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Join a leading, high profile UK-wide campaign for gender balance in science, engineering and technology. WISE provides expert support to a growing membership of over 200 organisations working across a wide range of sectors. Our small, friendly team operates from an office in central Leeds. HRH The Princess Royal is patron of WISE. Find out more at www.wisecampaign.org.uk
Job Title: Communications Director
Reports to: Chief Executive
A social enterprise providing B2B services to c200 members and other organisations seeking to attract, recruit and improve representation of women in science, technology and engineering, from the classroom to the boardroom; WISE has ambitious plans for growth. The Communications Director role is a unique opportunity to apply your professional skills in a high-energy, high-profile organisation which punches above its weight to bring about positive change for women, for business, industry and the UK economy.
This is a senior role for someone (male or female) who has the confidence, skills and experience to grow the reach and influence of the WISE campaign through an effective communications and marketing strategy. The strategy is critical to realising our vision of gender balance in STEM and our goal of one million women working in core STEM occupations by 2020. You will lead a small team providing expert communications and marketing support to promote activities and achievements across the business, using online and off-line channels as appropriate to the target audience. As well as taking lead responsibility for delivering value to our members from the WISE Awards, annual Conference and high-profile events with our Royal Patron, we are looking to the Communications Director to grow revenue from a new website and social media platforms. In 2018, Year of Engineering and the centenary of the first British women to get the vote, the new Communications Director will lead an exciting new project to mobilise the passion and commitment of individual women and men who want to support the campaign as role models, champions and ambassadors for WISE.
As a member of the WISE Leadership Team, collaboration with Operations, Membership and Development Directors is essential to the role, providing strategic advice and expert operational support to colleagues and presenting results, lessons learned and recommendations to the WISE Board.
Salary; £41,820 | 5% pension contribution for eligible employees. London weighting of £2,500 where applicable
Home-based with frequent visits to the Leeds office and ability to represent WISE at meetings in London and elsewhere in the UK. The WISE head office is within the Leeds College of Building’s Hunslet campus.
The post is full-time at 37 hours per week, Monday to Friday, although the ability to cover evening and breakfast meetings, with occasional overnight stays would be helpful to meet the demands of an external-facing, UK-wide role. We welcome applications to work flexibly, provided that a minimum of 30 hours per week is covered.
25 days holiday per annum plus bank holidays
The role will be subject to a 6-month probationary periodJob description
Successful track record in:
Skills and Knowledge
Please send an up to date CV and supporting letter of no longer than 2 sides of A4 with examples demonstrating a successful track record of achievement in a similar role and contact details for two referees to email@example.com
The closing date for applications is 12 noon on 26 April. Interviews will be held in London on Wednesday 16 May.
For an informal discussion about the role please contact the WISE head office on 0113 222 6072 to arrange a time to speak to Helen Wollaston, Chief Executive.
We aim to contact applicants who have been shortlisted on Friday 4 May. Unfortunately, we will not be able to inform applicants if they have been unsuccessful. If you have not been contacted by Tuesday 8 May, please assume you have not been shortlisted on this occasion.