Communications Assistant (Graduate Trainee)

We are looking for an outstanding graduate trainee in our communications team to support a wide range of communications work with its target audiences to build engagement, funding and support for UP’s vision of harnessing disruptive innovation to help poor communities around the world empower themselves.

We are searching for a graduate who is hungry for the chance to develop new skills, gain experience and be given real responsibility to learn the ropes while also helping make the world a better place; who will be given plenty of support and opportunities to learn if they are prepared to roll up their sleeves and work hard.

The trainee will support work to secure media coverage for UP – including managing and maintaining media contact lists, helping prepare and distribute media releases and material for journalists, selling-in stories to journalists and helping secure coverage.  They will also work on developing and managing UP’s social media profile – through helping maintain social media accounts, monitoring the social media environment and helping gather content and social media outreach from within the organisation. They will monitor UP’s profile in traditional and digital media, support work to develop and maintain UP’s website and print publications when required – including working with the wider team to gather content generated from within and outside the organisation, and help prepare, write and edit copy, and deploy design and content, under supervision.

The successful candidate will also help to research and maintain contact lists across key stakeholders, including work with the Fundraising Team and others on developing and maintaining UP’s contact management database. They will provide support organising events such as conferences, seminars, and supporter engagement and recruitment initiatives and support work to build relationships and influence with decision-makers and policy-makers.

The postholder will provide support to the Head of Communications and wider team on planning and coordinating a developing communications plan and schedule, organise team meetings, maintain planning tools, and other support systems and processes. They will also support work to embed UP’s new brand to key target audiences and across the organisation – including assisting with roll out of the new visual identity across UP’s country programme and teams as well as help organise and manage key brand assets such as brand templates etc.

We are looking for a graduate with bags of enthusiasm and drive for using the power of communications to advance a great cause. They should have an interest in news, public debate and the fast-changing world of contemporary communications. They need to be creative, ambitious, with a can-do approach – together with being organised and having good attention to detail. They’ll have to be able to work on their own initiative as well as part of a team – and must be flexible, willing and able to turn their hand to multiple different tasks as the work requires. It is vital they are comfortable and keen to range across work from administration and practical organising to helping with frontline communication work. A study background or other exposure to international development/affairs or related field would be a bonus – as would training and / or experience in use of written, video, digital, image-based and other format communication media. But not having these would not count possible candidates out.

Reports to: Head of Communications

Salary: £13,600

Contract: Fixed term; one year.

Location: Cardiff; possible travel to UP offices in London and Bakewell.

Deadline for applications: 9am, 19th June

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How to apply

To apply for this role please send your CV, our Equal Opportunities form (voluntary), a short covering letter (no more than two sides of A4) and the names of two references (one must be your most recent employer) to by 19th June 2017 quoting ‘Communications Assistant’ in the subject. All applications will be acknowledged but only successful applications will be contacted further. Referees will not be contacted without your prior permission. Please indicate if you wish to be considered for more than one of the current trainee roles.