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Communications Officer

Food Ethics Council
Remote working or at co-working space in Kings Cross, London

Posted: 23 Sep 2022

Deadline: 12 Oct 2022

Compensation: £31,500-34,000 FTE (£22,050-£23,800 based on 26.25hrs/week)

Paid Part-time Flexible hours Permanent Remote working


Job description

We are recruiting for a part-time Communications Officer to work either remotely or in our shared office in Kings Cross, London. This is an exciting opportunity to join a small but dynamic team in an organisation that has been at the forefront of thinking on ethical concerns in food and farming since 1998. We will be looking to use our 25th anniversary in 2023 as a platform to further grow our profile and impact. This role will play an important part in helping us achieve that.

The Food Ethics Council is a registered charity and think-tank that provides independent advice on the ethics of food and farming. Our mission is to facilitate a shift towards fair and resilient UK food systems that respect people, animals and the planet.

Current projects include The Dairy Project, supporting a farmer-led transition to fairer, more ethical dairy systems and Food Citizenship, encouraging a long-term mindset shift away from narrow consumerism and instead treating each other as food citizens. We run a Business Forum, a safe space for a community of people in food businesses wanting to create positive change. We also stimulate fairer policymaking, enabling diverse and underrepresented voices to be heard and ethical solutions and approaches to flourish.

For 24 years, we have brought our independent voice and expertise from our Council and networks - across civil society, business and government - to bring ethics to the centre of the food system. We ask the hard questions on contentious food issues and provide a trusted space for people and organisations to come up with answers.

About the role

Our influence depends on good communication. That doesn’t mean telling people what to do. We see ethics as a sharp ear and a helping hand, not a wagging finger. We need a dynamic Communications Officer to help us engage the people we work with, raise our profile and get our messages across.

You will support the Executive Director in developing and implementing our communications strategy. You will build our brand and support our external affairs. You will manage our website, our social media channels, co-ordinate our media relations, help promote events and work with colleagues to put good communication at the heart of all our work. You must be prepared to write copy and to represent us, as well as to co-ordinate and advise your colleagues.

You will have an eye for the story in research work and be good at distilling complex issues to their key points. You will take a strategic view of communication and be practiced at weighing the pros and cons of different media. You will understand how to communicate with different audiences about controversial and sensitive issues and recognise that integrity is paramount.

The organisation has an open and supportive culture. You must be able to work independently and be willing to contribute ideas and to challenge. Whilst your primary responsibility is communications, as part of a small team, you must be prepared to get involved in different aspects of the organisation as needed.

Knowledge of Microsoft Office 365, WordPress, Mailchimp and Slack is an advantage.

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Application information

When applying, please send an e-mail - with ‘APPLICATION: COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER' in the title of the e-mail - to Please include:

- Your CV (no more than 2 pages) and

- A covering letter (maximum 2 pages), which explains, including examples, how you meet the person specification.

Also please specify if you want to be considered under the Guaranteed Interview Scheme, noting that an interview is guaranteed only if you are from a minority ethnic group and if you meet the essential criteria for the role, as outlined below.

We want to work together to combat the structural causes of injustice in food and farming. We warmly and actively encourage applications from people from diverse backgrounds. We recognise that candidates from Black, Asian and Minoritised-Ethnic backgrounds are under-represented in our organisation and that there are often additional barriers present for people from these groups when applying for roles in the charity sector and beyond. We are committed to taking positive action to expand the diversity of our staff team, and if you meet the essential criteria for a role and are from a minority ethnic group, you'll be guaranteed a first stage interview. It is important to note that this scheme guarantees an interview for candidates who meet the minimum criteria and tell us that they'd like to be considered under the scheme. The selection decision at interview will be based on the most suitable candidate, regardless of any protected characteristic.

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About Food Ethics Council

The Food Ethics Council is a charity that provides independent advice on the ethics of food and farming. Our aim is to create a food system that is fair and healthy for people, animals and the environment.