COMMUNICATIONS AND MEDIA OFFICER

Hours: 21 a week

A number of our staff work flexibly and/or remotely. Please talk to us at the interview stage about the flexibility you need. We are open to various possible working arrangements for the candidate who is the right fit for the role.

Salary: £28,500 pro-rata

Deadline: 2 Feb

ABOUT THE CENTRE

The What Works Centre for Wellbeing’s vision is of a future where the wellbeing of people and communities improves year on year and wellbeing inequalities are reduced.

The Centre believes that improving wellbeing should be the ultimate objective of policy and community action.

The Centre’s mission is to develop and share robust, accessible and useful evidence that governments, businesses, communities and people use to improve wellbeing across the UK.

APPROACH

Independent: The What Works Centre for Wellbeing acts as an impartial convener of people with different views and perspectives, and speaks up about findings – both when they confirm accepted wisdom and when they challenge it.
Evidence-based: The What Works Centre for Wellbeing aims to be evidence-based in what it does. The Centre believes that decision making should be informed by the best possible evidence, and that everyone has a role in contributing their findings on what works. The Centre brings together the best evidence from wellbeing research to help guide actions that improve people’s lives.
Collaborative: The What Works Centre for Wellbeing works in partnership, where possible, building on and using the best work in the field wherever it’s done. The Centre adds value by connecting academics, organisations, decision makers and individuals in meaningful and productive conversation and action.
Practical: The What Works Centre for Wellbeing is focused on what organisations can do to improve wellbeing, producing evidence that is actively useful and valuing learning from practice. The Centre listens to a wide range of people, and share evidence in ways that is accessible, relevant and useful.
Open: The What Works Centre for Wellbeing aims to encourage new ideas and approaches to its mission. The Centre recognises that there are different views about wellbeing, and that the discipline is evolving – therefore welcomes this diversity. The Centre is open to what it can learn from a range of approaches and findings.
Transparent: The What Works Centre for Wellbeing aims to be as open and transparent as possible about its work, so that others can do it too.
Iterative: The What Works Centre for Wellbeing aims to learn from experience, and encourages others to do the same by investing in new approaches to understanding and improving wellbeing. The Centre believes that creating robust evidence is a journey and that each step is worthwhile. In so doing, it supports others on their journey so we can build better evidence of wellbeing together.

We work with a network of world-leading wellbeing researchers, policy makers and practitioners to bring together the best available evidence on wellbeing, and communicate it in a way that is accessible, timely and useful.

Further information about the Centre is available on our website.

THE WHAT WORKS NETWORK

The What Works Centre for Wellbeing is part of the What Works Centre network. The What Works Centres have been set up as independent centres with the aim to bridge between research knowledge (evidence) and practice for key decision-makers in the UK. This initiative aims to improve the way Government and other organisations adopt and generate evidence for more effective decision-making.

The overall aim of all Centres is to translate and make the best available evidence accessible, implementable and measurable, whilst continuing to contribute to evidence generation through assessing impact and learning from the implementation and adaptation of the existing evidence.

ABOUT THE ROLE

We are looking for a digital and media-savvy communications officer to join our friendly team. You’ll help implement our communications strategies to build awareness of the Centre’s work. We’ve spent five years carrying out high quality research with top UK universities, and other organisations, to develop evidence on what works for wellbeing. Now we want to make sure our media work is as successful as our social media engagement.

The ideal candidate will be someone with excellent organisation skills who can manage our thriving weekly schedule, and work across multiple projects within the Centre. You’ll have a proven track record of success of turning research into media coverage. You’ll also be confident at organising events, both online and in-person. You will excel at writing and editing, whether for blogs, press releases, or policy briefs.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Working with internal and external stakeholders to help plan communications and PR activities for the Centre’s research and other resources.
Managing our busy communications calendar and tracker, including spotting opportunities to maximise exposure to Centre products.
Support message development, and social media content creation, including using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop (training can be provided for this software).
Develop and disseminate public relations materials that increase our visibility for our target audiences in local government, civil service, charity, researchers, and business.
Build and maintain relationships with journalists and bloggers that will help advance our work.
Horizon scan for events and current issues to help spotlight our work in relevant ways.
Ensure digital marketing content aligns with our brand’s identity and message, and assist with social campaigns as needed.
Support with communications aspects of Centre events across the UK.
Use Google Analytics, including Google tag manager, and Twitter analytics to carry out monitoring and reporting for the Centre’s website (training can be provided).

ESSENTIAL CRITERIA

An organised approach to your work.
Proven success securing national and sector-specific media coverage and/or blog features – writing press releases, media briefings, and pitching to journalists.
Excellent partnership working skills.
Ability to write compellingly, and for a variety of audiences.
Event organising experience – whether workshops, webinars, or conferences.
Experience creating content for social media, specifically Twitter.

DESIRABLE

Evidence of having turned research findings into engaging news and feature items
Experience with Adobe Indesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop
Comfortable using Google Analytics to draw information on insights into user behaviour

TO APPLY

Please send your CV + cover letter to info[at]whatworkswellbeing[dot]org

Deadline Sunday 2 February



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