E2 9DA

£29,263 per annum pro rata 0.4 FTE (equating to £11,705).


Job Description

We are seeking an all-rounder with excellent design skills, and a good understanding of coding, to work as part of our digital team, who has the ability to solve the day-to-day technical challenges that can arise in an organisation like Sustain. 

About Sustain

Sustain is a small, dynamic, values-driven campaign organisation, working to improve the UK’s food, farming and fishing. We are frequently complimented for “punching well above our weight”. We value our staff and pride ourselves on creating an organisational culture that focuses on good relationships and working together to achieve ambitious change. Working as an alliance, we campaign – for example – for environmentally friendly farming and animal welfare, decent livelihoods in food production, healthy children’s food and curbs on junk food marketing.

Sustain has a well-respected and popular website receiving close to a million visits a year, a suite of micro-sites and activist platforms, a strong social media presence, and a range of publications and events that influence both policy-makers and public debate. We run a wide range of campaigns across the year, using the best of digital technology to amplify public concern and make sure that people’s voices are heard. We also maintain a range of databases that enable us to communicate effectively with 50,000 people and numerous organisations.

Most of Sustain’s design, visual communications, database, online maps, website and IT infrastructure work has been developed over the past 20 years by our highly creative and much valued Head of Digital, Gavin Dupée, working to a very high standard. During 2019, Gav wants to take a sabbatical, hence we are looking for someone exceptional to help Sustain maintain our high standards across a range of design, website programming, database and IT tasks; and also to ensure that our IT-based office systems operate smoothly. Gav will be available to assist and advise on a limited basis during this time. Subject to successful fundraising, and the individual’s skills and interests, there may be an opportunity to extend this role.

We recognise that the job description asks for a wide range of skills. If you are interested in the role, but feel you are stronger in some areas than others, please do consider applying, making clear how you think your skills and experience might fit with what Sustain needs.

Sustain Digital Officer: Job description

Tasks and responsibilities

The Sustain Digital Officer will lead on:

  • The design of compelling content for use on and off-line including campaign materials, web pages, reports, magazine, and social media assets.
  • Maintain office PCs and provide software support for staff.
  • Review and deliver engaging email campaigns, ensuring quality and consistency, and analyse and report on email marketing activity.

The Sustain Digital Officer will also:

  • Help develop and maintain the code that runs Sustain’s websites.
  • Use our advocacy platform to create targeted online campaign actions.
  • Work to maximise the impact of Sustain’s online content.

The role is based in Sustain’s London office in the Bethnal Green area of East London.

The post holder will also undertake any other responsibilities in connection with the role that may arise from time to time.

Personal specification

We are seeking an all-rounder with excellent design skills, and a good understanding of coding, who has the ability to solve the day-to-day technical challenges that can arise in an organisation like Sustain. The successful candidate will have the following skills and experience:


  • Proven design skills, with experience of producing high-quality digital and printed materials using software such as Adobe Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop.
  • Experience of creating, organising, maintaining and trouble-shooting content of websites using a CMS.
  • Familiarity with creating, and analysing the success of, email marketing campaigns.
  • The ability to maintain PCs and solve IT and software issues.
  • A solid understanding of HTML and CSS.


  • Experience of web development and programming using PHP MySQL and JavaScript.
  • Familiarity with Google Analytics and SEO.

This post will report to Sustain’s Head of Digital, Gavin Dupee.

Job title: Sustain Digital Officer

Organisation: Sustain: The alliance for better food and farming

Salary: £29,263 per annum pro rata 0.4 FTE (equating to £11,705). Sustain matches pension contributions up to 5% of gross (available after a probationary period of three months)

Location: The post is London based, at Sustain’s office in the Bethnal Green area of East London

Position type: Part-time, six month contract for two days per week, dependent on skills, experience and availability, with the potential to extend

Working hours: Starting April 2019. Part-time, 2 days a week (equivalent to 14 hours per week, with some flexibility over times of working hours)

Other details: 20 days annual holiday, pro rata 0.4 FTE (equating to 8 days per annum) rising two days every year to a maximum limit of 25 days (pro rata). The office closes over the Christmas period, and this period provides additional holiday days

Equal opportunities: Sustain is an equal opportunities employer. 


Please send a CV, portfolio and covering letter addressing the person specifications set out in the job description above. 

Closing date for applications: 5pm, Friday 1st March 2019. Candidates to be invited for interview will be notified on 4th March. Interviews will take place on 8th March in Sustain’s offices. Unfortunately we are not able to provide feedback to those who are unsuccessful in getting an interview. We encourage applications from anyone with relevant skills and interests, but regret that we are unable to assist with finding accommodation, nor with visa applications. We envisage this work to start in April 2019.

Due to the nature of this role, and the importance of the candidate understanding and complementing the work of Sustain, we are unlikely to recruit a candidate put forward by a job agency.

The Sustain alliance is a registered charity (no 1018643) and a company limited by guarantee, which is registered in England and Wales (no 02673194). Registered office: The Green House, 244 – 254 Cambridge Heath Road, London E2 9DA