Vacancy: Communications Assistant2022-09-29T11:49:38+00:00

Vacancy: Communications Assistant

Synchronicity Earth is looking for a Communications Assistant to join our small but ambitious Communications team to help tell the stories of our conservation partners and inspire further action to conserve overlooked species and ecosystems through our website, social media, publications, and events.

This involves working with the communications team to help plan, write, design, and edit materials in line with the Communications and Engagement Strategy.

About us

Synchronicity Earth is a UK-based, global environmental charity that funds and collaborates with organisations around the world that aim to make our planet a better place to live for all its inhabitants.

We are a medium-sized charity which supports partners working to protect less well-known species and ecosystems around the world that receive less attention but face the greatest threats. We do this through our conservation programmes, which identify, fund, and support organisations with a focus on: Amphibians, Asian Species, Congo Basin, Biocultural Diversity, Freshwater, and Ocean. We also support work across two other areas: the More than Carbon initiative, a portfolio of climate and biodiversity projects targeted at corporate donors; and the Synchronicity Portfolio, which aims to foster systemic change to promote a greater focus on biodiversity conservation within different sectors. Furthermore, Synchronicity Earth is a ‘host organisation’ to two UK organisations: Shoal and Flourishing Diversity. Our partners are mostly organisations embedded within their local communities, and often projects which also consider social impacts such as women’s health and empowerment, engagement with Indigenous Peoples, and sustainable livelihoods (e.g., small-scale fisheries) in addition to wildlife conservation.

Our workplace values and culture

We pride ourselves on having an open and inclusive culture. Our team supports each other and encourages new ideas and creativity to help us develop new projects and reach new audiences with our work. We aim to apply the same dedication to a flourishing diversity of people and wildlife on our planet through our programmes to our working environment and strive to make this environment open and inclusive for everyone. We recognise that the environment sector in the UK is close to the bottom in terms of the diversity of its employees, and we are actively committed to doing what we can to change this.

About this role

Synchronicity Earth is looking for a Communications Assistant to join our small but ambitious Communications team to help tell the stories of our conservation partners and inspire further action to conserve overlooked species and ecosystems through our website, social media, publications, and events.

This involves working with the communications team to help plan, write, design, and edit materials in line with the Communications and Engagement Strategy.

Specific responsibilities will include the following:

Storytelling

  • Learning about our conservation programmes and partners, and turning information about the projects into engaging blogs for Synchronicity Earth’s online audiences.
  • Conducting and writing up interviews with people within Synchronicity Earth’s networks, from inspiring conservationists to collaborators helping spread the message of conservation into different sectors (e.g., finance, food, fashion).
  • Assist the Communications team in creating key communications such as the Spotlight Annual Review, from writing copy to curating images for the designer.
  • Help create content for our social media channels (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn) to engage our different audiences.
  • Help source, sort, and edit images for Synchronicity Earth communications.
  • Provide communications support to hosted partners, such as Flourishing Diversity.

Fundraising

  • Join the cross-cutting ‘Events team’ at Synchronicity Earth to help plan and carry out Synchronicity Earth (virtual and in-person) events (including helping produce event invitations, presentations, and marketing materials).
  • Assist in editing and designing reports written by our Research Team for Synchronicity Earth donors when necessary.

Digital development

  • Assist the Communications team in developing Synchronicity Earth’s website e.g. writing and editing content, preparing images, setting up website pages on WordPress and help to ensure that all content is kept up to date.
  • Work with the Communications and Engagement Officer to keep Synchronicity Earth’s social media strategy current and effective in engaging our key audiences.

About you

This role was previously filled by Reefah Chowdhury on placement as part of the Race for Nature’s Recovery Programme. Read about her experience transitioning to the environment sector here.

Skills and experience required

  • At least six months of experience in a communications role or equivalent communications training/studies.
  • Excellent written communication skills.
  • Experience editing other people’s writing.
  • Skilled storyteller: be able to find the most interesting aspects of a project or case study and turn them into engaging stories across various platforms.
  • Experience using word processors and presentation tools, i.e. Microsoft Word, Google Docs
  • Experience using one or more of the following social media platforms: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, TikTok, and YouTube.

Your development: skills and experience from this role

The following list is meant to provide guidance for your application while also demonstrating the type of skills and experience you will develop as part of this role. If there is anything here which you have currently had no experience in, but would like to develop, then this would be a great role for you – please see the following section ‘Opportunities within this role’. Please let us know in your application if any of these particularly appeal to you, or you have some experience already.

  • Key skills and training: communications, fundraising, graphic design, and/or website development.
  • Gain experience in communicating technical or complex projects or ideas to a non-expert audience (i.e., explaining complex projects or scientific research).
  • Learn about Synchronicity Earth’s approach to supporting conservation and sustainable development.
  • Training in graphic design and photo editing, including using tools or software such as Canva and/or Adobe apps such as InDesign and Photoshop.
  • Gain experience in website development and maintenance, particularly WordPress.
  • Gain experience in planning and carrying out events.
  • Gain experience working on the production of audio-visual materials, such as short-form video content for social media.
  • Learn how to interview people for profile pieces, particularly people whose first language is not English (please let us know if you speak any additional languages to English).
  • Learn how to collect and analyse data, particularly in relation to digital communications impact.

Opportunities within this role

We are a collaborative and supportive team and we want to help the successful candidate develop skills following their interests in conservation communication. As well as developing the skills listed above, there are other opportunities to expand this role.

Alongside their communications work, the current members of our Communications team are supporting projects within our Synchronicity Portfolio aimed at systemic change, for example, supporting solutions-led communications with Conservation Optimism, working with the BBC Natural History Unit to produce short films for social media, and developing Synchronicity Earth’s work around equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) in the conservation sector. If you are interested, you would be able to join in with developing the Synchronicity Portfolio as well, and/or one of our cross-team working groups on EDI, engaging young people, and reimagining philanthropy.

Reporting, location, and work hours

This position is a permanent position (full-time, 5 days a week) that is based in the Synchronicity Earth offices in Central London, with the option for hybrid office/home working if the successful applicant wishes with 2-3 days a week in the office (laptop would be provided for home working).

The successful candidate must be already eligible to work in the UK.

Inclusion is a priority throughout our workplace culture, and is embedded in our recruitment process (and we are actively still seeking to improve it through employee and candidate suggestions). For example, the first stage of recruitment will be anonymised to mitigate against unconscious bias, and supported by a Guaranteed Interview Scheme (see details below). We welcome applications from people of all backgrounds for this role, particularly non-graduates, and are happy to discuss flexible working arrangements. Please let us know at any stage during the recruitment process if you have any accessibility requirements we can accommodate for you and which pronouns you would like to be referred to by.

Salary: £25,000 per annum FTE plus benefits (Full details upon employment).

Annual leave: 25 days per year for a full-time position (in addition to public holidays), adjusted for part-time. We also run an employer-supported volunteering programme, where employees may take additional time-off to volunteer for community organisations and other charities (in accordance with our policy).

How to apply: Please complete our candidate survey and send a cover letter (one side of A4) outlining any relevant skills and experience you have for this role, why it interests you, and any particular skills you would like to develop in this role, with your CV (no longer than two sides of A4). Applications should be sent via email and addressed to Nina Seale (hr@synchronicityearth.org). Please put ‘SE – Communications Assistant Oct 2022’ in the subject line.

Closing date for applications: 16 October 2022

Guaranteed Interview Scheme: We recognise that people from Black, Asian, and Minority-Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds and people with disabilities are under-represented in our sector, and that there are often additional barriers present for people from these groups when applying for roles in the charity sector and beyond. We aim to apply the same dedication to a flourishing diversity of people and wildlife on our planet through our programmes to our working environment and strive to make this environment open and inclusive for everyone.

As part of our commitment to attract and retain talented individuals from under-represented groups to the conservation and environment sector, if you belong to either of these groups, opt in to the Guaranteed Interview Scheme in our candidate survey, and meet the 80 per cent or more of the essential criteria for the role, you will be eligible for one of the 15 places on our Guaranteed Interview Scheme, which we offer alongside our standard recruitment process.

Expected first-stage interview dates: 17,18,19 October 2022