Staff vacancy:

Communications Officer

Hours: 40 hours per week (full time). Permanent after a three-month probation period.

Salary: 30k

Benefits: Contributory pension scheme; 25 days paid annual leave plus all public holidays; flexible and home working by arrangement; enhanced parental leave pay; company-provided laptop.

Location: Holborn, London. Employees are required to be in the office for core days with flexibility outside of these.

Reporting to: Chief executive

Post summary

We're looking for an enthusiastic individual with a demonstrable commitment to the campaigning aims of the NSS to support the organisation with a range of communications tasks including writing news copy, press releases and commentary. Based out of our new central London office, you'll be our main point of contact for the media and play a key role in communicating our message and securing media coverage for key campaigns and initiatives.

About us

The National Secular Society campaigns for the separation of religion and state and equal respect for everyone's human rights, so no one is either advantaged or disadvantaged because of their beliefs.

Our success relies on the dedication of our team – and if you share our passion for secularism, we want to hear from you.

Main responsibilities

  • To produce and edit a range of written outputs including press releases, news articles and blogs
  • 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
  • Assisting with research as required
  • Represent the NSS on occasions at its own and external events

Skills required

  • You'll need a good nose for a story and be able to jump on and maximise opportunities
  • Excellent editing skills and the ability to turnaround 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.
  • Ability to prioritise tasks and cope with frequently changing priorities
  • Working knowledge of secularist issues, politics and political processes
  • Willingness to give broadcast interviews
  • A commitment to the aims expressed in the National Secular Society's Secular Charter

How to apply

If you're interested in this role, please get in touch: Please send us:

• an up-to-date CV,

• a supporting statement addressing the requirements of the role and why you want to work for us (maximum two sides)

Send to:

Feel free to email the above address if you'd like to arrange an informal call to discuss this vacancy (include your phone number!)

Deadline for applications: Sunday 19 September