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Communications Assistant  

Role Type:

Permanent

Closing Date:

21/1/2022

Benefits:

Contributory pension scheme, 32 days annual leave including statutory days, plus additional Christmas closure days. Healthcare and Staff Reward schemes.

Salary

£17,500-£20,500

About the job

CAMRA is a not-for-profit consumer group with over 160,000 members that has been operating since 1971. Our vision is to have quality real ale and thriving pubs in every community. We are a volunteer-led organisation, with a small, enthusiastic and committed staff team of almost 50 people working at our head office in St. Albans where this role will be based.

We are independent and our policies and campaigning objectives are set by our membership.
CAMRA’s decision-making process is wholly independent of any commercial companies or other organisations.
We are not-for-profit and all proceeds are put back into achieving our campaigning objectives.
We are consumers. We have no commercial interests in pub or brewery ownership or management.
We are non-party political.

Job Details

CAMRA Communications is run by a small and dedicated team who are responsible for a busy press office, internal communications to members (which includes an online digital news service and quarterly print magazine), CAMRA’s digital platforms and social media channels. The Communications Assistant will be expected to support team members, CAMRA staff and volunteers across each of these areas. The role is therefore ideal for someone who is looking for a good foundation in Communications and PR. 

This role will be predominantly performed remotely; however, attendance at some events, festivals, award presentations, meetings etc will be required periodically (COVID-permitting). These may take place anywhere across the UK, but the office headquarters is based in St Albans, England. 

 

Key Responsibilities

Press Office  

  • Support the smooth running of a busy press office, which will predominantly consist of handling and directing inbound press enquiries  
  • Manage media/interview schedule for CAMRA spokespeople  
  • Help to draft, proofread and distribute press releases to targeted journalists  
  • Oversee the media monitoring and reporting processes for the team  
  • Provide general administrative support as required 
  • Carry out picture research and help maintain CAMRA’s digital assets  

 

Internal Communications  

  • Respond to requests for information or support from volunteer press officers and members  
  • Compile press coverage summaries and distributing to stakeholders  
  • Produce updates and briefings for volunteer press officers and senior campaign members  
  • Proofread and manage digital content for the What’s Brewing digital newspaper  
  • Support the printed production of BEER magazine  
  • Support the administration and editing requirements for the CAMRA podcast Pubs. Pints. People. 

 

Digital & Social Platforms 

  • Draft and deliver social media content under the direction and guidance of the Communications Officer 
  • Oversee the community management on all social media pages  
  • Help manage the CAMRA national website and What’s Brewing platform by providing quality control and oversight on changes, advice for other staff members with aesthetics and ensuring pages are kept up-to-date, relevant and working   

Person Specification

Preferred Criteria: 

  • A degree or volunteer/work experience in communications, media, PR & journalism or similar 
  • Experience of working with volunteers 
  • Knowledge and interest of the pub and beer sector 

 

Notes

To apply: please contact katie.wiles@camra.org.uk by Friday 22 January 2022 with a cover letter & CV.

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