Kensington, Greater London
£25,000-£30,000
Contract, Full-time
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Job description

The Earthshot Prize, which launched globally in October 2020, will be the most ambitious and prestigious of its kind – designed to incentivise change and help to repair our planet over the next 10 years.  

Crucial to the mission of The Earthshot Prize is our Digital Communication Officer to help us to tell the story of The Earthshot Prize to a global audience.

Digital Communications Officer – The Earthshot Prize

12-month Fixed Term Contract

£25,000-£30,000 per annum, based on experience

Kensington, London/Remote working

Working closely with the Head of Communications for The Earthshot Prize and The Earthshot Prize communications team, the successful candidate for the role of Digital Communications Officer will build on plans in place to execute and deliver the communications strategy and develop outstanding storytelling content for the Prize in its inaugural year. This is a unique opportunity to support an exciting, creative and high-profile global communications campaign, culminating in the announcement of the first winners of The Earthshot Prize in Autumn of 2021. 

The communications plan will be focused around a set of key moments throughout the year to build awareness of the Prize and build excitement and momentum toward the Awards itself. The Digital Communications Officer will work to support the plans around these key moments, through developing and delivering content stories for earned media coverage as well as through content development for our owned digital channels.  The appointed individual will work closely with an external agency, who have been appointed to deliver against our communications plan, as well as with internal digital teams.

The team delivering The Earthshot Prize will remain housed within The Royal Foundation until late 2021. At this point, The Earthshot Prize will become an independent entity. We expect this role, and the job holder, to transition to the new organisation at this point.

Principal Accountabilities

  • Supporting the execution and delivery of a truly global, diverse and inclusive communications strategy to position The Earthshot Prize as a new leader in both the environmental and non-profit sector. 
  • Developing content and communications activities which have reach and relevance in all major regions of the world so that the Prize becomes a recognisable global project and brand. 
  • Working with the Head of Communications to build a content development plan with a significant focus on digital and social media content to further the reach of the Prize with key audiences.
  • Support the design and delivery of a digital channel strategy for the Earthshot Prize’s current social media platforms including sourcing, creating and scheduling content for social media channels, working with our Global Alliance network and supporting agencies.
  • Support on our stakeholder communications work, developing content plans with our Global Alliance network, ensuring we are able to tell the stories of their work and collaboration with the Earthshot Prize on our channels and in the media as well as share our latest news and plans.
  • Maintain a communications calendar, covering all Earthshot Prize channels, which builds excitement and maintains interest in the work of the Prize.    
  • Undertake any other duties as may reasonably be required. 

Relationships (Internal and external) 

  • Key members of The Earthshot Prize and The Royal Foundation team.  
  • Members of the Kensington Palace team  
  • External communication agencies   
  • Key Earthshot Prize Stakeholders where and when appropriate.  

Person Specification

The Royal Foundation is a high-profile organisation, and the successful candidate will appreciate the importance of discretion and confidentiality and have a mature and professional approach. This role is ideal for a self-motivated, creative, and organized individual.


Key skills and Competencies

  • Strong communication skills, with an ability to excite and engage through the power of effective story-telling and create innovative content for a wide range of channels and audiences. 
  • Skilled at supporting the delivery of creative communications campaigns, notably through digital communications.
  • A creative approach to developing themes and social media activity, with the aim of growing/increasing social media audiences
  • Well-organized with an ability to see the bigger picture beyond day-to-day actions and deliver exceptional work at a fast pace. 
  • A self-starter who can spot opportunities and work across multiple tasks.
  • Solid writing skills and an ability to translate complex topics and issues to a wide range of audiences, particularly via social media.
  • Works well with external stakeholders, able to build, develop and maintain relationships with key partners of The Earthshot Prize. 
  • The successful candidate will have an excellent eye for detail, ensuring that external and internal presentation is perfect. 
  • A commitment and willingness to uphold The Foundation’s values in all areas of work.  

Experience and Knowledge 

  • Demonstrable experience working in digital communications, either in-house or in a communications agency setting. 
  • Strong and demonstrable social media campaign experience, including a track record of sourcing, preparing and distributing compelling social media content.
  • Experience in delivering communications interventions across both earned and owned activity.
  • Understanding and evidence of building communications content which engages a global audience across traditional and social media, marketing and digital channels. 
  • Proven success at building strong relationships with stakeholders to further the reach, awareness and overall communication objectives. 
  • Knowledge and experience using Social Media scheduling and reporting tools.
  • Experience using Content Management Systems (CMS) such as Wordpress, Hootsuite essential.
  • Experience in using Adobe Suite tools for editing social content (Premiere Pro, Indesign and Photoshop) essential.
  • Experience of climate change and the environmental sector is a plus. 

Practical Requirements  

  • Available to work beyond standard hours and to travel in UK as needed.  
  • Ability to speak another language to degree level would be welcome.   

This document is not contractual and may be subject to change following consultation with the post-holder.  

How to Apply:

To apply for the position please send your supporting statement, CV and diversity monitoring.

Please note that if the position has a high number of suitable candidates, we may close the position before the closing date of Friday, 16 April 2021 at 12 noon.

The Royal Foundation is an equal opportunities employer and therefore is committed to promoting equality of opportunity and diversity and to tackle any forms of discrimination within our working environment, whether on grounds of race, gender, sexual orientation, gender re-assignment, disability, age, class, religion or belief. These principles underpin our professional behaviour and are embedded in our policies, procedures, day-to-day practices and external relationships.

We are committed to protecting the privacy and security of your personal information.  

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Diversity Monitoring Form (.docx)
Digital Communications Officer JD (.pdf)
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Refreshed on: 06 April 2021
Closing date: 16 April 2021
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