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This advertisement is for the Interim Director of Communications (fixed term). If you wish to view and apply for the position of Director of Communications (permanent) please visit this webpage.
The Elders are looking for an Interim Director of Communications from late May/early June for 4-6 months while we recruit for a permanent post. This will be an exciting and busy time delivering on a major communications campaign on existential threats and the leadership the world needs to address them.

To apply, please send a CV and covering letter to [email protected] by 23:59 on Tuesday 30th April 2024.


Role Overview

This is an interim position for 4-6 months covering the Director of Communications role while we recruit for the permanent post. Our Director of Communications leads and manages a team of four that is responsible for media relations and analysis, brand development, content production and reputation management. There will be a particular focus in this period on a major communications project on existential threats and the leadership the world needs to address them. The role reports to our CEO and is a member of our Senior Management Team of four.

This temporary role is offered on a fixed term contract. The current incumbent leaves on 7 June, and a handover is essential. Please only apply if you can start w/b 27 May or w/b 3 June. The permanent post is being advertised simultaneously, and we expect to make an appointment to that role in early July, which will determine the end date of the interim assignment. Applicants are welcome to apply for both positions.

Person Specification 

  • Demonstrable experience of delivering integrated communications strategies.
  • Demonstrable experience of delivering high-impact international communications advocacy campaigns.
  • A keen appreciation of the nuances, opportunities, and tension points of working with high-profile political figures.
  • Experience at international level with a network of communications (e.g. press) contacts, and a variety of international media outlets around the world.
  • Excellent written and spoken English, with experience of quality controlling and coaching editing and proof-reading to a house style, to produce communications products of the highest standards.
  • A clearly inclusive, emotionally intelligent, supportive approach to team and corporate leadership alike.
  • Previous experience of interim roles, including the ability to learn and deliver quickly on arrival, and know what to leave to permanent staff (including your successor).   

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Working at The Elders

This role is based in the UK, with attendance at our London office in line with our hybrid working policy. Applicants must have the right to live and work in the UK.

Salary will be in the £80-90k range pro rata depending on experience. The Elders’ offers a generous benefits package.

Please see the job description for further details. 

The Application Process

To apply, please send an up-to-date CV and a covering letter (maximum 2 pages) setting out why you want the role and are suitable for it to [email protected]. Applications close at 23.59 on Tuesday 30th April 2024. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview w/b 13th May 2024.

The Elders is committed to creating an inclusive working environment that values diversity and equal opportunities. We welcome and encourage applicants of any ethnicity, religion, age, gender or gender identity, sexual orientation or disability. Given the Elders’ global outlook, we particularly welcome applicants originally from countries in the Global South. As we are not able to sponsor visas, all applicants must have the right to work in the country where the role they are applying for is based. We will assess purely on your abilities and fit for a role. We are happy to discuss any adjustments you need to ensure a fair recruitment process and to enable you to be successful in your role if selected.


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