Got a great story? Come and tell us! We’re looking for an amazing PR officer to tell stories about organic and nature friendly food and farming in national and trade media.
Salary: £26,110 pa
Contract: Full time, permanent
Hours: 37.5 hours per week
The Soil Association, formed in 1946, is the only UK charity which works across the spectrum of human health, the environment and animal welfare. That’s because we cannot tackle these issues in isolation.
We campaign for change, we support farming innovation, we serve healthy food in communities, we support and grow the organic market and we protect forests. We couldn’t do any of this without our supporters, partners, donors and dedicated staff. We make a difference in the world where it’s needed the most.
About the opportunity
The Soil Association depends on effective communication and relationships with a wide range of media partners. As a charity and a business, we tell hard hitting stories about our campaigns, inspiring case studies of organic and agroecological farmers and generate opinion and debate. Our high-profile coverage amplifies our political influence, changes behaviours and enhances our reputation, brand and values.
Our fantastic media team really punch above their weight so this is an important role for the Soil Association, and one that you can really get stuck into and make your own! Working across the charity and certification business you’ll enjoy a stimulating policy and influencing environment and work with a talented business development and marketing team. You will deal directly with journalists from national and trade press inspiring them to talk about the issues that matter to us. You will also help develop and deliver media plans for specific major events and marketing campaigns.
To be successful in this role, you will have experience of handling the media and working in a busy press office. It’s essential that you can demonstrate experience of developing and delivering successful media strategies and providing sound media advice.
Previous experience of working in the charity sector and/or in farming, trade, environmental or consumer PR campaigns would be an advantage. You will need to be able to work flexibly under pressure and enjoy working under your own initiative to own and lead key projects. You’ll also need excellent verbal and written communication skills with the ability to produce content for different audiences and translate our press releases into stories that deliver impact through other channels.
You’ll love working with people and possess strong interpersonal and relationship building skills with the ability to network, motivate and inspire colleagues at all levels and build strong relationships with journalists and key stakeholders.
If you have a passion for nature, food and farming, this is a role you can get your teeth into! Please follow this link to read the full Job Description.
Working with us you will have a range of financial and lifestyle benefits, including 27 days annual holiday plus bank holidays, increasing to 30 days with service (pro rata for part-time). For more information on our benefits please visit our website.
Closing date for applications: 9am Friday 7 August 2020
Interviews are expected to take place: w/c 24 Aug 2020
Please submit your CV with a covering letter (both in Microsoft Word format) to firstname.lastname@example.org
Your covering letter must cover the “essential” criteria listed in the Job Description. Failure to submit a covering letter may mean your application is removed from the shortlisting process. Please make sure that the file names of the documents you attach contain your name (first name and surname)
Soil Association is committed to providing equal opportunities for all applicants regardless of their background. We value diversity whilst also acknowledging that people from certain backgrounds are underrepresented in our organisation. We are working to correct this and actively encourage applications from all backgrounds. If you’re not sure about applying, please get in touch with us for a chat.
Please note we look at applications on arrival and reserve the right to close this vacancy early.
Thank you for your interest in the Soil Association and our job opportunities.