Home-based Communications Manager - flexible working options

£30, 000-£35,000
26 Sep 2019
21 Oct 2019
Contract Type

The role is home based working closely with the Director based in Cornwall, but will also require travel for monthly team meetings and potential attendance at events across the UK.  The working week is 37.5 hours Monday to Friday with flexibility available subject to deadlines and events.

The Institute for Research in Schools is a UK charity that facilitates students in schools to participate in cutting edge, university level research while still in school. We impact on both students and teachers, engaging more young people in the excitement of STEM and opening up the world of STEM careers.

We have been through a period a rapid growth and are now looking to recruit a communications manager to focus and harness our multiple communications channels, developing a strategy to support our activity with schools and stakeholders.

Role purpose:

Managing activities across our various communications channels and functions.

Key responsibilities:

Strategic leadership

  • Work with the Director to develop/deliver communications strategies across the entire spectrum of communication disciplines including: media and public relations, , internal communication, brand marketing, advertising, marketing, digital and social media and production of materials.
  • Report on and analyse all aspects of communications
  • Develop key messages, lead on creating and maintaining appropriate and consistent language and terminology across all media
  • Act as a ‘brand guardian’ ensuring consistency across all internal and external communications
  • Identify issues that could potentially damage the organisation’s reputation and recommend actions to mitigate this risk
  • Keep up to date on best practice within the charity sector generally and particularly changes to communications innovation, legislation and codes of practice


  • Lead on copy-writing and production of marketing materials and key publications including Annual Review
  • Design, copy-write and distribute regular e-bulletins to promote publications, programme activities, events and other key information
  • Oversee the management of a case study database


  • Take responsibility for the development and management of the website and blog, including generating content, making improvements to functionality, maximising its potential and monitoring its performance

 Social media

  • Manage and expand social media presence, sourcing and sharing newsworthy information from across the charity. Produce regular reports detailing social media activity to share with staff

Publicity and media

  • Increase the organisation’s profile across media, and with influencers and organisations
  • Act as a spokesperson when necessary
  • Develop relationships with target media representatives
  • Write releases, articles and statement
  • Respond to requests from the press for comments, views and supporting information and maximise opportunities for further engagement on relevant topics

Internal communications 

  • Enhance communications with colleagues and develop an understanding of the charity’s work and needs of its users
  • Provide training to staff on branding where necessary and ensure staff are well briefed on key communications issues
  • Analyse all aspects of communications on a monthly basis and prepare a report to present for Trustee meetings.

 Staff and supplier management 

  • Manage relationships with suppliers of services essential to communication work


  • Prepare and monitor annual communications budget


  • Take an active part in the charity’s external events
  • Support the charity’s fundraising, services, education and public affairs activities
  • Participate in cross-functional projects

The successful applicant will have a strong background in communications, preferably, but not essential, a knowledge of the UK Education system.  

To be successful, candidates will have the following attributes: 

Skills and experience 

Demonstrable ability to effectively:

1. Lead on both high-level strategic and hands-on operational work 

2. Deliver digital and wider communications strategies and campaigns with experience in using analytics to shape messages on specific platforms 

3. Manage, develop and grow websites 

4. Problem solve creatively and logically, addressing key issues and communicating to a range of audiences, internally and externally 

5. Manage internal and external relationships

6. Prioritise and work well under pressure on multiple projects with competing deadlines showing excellent time, project and budget management 

7. Work with diverse groups of people in a multicultural, team-oriented environment 

8. Communicate verbally and in writing with a wide range of audiences 

9. Recruit and manage external consultants and volunteers 

10. Connect with, and build relationships with media and potential influencers relevant to the organisation’s context 

Knowledge Familiarity with:  

11. UK education system 

12. Web content management systems and e-newsletter software including WordPress and MailChimp, development and design of programmes. 

13. Analytic tools such as Google analytics.


13. Attention to, and eye for detail 

14. Willingness to carry out administrative tasks and be flexible to meet the needs of the charity.

Applications should consist of a CV and a covering letter of no more than two sides of A4 explaining why you consider your self a suitable candidate for the role. Please email to by noon on 21st October.  Successful applicants will be notified by 28th October and will be required to attend an interview in Cornwall on 6th November.