Background to the initiatives

At the World Economic Forum this year the Foundation launched the Cities and Circular Economy for Food report. Building on the findings of that report, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Food initiative will work with key actors to stimulate a global shift towards a regenerative food system based on the principles of a circular economy.

At this year's Climate Week in New York City, the Foundation published its latest report Completing the picture: How the circular economy tackles climate change revealing the need for a fundamental shift in the global approach to cutting emissions. The report provides insights to help businesses, financial institutions, and policy makers build a thriving and resilient economy while playing an essential role in reaching climate targets.

Role and responsibilities:

Reporting to our Systemics Initiatives Communications Lead your main responsibilities will be:

  • Co-develop and implement a comprehensive communications strategy for the Food and Climate initiatives, taking into account relevant audiences, message and content development and channels.
  • Work with the Foundation’s media, digital, and design teams to build successful communications campaigns for specific announcements/events taking into account the Food and Climate initiative’s as well as the Foundation’s long-term communications objectives. Ensure alignment across project teams.
  • Manage relationships with key stakeholders, including media, funders, and influential organisations/ individuals, including developing joint communications objectives and plans and overseeing their implementation.
  • Create written content (including key messages, newsletters, short announcements, marketing materials, etc), for a variety of target audiences, for distribution across the Foundation’s communications channels.
  • Manage marketing budgets.
  • Create briefing documents for external partners, including agencies and freelancers.
  • Work with and manage PR agencies and/or creative agencies.
  • Collate and interpret data on results and impact of communications campaigns.
  • Join the Food and Climate team meetings to stay up to date with latest thinking and external issues related to the initiative.
  • Support the Food and Climate team at events through liaising with journalists and building relationships with key comms contacts.

Your profile:

  • A relevant degree and minimum 3 years’ experience in communications/public relations.
  • Understanding of the current food and climate systems debate and associated media landscape.
  • Ability to scan the evolving landscape of food and climate trends and food and climate systems messaging, synthesising main messages and thinking strategically to determine how the Food and Climate initiatives’ content can be positioned and framed to be distinctive amongst other existing efforts
  • Evidence of planning and managing creative communications campaigns targeted to specific audiences with extensive stakeholder management experience
  • Evidence of producing written content in English; we will ask for previous pieces of work to evidence this
  • Ability to think creatively, devise, pitch and implement dynamic communications concepts that go beyond written communication to deliver impactful experiences.
  • Experience of working in the area of circular economy would be a definite plus but is not essential

What we do: The Ellen MacArthur Foundation is an innovative not-for-profit organisation with a mission to accelerate the transition to a circular economy. The Foundation works with the world's largest organisations and the emerging innovators that are bringing a circular economy to life. If you would like to learn more about the Ellen MacArthur Foundation or the circular economy, please visit www.ellenmacarthurfoundation.org

Please apply with CV and covering letter together with salary expectation.

Desired starting date: January 2020 onwards

Closing date: 13th December 2019

Salary package: Competitive within the charity sector and with generous holiday allowance, gym membership etc.

Location: Cowes, Isle of Wight.

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