Head of Communications

Head of Communications

About the role

To change the debate about fairness in the UK, we need to engage with the traditional policy stakeholders – the media, politicians, and a wide variety of experts. But we also need to engage with people outside the Westminster bubble. People from all over the country, of all backgrounds and political views, of every class, age, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, and level of ability or disability.

This role is about building bridges to the outside world, focusing on both our policy and public audiences, finding ways to get fairness onto the agenda.

The policy-focused aspects of the role will require plenty of strategic comms work. You’ll be building relationships with the key journalists, working out how to explain complex issues in simple and compelling ways, planning proactive campaigns and reacting to emerging opportunities for coverage.

The public-facing aspect is less well defined, but just as important. It could involve some combination of public polling, social media, partnerships with membership or campaigning organisations, or collaborations with musicians or artists.

We’d like you to start in March or April. By the end of 2022 you should have made measurable progress in building our media profile and in rolling out plans for engaging with the public.

This is a part-time role (three days per week), but it might possibly become full-time in the future. You can work your hours when you like as long as half of them are in ‘normal’ office hours. You can work from home anywhere in the UK.

We’ll pay you £28,800 per year (equivalent to £48,000 full-time), plus pension, on a permanent employment contract with a three-month probation period.

About you

We’re not that interested in your formal qualifications. We’re more focused on your attitude, your skills and experience, your values and your potential to excel in this role.

We need someone who knows how the media operates (and ideally has a relevant network of contacts), and who understands how to make complex and often abstract issues newsworthy.

We are looking for a gifted, natural storyteller who communicates well in writing and in person with people from a range of backgrounds. You should thrive on the uncertainty and the lack of structure of a start-up environment.

You need to be inventive, empathetic and open-minded, and to combine strategic vision with attention to detail.

You will need to show us that you have the following character traits in spades, in order to succeed in (and really enjoy) this role:

Accountability | Autonomy Boldness | Creativity Drive | Enthusiasm Flexibility | Generosity Humility | Humour Organisation | Reliability Resilience Resourcefulness Tenacity | Warmth

Diversity and inclusion

The Fairness Foundation’s core mission is to build a society where everyone has genuinely equal opportunities to make the most of their lives, which means that the structural barriers that some people and groups face have been dismantled.

We also recognise that, as an organisation, we need to reflect the diversity of the society that we work in, and that having a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture will make us more effective in achieving our goals, for a variety of reasons.

We actively seek candidates from under-represented groups, such as people from working-class backgrounds, women, black and minority ethnic people, people with disabilities and LGBTQ+ people, including people with personal experience of barriers to fair life chances, and from all regions of the UK.

How to find out more and apply

If you would like to have an informal conversation about the role, the organisation, your background or your potential fit, please contact Will Snell on 020 7173 4393 or by email at mail@fairnessfoundation.com.

Our online application form has just three questions (why we should hire you, why you want the job, and how you would get everyone talking about fairness). We’ll ask you to answer one question by recording a short video and the others in writing.

Applications are due by 23.59 GMT on 31 January 2022 using our online form. Interviews will be held in February for a start in March or April. First round interviews will be online. Second round will be in person (we will pay for travel).