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Assistant Director - Communications and Content

£78,441 per annum
Contract (Interim, 12 months Fixed Term Contract)
Job description

Job Title: Assistant Director - Communications and Content

Location: Flexible - Home-based, Shelter Office-based, or combination with regular travel to London and other locations

Contract Type: Interim, 12 months Fixed Term Contract

Accountable to: Director of Communications, Policy, and Campaigns

Salary: £78,441per annum

Hours: 37.5 per week (pro-rata if part-time)

Leave: 30 days holiday per annum + Exceptional Benefits

Closing date: Sunday 5th May at 11:30pm

About Shelter

A home is a fundamental human need, as essential as education or healthcare. Yet millions of people across Britain struggle on a daily basis with homelessness, bad housing conditions, soaring rents, discrimination, and the threat of eviction. So, we are striving for change, with individuals, in communities, across society, and leading the way to a safe home. We need ambitious, best-in-class individuals who are passionate about our cause to join us at this exciting time. This is your chance to play a part in the fundamental change we are striving to achieve.

At Shelter we are united by our purpose to defend the right to a safe home. Our enemy is the social injustice at the core of the escalating housing emergency. We believe that to win that fight, we must be representative of the people we are here to help and those who support our movement for change. In all our people decisions, we take pride in being inclusive, fair, equitable and transparent.

We have committed to combat racism both within and outside Shelter and welcome you on our journey to becoming a truly anti-racist organisation.

About the Team

This interim role reports to the Director of Communications, Policy and Campaigns (CPC), alongside other Assistant Directors.

The CPC team drives Shelter's campaigns for social housing and renters' rights, supporting our services and income generation efforts.

You'll manage heads of important content and engagement teams, driving strategic direction and collaboration across functions.

About the Role

As Assistant Director Communications and Content, you'll lead Shelter's communication efforts, ensuring impact, reach and a coherent organisational voice.

You'll oversee media teams, drive cross-channel campaigns, and develop ambitious communication strategies. With your experience in matrix management and project/change management, you'll guide teams to achieve our strategic goals amidst organisational change.

About You

We're seeking candidates with extensive experience leading and managing media and communications teams, along with a track record of developing impactful cross-channel campaigns. Your ability to navigate complexity, build collaborative relationships, and drive strategic change will be crucial in this role.

How to Apply

Please reserve the following dates in your diary when you apply:

  • An introduction Interview will take place Friday 10th of May virtually for approximately 30 minutes
  • Panel Interviews will take place virtually on Monday 13th of May

Please ensure you have read the full Recruitment Pack before applying. Please click ‘Apply for Job’ below. You are required to submit a CV and a supporting statement. The supporting statement should address and cover the following 3 questions. Answers should not be more than 250 words in length.

  1. Can you elaborate on your experience leading and managing high-performing communication team/s? Please provide an example of a successful initiative or project you led, highlighting how you achieved strategic objectives.

  2. Can you provide an example of a time when you led a high-performing team/s through a period of significant change or transition? How did you approach managing both the strategic objectives and the team dynamics during this process?

  3. Please elaborate on your experience of leading external communications that deliver on values of anti-racism and inclusion - highlighting how you navigated challenges and supported team members to feel empowered to contribute.


We offer a wide range of benefits, including 30 days of annual leave, enhanced family friendly policies, pension, and interest free travel loans. Our employees also have access to a tenancy deposit loan, payroll giving, cycle to work scheme and an employee assistance programme.

Shelter helps millions of people every year struggling with bad housing or homelessness through our advice, support, and legal services. And we campaign to make sure that, one day, no one will have to turn to us for help. We’re here so no one has to fight bad housing or homelessness on their own.


Safeguarding is everyone's business. Shelter is committed to protecting the health, wellbeing, and human rights of those we support, and enabling them to live free from harm, abuse and neglect.

All our staff will be expected to observe professional standards of behaviour and conduct their work in line with our Safeguarding Policies.

Shelter does not accept unsolicited CVs from external recruitment agencies nor accept the fees associated with them.

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Shelter View profile Company size Size: More than 1000
Posted on: 19 April 2024
Closed date: 05 May 2024 at 23:30
Tags: Communications, PR, Management, Project Management, Business Development, Vocational/Services

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