Why join us?
Would you like to join a dynamic team that is supporting a growing movement of communities that are building genuinely and permanently affordable homes? Will you enjoy working in a small team and with partner organisations to boost the profile of community land trusts, make the case to government, and make our projects successful through effective communication?
Community land trusts (CLTs) are a growing force for social good. They are set up and run by ordinary people to develop and manage homes as well as community shops, pubs and other assets that are important to that community. They aim to make sure the homes are permanently affordable, based on what people actually earn in their area.
As the communications and campaigns officer you will play a key role in supporting the National CLT Network’s team on our core communications, campaigns and events activities.
About the National CLT Network
National CLT Network is the national membership body for community land trusts established in 2010. The National CLT Network provides resources, training and advice for CLTs, and works with government, local authorities, lenders and funders to establish the best conditions for CLTs to grow and flourish.
We are a small, dedicated and ambitious team. Our strategy is to scale up the CLT movement and to develop our charity into a strong, viable and resilient social enterprise. We are also part of major partnerships to build up the infrastructure across the country for all forms of community led housing, and to scale up the CLT movement across North-West Europe.
Our successes have had the following impact:
A rapid growth in CLTs from 30 in 2010 to over 300 in 2019;
One in three local authorities providing some kind of support to CLTs in their area;
935 homes built by CLTs with another 16,600 community led homes in the pipeline.
Read more about the Network
About the role
This is a varied role. You will see the impact of your work on successful projects, and on CLTs and their achievements locally. The communications and campaigns officer works with team members across the organisation, gets to know our work deeply and has the opportunity to travel to meet our inspiring CLT members. You will also work closely with the co-chief executive, responsible for our advocacy campaigning and lobbying work, getting first-hand knowledge of how to influence government policy to help our members to thrive.
You will use this knowledge to create compelling content across a variety of mediums from blogs and newsletters to video interviews, creating lobbying and campaign materials for groups to use and ensuring our website showcases the best of what we do, and helps CLTs to succeed.
You’ll also support the delivery of successful events that are highly valued by our members. At our last AGM, 100% of attendees said they would recommend attending to other members. You’ll see wonderful people form connections, draw inspiration and go on to provide new homes that are really needed by their communities.
The challenges and opportunities for this role in the coming year include:
Supporting the communications manager to create a new brand and a new website for the network.
Working with the co-chief executive and others on our acclaimed advocacy campaigns that have made significant gains for the CLT movement, ensuring they can continue to build genuinely affordable homes.
Playing a key role in developing, and delivering a new programme of events such as a national conference and “See It and Believe It” peer to peer events where new groups get inspired by visiting successful CLTs whose residents are enjoying their new homes.
This is an exciting and career-enhancing role. It could be the right opportunity for a range of potential candidates. Your motivations might be many and varied – from wanting to develop your career in communications or advocacy campaigning, to having a passion for housing or communities, or because you want more responsibility and the opportunity to work in a growing charity where you can use your initiative and develop your potential.
It is particularly for you if you: enjoy a variety of tasks and challenges, are a team player, a strong communicator, flexible, organised, and have a strong attention to detail. You will also feel strongly about the importance of social justice and the difference that CLTs and community-led housing can make. Whatever your motivations the National CLT Network would like to hear from you.
The role is for a full time, permanent post. The working hours are 9-5, Monday to Friday, with a one-hour lunch break. The salary is £25,450 – £30,750 per annum depending on skills and experience
Benefits include 30 days annual leave + bank holidays a generous employer match scheme for pension contributions, healthcare and a training budget.
How to Apply
Please download the candidate recruitment pack which contains full instructions on how to apply, and our application form, both available below.
It is essential that you read the job pack before attempting the application form.
Deadline for applications 10am Monday 25th November 2019
You are welcome to make an appointment to discuss the role further with our Communications Manager by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org