requests no contact from agencies or media sales.