Communications Officer

Black Country Women’s Aid Let us introduce ourselves… Black Country Women’s Aid (BCWA) is an established charity working across the Black Country and wider West Midlands providing accommodation and community support services to victims of domestic abuse, sexual abuse and human trafficking.

Services range from advocacy, civil remedies, support in court, individual and group support and access to a range of therapeutic interventions.

All services are client and needs led.

The service: The Corporate Services include BCWA’s Finance, Fundraising, Human Resources, Development, Training and Governance teams.

The work undertaken by Corporate Services underpins the support provided by our frontline staff.

As BCWA has grown, Corporate Services have become more integral to the development and success of the organisation, and we are looking for valuable communications support.

This is an exciting opportunity to work within our Development and Communications team.

Job Role Job Title: Communications Officer Position available: 1 full-time position (37.5 hours per week), 1 year fixed termSalary: £24,310 - £27,125 Closing date: 13 June 2022 All interviews will be held via Microsoft Teams Is this you? We are looking for a creative and experienced Communications Officer to assist with the ongoing development of our communications strategy and lead on its implementation to reach a variety of audiences including survivors of abuse, fundraisers and supporters, agency partners, and the public.

The Role: You will work closely with the Development and Communications Manager and our wider staff team to refine our messages and develop innovative ways to tell our story through different channels including social media, print, press and events.
You will have a good eye for design and be able to write clearly for a variety of audiences.
This is a challenging and rewarding new role for someone with excellent written and verbal communication skills; creativity; a good sense of design; and organizational skills.

The work will include: • Leading on media relations to maximize opportunities for positive press coverage.• Working with staff, volunteers and service users to develop accessible and engaging marketing materials.• Coordinating BCWA’s online presence including website and social media.• Providing effective communications and media support for BCWA fundraising and awareness campaigns and events.

• Supporting the implementation of BCWA Equality and Diversity strategy, developing innovative ways to engage local communities and seldom heard groups.
We value having a diverse range of perspectives, expertise and insights in the organisation.

We are particularly keen to receive applications from black, Asian and minority ethnic and LGBTQ* people and people with lived experience of the issues we deal with.

We will interview all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for a post and consider them on their skills and experience.
If you are self-driven, conscientious, and hardworking with lots of ambition we would love to hear from you.
Important information for all positions
Black Country Women’s Aid is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable adults, children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
All posts are subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975.

It will be necessary for an enhanced disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service for details of any previous criminal convictions.Occupational Requirement under Schedule 9 (part 1) of the Equality Act 2010 applies.

The post holder must be female.
Employment checks
As a responsible employer we adhere to safer recruitment practice and all our employees are subject to the following recruitment checks:
Right to work in the UKUnder Section 8 of the Asylum and Immigration Act, we, as a responsible employer need to ensure that we do not employ anyone illegally.

To avoid discrimination we treat all job applicants equally.
We, therefore, ask all candidates selected for interview to bring original documentation to show their Right to Work in the UK.

A copy of these will be taken.

Once the successful candidate has been appointed the unsuccessful candidate's documents will be destroyed confidentially.

You may be refused an interview if you do not bring the correct documents with you.
Following your interview, two employment references will be sought.

One of these should be your current or most recent employer.
If you have finished full-time education and you have no employer reference, we will accept a reference from:
• a professional from your centre of study, for instance, a teacher, lecturer or headteacher• GP or health visitor• a character reference from a person who knows you• a civil servant from a government agency• a bank manager
All positions are subject to DBS checks at the relevant level.

BCWA has adapted services during COVID to support victims of violence and abuse that meet all the latest Government guidance.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is available at all our sites and distributed to all staff as appropriate.
Full details of the BCWA Risk Assessment can be found on our website.

Please read this as it provides the framework that we are delivering services against.
You will receive appropriate training to undertake the duties of the job on and on and offsite basis and all situations are risk assessed.
Management supervision, support and oversight is embedded in our practice to ensure all parties are kept safe.

  • Location: Sandwell, England
  • Salary: £24310.00 - £27125.00 per annum
  • Type: Contract
  • Recruiter: 2MES
  • Posted: 01-Jun-2022
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