Job Title: Head of Communications
Location: London, Sheffield or Bristol, or from home, with some travel
Reporting to: Director of Policy and Communications
Contract: Permanent, Full-time (open to flexible working and would consider 28 hours/week)
Salary: £59,255 (£62,755 if resident in Greater London)
Date closes:Friday, 22nd April at 5pm
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Role Purpose

This is a great time to be joining a growing team at Power to Change, an independent Charitable Trust with an aim of backing people to grow community businesses that directly benefit their local area. In just six years, we’ve helped double the number of community businesses in England to over 11,000 through innovative funding, support programmes and research.

The Head of Communications will be responsible for overseeing the ongoing development of the organisation’s communications strategy and its effective delivery. The post holder is also responsible for managing the Communications team, to ensure that the public profile of Power to Change aligns with our organisational strategy, reflects our values and conveys our commitment to strengthening the community business sector.

As the organisational lead for stakeholder management, the post holder will be responsible for ensuring that the Communications team maps, engages and tracks our relationships with key stakeholders and will oversee and quality assure all of Power to Change’s public communications, including marketing, brand identity, website and advertising, including working with consultants and delivery partners. They will also oversee the process for managing engagement for Power to Change’s target stakeholders, tracking our influence and power over time.

Our vision and mission
Our overall vision is ‘powerful communities, better places,’ which we will deliver by pursuing our mission to ‘strengthen the community business sector’.

Our Objectives

To harness opportunities Growing and diversifying the community business movement is critical to its survival. We want to create the conditions and work with community businesses themselves to ensure a more diverse base of people can be involved in community business in different ways, from being board members and employees to volunteers, shareholders and customers. In particular, we want to ensure that we lower barriers for disadvantaged communities to develop community business ideas so that together we can build a more equitable move.

To increase engagement The world is changing, and community business can be at the heart of local solutions. We need to continue to build the case for the positive economic, social and environmental impacts of community business, and act as a catalyst to unlock the resources of government, the wider public sector, other funders and the private sector to grow the community business movement and deepen its impact. We will build the exemplars and evidence that can give others confidence to invest in community business.

To build capacity Community business leaders need the skills, knowledge and capabilities to thrive for the long term and build up their power. We will build their capacity to do so now and in the future. We also want to identify new market opportunities and routes to market such as digital that can support income generation and diversification for community businesses, building resilience over time.

Our values

Bold: We experiment, take risks and test new ideas. We move quickly to take advantage of opportunities.
Informed: We learn from research and from our delivery. We are responsive and adapt to what we have learned.
Open: We are transparent about our decision-making. We share knowledge and learning including what has not worked.
Collaborative: We work across sectors and respect others’ knowledge and experience. We encourage others who share our vision to bring about change.

To be successful in this role requires significant expertise with a strong experience of building strategic communications in response to the vision, mission and business plan of an organisation. Additionally, candidates should have a proven track record of successfully making the case for an issue or idea, involving a wide range of tools from public campaigning to stakeholder influence, digital strategies, press and PR. You will be working closely with other like-minded passionate professionals in our organisation to build the profile of a movement that will change the face of the country.

Key Responsibilities

Key Responsibilities:

  • Build Power to Change’s reputation and profile, in support of our new organisational strategy, using metrics to measure impact of our communications activities. Work with the Leadership Team and Board to develop Power to Change’s brand position.
  • Deliver against our Communications Strategy, including developing and overseeing delivery of high-impact campaigns.
  • Be the organisational lead for stakeholder management, ensuring we map, engage, and track our relationships with key stakeholders.
  • Ensure that our cross-cutting themes of equity, climate change and digital are strongly featured across all of our communications

Role Responsibilities:

  • Line manage, mentor, support and develop the Communications team.
  • Oversee and quality assure all our public communications, including marketing, brand identity, website, and advertising, including working with consultants and delivery partners.
  • Oversee the delivery of integrated campaigns, using media, events, digital to achieve goals.
  • Support the senior management team to craft compelling blogs, op-eds and oversee production of corporate documents (e.g.annual report, impact report, award submissions, bids).
  • Lead on commissioning and managing contracted agencies/partners as required.
  • Oversee the process for managing engagement for Power to Change’s target stakeholders, tracking our influence and power over time.
  • Oversee crisis comms and reputational risks.

Organisation Responsibilities:

  • Build external relationships with private, public and third sector organisations and individuals from relevant sectors.
  • Where appropriate represent Power to Change, attending events, monitoring developments, and providing visibility through social media content, blogposts, and analysis.
  • Manage the budget for the Communications team including planning, monitoring, reporting and authorising spend within agreed parameters, with the support of the Finance team.
  • Be an active and engaged colleague, taking part in support, and learning activities.
  • Ensure relevant data is maintained on Salesforce (working with the Data team). Provide ad hoc assistance to other team members as required.

Skills and Experience

  • Proven track record of successfully making the case for an issue or idea, involving a wide range of tools from public campaigning to stakeholder influence, digital strategies, press and PR.
  • Significant expertise with a strong experience of building strategic communications in response to the vision, mission and business plan of an organisation, including using metrics to measure impact of communications.
  • Strong organisational and project management skills with an eye for detail and accuracy.
  • Budget holding experience.
  • Track record of innovation, challenging existing processes and ways of working with creative ideas.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to negotiate and influence successfully.
  • Proven ability to influence a wide range of stakeholders.
  • A successful track record of working collaboratively with external partners.
  • Good understanding of and experience of working in the social enterprise, community business or think tank sectors.
  • Proven ability and motivation to mentor and develop high performing teams.
  • Demonstrable ability to produce published outputs to the highest written standards.

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