Remote
£24,000 - £27,366 per year
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

Communications Coordinator

Permanent Contract
Job Ref: V405
Hours/Days per week: 35 hours per week – (Flexible days/hours)
Salary: £24,000 plus attractive employee benefits package
Start date: ASAP
Location: Homebased (access to office if required)

Closing date: 5th June 2022
Interview date and Location: Week commencing 13th June 2022

Volunteering Matters

At Volunteering Matters we use volunteering’s unique power to bring people together and build stronger, more resilient communities across the UK.

We bring people together to resolve some of society’s most complex issues.  From social isolation and loneliness; improving health and wellbeing; building skills, confidence, and opportunity; to ensuring young people can become change makers in their community, the impact that we make is great.  And we won’t stop until everyone in the UK has the opportunity to thrive. 

People-led and impact driven, we are a national charity that is deeply embedded in local areas across the UK.  We operate in five regions: London and the South East; Wales and the West of England; East of England; the Midlands and North West England; and Scotland and North East England.  We also have an Employee Volunteering Team with over 25 years’ experience, acting as a broker to provide tailor-made solutions to employers. We turn local knowledge and energy into action and progress, building stronger communities and a better future for all.

This is an exciting time to be joining the team.  We’re changing the way we work to meet new ambitions and make sure our impact continues to grow alongside out business. 

Role Purpose

We are looking for a creative and ambitious Communications Coordinator to join our small Communications Team. Our friendly team supports the work of Volunteering Matters across the UK, and the role of the Communications Coordinator plays a key role in helping us make the most of opportunities open to us externally and internally.

Your core responsibilities will be getting to know the work of our staff and volunteers across the UK; a key priority is collecting updates from our projects so that we can share our impact with external and internal stakeholders. You will be a big part of a small team responsible for supporting our projects, so you will assist the team in areas of organisation and administration as well as implementing filing and organisational systems. You’ll help with ad hoc graphic design, video editing, and administration.

During 2022, the Communications Team will work on a range of key projects, including the development of work on our family of brands, the delivery of two new websites as well as supporting our Partnership Team on our 60th anniversary campaign.  And lots more! It’s a busy, fast-paced role which requires a can-do attitude and an ability to adapt and prioritise tasks as they arise.

Our volunteers and the people we support are at the front and centre of what we do, so a strong commitment to our values is essential for this role.  A belief in the power of communities with a desire to platform volunteers of all ages and from all backgrounds is core to our work...

Key Duties and Responsibilities

  • Manage the administration related to the Communications Team including dealing with Canva design requests, ordering materials and scheduling meeting
  • Sourcing content and updates from our projects for our social media channels and internal newsletter
  • Responding to and managing requests that come through our shared inbox
  • Supporting the team in collecting information for the development of the Volunteering Matters and ProjectScotland websites.
  • Liaising with staff across the organisation to update and maintain our organisational calendar
  • Creating and maintaining a filing system for the Communications Team’s materials
  • To monitor our press coverage in local, trade and national press, capturing this information and creating a media log

Skills

Essential

  • Strong interpersonal communication skills and a passion for facilitating inclusive communication
  • Excellent written communication skills; able to write excellent copy that educates and engages audiences from website blogs to comments on social media
  • Excellent organisational skills and an ability to prioritise while meeting tight deadlines
  • Strong administrative skills with a keen eye for detail including proof reading
  • Confident using a camera for photography and video content
  • Passionate about using story telling as a method of creating content that engages audiences
  • Able to engage appropriately and effectively with a range of stakeholders through a variety of means
  • Excellent organisational, prioritisation and time management skills

Desirable

  • Experience using Wordpress, Mailchimp and Google Analytics
  • Basic understanding of productivity tools such as Microsoft To Do

Experience Required

Essential

  • Demonstrable graphic design experience using Canva, the Adobe Suite or similar
  • Using storytelling to create content to engage your chosen audience
  • Excellent understanding and experience of using social media
  • Basic video editing experience

Desirable

  • Experience of helping to organise events, shoots and/or campaigns
  • Experience using Microsoft Teams, Sharepoint, Google Analytics, and Zoom
  • Experience of working in the voluntary sector and/or volunteering in your community

Qualifications

Relevant experience and values alignment is more important for this role than specific qualifications.

Other

The post can be home based or office based. The postholder will require good internet access to enable remote working, and a suitable home office space. I.T. equipment and infrastructure will be supplied.

DBS/ PVG

This role doesn’t require full DBS/ PVG clearance.

Our Values & Way of Working:

In all that we do, we embrace a philosophy of ‘Freedom within a Framework’ and are guided by our values: Empowering, Inclusive, Compassionate, Positive & Straightforward.

This job description is intended to include the broad range of responsibilities and requirements of the post. It is neither exhaustive nor exclusive but while some variations will be expected, these will be at an appropriate level for the role.

Diversity & Inclusion 

Volunteering Matters welcomes all applicants and are keen to ensure our team reflects the diversity of the UK and the communities we serve. We encourage applications from disabled, LGBT and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds, along with candidates with any protected characteristics and from disadvantaged groups. 

Disability Confident & Reasonable Adjustments: 

We guarantee to interview anyone with a disability whose application meets the minimum criteria for the role. Please provide evidence in your application, which demonstrates that you meet the level of competence required in the “Experience/Skills” section of this advert. To be considered for a guaranteed interview or to discuss any reasonable adjustments during the process, please state this in your application or contact our HR team for more information.   

We have also committed to the following pledges which positively encompass our recruitment and selection processes and methodology: The Promise, Show The Salary, Salary History. 

Benefits 

Our employee benefits reflect our culture which is built on an approach of full flexibility with accountability, and designed to let you make your most positive contribution; we offer Flexible Working by Default (re hours & place of work), Unlimited Annual Leave, Employee Pension scheme, Life Assurance, Cycle to Work Scheme, Season Ticket Loan, Employee Assistance Programme, enhanced sick and family leave. We are also open to discuss job share applications. 

GDPR Statement 

If you apply for a role with us, we will retain your contact details including your name, address, email address and phone number to help us manage your application for up to 6 months.  We will not use your personal data for any other purpose or share it with any third party. You can contact us at any point to update your personal information or ask us to delete it from our records.   

Posted on: 25 May 2022
Closed date: 05 June 2022 at 23:59
Job ref: V405
Tags: Volunteer Management, Social Work