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Communications and Editorial Manager

Reports to Head of Communications & Digital
Salary band £28,000 to £33,000 p.a.
Duration Permanent, 37.5 hours per week (core hours 10am-3pm Mon to Fri), open to compressed-hours or four day arrangements.
Location Flexible, with option to work at WWCW’s London offices (Albany House, The Evidence Quarter, Petty France, London SW1H 9EA). If remote, occasional travel to our offices will be required for scheduled team days and events.

To apply

Send a CV and a covering letter outlining how your experience fits the role to by Sunday 12 February 2023, 23:59 GMT

Interviews will take place week commencing Monday 20 February. 

We value diversity in our workplace and welcome enquiries from everyone.

To find out more about the role please contact 

Please note that in the event of a large number of applications being received, we will be unable to provide written feedback on unsuccessful applications.

All offers of employment are made subject to contract, receipt of at least two suitable references and documentation confirming your eligibility to work in the UK. There will be a probationary period of 3 months. 

Start dates (subject to notice periods) will be in April 2023.

About the What Works Centre for Wellbeing

The What Works Centre for Wellbeing is an independent collaborative organisation set up in 2015 to understand what governments, business, communities and individuals can do to improve wellbeing.

Our vision is of a future where the wellbeing of people and communities improves year on year and wellbeing inequalities are reduced.

Our mission is to develop and share robust, accessible and useful evidence that governments, businesses, communities and people can use to improve wellbeing across the UK.

Our approach is independent, evidence based, collaborative, practical, open and iterative.

About the role

This is an exciting role within the team, working across topics and disciplines, with a mix of strategic planning and practical day-to-day running of our comms channels. The comms and editorial manager will have a variety of responsibilities from developing and implementing communications strategy, taking ownership of our editorial style, to creating digital content for web and social, and working closely with the Head of Communications and Digital. 

As a What Works Centre, we iteratively evaluate the impact of our work to inform future approaches. As a comms team, we do this monthly and following launches to collate and log insights from our work from analytics, data and through feedback. 

Main responsibilities

To support the building and knowledge mobilisation of a credible ‘what works’ evidence resource through:

Editorial and copywriting

  • Ownership of our blogs, our most popular channel which actively shares the work we do and leads our weekly newsletter. Responsibilities include managing the blog strategy and pipeline, coming up with topics and themes, copywriting, commissioning and creating briefs for other authors, supporting the creation of strong, clear blog content with internal and external teams, in line with the Centre’s strategic objectives.
  • Work with our Evidence and Implementation teams to develop communications to engage and inform external audiences across the research community, public and private sector. This includes newsletter series on different topics, articles for external publication and other design/digital content strands.
  • Develop and manage the Centre’s editorial style across web, social and brand.

Communications and content strategy

  • Lead communications on select projects by creating comms plans, liaising with the project team to develop content and publications, manage stakeholder engagement and planning ahead of and beyond launch.
  • As part of comms strategy delivery, consider media angles and journalist engagement and opportunities.
  • Evaluate comms campaign performance on select projects using insights from Sprout, MailChimp and Google Analytics.
  • Where required, write briefs for and liaise with external designers to deliver Centre resources as part of project outputs and communications strategy.
  • Support the Head of Communications and Digital with implementing communications strategies across platforms and channels including website, social, newsletter, partner network and events.

Day-to-day comms work

  • Develop and deliver on comms strategies and project outputs.
  • Publish content to the website and lead on day-to-day site updates and maintenance where required.
  • Plan, schedule and monitor social posts and content using Sprout.
  • Manage our newsletters via MailChimp.
  • Coordinate events together with the team (online and physical) using Zoom.
  • Work with colleagues on developing and delivering project outputs.

Person specification 

Essential skills and experience

  • Strategic mindset, seeing how the wider context of individual pieces of work and how things link together.
  • Strong organisational and time-management skills, with ability to prioritise workload in a diverse, fast-paced environment.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills.
  • Ability to spot editorial, content and comms opportunities.
  • Ability to take sometimes technical, complicated information and, with the team, turn it into outputs with clear comms objectives.
  • Desire to learn and grow in the role, shaping and developing it within the team with support of Head of Communications and Digital.
  • Desire to take initiative, be autonomous and keep things moving, with the support of the Head of Communications and Digital.
  • Interest in learning about wellbeing evidence and how to bridge it with implementation through different expert audiences.
  • Educated to degree level or equivalent.

Desired skills and experience

  • Strong copywriter.
  • Proven experience using Twitter and LinkedIn in a professional context.
  • Proven experience of using digital platforms including G-Suite, WordPress, MailChimp and Sprout, or equivalent.
  • Proven experience of successful stakeholder management.
  • Proven experience with or interest in analytics and tangibly capturing impact.
  • Experience with or interest in design tools like Adobe CS, Canva, or video editing software.
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