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The NCTJ has a dedicated team of staff based in a converted granary in the lovely North Essex village of Newport, near Saffron Walden. We have a friendly working environment with a team-working and goal-orientated culture.

Everyone is very committed to the organisation’s values, achieving high standards and implementing new ways of working. All staff are flexible in their approach and adaptable to change. As a charity, we are cost conscious and efficient. We take great care over recruitment and training as we regard our staff as vital to our success.

The NCTJ is an equal opportunities employer and believes in investing in staff.

We also employ examiners and rely on volunteers who are committed to professional journalism and our charitable activities.

 

Vacancy: marketing and communications manager (interim)

The NCTJ is looking for a marketing and communications professional to join its team at an exciting time of growth and development.

The successful candidate will have a wide range of skills spanning marketing, communications, events and people management.

The ideal candidate will have experience working in the media industry and a passion for quality trusted journalism and diversity.

Key responsibilities

Reporting to our chief executive, the main areas of responsibility are:

  • Work with marketing and communications manager and chief executive to implement the NCTJ’s marketing and communications strategy
  • Promote and increase the NCTJ’s presence through effective PR and thought leadership and messaging on social media and digital platforms
  • Manage series of NCTJ events to a high professional standard
  • Support programme to create greater impact with public affairs work, working with the NCTJ’s public affairs consultant and the chief executive
  • Play a lead role in the internal and external promotion of the NCTJ’s commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Implement new, and enhance existing, marketing and promotional activities, including responsibility for the NCTJ website and marketing database
  • Co-ordinate, implement and evaluate marketing campaigns for the NCTJ and Journalism Skills Academy across a variety of channels such as email, social and digital

About you

For this interim role to cover maternity leave, the NCTJ is looking for someone who shares our values and has the confidence and skills to hit the ground running at an important time in the charity’s development.

As a small team, we need a professional with a wide range of marketing and communications expertise including social media marketing and digital advertising, basic design skills and experience of using Canva or similar, writing press releases and maintaining press relations. You’ll need website and CMS management skills, experience in using WordPress as well as SurveyMonkey and MailChimp or similar. Ideally, successful candidates will have some experience of managing people and events.

You must be able to plan ahead as well as think on your feet. You will bring creative new ideas to the team and be able to multi-task, prioritise and work efficiently to tight deadlines and under pressure.

You will have a friendly and professional manner in communicating with stakeholders at all levels and from different backgrounds and all walks of life. You’ll be dealing with learners, journalists, editors, sponsors and industry executives on a daily basis so you’ll need to combine professionalism and confidence with diplomacy and sensitivity.

Successful candidates will play a lead role in the charity’s commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion so it’s important to have a strong interest in this vital area of our work.

All staff at the NCTJ must have an excellent standard of English and good writing ability as well as digital and IT skills.

Benefits

This full-time fixed-term (12 months) post attracts an annual salary of c£40,000 (depending on experience).

Other financial benefits include a five per cent employer pension contribution, life insurance, company bonus scheme and 25 days of holiday.

There are staff events and personal development training opportunities and a great working environment. The job is based at our lovely offices in the North Essex village of Newport near Saffron Walden. We promote work-life balance and support staff who have family responsibilities and particular needs.

How to apply

Your curriculum vitae and covering letter, detailing why you would like to be considered for the position, should be addressed to Sarah-Jayne Rix, head of marketing and communications. Please email your application to sarah.rix@nctj.com.

Applications must be sent to the NCTJ by the closing date of Monday, 17 October 2022.

Further information

Please see the full job description for this role and further information about the NCTJ on our website.

 

Vacancy: events and training co-ordinator

The NCTJ is looking for an enthusiastic co-ordinator to join its Journalism Skills Academy and events teams.

The successful candidate will play a critical role in the operations of our Journalism Skills Academy as we scale up the initiative. At the heart of the new academy is an online platform that provides a one-stop shop for journalists at all stages of their careers to develop their skills and knowledge.

The ideal candidate will have great administrative skills, a passion for journalism and the media, and an interest in people and giving outstanding customer service. Prior experience in a learning and development environment and an interest in sales and marketing will be an advantage.

There will be an opportunity to assist with the ongoing development of online training materials so an aptitude and interest in digital skills will be a real advantage too. You’ll also be involved in administering our events, awards and office facilities and there will be an opportunity to work on special projects.

The enthusiasm, commitment and potential to be a successful member of our dedicated team and a positive approach are also really important to us.

In return for your hard work, we provide a competitive salary, a great team-working culture and help to develop your skills and experience.

This full-time post attracts an annual salary of c£25,000 (depending on experience) with probationary, annual and promotion salary reviews.

Click here to see the full job advert.

How to apply

Your curriculum vitae and covering letter, detailing why you would like to be considered for the position and stating your current salary, should be addressed to Sarah-Jayne Rix, head of marketing and communications. Please email your application to info@nctj.com.

Applications must be sent to the NCTJ by the closing date of Monday, 3 October 2022.

Further information

Please see the full job description.

Finance and audit committee

The NCTJ has experienced considerable growth in recent years, and its finances are becoming more complex. We have therefore established a finance and audit committee (FAC) to formalise and extend the role and remit of the audit committee which met annually to oversee the external audit.

The purpose of the FAC is to assist the directors in fulfilling their obligations and oversight responsibilities specifically relating to financial planning, the audit process, financial reporting, the system of controls and risk management, and to make recommendations to the directors.

We are looking to appoint at least two additional external members (ie those who are not directors of the NCTJ). External members should bring an appropriate range of financial, risk, compliance and audit management skills and experience to the FAC.

The committee normally meets four times a year, and additionally as required.

Expressions of interest in joining the FAC can be made at any time by emailing the chief executive Joanne Butcher: joanne.butcher@nctj.com

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