Communications Officer 

  • LocationLondon office-based, 2-3 days per week, but would consider remote for the right candidate.
  • Salary: £26,000 per annum (based in London) pro rata if part time.
  • Hours: Full-time (flexible, working minimum of 28 hours/per week considered – pro rata)
  • Contract: Permanent
  • Benefits: 30 days annual leave plus bank holidays (pro rata if part-time) and pension
  • Line management responsibility: No
  • Budget management responsibility: No
  • Responsible to: External Affairs and Communications Manager 

About the role

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a creative, proactive and ambitious Communications Officer to join Kinship.

This is a fun and fast-paced role in a growing charity. Working across the newly-formed Communications and External Affairs directorate, the Communications Officer will play a pivotal role in supporting with the development and delivery of communications, media, marketing and external affairs strategies and presents an opportunity for an enthusiastic and skilled self-starter in the earlier stages of their career to gain valuable experience across a number of communications disciplines.

You’ll support a small communications team to raise the charity’s profile, increase engagement with key audiences, influence change and support the development and stewardship of the organisation’s Kinship Community of kinship carers.

This is an exciting time to join Kinship as the organisation grows and develops its next three-year strategy, and you’ll be part of an ambitious, supportive and focused communications and external affairs team working closely with colleagues across the organisation and alongside kinship carers to bring about transformative changes for carers. 

You will be a communications professional with some experience working in one or more of the following disciplines: communications, public affairs, marketing or PR/media. You’ll have the desire to work across and develop further across different disciplines in a focused, organised and integrated way. You’ll have the drive to be part of shaping and delivering an ambitious and influential communications and external affairs strategy to grow Kinship’s profile by delivering a range of communications activities and you’ll be strongly committed to Kinship’s values.

We will guarantee interviews to any candidates with experience of kinship care (either of being in kinship care or of being a kinship carer) who demonstrate that they meet the essential skills and experience outlined below.

About Kinship

Kinship is the leading charity in England and Wales for kinship carers – relatives and friends who raise children when their parents aren’t able to. We offer kinship carers expert advice as well as financial, legal, practical and emotional support and understanding from the moment they need it, for as long as they need it. We’re always there to help with the complicated and stressful decisions that so many kinship families have to make, as well as to celebrate the good times.

Working alongside kinship carers and the children they raise, with their voice and views at the fore, we build communities of support and give everything we have to fight for each family and their rights, as well as to raise awareness of kinship care and secure better support for all those playing this critical role.

How to Apply

To learn more about this role please click here. To apply, please send a CV and 1-2 page cover letter in Word format to [email protected], along with a completed Equal Opportunities form. The cover letter should set out your skills and experience as outlined in the person specification.

Applications to be submitted by 12pm on 1 November 2021 and first interviews will take place week commencing 15 November 2021.

Interviews may be arranged as suitable candidates are identified, so early application is strongly advised.

Kinship is committed to attracting, developing and retaining a diverse workforce, with a broad range of backgrounds, experiences and perspectives, and we encourage applicants from those groups currently under-represented in our organisation and sector. Kinship operates a blind recruitment process in-house and any identifying information will be removed from your application prior to shortlisting.

Please include in your application that you heard about this opportunity through the Taylor Bennett Foundation.