Communications Worker at London Mining Network

Key objectives

To advise on, lead and implement a communications strategy for London Mining Network as agreed by LMN’s Management Committee and, from time to time, to assist LMN’s participant organizations with media work and publicity for particular events or projects as agreed by LMN’s Management Committee.

LMN is working with eleven organizations in ten European Union countries on a three-year project called “Time for Change”.  The purpose of this project is to increase public awareness of the social and environmental impacts of mining raw materials imported into EU countries.  The Communications Worker will assist the Project Worker in publicizing this project.

Specific tasks

  • Devising and implementing a social media strategy for LMN aiming at (1) a large increase in interest in LMN and the issues LMN wishes to prioritise, including its Time for Change project; (2) building up an identified body of people, especially younger people, supporting LMN's work by taking online actions and attending events; (3) developing social media engagement.
  • Strengthening LMN's connection with student networks through social media and attending events, with a view to creating a new pool of supporters for LMN's work and fundraising.
  • Cultivating media interest in LMN’s central concern over the pivotal role of London in the world mining industry.  This will involve nurturing the media contacts that LMN has already made and seeking out and developing new contacts in the media.
  • Cultivating media interest in specific LMN concerns, projects, events and publications, particularly the Time for Change project, visits by representatives of mining-affected communities from overseas, and actions around mining company AGMs.  This will involve working with others within LMN on content of social media communications and press releases and co-ordinating responses to inquiries from the media.
  • Co-ordinating responses to other media inquiries as they arise.
  • Working with the LMN Co-ordinator, Time for Change project co-ordinator and website technician to develop and maintain LMN’s website.
  • Advising LMN on matters of design and presentation of publications and other forms of communication, including liaising on production of, and supporting the distribution of, materials for the Time for Change project.
  • Conducting media monitoring, logging and reporting on media and social media metrics
  • Where relevant, attending and reporting to meetings of LMN’s constituent groups and of LMN’s Management Committee.

Person specification

Essential

  • Fluency in English
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills
  • Ability to use social media creatively
  • Ability to work to tight deadlines
  • Proven understanding of, and ability to work with, small NGOs, unfunded solidarity organisations and community groups
  • Right to work in the UK

Desirable

  • Ability to communicate in at least one other language (Spanish and French are particularly helpful)
  • Knowledge of the global mining industry
  • Knowledge of other environmental or social justice issues

Job title: Communications Worker

Location: London

Accountable to: London Mining Network Management Committee

Reporting to: Primarily to the co-ordinator of London Mining Network, and secondarily to the co-ordinator of the Time for Change project

Contract: Fixed term contract for service (self-employed consultancy) at £20 per hour for six months from March 2015, followed by an evaluation and possibility of contract of employment at revised pay level for a further 2.5 years.

Hours: The Communications Worker will spend an average 3.5 hours a week on LMN's core communications work and an average 3.5 hours a week on the EU-funded Time for Change project. There will be periods of greater activity when more work will be required, balanced by reduced work during periods of lesser activity.

Closing date: 2 March 2015, 9am; interviews 9 March 2015

To apply, email your CV to [email protected] together with a covering letter explaining why you would like the job, how your qualifications and experience relate to the job description and how you fulfil the person specification.