Communications Manager

The Ecological Land Cooperative (ELC) is a social enterprise based in Brighton, East Sussex. We exist to create affordable access to land for new entrants to ecological agriculture and mixed farming. Following the successful delivery of our first two sites, clusters of three ecological small farms in Mid Devon and East Sussex, we have also purchased and are in the process of developing three further sites across the South of England and Wales. We have an ambitious plan to add five more smallholding sites to our portfolio over the next four years.

We currently employ one full-time and five part-time staff, and strategic direction is led by ELC’s Board of Directors, which currently has five members who are elected at the Cooperative’s AGM. There are currently 485 members of the Cooperative.

We believe that ecological land-based livelihoods can help solve some of the most pressing environmental and social problems of our time, and we seek to marry ecological principles with sound business practice to help more people live and work on the land. This type of small-scale ecological production delivers a number of benefits including protecting the environment, building vibrant rural communities, providing employment and training, and supporting healthy diets through affordable, local produce.

Beyond this, our vision is one where land is valued and used as a means to enhance our collective good. At present, land in the UK is the target of financial speculation; in contrast, our model champions a collective, ecological and cooperative vision of land ownership and land use.

Communications Manager - 1 day per week

Recruitment Timeline

The closing date for applications is midnight on Monday 4th January 2021.

We are expecting to hold interviews on Thursday 28th January 2021.

To apply for this role please send a copy of your most up to date CV, details for two referees and a covering letter detailing why you are a good candidate, including information on how you meet each point of the person specification to sonia@ecologicalland.coop with the email subject 'communications manager' by midnight on Monday 4th January 2021. Please also complete and return the Applicant Monitoring Form (below) with your CV and cover letter.

We want to hear about your suitability for the role but if you could keep your letter down to two pages of A4 that would help us when shortlisting.

Job Description and Person Specification

The Communications Manager is responsible for developing the ELC’s communications strategy and maintaining ELC’s outward facing communications both digitally and in printed media, supported by and reporting to the Coordinator.

Hours and Remuneration

1 day (7.5 hours) per week. The post is expected to be home based with the opportunity to work flexible hours and occasional visits to Brighton to meet with colleagues.

£28,821 per annum* pro rata, actual salary for 1 days (7.5 hours) per week £5,764.20 per annum (£14.78 per hour) plus up to 4% matched pension contribution.
* the ELC has a flat payment structure, with all workers paid at the same rate. As soon as our organisational productivity exceeds our business plan targets, we’d like to increase the level of pay across the organisation.

Job Description

●    Working with the ELC team to identify communications needs across the organisation and developing the ELC Communications Strategy and workplan to ensure these needs are met.

●    Coordinating the production of all communications and promotional media materials for ELC including videos, flyers, leaflets, banners, brochures, booklets, reports etc. as required.

●    Working with the Information Systems Manager to ensure the ELC website is up to date, relevant and fit for purpose.

●    Ensuring that the ELC house style is maintained throughout all communications materials both printed and digital.

●    Collating information for, writing, and distributing the ELC quarterly newsletter.

●    Using the CiviCRM database to maintain mailing lists and coordinate mailouts with support from the Information Systems Manager.

●    Maintaining the ELC social media presence through facebook, Instagram, twitter and any other suitable applications in conjunction with other members of the ELC team.

●    Identifying appropriate publicity channels and generating a media presence for ELC including preparing press releases and media briefings, blog posts, articles etc. in conjunction with other members of the ELC team.

●    Support other ELC team members to carry out media work.

●    Being the first point of contact for press enquiries.

●    Creating, maintaining and tagging a database of ELC photographs for ease of retrieval.

●    Supporting the ELC team in carrying out communications work, including public community consultations for planning applications.

●    Any other aspect of communications work considered reasonable.

●    Contributing to the work of the ELC as part of the staff team, including team meetings, strategic planning and away-days, and team-building or social events.

●    Maintaining good records of communications information using the Google Drive filing system.

Person Specification

Essential Skills and Experience
●    At least one year’s experience of handling all aspects of communications for a small organisation.
●    Experience of implementing a communications strategy.
●    An understanding of the opportunities and challenges for communication faced by small organisations.
●    Excellent writing skills and the ability to tailor written communications for a range of audiences.
●    Experience of using a range of social media platforms to communicate with a variety of audiences.
●    Experience of using a website content management system to create and manage web content.
●    Experience of using photo manipulation software to optimise the use of images for a range of media including print and web.
●    Excellent proofreading and copywriting and editing skills.
●    Strong IT skills, including the Microsoft Office suite of programmes and desktop publishing software.
●    Commitment to the aims and objectives of the ELC.    
●    A commitment to working cooperatively.
●    Strong team player, capable of working well in collaboration with others, and able to both take responsibility and respect the decisions of others where appropriate.
●    Demonstrated ability to work well under pressure.    

Desirable Skills and Experience
●    Experience of working within the environmental movement or third sector.
●    Experience of the low-impact movement or agroecological farming    .
●    Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain professional networks.
●    Familiarity with online tools such as Google Drive, Slack and CiviCRM.
●    Experience of co-operative management and inclusive decision making.
●    Experience or an understanding of the challenges of working remotely.
●    Experience of working as part of a small and diverse team.

Nov 2020