Senior Communications Manager
We have ambitious plans to help reverse the decline in wildlife on all the land in our care. We aim to create 25,000 hectares of new habitats by 2025 - the equivalent of more than 33,000 Premier League football pitches.
Many people have little idea about the incredible work that we do at our outdoor places – but you’re going to help change that.
We’re never short of a story or two, so making a noise isn’t what we’re after. We want our communications and media approach to make a real difference.
It’s an exciting role, with a big audience, and the chance to make your mark at one of Britain’s best-loved charities.
What it's like to work here
We provide the best possible working environment for you throughout the building whilst also promoting and fostering a sociable Heelis Community. Do great things for us and we’ll do great things for you and your career.
Heelis is the Central Office for the National Trust; it was named after one of the Trust’s biggest benefactors Mrs William Heelis. There are approximately 700 staff from across the Trust’s directorates, including the Executive team and the Director General, are based here.
Heelis was designed to be highly sustainable and has won a number of nationally recognised awards. Designed by Feilden Clegg Bradley Architects in 2005, this architectural gem uses timber from our woodlands and wool from Herdwick sheep grazed on Trust farmlands, to help make Heelis a unique working environment.
What you'll be doing
Working alongside the Head of External Communications, the role will devise and deliver an integrated communications strategy which will promote and raise awareness of our nature conservation work using a range of different channels from media relations to maximising the potential of our own channels.
It will ensure our communications are clear, consistent and well-targeted, aligning strategic messaging across our channels, and bringing our charitable cause to life with smart, engaging and audience-focused content.
The role is a key leadership role within the team, shaping the Trust's external narrative and building understanding and support for what we do across a wide range of audiences.
The role will be highly collaborative, working across the Trust to build close working relationships with a wide range of stakeholders both internally and externally. It will also have responsibility for managing contentious issues and protecting the Trust’s reputation.
You will be advising the senior team and build strong relationships with senior journalists. You’ll be plugged into the wider political and media debate and already have an extensive network of contacts. You will manage a small team, coaching and supporting their development and will act as a trusted advisor to large network of regional and property teams.
Who we're looking for
You will have extensive media relations experience and communications expertise, built up within a journalism or PR background.
•You will have an outstanding track-record for delivering impactful stories, campaigns and highly effective integrated communications plans within a big, complex organisation.
•You’re someone who can build relationships quickly and effectively, and is experienced at providing support and advice to senior stakeholders across the organisation.
•You will have a passion for conservation, wildlife and nature and be a natural story-teller who knows how to write engaging content, which appeals to a wide range of audiences.
•You’re someone who plans activity carefully and strategically, ensuring it’s helping to deliver our objectives.
•Measuring and evaluating success will come as second nature to you. But you’re also a self-starter with a quick eye for spotting a PR opportunity and turning it into a story.
•You’ve managed teams before and have a track record for improving and developing your people.
•Cool and calm when faced with reputational issues, you will have a track record for leading on the response to crisis situations and advising senior stakeholders.
•You’ll also need to be good at building close working relationships across a wide range of teams, locations and levels. And a sense of humour would be an added bonus too.
Looking after you
•Health cash plan – from as little as £2.81 per month for you and your dependents
•Pension contribution match up to 10%
•EAP and proactive Health and Wellbeing
•Discounted gym membership
Looking after your career
•Grow your career through professional training courses across the Trust
•Develop your skills with an internal secondment
•Pay review linked to values and behaviours, commitment to progression
•Income protection due to illness
Unique to Us
•Work in some of the most beautiful, iconic and unique locations in the UK
•Free entry to NT properties for you, a guest and your children (under 18)
•20% off in our retail and catering outlets
•Discount up to 35% off a National Trust holiday cottage booking
Closing Date: 1st April
For more information and to apply, please click the application button below.