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Communication Officer

About us

1625 Independent People prevents youth homelessness in the South West and has been helping 16-25 year olds reboot their lives for over 30 years. With around 100 staff in four locations, we provided housing and support to around 2000 young people last  year.

We’re one of the brightest youth organisations in the South West and leaders in our field - no other organisation in the area has the same wealth of experience.

Our service works because we include young people at every level of our organisation.

You can read more about what we do and who we are.

About the job

(Please read the full job description for more detail)

Closing date: 5pm Thursday 30 November 2017
Intervews: Monday 11 December 2017

Terms, conditions and benefits:

  • Hours: Full time 37.5 hours per week
  • Pay: £22,658 - £24,964 per year (NJC Scale 25-28), starting at the bottom of the scale.  
  • Contract type: Permanent.
  • 30 days' annual leave plus Bank Holidays.
  • Free Health Scheme with UK Healthcare.
  • Pension - Employer contributes 4% and employees contribute a minimum of 0.8%, (see Summary of T&Cs below).
  • There is a requirement to work flexibly as required, which will include occasional evening and weekend work.
  • You will need a full driving licence and access to a vehicle or the equivalent ability to travel with reasonable adjustments. There may be an option to become an Essential Car User.
You’ll be working in the Funding and Communication Team and line managed by the Funding and Communication Manager. You will be based at 1625 Independent People’s Head Office in Old Market.

The role

The Funding and Communication team is made up of three staff and this is an exciting time for the charity’s Funding and Communication Team. This role supports the Funding and Communication Manager and the organisation as a whole in raising awareness of 1625 Independent People (1625ip) and its services, through effective day-to-day communications, media relations and marketing.

This role will also play an important part in supporting the planning and delivery of a new communications and digital strategy, improving understanding of what works for our different internal and external audiences and ensuring compliance with sector regulations.

The team are very supportive of each other and through reflective practice, we are always learning from our own and each other’s experiences. Our work is rooted in providing support in a Psychologically Informed environment framework known as PIE. 

A typical day includes: 
1. Driving and responding to day-to-day local and regional press and media interest.
2. Writing, editing, co-ordinating and publishing content across various internal and external channels, including 1625ip’s website, social media, print and online marketing materials.
3. Providing creative, editorial and operational support for managers, internal and external communication projects and recruitment, and liaising with staff/stakeholders involved.

I love life

About you

You have proven experience of working in a PR, communications or marketing role with proven transferable skills. You're an excellent written communicator with the ability to recognise and tailor copy and messaging appropriately across different audiences and different formats.  

An effective team player, you also have experience of working effectively on your own initiative, taking responsibility for planning and delivering multiple projects to a high standard.

You possess the ability to pro-actively and re-actively recognise PR opportunities for awareness raising and fundraising, with the experience of developing them into real campaigns.

You have excellent time management skills and experience of delivering successful communications campaigns, using relevant tools to inform and evaluate them.

You have empathy and understanding of the needs of homeless young people, young people leaving care, and the barriers they face. You like being around and working with young people.
If you’d like to have an informal chat about the role please contact: Bev Mackenzie, Funding and Communication Manager at beverley.mackenzie@1625ip.co.uk.

Closing Date: 5pm Thursday 30 November 2017

Interviews:  Monday 11 December 2017

Sometimes we get a lot of applications and we are unable to respond to everyone. So, if you have not heard from us by 6 December 2017 please assume that you have not been successful in your application. Alternatively, we will contact you by e-mail and/or telephone to invite you to an interview. Interviews will be held at our Head Office on Old Market Street.


Download the documents in the Job Pack below or email jobs@1625ip.co.uk

Job pack


Returning completed applications:

You can send your application by email to jobs@1625ip.co.uk or post to:
HR Department
Independent People
Kingsley Hall
59 Old Market Street

Equal opportunities for everyone

We safeguard and promote the safety and welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults.
We expect all our staff to do this and to have appropriate criminal and reference checks. Any job offer will depend on a satisfactory DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) Barred List Disclosure Check. 

We believe ex-offenders should have an equal chance to become employees or volunteers. Having a criminal record does not automatically mean you can’t work here. We will take the time to consider the offence, the role and the risk.

We pride ourselves on being an equal opportunities employer for everyone regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race  (including colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin), religion or belief, sex (gender) or sexual orientation. Our workforce should represent our community.

We are particularly keen to increase applications from Black and Minority Ethnic groups as they are currently under-represented. This said, all applications are only considered on merit.

We do everything we can to make sure our recruitment opportunities don’t have barriers for disabled applicants. If you have a disability and need an adjustment made to any part of the recruitment process please let us know as soon as possible.

Some examples of types of adjustments we can make are:

  • If you have dyslexia and need extra time during assessments, this can be agreed.
  • If you use a wheelchair or have limited mobility we can make sure your interview is in an accessible room.
  • If you have back pain and need to stretch we can provide breaks in an interview.
Please read our full Policies above for more detailed information or for further advice please contact us on  jobs@1625ip.co.uk
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