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National Secular Society

Challenging Religious Privilege

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Vacancy: Campaigns and Communications Officer

Central London (£26,000) – Permanent – 5 days per week

The National Secular Society has been challenging religious privilege for 150 years and our work continues today. We work for the separation of religion and state and equal respect for everyone's human rights so that no one is either advantaged or disadvantaged on account of their beliefs.

The NSS is an independent non-profit organisation which receives no funding from government or other public bodies. Our campaigning is wholly supported by our members and supporters. Our campaigning and policy objectives are guided by our Secular Charter.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and committed individual to support the organisation with a range of campaigns and communications tasks, based at our central London office.

The successful candidate will be closely involved in every aspect of planning and running our campaigns and organisation.

Main responsibilities

  • To assist with the production of a range of written outputs including news articles and comment pieces
  • Assist in the preparation of briefings, bulletins, annual reports and other communications to members
  • Assist with responses to consultations to ensure that our key messages and recommendations are communicated
  • Maintain and develop our presence on all social media platforms
  • Keep website updated
  • Provide other campaign support as required
  • Undertake research as required
  • Assist with horizon scanning in relation to all matters within our remit
  • Represent the NSS on occasions at its own and external events
  • Assist in responding to enquiries from members and the general public and the media
  • Undertake any reasonable duties as requested by line manager including deputising for colleagues as required

Skills required

  • Excellent editing skills and the ability to turn around news stories quickly
  • Sharp attention to detail and proof reading skills
  • Ability to work as part of a small team but also work on your own to develop stories.
  • Preparedness to travel when required and there will be the occasional evening or weekend work.
  • Good ICT skills
  • Ability to prioritise tasks and cope with frequently changing priorities
  • Working knowledge of secularist issues, politics and political processes
  • Willingness to give broadcast interviews
  • Sympathy with the aims expressed in the National Secular Society's Secular Charter

How to apply

Please send your CV, a cover letter (2 pages max) and a piece of your own writing that you're proud of to Stephen Evans at Stephen.evans@secularism.org.uk. If you'd like to discuss this position, please send a contact number to the same address and we'll give you a call.

Deadline for applications is 5 May 2017 at 1pm

Interview/Start Dates

Applications will be assessed on a rolling basis and so we encourage you to apply as soon as possible.

The National Secular Society is an equal opportunity employer