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Stories Manager

Employer
Sightsavers
Location
Haywards Heath/ Remote (UK)
Salary
£34,845 - £44,000 – depending upon experience
Closing date
1 Aug 2021

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Stories manager

Our vision is of a world where no one is blind from avoidable causes and where people with visual impairments and other disabilities participate equally in society. Each year, we improve the lives of millions of people in the poorest parts of the world.

Sightsavers has an exciting new opportunity for an experienced and passionate stories manager to lead us in documenting the life-changing work Sightsavers’ supports across Africa and South East Asia

Salary:         £34,845 - £40,994 – depending upon experience

Location:     Haywards Heath/ Remote (UK)

Contract:     Permanent

Background

At Sightsavers we’re building a global creative team, combining story collection and content production. With this approach we’re aiming to strengthen our end-to-end storytelling, putting the experiences of communities, partners and staff front and centre, in content that motivates and educates our audiences. The content and stories team will respond to briefs from across the organisation, delivering consistent messaging and audience-focused communications that cut through to drive change.

As stories manager you will lead the stories function, which sits in the wider content and stories team, managing a team of five. You’ll help deliver our storytelling vision as well as leading story collection for our eye health work and keeping the organisation informed and inspired about available stories for use in communications and fundraising.

About you

You’ll be a storytelling geek with a huge passion for photography, video content and first-person, human-interest stories. You will be extremely knowledgeable about ethical and responsible storytelling and devoted to involving people in the documentation and telling of their own stories.

You’ll be an accomplished leader with excellent people management skills, and the ability to inspire your team as you transform a vision and strategy into reality. You’ll have experience of developing and embedding new processes across a story team and the wider organisation.

You’ll be as creative as you are strategic, with a proven history of collaboratively developing concepts in response to briefs. And you will be experienced in developing a story calendar and maintaining it as projects develop.

You’ll have a huge amount of experience working alongside African and Asian colleagues to plan and deliver stories collection activity, both in person and remotely. And you’ll have great relationships with photographers and videographers, having briefed and debriefed many in the past.

You’ll be an excellent organiser with unparalleled logistics planning, and the ability to adapt those plans on the fly with quick decision making and an unflappable approach to change. You can make things happen, quickly.

You’ll be technologically confident, especially using Microsoft Office systems and you’ll have a solid understanding of digital communication channels.

To find out more about this involved role, please read the job description

Please note that there will be an expectation that you can occasionally visit our offices in Haywards Heath, West Sussex (RH16 3BW) but work from home for the majority of the time.

Next steps

To apply for this exciting new opportunity, please complete an application via our recruitment portal. We are particularly interested in learning of your motivations for applying.

Closing date: 1 August 2021

We anticipate that remote interviews will take place in mid-August 2021 and the evaluation process will include a written task.

Benefits

In addition to being an easy 20-minute train journey from Brighton or 45 minutes from London, we offer some fantastic benefits.  Our comprehensive benefits package includes generous annual leave allowance, pension, season ticket loan, cycle to work scheme, discounted gym memberships and wellness discounts.

As an equal opportunity employer, we actively encourage applications from all sections of the community. Sightsavers is a Disability Confident Leader and qualified people living with a disability are particularly encouraged to apply.

Company

Sightsavers Head Office

35 Perrymount Road,
Haywards Heath,
West Sussex RH16 3BW

Postal Address

Bumpers Way,
Bumpers Farm,
Chippenham SN14 6NG

Sightsavers is an international charity that works in more than 30 countries around the world to eliminate avoidable blindness and support people with visual impairments to live independently. Sightsavers is headquartered in the UK and has over 400 employees. It also has branches in Norway, Sweden, Ireland, Italy, India, the United States and the United Arab Emirates.

Sightsavers works with partners in order to provide a comprehensive range of eye care services. In 2013, Sightsavers' projects provided eye health examinations for nearly 14 million people, performed 300,000 eye operations, and treated over 100 million people for neglected tropical diseases.

People are also referred for treatment to prevent blindness or restore sight. Through community volunteers in developing countries, Sightsavers distributes medication to prevent blinding diseases. The charity also trains eye care workers and surgeons and funds operations.

Of the 30 countries Sightsavers works in, 23 are in Africa. These include Mozambique, Mali, Liberia and Kenya. Sightsavers is also present in India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and the Caribbean.

In addition to its medical work, Sightsavers works with partners in order to train specialist teaching staff and supply glasses, Braille kits and other learning tools. The charity aims to educate communities and reduce stigma around visual impairment and blindness. Through its work, people with visual impairments and other disabilities are supported to live independently, get an education and earn an income.

Sightsavers is also a campaigning organisation, working with national governments to tackle the root causes of avoidable blindness, such as lack of access to clean water and sanitation facilities. The charity’s ‘Put us in the Picture campaign calls on the international community to make global development inclusive of the world’s 800m people with disabilities. The campaign’s vision is for all people to have equal access to employment, education, healthcare and participation in society.

Backing up Sightsavers’ work around the world is a strong research capability. Research and policy work revolves around three priorities – health, education and social inclusion. Gathering and disseminating sound research evidence helps to ensure the charity’s programmes meet the needs of the people they are designed to serve. Research evidence is also a strong tool when advocating for policy changes with governments.

Sightsavers has many partners that assist with its aim of eliminating avoidable blindness and may also provide funding. Partners include the UK government’s Department for International Development, the European Union and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Read our latest article on Third Sector: Sightsavers: Work for an award-winning charity tackling blindness worldwide

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Telephone
01444 446600
Location
35 Perrymount Road,
Haywards Heath,
RH16 3BW
GB
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