RSPB • Flexible in UK

Part-Time Nature Neighbourhoods Digital Community Officer (Fixed-Term)

Employment type:  Contract
Salary:  £28331 - £30415 per annum

3–4 days/week at home

Fully flexible hours

Dog friendly

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Job Description

Help make the People’s Plan for Nature a reality in local communities across the UK, by helping them take action for nature and climate!

In March 2023, the world’s first People’s Plan for Nature was published and calls for urgent, immediate action – from governments, businesses, charities, organisations and communities – to protect and fundamentally change how we value nature. The project responds to this, co-creating new and curating existing tools for peer support and connection, building a sustainable network of community action at scale. Please see:https://peoplesplanfornature.org, www.saveourwildisles.org.uk, and www.futureparks.org.uk/resource-hub

Nature Neighbourhoods is a RSPB, WWF and National Trust partnership project to help at least 17 VCSE (Voluntary, Community & Social Enterprise sector) partners mobilise their communities and lead positive change for nature and people. The project will deliver a two-year support programme, financial aid of up to £25,000 per neighbourhood and support for change with key stakeholders in the local authorities. It is funded by the National Lottery Community Fund’s Climate Action Fund and supported by Co-op.

We’re on the lookout for a Digital Community Officer to support people to drive community action for nature in their own neighbourhoods, with your knowledge of digital and social media platforms. You’ll seek out and craft inspiring stories from across the project, and find ways to get them out there through digital and social channels - working closely with comms teams across the partners. You’ll create an online peer support network for community leaders, building capacity for using digital platforms.

The RSPB: Location is flexible with an opportunity for hybrid working based at one of our offices. The role may involve some travel.

In this role key activities will include:

  • Working directly with the Project Manager and partnership colleagues to deliver the Nature Neighbourhoods project.
  • Working closely with community leaders and VCSEs to help them make the most of digital and social platforms to drive and sustain community action for nature
  • Working with a network of community champions to give them the tools and knowledge to tell inspiring stories about their neighbourhoods and build peer support online
  • Co-ordinating integrated digital comms about the project as whole, identifying the stories coming from communities which will inspire a wide audience and finding ways to elevate them through digital and partner channels

For additional information about this role, please see the attachment.

What we need from you: You’re a creative digital professional with in-depth knowledge of different social media platforms and the role they can play in bringing communities together. You’ll have a great eye for a story that will inspire people to take action. And you’re passionate about diversity, equity and inclusion; nature and people.

Essential skills, knowledge and experience:

  • Confidence in working in a partnership project environment
  • Experience in building online communities, preferably around social and/or environmental causes
  • Understanding of what makes great content, and experience of delivering it
  • A passion for passing your knowledge of social and digital platforms onto others with a range of experience, through providing advice, guidance and support
  • Experience of co-ordinating an integrated comms plan, working with others to ensure its delivery
  • Demonstrate great stakeholder management and communications
  • Confidence in working with creative agencies, delivering a brief and managing the agency relationship
  • Bring a passion for delivering change through people
  • Demonstrable experience of creating inclusive content, authentically connecting with and platforming diverse voices
  • Additional information:

    This is a Fixed-Term, Part-Time role for 15 hours per week until December 2025. The RSPB reserves the right to extend or make this role permanent without further advertising dependent on business needs at the end of the contract term.

    We are looking to conduct interviews for this position from 5th October 2023. For further information please contact Joshua.Boyd@rspb.org.uk

    As part of this application process you will be asked to complete an application form including evidence on how you meet the skills, knowledge, and experience listed above.

    This role will require completion of a DBS/PVG/Access NI in addition to the standard pre-employment checks.

    We are committed to developing an inclusive and diverse RSPB, in which everyone feels supported, valued, and able to be their full selves. To achieve our vision of creating a world richer in nature, we need more people, and more diverse people, on nature’s side. People of colour and disabled people are currently underrepresented across the environment, climate, sustainability, and conservation sector. If you identify as a person of colour and/or disabled, we are particularly interested in receiving your application. Contact us to discuss any additional support you may need to complete your application.

    The RSPB is an equal opportunities employer. This role is covered by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.

    This role is not eligible for UK Visa Sponsorship - the successful applicant will need to have a pre-existing Right to Work in the UK in order to be offered an employment contract.

    Before applying for this role, we recommend reading through the candidate guidance notes attached to the top of this advert.

    Company benefits

    Open to part-time employees
    Open to compressed hours
    Enhanced maternity leave
    Enhanced paternity leave
    Adoption leave
    Shared parental leave
    24 days annual leave + bank holidays
    Enhanced sick pay

    The FlexScore® is the result of a rigorous 2-step verification of a company’s flexibility

    First we assess the flexibility options RSPB provides and then we anonymously survey a statistically significant proportion of their employees to make sure RSPB is as flexible as they say they are. Our assessment is based on the six key elements of flexibility: location, hours, autonomy, benefits, role modelling and work-life balance.

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