This new role in Wakehurst’s Marketing & Strategic Communications team will be crucial in building Wakehurst’s reputation, driving visitation and membership growth, and creating an engaged stakeholder network in support of Wakehurst’s ambitious future development plans. Through a mix of communications, media relations and stakeholder engagement methodologies, the Strategic Communications Manager will ensure that all communications is strategic and goal-driven, whilst inspiring a culture of storytelling that means Wakehurst’s diverse offer is fully represented to its audiences.
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew is the world leader in plant science and conservation, with two leading visitor attractions: Kew Gardens and Wakehurst.
Wakehurst is Kew’s wild botanic garden in Sussex and one of the South East’s leading visitor destinations. It is nationally significant for its over 500 acres of inspirational gardens, temperate woodlands, a nature reserve, and a vibrant programme of public events and education. It is also home to the Millennium Seed Bank, the leading global wild-seed conservation project.
A strong writer with a nose for a good story, our ideal candidate will have significant experience working in a PR or communications role at management level. They will have an aptitude for forward planning and be able to balance a strategic view with fast-paced, hands on delivery. Adept at managing diverse agendas, they will thrive working on complex projects with multiple stakeholders and bring a spirit of innovation to the team.
Experience managing events such as press launches and fundraising events for a range of different stakeholders, would be highly desirable. The role may suit someone with experience working for a cause-led, cultural or visitor attraction.
Our fantastic benefits package includes opportunities for continuous learning, a generous annual leave entitlement, flexible working to help you maintain a healthy work-life balance, an Employee Assistance Programme and other wellbeing support such as a cycle to work scheme and discounted gym membership. We also offer a competitive pension, an employee discount scheme and free entry into a wide range of museums and galleries, as well as access to our own beautiful gardens at Kew and Wakehurst.
If you are interested in this position, please visit our website for more information and to apply.
Closing Date: 01/11/2020
Interviews are planned for w/c 16th and 23rd November
We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from all sections of the community. We guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the post.
No agencies please.