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Banbury, Warwickshire (Hybrid)
£25,000 per year
Part-time (28 hours per week)
Job description

Our Communications and Advocacy Manager will oversee all communications, media work and advocacy for the Royal Forestry Society (RFS).

About the RFS

For more than 140 years, the RFS has dedicated itself to sharing knowledge on the art and science of woodland management so that the accumulated wisdom and experience of landowners, foresters, arborists and others is transferred from one generation to another.

Communicating effectively to our membership and beyond through our print and digital media and through our advocacy work is key to achieving our objectives.

Transparency, honesty and equity are important for our small team. Everyone is supported and valued for the important role they play in the charity. We are flexible and accommodating in the way that we work together.  The successful candidate will receive a tailored training package and will be supported in their progress and development by their line manager.

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Help develop and deliver and take responsibility for coordinating RFS Communications & Media strategy and public relations (PR) plan.
  • Provide line management to the RFS Digital Communications Officer.
  • Provide oversight of overall functionality, content, layout, and aesthetic of the RFS website as well as oversight of web and social media analytics.
  • Keep abreast of political, and especially forestry policy developments and innovations, in order to advise RFS colleagues regarding appropriate responses and actions and assist with the composition and submission of relevant consultation responses as required.
  • Write the news section for each issue of the Quarterly Journal of Forestry (QJF) and identify appropriate contacts for possible future articles that the editors can follow up.
  • Communicate strong, positive, and informative messages about the value of forestry in its broadest sense, and the work of the RFS to our membership and to a broader audience.
  • Research, commission, and place articles in target publications.
  • Forge or strengthen contact with identified media and political/policy sources, including being a first point of contact for television and radio broadcasters.
  • Create and commission case studies, blogs, and other digital media material.
  • Liaise with representatives from other forestry sector organisations to enable knowledge exchange and collaboration as required.
  • Play an active role in promoting RFS events and initiatives as required.
  • Develop current digital events (for example, RFS Book Club) to reach broader audiences, alongside the Digital Communications Officer and Training and Events Officer.
  • Arrange QJF Editorial panel meetings, Media Team meetings and PR and Comms Advisory group meetings.
  • Schedule, compile, edit, and publish the e-news bulletin for RFS members, on a fortnightly basis alongside the Digital Communications Officer.
  • Compile and manage a Communications and Content Calendar alongside the Digital Communications Officer to prepare clear messaging plans and ensure consistency across platforms (print & digital).
  • Represent the RFS at other external events when required.
  • Undertake other duties as reasonably requested, including support for other team members and cover in their absence.

Ideally, candidates will be based reasonably close to the RFS office near Banbury.  Remotely based candidates will be considered, but the successful candidates will be expected to attend face to face meetings at the office at least 2-3 times per month.

Candidates will need to be willing and able to travel for an average of 3-4 days in each month, attending meetings and conferences, occasionally requiring an overnight stay. Time off in lieu (TOIL) will be provided when required to work outside of normal contracted hours.

Person specification
Essential characteristics

  • A confident communicator, able to work across different teams.
  • An interest and appreciation of the value of trees and forestry.
  • Good judgement of what makes engaging content.
  • Advanced written English, editing and proofreading skills.
  • Personable and positive, and capable of developing good professional relationships internally and with partner organisations.
  • Demonstrable project management and organisational skills, with attention to detail and an ability to juggle different projects at the same time while maintaining high standards.
  • A commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion and a desire to communicate effectively to people from all backgrounds and communities.
  • Able to thrive in a fast-paced, varied environment with flexibility and the ability to think on own feet to produce creative solutions.
  • Proven ability to communicate across multiple media and to act as a trusted spokesperson.

Essential Skills and experience

  • Excellent organisation and planning skills
  • Current or recent experience of working in the media, policy or public relations.
  • Experience delivering a variety of innovative and successful communication campaigns.
  • Experience in using digital media in professional environment.
  • A full UK driving licence and the confidence to drive to any location in England and Wales.


  • Experience of line management.
  • A degree or professional qualifications in a relevant area.
  • Knowledge of Government’s forestry and environmental policies.

This post is subject to satisfactory references.

Posted on: 05 December 2023
Closing date: 03 January 2024 at 17:00
Tags: Communications, PR,Digital

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