Director of Communications

Disasters Emergency Committee
Closing date
18 Aug 2021

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Director of Communications
£60,000 - £65,000 per annum

When large-scale disasters hit countries without the capacity to respond, the Disasters Emergency Committee brings together 14 of the UK's leading aid charities to raise funds quickly and efficiently. In these times of crisis, people in life-and-death situations need our help. Our mission is to save, protect, and rebuild lives through effective humanitarian response.

Since our founding in 1964, we have run 73 fundraising appeals and raised over £1.7bn to help save lives and protect livelihoods in disaster-affected communities around the world. Pooling our resources to work as one, we are pivotal in co-ordinating the UK public's response to overseas disasters. In collaboration with our Rapid Response Network of national media and corporate partners, we raise the alarm to the UK public by launching high-profile appeals and setting up easy ways to donate.

We are now looking for our next permanent Director of Communications, who will play a crucial role in enhancing our profile and ensuring our relationships with our members, broadcast media, corporate partners, and the UK public more broadly are ready to be catalysed for fundraising appeals. We need to remain ahead of the curve and during those non-appeal periods, our Director of Communications will be expected to lead on planning and play a significant role in wider strategy.

This is a dynamic role of high consequence and great opportunity. We are looking for an exceptional communications professional, someone who is equally capable of dealing with spontaneous crises as they are with planning for a mass fundraising appeal. Experience of building and catalysing networks is important, as is a track record of working with complex groups of stakeholders and an instinctive ability to effectively manage variety. Moreover, during our appeals, our team size can rapidly and significantly increase with freelancers, so a comfortability with surge capacity is required.

In return, you will have the unique opportunity to work with senior decision makers and news editors at UK broadcast media outlets, as well as unparalleled access to our member charities, UK government, and a host of other corporate, institutional, and high-public-profile figures. You will also be leading a small, dynamic, and collegiate team as well as a host of creative agencies and freelance consultants.

This is a full-time, permanent position paying £60,000 - £65,000 p.a. During appeal periods, this postholder must be able to work long hours including at evenings or weekends in response to an emergency, of which there is often no notice. Time off in lieu will be available, and while our office is in Central London, we operate on a flexible working schedule.

The deadline for application is Monday 23rd August.

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