Job Profile:  Communications Assistant

Department: Comms/General Organisation Administration 

About Innovation for Agriculture

Innovation for Agriculture (IfA) is an independent, charitable organisation working with farmers to develop the knowledge that will ensure farming is sustainable, resilient and productive. We connect farmers with farming research by running practical and interactive workshops, farm walks and on farm events, specialising in peer-to-peer learning. 

Summary of this role

Working with the Manager of Media & Communications and the P.A to the IfA CEO, we are seeking a conscientious and creative individual who will support our daily communications and admin, as well as our digital and creative output, including social media, website, and newsletters. We are a small organisation offering an exciting, diverse and flexible role, providing the successful candidate with the opportunity to help shape future IfA communications.

Through this role there will be plenty of opportunities to learn and develop skills. Although an agricultural background is not essential, an enthusiasm and basic understanding of the food and farming industry is desired.                 

Job title

Communications Assistant

Reports to

Manager of Media & Communications

Location

Home based with a minimum of one monthly trip to the IfA offices at Stoneleigh Park. This may be more frequent during busier periods.

Job Summary

 This role will support both the Manager of Media & Comms and the P.A to the CEO with the organisation’s general communications and administration.

Key responsibilities

·       (Under initial supervision) building and managing social media profiles and presence, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and additional channels that may be deemed appropriate. Identifying and creating timely content that is relevant to the industry.

·       Assisting with the development and delivery of both physical and digital content including blog posts, best practice videos, website copy, social media content, E-Newsletters, infographics, press releases and promotional material.

·       Liaising with external contacts such as designers and content editors to ensure both the team requirements and deadlines are met.

·       Assisting with the organisation of events and project launches.

·       With the necessary training, supporting the filming and editing of on farm and best practice videos.

·       Assisting with the general administration of the organisation. This may include minute taking during board meetings as well as venue bookings and meeting organisation.

·       Booking stands and accommodation for the team attending trade shows and events.

Equal opportunities

We are committed to equality, diversity and inclusion and welcome applications from anyone interested in this role who feel that they have the relevant experience and skills.

Notice period

1 Month

Closing Date

24th May 2022

Contract Type

Following probation of 6 months this would lead to a permanent position

Salary details

£22,000 -£24,500 depending on experience

Hours of work

Minimum 35 hours per week

     

NOTE:  This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive. The employee may be required to perform other related duties as required to meet the ongoing needs of the organisation.

As part of a small and friendly team, you will be included in team meetings, have input on strategy and work with team members across all levels and workstreams.

PERSON SPECIFICATION

Essential

Qualifications

  • Educated to A-level or above, or equivalent experience.
  • GCSEs in Maths and English at Grade C or above, or equivalent.

Experience

  • Confident using a range of social media channels with some experience of using these for campaigns, organisations, work, or marketing (as opposed to just personal use).
  • A basic understanding of the food and farming industry and the challenges currently faced by the sector.

Skills

  • Proficient using Microsoft Office programmes, social media channels and online meeting software.
  • Excellent communication and English language skills, producing engaging but eloquently written content.
  • Ability to work on own initiative with remote supervision.
  • A team player who respects and encourages the views of others.
  • Attention to detail and an enthusiasm for the role.

Desirable

  • Educated to a Degree level in Comms/Marketing or Agriculture.
  • Experience with design and editing tools such as Adobe Indesign, Canva or similar tools.
  • Experience using CRM, CMS and E-Newsletter creation software.
  • Some digital marketing and communications knowledge, such as use of analytics tools and SEO optimisation.
  • Filming and editing skills for the creation of best practice videos.
  • A good understanding of all agricultural sectors, including sustainable and regenerative farming practices.

How to apply

Please submit your CV with a covering letter of max. 2 A4 pages outlining your skills and relevant experience for this role to info@i4agri.org  

If you have any questions regarding the role, please do not hesitate to contact marthah@i4agri.org

Applications close on 24th May 2022. (Midnight)