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Communications and Policy Manager

Leap Confronting Conflict
Finsbury Park, London (Greater)
£35,000 - £37,000
Closing date
29 Sep 2021

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The Communications and Policy Manager works with the Director of Income and External Affairs, Chief Executive and Senior Management Team. The role works closely with other colleagues across the wider Leap team to support their communications needs. The role will also work closely with Leap’s Young Ambassadors. We have ambitious plans to reach more young people over the next three years, which you can find in our strategy.

We have launched a new brand and new website in April which we want to build upon to scale up our reach and help us increase our supporter's base. We are looking for a new Communications and Policy Manager to join our small and dynamic team to help us build our profile and develop our online and offline presence. This is a varied role in which you will lead and deliver marketing and brand campaigns, produce engaging content and raise the charity’s profile with journalists and other key external supporters and influencers. You will work with young people to help represent their stories and voices through compelling case studies (written and spoken) to feed into our policy messages. You will manage the Communications and Policy Officer and support them in  their role.

The successful candidate will be a dynamic forward thinker with marketing and communication experience, ideally in digital marketing. You will be an excellent writer and editor who can develop creative content and visuals for online and printed marketing materials. Ideally, you will be a natural influencer with a can- do attitude who can work with different groups of people across and outside the organisation. You will have an interest in the wider issues facing young people and a commitment to the core principles of Leap - creative in our approach, responsive to the needs of young people and partners we work with and confrontational, holding individuals to account for their actions.

The closing date for applications is Wednesday 29th September 2021 (9am).

First stage interviews will take place via Zoom on Thursday 7th October.

Those successful will be invited to attend an in-person interview on Tuesday 12th October at our offices in Finsbury Park, London N4 3JU. Please let us know when you are applying if you are unable to make any of these dates as we will try to rearrange where possible.

To apply for this position, please send email attaching:

1. An up-to-date CV that details all relevant education and experience, paid or voluntary, in relation to the role that you are applying for at Leap

2. A supporting statement. In your statement please ensure:

  • That you address each point of the person specification. Shortlisting is made easier if you address each point in turn. • That you include contact details of at least two referees; one being your current or most recent employer (we will not make contact unless a provisional offer is made to you).
  • That you ensure you quote the job title (Communications & Policy Manager) in the subject line of your email.
  • Finally, please ensure that you have included mobile, and any landline telephone numbers where possible, as well as any dates when you will not be available or if you have any difficulty with the timetable outlined above

For an application pack please visit our website:


Leap Confronting Conflict is a national youth charity that works directly with young people struggling with conflict and also trains the adult professionals working with them. Based in London, Leap has 13 employees and 40 volunteers. It was founded in 1987 and has an annual income of around £1 million.

Leap offers a range of programmes that support young people to manage conflict in their lives. These include self-reflective group work, pastoral care outside of formal training and peer mediation. These programmes are delivered by an experienced team of trainers. Improving Prospects is Leap’s flagship community-based programme designed to give young people, aged 16-21, an insight into the causes and consequences of conflict. Two short courses are offered: Leadership and Choice to Change.

Leap supports young people’s engagement and progression by providing one-to-one input before, during and after training. On completion of the programme, young people may decide to become a Leap trainer, volunteer at Leap or with another organisation, return to education or secure employment.

The charity also offers training for adult practitioners. Training is intended to help them develop the skills and tools needed to better respond to young people at risk of violence, offending behaviour and also to those struggling with low self-esteem and aspirations.

Leap also works in partnership with schools, pupil referral units, youth offending services, voluntary sector organisations and local councils, among other organisations. It works with each organisation to design a programme that will best respond to its needs. Programmes support young people to gain understanding of themselves and professionals to develop their confidence and skills. Leap also offers consultancy services, supporting a range of organisations to gain a greater understanding of the way they manage conflict, enabling them to bring about lasting culture change.

Leap also runs projects on specific issues. In 2016, the charity launched a three year ‘Leadership and Enterprise’ project in the London boroughs of Lambeth and Southwark. The aim is to work with other organisations in the area to build relationship with young people either in, or at risk of being in, gangs. Another current project, ‘Peaceful Prisons’, is aimed at developing intervention to reduce violence in prisons. The three year project combines Leap's 20 years of experience in training prisoners and prison staff with the latest academic research on prison violence and the charity’s own research.

Leap’s work is delivered by internal staff, freelance trainers and volunteers. Young people are represented at every level of the charity - as trustees, staff, trainers and volunteers.

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020 7561 3700
Wells House (Unit 7),
5-7 Wells Terrace,
N4 3JU
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