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Communications Manager

The Community Farm
Denny Lane bs40 8sz

Posted: 16/11/2020

Deadline: 07/12/2020

Compensation: £11.26 per hour

Paid Part-time Flexible hours Permanent


Job description

Interview date: w/o 14th December 2020 Start date: 12th January 2021

This is a part time permanent position 24 hours a week based at the warehouse of The Community Farm in Chew Magna. These hours can be worked flexibly across the week if so required. Hours of work may include some early starts and some evening and weekend duties to attend related events.

We work in a COVID-secure environment so, pending current regulations, most parts of this role are to be conducted from home for the foreseeable future. The job description reflects the long term nature of this role.

You’ll report to the Managing Director, and have line management responsibility for the Communications Officer and Customer Services Officer.

A full UK driving license will be needed for this role, and access to a vehicle for off-site work, when required. The farm has no public transport links.

Holiday: 28 days a year, rising to 32 days after one years’ service and 33 days after three years’ service. Benefits: Sick pay and pension.

The Organisation The Community Farm is a social enterprise located in the Chew Valley. Founded in 2011 as a Community Benefit Society (CBS), The Farm is owned and governed by its shareholder members. Its purpose is nature-friendly organic farming, for a local market, where people of all ages and from all walks of life can Get on Our Land for learning, work, and play, pioneering an ethical and socially motivated business, learning amongst ourselves, and with others.

We grow and sell locally-sourced and organic produce, working with a network of organic producers and local farmers. Profits from the business help fund learning and community activities for local children, adults and vulnerable people. Regular volunteering opportunities are offered on The Farm. The Farm’s nature-friendly farming provides a rich habitat where wildlife can thrive.

The Person The Community Farm is looking to recruit a Communications Manager. This is a varied and rewarding role, promoting our exciting, purpose-driven brand. The candidate must have the skills, confidence and belief to communicate The Farm’s values, ethos and good works, across all channels. They must have a strong passion for food, farming, health and the environment, have a good sense of self-motivation and be committed to achieve the goals and objectives of the organisation. The Farm takes an approach to working that is collaborative and inclusive and the candidate must be willing to adopt this approach and perhaps have experience of leadership in a similar environment.

Main purpose of the role The purpose of the role of Communications Manager is to manage, maintain and promote the brand and public image of The Community Farm, to support strong sales and customer retention, and to ensure that our communications to customers, potential volunteers and visitors of all kinds are positive and effective. It is important, also, for the Communications Manager to play an active part in growing internal awareness between the different strands of The Farm.

The role will have strategic input into short and long term commercial planning, and will be involved across all aspects of The Farm’s activities. In an organisation that is growing on limited resources, the commercial impact of this role is an important consideration.

The role will work closely with the Managing Director, Communications Officer and Customer Services Officer, and will have control over the management of the annual marketing budget.

Inclusivity Statement The Community Farm recognises that the farming and environmental sectors are the least diverse in this country. We aim to be an inclusive employer and organisation. Our approach to hiring is changing as we continue to talk and learn about intersectional privilege and discrimination, and we aspire to support a greater plurality of voices in our organisation as this process continues. It is part of our greater ethical mission to ensure that the environment we create at The Farm is welcoming and supportive; this is something we have always strived to uphold, and something that we are always seeking to improve upon.

Application information

Please complete the job application form on our website: www.thecommunityfarm.co.uk/jobs/communications-manager

Please include details of two referees and, ideally, any relevant online portfolio sites or personally curated social media pages.

Please send to: FAO Ian Weatherseed, Communications Manager at jobs@thecommunityfarm.co.uk

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About The Community Farm

The Community Farm is a social enterprise based in Chew Magna, Somerset with environmental sustainability, community engagement and nature-friendly farming at our heart. We grow and sell locally-sourced, organic and seasonal produce. Working with organic producers and local farmers, our box delivery service supplies hundreds of homes throughout Bath, Bristol, The Chew Valley, Frome and Weston-Super-Mare. We’ve outlets in Bath, Chew Magna and Southmead Hospital too.