5Rights Foundation is seeking to recruit a Communications Manager to drive awareness, manage debate and help deliver on our pioneering and ambitious global advocacy objectives for the implementation of children’s rights in the digital environment.
This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced, dynamic and hands-on individual with a background in PR, communications, media or campaigning to play a central role delivering practical change for children, as part of a small organisation that has a reputation for creativity and a strong track record of changing narratives, setting the agenda and bringing together both the expertise and the public support to get policy over the line.
Reporting to the Director of Operations and working closely in particular with the 5Rights Advocacy Team, the Communications Manager will provide insightful and practical strategy support; craft and deliver impactful web, social media and print assets; professionally manage events, online platforms and communications projects as well as press and contractor relationships.
The Operations Team delivers cross-cutting support to 5Rights’ Advocacy, Research and Accountability teams, while ensuring the highest standards of professionalism and good governance. The Operations Team holds full responsibility for 5Rights’ corporate communications activities, and manages its Special Projects work where the responsibilities of the Advocacy, Research and Accountability teams intersect.
The Advocacy Team works to advance 5Rights’ goals around the world, through engagement with policy makers and regulators, working with partners and managing coalitions, and strategic communications. The core areas of focus are the UK, USA, EU and International (which includes working with the UN, OECD, Council of Europe and African Union as well as individual countries around the world).
The core responsibilities and tasks of the position are:
- Communications strategy development and implementation: Leading on corporate communications; supporting on strategic communications strategies
- Messaging, drafting: Crafting messaging and narratives and ensuring consistency across 5Rights output; drafting web, social media and print content
- Web and social media management: Managing our websites (including the review of the 5Rights website) and social media accounts to grow awareness and engagement with key stakeholders
- Events: Leading on/supporting with the management of 5Rights events (planning, promotion, development of assets, logistics, follow-up)
- Publications: Coordinating the development, design and distribution of 5Rights publications
- Communications campaigns: Conceptualising and implementing creative communications campaigns in support of 5Rights’ advocacy objectives
- Press: Managing our media relationships and profile
The position will be self-managing and have design, budgeting and coordination responsibilities for all the above, including identifying and managing external consultants and suppliers as needed.
This is a highly challenging and rewarding position for a professional with (at least most of the following attributes):
- A gift for clear messaging on a nuanced subject;
- A sharp mind and pen for impactful strategy and messaging;
- A meticulous eye for detail and proven ability to design and deliver high-quality communications products, managing processes from A-Z;
- The ingenuity to design strategies and practical solutions that make the most of our strengths and help us continue to punch above our weight;
- The reliability, patience and relentless focus required to get complex deliverables over the line, including campaigns, events and publications;
- The interpersonal, communication and leadership skills (including humility and self-confidence) to coordinate various stakeholders and build lasting positive relationships;
- Strong prioritisation and organisation skills to manage various processes and pieces of work in parallel;
- A can-do, action and solution-oriented attitude;
- Self-motivation and drive to work independently and cohesively within a remote team;
- The commitment, energy and enthusiasm to deliver on 5Rights’ ambitious mission;
- A solid knowledge of the political communications landscape either in the UK or at the EU level, and ability to rapidly deliver across our jurisdictions;
- Experience working with the press.
The following attributes are highly desirable but not essential:
- Experience working internationally and in culturally-diverse settings;
- Graphic design skills;
- Knowledge and/or experience of the policy fields of child rights, digital and/or data protection;
- Knowledge of other languages, notably French or Spanish.
The ideal candidate will demonstrate these skills though substantial professional experience and a track record of success in driving change.
5Rights Foundation is a policy and advocacy organisation that works towards realising enforceable, statutory regulation and positive change across technology products and services to protect the rights and welfare of children and young people online. We exist to build the digital world that young people deserve, allowing them to engage online creatively, knowledgeably, and fearlessly.
Our small team works globally for real-world impact on behalf of and with young people, pioneering change in how the digital world works, through shaping legislation, regulatory frameworks, and industry standards.
5Rights has been a pioneer for children’s rights in the digital world, across our 3 goals:
- Global standards for children’s data protection: we supported the development and introduction of the Age-Appropriate Design Code in the UK, which has already had an impact on how digital services treat children and is inspiring similar efforts in other jurisdictions. We sponsored a similar Code in California.
- Child-Centred Design: our work ranges from ground-breaking research into how design of digital services puts children at risk to supporting the creation of a new international industry standard for child-centred design. We advocate intensively for requirements for high standards of safety, privacy and security by design and default in key regional and national legislation.
- Children’s Rights: we worked with the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child to draft and see adopted a new international agreement that makes explicit - for the first time - that children’s rights apply in the digital world. We have published a Toolkit for making this goal a reality, endorsed by organisations and leaders from around the world.
Renumeration and Details
- Location: Remote position within GMT +/-1 timezone; If based in London, hybrid working in 5Rights London office space is available
- Salary: Circa £38,000 for UK-based candidate, with flexibility depending on experience; or equivalent net salary for a Belgium-based candidate.
- Working hours: Full time, with some accommodation necessary for work across time-zones
- Statutory pension contribution
- 25 days of annual leave
- No immediate line management responsibility
- Work equipment including a laptop will be provided
- Starting date: asap
- Reporting line: Operations Director, based in London
5Rights values diversity and we strongly encourage people from under-represented groups to apply for this role. We aim for our recruitment to be inclusive and equitable, and we strive to constantly learn and improve in this regard. Feel free to share your views and suggestions on how we could improve our approach with us via email to email@example.com.
How to Apply
Please send your CV and cover letter https://5rightsfoundation.peoplehr.net/Pages/JobBoard/Opening.aspx?v=e79d7276-ea3c-4fa8-b41e-70d015606d93 by 29th January.
We encourage early applications as we might invite strong candidates to interview ahead of the application closing date.
The latest dates for the first round of interviews will be held in the first week of February. Shortlisted candidates will be asked to complete a written task as part of our recruitment approach. The task will take 1-2 hours.
Initial interviews will be held over Zoom.