GLOBAL COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday 16 February THE COMPANY One of the world’s toughest endurance challenges, the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race is the only event of its kind which trains everyday people to complete a circumnavigation. The brainchild of legendary sailor Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, who was the first person to sail solo, non-stop, around the world almost 50 years ago, the Clipper Race is the sailing equivalent of climbing Mount Everest. More than just a sailing race, this is a global adventure challenge which attracts people of all ages, backgrounds and nationalities. 40 per cent of Clipper Race crew have no previous sailing history but are bonded by their common thirst for adventure and desire to step outside usual comfort zones to experience Mother Nature’s harshest and most remote conditions. Full race training and an experienced Skipper and mate lead each of our eleven teams. This is where taxi drivers, CEOs, students, surgeons, farmers and many more, join together to form teams and race across oceans, testing their physical and mental boundaries. The Clipper 2017-18 Race, the event’s eleventh edition, started in Liverpool, UK, last August and will return there on 28 July, 2018, after completing a series of 13 races across six continents which combine to form the race’s 40,000 nautical mile route. A global event with a global audience to match, the Clipper 2015-16 Race media figures saw over 7,600+ media articles appear across 138 countries, resulting in a unique audience base of over 900 million reached worldwide during its 24 month overall campaign period. THE ROLE A rare opportunity for a sports and adventure loving Communications Manager to join the fast-paced, in-house Clipper Round the World Yacht Race media team and directly influence the success of its unique and highly inspirational global media efforts. Not your average communications job, this role can be an endurance test in its own right yet offers an incredibly highly rewarding and supportive experience for the right person. Applicants should be prepared to work abroad for various race stopovers during the remaining six months of the current Clipper 2017-18 Race, in addition to semi-regular weekends and out of hours communications support during the race year due to the 24/7 nature of the race when it’s at sea. CANDIDATES: Successful candidates will: -have a minimum five years’ experience within a relevant PR or Communications department, including at least two years at Account Manager level; -possess excellent writing and proofing skills, including press releases, website and drafting social copy; -be a first-rate team player with a natural passion for people and storytelling; -be able to prove how they have added value and influenced campaigns for previous clients within a sports, news and lifestyle audiences; -have a lifestyle which supports extended international travel as well as unsociable, often unpredictable work hours; -own and develop relationships with regional and international media across news, lifestyle, sport, sailing, business and key specialist industries for partners, and maintain regular and positive contact, often covering multiple time zones; -be experienced in following and supporting crisis communications plans; -have a hot grasp of digital and social media channels and be confident in advising how best to use them to increase audience engagement and create value for race partners, and the race's recruitment team; -be prepared to grow and progress in a challenging yet highly rewarding small team environment. KEY RESPONSIBILITIES Reporting to the Head of Global Communications, duties include but are not limited to the following key roles and responsibilities: PRESS AND PUBLIC RELATIONS Manage specific Partnership Campaigns, for example Team Partners, Host Port Partners, and Fleet Partners, as directed by the Head of Global Communications; Build positive, close working relationships with internal Clipper Race departments including Partnerships, Race Office, Recruitment, Brand and Marketing, Training, and Maintenance, including key spokespeople; Create and deliver news and features to support partner and internal department objectives; Work closely with the Head of Global Communications to advise and support on the overall Communications strategy; Write effective copy on a wide range of Clipper Race aspects from press releases, daily race reports and crew stories, to sponsor news for a wide range of partners; Support social media content development, feeds and response; Respond to external, media and sponsor enquiries in a timely and effective fashion; Identify and liaise with photographers, video/TV production teams in international ports as required; Produce and update content on the Clipper Race website and for the Race Press Pack and 360 magazine; Travel to agreed race stopovers to manage requests from media for interviews with crew, skippers and members of the Race Team, whilst covering fleet arrivals and departures and organising media events; Provide UK office-based support for other members of the Communications Team while they are travelling and working in stopovers; Write Daily Race Updates, in rotation with the other members of the team), and proof and upload Crew and Skipper Diaries while the race is in action; Work with the Head of Global Communications to manage the Communications Team and help keep the Communications Team plans on track; Be ready to respond and support in the event of a crisis and follow the Crisis Management Plan alongside the Head of Communications and other departments. INTERNAL COMMUNICATIONS Support the creation and dissemination of timely and accurate internal communications of all external announcements and bespoke information as directed. ADVERTISING AND MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS Provide proofing and copywriting as required to support the Head of Brand in production of advertising, marketing, display, printed materials, websites and events programmes, as directed by the Head of Global Communications. Successful candidates will need to live within, or be prepared to relocate to, commutable distance of the Clipper Race’s Gosport HQ, Hampshire, and must already possess the relevant UK work Visas. Knowledge and experience of sailing is desirable but not essential; however a thirst for challenge and the ability to learn the job quickly is crucial. Communications team members must be prepared to undergo Clipper Race on-the-water training to provide experience and insight into ocean racing demands, principles and nomenclature. To apply, please upload a copy of your CV and also provide a covering letter detailing your reasons for application and suitability for the role. Candidates must be available for interview in the next couple of weeks, at the Clipper Ventures HQ in Gosport, Hampshire. Role start date March 2018 dependent on notice periods.