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The Elders is an independent group of eminent global leaders, brought together by Nelson Mandela in 2007, who work together for peace, justice and human rights worldwide. The Elders are assisted by a small team based in London.

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Senior Communications Officer

The Elders are looking for an all-round communications professional with extensive experience of delivering highly impactful content for web, social media and email. This role sits at the heart of our communications team and is responsible for delivering high-quality digital and print content for our priority audiences.

The ideal candidate will have demonstrable experience of devising and delivering exceptional digital user experiences that make appropriate use of a wide range of communications skills – from planning SEO and paid-social media, to writing compelling subcopy and exploiting engagement analytics. The post-holder will have a background in producing digital communications for advocacy and be highly proficient in communications planning and digital production management.

The role-holder must have the right to work in the UK.

The Elders particularly welcomes applications from candidates from diverse backgrounds.

Role Overview

  • Responsible for delivering high-quality content, impactful advocacy messaging and excellent user experience across our communications output. Accountable for digital channel management and analytics, and publication and video delivery.

Reporting to: The Director of Communications

Main Duties and Responsibilities

Digital communications

  • Oversee the development of reach and engagement for The Elders’ website, social media channels and email subscriber database
  • Devise and deliver digital communications plans that meet our advocacy objectives and manage the communications calendar for our digital output
  • Manage The Elders’ website, ensuring high-quality content, user experience and SEO
  • Create proactive and reactive image-based and text-based content for our social media channels
  • Produce excellent digital sub-copy, ensuring our digital content is accurate and engaging
  • Source and edit photography and video for our digital channels and maintain the online database archive
  • Manage and report on our web and social media analytics
  • Manage and maximise the use of paid-social media for our brand and advocacy objectives
  • Stay ahead of technical and social media trends and apply them appropriately.

Brand management

  • Manage our design guidelines and assets
  • Ensure The Elders’ brand is correctly and consistently reflected across all our owned-channels
  • Advise and oversee third-party use of our brand assets including our logo, stylesheets and Elders’ imagery.

Account management

  • Manage the relationships with our website, social media and digital content providers.
  • Project manage the third-party design of our publications when required


  • Report online activity within the team and to the wider organisation
  • Raise awareness and appreciation of the value of digital engagement within the wider Elders’ team and organisation
  • Undertake special projects or other tasks as requested by the Director of Communications.

Person specification

  • Must have eligibility to work in the UK.
  • At least four years’ experience of digital communications, insight analysis and project management
  • An extensive working knowledge of CMS and web analytics tools
  • An extensive working knowledge of social media tools and tactics
  • An extensive working knowledge of SEO and paid-social media
  • A working knowledge of brand design and development, with experience of project managing both print and online publications
  • An understanding of HTML and web development
  • A strong commitment to the mission and values of The Elders and an active interest in world affairs and human rights.
  • Demonstrate ability to work in a multicultural, multi-ethnic environment, often across multiple time zones
  • Ability to multi-task and set priorities, and to work under pressure.
  • Excellent written and spoken English, other languages highly desirable.

Salary: up to £37k pa
Hours: Full-time
Contract: Permanent

To Apply

Email with a CV and covering letter (of not more than 2 sides of A4).

Applications must be received by 2 August 2021.

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