Central London, £42,000-£52,000 depending on experience
Reporting to the Chief Executive, managing the communications team
Deadline: Mon 8 April at 10 am
Full Fact, the UK’s independent non-partisan factchecking charity, is recruiting a Head of Communications.
It’s a unique opportunity for a creative campaigner and experienced communications lead. Our award-winning factchecking team provides millions of people with accurate information on important debates through our website, other online channels, and the media.
You’ll be responsible for the impact that work has: getting inaccurate claims corrected and changing attitudes and systems that help misinformation spread. You’ll mobilise and build public support to challenge inaccurate claims and the systems that make them easier to spread. You’ll work with colleagues to get our factchecking out to best effect online and through the media.
This is the moment for our mission and Full Fact is rapidly developing. We want you to help us take it to the next level. We’ve invested in communications and in overhauling our website over the next year, and of course we’re preparing for a possible election or referendum. There are big opportunities here.
Tackling misinformation is a globally-important challenge. Full Fact has a strong reputation and working relationships with parliament, government, the media, internet companies, and others. You’ll be responsible for overseeing all our communications and external relations and raising our profile along with our impact.
Head of Communications is a key strategic role for Full Fact, which has recently grown to more than 20 staff including our world-leading automated factchecking team. As a member of Full Fact’s management team you will have an important role in the general direction of the charity and in maintaining our standards of independence, accuracy, and impartiality.
It’s a varied job with lots of opportunity in a supportive, ambitious and growing team.
If you are interested in applying but not sure you have all the skills, please do apply. We are open both to supporting learning on the job and to rearranging tasks within the team to suit the skillsets of the best applicant. We are happy to talk flexible working, and we are open to part time or job share applications for this role.
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If you would like to learn more about the job, we have put together some case studies that may help you. You may also like to read a profile of Full Fact in Wired (2018), or earlier ones in the Guardian (2017), the FT (2016), and the Telegraph (2015).
Please email the Chief Executive, Will Moy, on email@example.com in confidence with a CV and a covering letter.
We prefer to sift applications anonymously. Please use your initials rather than your name and leave identifying details such as email addresses off your CV and covering letter.
Applications close 10 am Mon 8 April.
You manage Full Fact’s communications and PR and oversee our fundraising, with the aim of making Full Fact better known and getting more people involved to challenge the harm done by inaccurate information.
You ensure we maintain the highest standards of accuracy and fairness, so that we protect and strengthen our reputation over the long term.
You run the communications team and are responsible for the wellbeing, management and development of its members. As a member of Full Fact’s management team, you have a responsibility for the charity as a whole.
Communicating is core to Full Fact’s mission. It involves the whole team.
Our communications team includes –
The rest of our management team—the Chief Executive, Editor, Head of Automated Factchecking, and Research Manager—all have strong networks and regularly represent Full Fact to a wide range of audiences.
Other members of the team, especially the factcheckers, play a key role in our communications and especially our media work.
A wide range of people could do this job well. If you are interested in applying but not sure you have all the skills, please do apply. Specifically, you do not need experience working in the charity sector, in politics, or in fundraising. What we are looking for is –
Political impartiality and sensitivity
Management skills and approach