We're hiring a Communications Officer!

The Mammal Society is seeking a talented Communications Officer to lead our social media and supporter comms.
We're hiring a Communications Officer!

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The Mammal Society is seeking a talented Communications Officer to lead our social media and supporter comms.

This would be a great early career opportunity for someone driven and seeking experience in a science and conservation charity. Formal qualifications not required.

Mammal Society - Background 

Established in 1954 we are a UK based charity devoted to the study and conservation of the mammals of the British Isles. We aim to raise awareness of the issues mammals face and share our scientific research so they can be best protected in the future. A small team of staff delivers big results through coordination and promotion of surveys, trainings, campaigns, publications and events that inspire, inform and mobilise our members and supporters and support the work of grassroots mammal groups and individual volunteers.

Following a change in leadership, The Mammal Society is undergoing a period of review and refresh in its vision, mission and approach. We are seeking a talented, enthusiastic Communications Officer with a passion for nature, science and conservation who will help to define the public face of The Mammal Society as we enter this next phase, building support for our vital mission and engaging new and existing audiences in our campaigns and citizen science projects.

The Mammal Society is committed to being an inclusive and disability-friendly employer and is keen to attract applicants from a range of backgrounds. All applications will be anonymised and shortlisted via a consistent and transparent points-based process against the requirements of the role as set out in the Job Description and Person Specification. The role is home-based, and interviews will be conducted via Zoom unless a candidate raises an issue with this format, in which case an alternative will be arranged to satisfy any requirements for inclusion.

Job Description & Person Specification

Main purpose of job

Support and promote the work of The Mammal Society through the creation and delivery of high quality, engaging and innovative content through a variety of online and off-line channels.

Permanent, Full Time

Salary: £23,000 per annum

Place of Work: Home, with a minimum of four face-to-face team meetings (at different locations around the UK, sometimes involving overnight stays) for which travel expenses will be paid.

Line Manager: CEO

Main duties

  • Develop, write, and edit engaging communications for a variety of channels, including social media posts, press releases, blog articles, and publications
  • Respond appropriately and promptly to enquiries via email and social media channels, consulting as required with team and council, ensuring strong supporter journeys and a positive professional public face of The Mammal Society
  • Track analytics and create reports on outcomes of communications campaigns
  • Maintain digital media archives including photos, videos, and infographics
  • Respond to media inquiries and contribute to media outreach with staff and Council colleagues
  • Monitor communications channels for issues and opportunities related to public perception of The Mammal Society and our mission, including potential partnerships, linkages and relationships with organisations, campaigns, and high profile individuals
  • Design and deliver regular and clear internal communications to support joined-up and effective collaboration between staff, Council and volunteers
  • Provide support for other Mammal Society initiatives as requested by the CEO

Person Specification

The Mammal Society is committed to equal opportunities and invites applications from all backgrounds. We consider skills and competencies proven through experience (including volunteering and/or personal projects) as valuable as qualifications and training.

No applicant is expected to embody every aspect of the person specification. Training and development support will be offered, and this role would suit an early career candidate looking to develop skills and experience across a range of areas in a charity context.

  • Excellent communications skills, able to adapt style for different audiences and purposes
  • Experience and expertise in social media channels including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter etc
  • Creativity and imagination
  • An eye for detail and commitment to accuracy
  • Ability to work well independently and with a team
  • Initiative and resourcefulness, ability to innovate and problem-solve
  • Excellent time management skills and the ability to juggle multiple projects simultaneously
  • Able to give, receive and respond to feedback constructively
  • Adaptability and flexibility, able and willing to respond quickly to challenges and opportunities
  • Knowledge of design and video editing software would be an asset
  • Experience of press engagement would be an asset
  • Understanding of communications, public relations and marketing best practices
  • Ability to think strategically and identify ways to improve communication efforts

How to apply

To apply, please submit your CV with a covering statement of no more than 750 words explaining your suitability for the role as outlined in the JD and Person Specification.

We would be grateful if you could also complete and return an Equality & Diversity Monitoring Form, but this is optional and may be submitted separately. 

Submit your application to: ceo@themammalsociety.org 

Deadline for applications: 9am, Tuesday 11th April

Interviews: Week commencing Monday 17th April

Download a copy of the Job Description here.

All applicants will be notified of the status of their application. As we are a small charity we cannot offer individual feedback to non-shortlisted candidates.

More info on our current vacancies at www.mammal.org.uk/vacancies


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Go to the profile of Thirza Loffeld
over 1 year ago

Thanks for sharing, Emily! 

@Lara Reden : maybe of interest? 

Go to the profile of Lara Reden
over 1 year ago

Thanks for flagging this, @Thirza Loffeld!

Go to the profile of Thirza Loffeld
over 1 year ago

you're welcome, Lara :)