Head of Communications

Head of Communications

Harris Hill has an exciting opportunity for a Head of Communications to support a charity for 3- 6 months on a full time basis, based in Burgess Hill or Wakefield.

The Head of Comms will Lead and manage the marketing, communications and fundraising function for the Trust.

Devise and lead the Trust's external communications strategy, ensuring the organisation has clear and deliverable plans to maximise impact and awareness and deliver its mission.
Devise and implement a communications and brand strategy to support the delivery of the Trust's Five Year Strategic Plan
Develop and oversee implementation of marketing and communications plans to support the Trust's business objectives Manage and coordinate all Trust marketing and communications activity including digital/social media campaigns, press, publishing, web, events and internal communications ensuring high quality, engaging and appropriately targeted content
Oversee delivery of effective staff communications and engagement including change communications programmes
Deliver creative and impactful communications to extend awareness of the Trust's work and increase its reach into key areas eg supporters, donors
Lead the development and management of the Trust brand, ensuring all activity follows best practice and is consistent with organisation's values
Devise and deliver, in liaison with the Business Development Team, targeted plans to support the marketing of existing services and the launch of new services
Drive and increase the Trust's fundraising income and resulting profile; diversify income streams and ensure all activity is aligned with the Trust's core business objectives and is delivered within the appropriate fundraising regulatory frameworks
Lead and advise on all reputational issues including the management of sensitive and/or high profile matters and crisis communications
Use analytics and reporting tools to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of communications and inform future tactics and strategy
Coordinate and enhance relationships with key stakeholders and supporters (including our Patron, Vice Patrons, Ambassadors/Friends of the Trust and celebrities ) and, in liaison with the Foundation team, with other charities/organisations in the sector
Manage the communications budget
To manage and/or support delivery of events such as conferences, seminars, openings, receptions, exhibitions etc.
To act as media spokesperson and/or undertake media interviews
To ensure relevant staff undertake relevant media training and to provide coaching as appropriate to these staff on media handling.
Excellent knowledge of and experience in marketing, digital, PR, Social media and press relations.
Expertise in managing media relations including dealing with controversial or sensitive issues
Experience developing and enhancing relations with high profile supporters including celebrities.
Experience in health, care or charity sector.
Demonstrable senior level experience devising, developing, implementing and evaluating a wide range of communications and marketing activities
Experience developing and implementing internal communications and engagement programmes
Proven track record of success in leading, motivating and managing staff and of building existing resources into a high performing team.
Experience managing the fundraising function and/or working in partnership with fundraising teams.
Demonstrable experience of managing multiple projects
Demonstrable experience of working at a strategic level.


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