Media Communications Manager

An exciting opportunity for an experienced communications professional to join and shape a growing, friendly and flexible charity committed to advancing social justice through transforming representation in the media.

Sounddelivery Media is growing and we’re on the lookout for someone with great media engagement know-how and a passion to address how  communities are represented in the media and how their stories are told, to join our small but impactful team. We work alongside dynamic individuals and organisations addressing social injustice and social inequalities.  Our Media Communications Manager offers a fantastic opportunity to  influence the way issues are represented and talked about with people with lived experience central to conversations.  

Could that be you?

About Us:

Sounddelivery Media works alongside people with direct experience of social injustice and inequality to advocate for themselves and their communities publicly by providing training, support and  media matches,  media meet ups and media opportunities.  We work to address representation and diversity of voice in the media, finding platforms for our networks and building long term trusted relationships with journalists. We tackle the barriers that prevent these experts from engaging with the media. We also believe in a confident social sector able to develop and amplify lived experience stories and expertise to address social inequalities so work closely with charities to help them develop and train their own panels and spokespeople.

Our Spokesperson Network programme is a key part of our work and aims to create a network of media confident spokespeople, who have direct experience of social inequality.  As part of this programme we will create a community of practice to share learning with other charities looking to develop networks. 

Who We’re Looking For – The Role: 

You’d be joining us at an exciting time for our organisation.  This is a multi-faceted position that will increase the visibility of our spokesperson network,  broadening the speaking opportunities in the media, with policy makers and at events ensuring their expertise reaches a wider audience.  The focus of this role will be leading on the scaling up of the media presence of our spokesperson network as we welcome a new cohort of programme participants in the Spring and create ongoing opportunities for our wider network.   This role will also lead on convening other charities who are developing  spokesperson networks to learn from each other in a supportive community of practice. 

Working alongside our two-person team, you will work to engage with journalists and media professionals across a wide range of platforms seeking speaking opportunities for the network.

You will also be a part of the delivery of the training programme itself which will include attending a residential depending on covid guidelines at the time.

We’re an equal opportunities employer, aiming to recruit from a diverse range of backgrounds.

What You’ll Be Doing –  your responsibilities will include:

  • Engaging with the media on behalf of our network.  Building up our media database and connecting with journalists making them aware about the work of our charity, our spokesperson  programme, inviting them to speak with our network and building long term trusted relationships.
  • Maximising speaking opportunities, coordinating with the network when opportunities arise and supporting them to feel confident and prepared for interviews which could include helping them to hone their media messages. This might include going with the network member to interviews.
  • Seeking  out proactive long term opportunities for our spokespeople to be more visible and in the public eye this would include ensuring they are on relevant panels etc. 
  • Coaching and training of media spokespeople as part of this programme.
  • Sharing stories of our network online.
  • Sharing learning with our charities developing spokesperson networks.
  • Working alongside the team to input into the development of the Spokesperson Network and strategy of the charity. 

Who you are 

With a background in media relations and/or journalism you are someone with a passion for greater representation and diversity in the media. Someone who cares about the way issues are framed, reported and covered. You’ll be driven by a desire to amplify a network of new voices all with first-hand experience of a range of issues from the criminal justice system to care system, and to work closely with them so that they feel safe and supported in sharing their experiences and solutions for change. You are a self-starter, happy to work alone but also as part of a small team. You enjoy working directly with people delivering coaching and support to build their confidence and skills to be public spokespeople. You come with ideas to develop this work to have a bigger, positive impact. All staff who work at Sounddelivery Media will be asked to have a DBS check.

What skills and experience you’ll have 

  • Strong Experience working in media relations within a charity, journalism or similar.
  • Great media contacts/relations
  • Experience of pitching stories and ideas to journalists
  • Excellent written English and copywriting skills
  • Extremely well-organised and practical
  • Comfortable working independently on tasks
  • IT literate with multimedia experience – video, audio, visual content
  • Experience of working with communities underrepresented/misrepresented in the media. Experience of working with people who are using lived experience of social inequality to affect change within their communities. 

Why we’re good to work for

  • Flexible working in a friendly, supportive environment
  • A track-record in this work with great feedback from our clients.
  • Training provided as part of this role
  • We’re a new charity so this is a really great opportunity to shape the direction of the charity  alongside an incredibly supportive trustee board and a current staff team of three .  

Terms for the Role  

  • Salary: £38-40k per year 
  • This post has been funded for two years
  • 37.5 hour working week (Open to 4 days)
  • 28 days per year holiday, plus bank holidays.
  • 3% pension contribution
  • Access to an Employee Assistance Programmes Health Assured 
  • Working hours: flexible some evening/weekend work may be required.
  • Location: Currently home based, flexible working with bi-monthly team meetings in London. 

We welcome applications from people who are looking a 4 day week role

We are currently reviewing our office requirements.

Please note that this is a London based charity and our training predominantly takes place in London.

How to apply

Please complete our online form, here you will also be able to attach your CV and write your covering letter.

  • Applications close Monday 28th March at 5pm   
  • First Interviews  Monday 4th April, second interviews Friday 8th April  
  • Ideally candidates should be available from June/July 2022  
  • Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted
  • Apply with a CV and covering letter maximum 750 words as to how you meet the role specification and why you want to join our team with, examples of your work.
  • In your covering letter please let us know the date at which you are available to start and/or your notice period for your current role.

Please do get in touch if you want to ask any questions about the role, about flexibility in the work place or to let us know of any reasonable adjustments we can make to assist you in your application or with our recruitment process please email us at jude@sounddelivery.org.uk

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