Communication Manager

  • Premier League
  • London, UK
  • 07 Jan, 2022
Full time Communications & PR Digital Leadership & Management Media Social Media

Job Description

Contract type: 12-month fixed term contract, full-time (job share applicants will be considered)
The Premier League Charitable Fund (PLCF) is looking to appoint an experienced communication professional to lead on the delivery and development of the charity’s communication strategy, ensuring alignment with the Premier League Community and Communications Strategies, and providing communication support, advice and guidance to the PLCF Board and Executive team. 
The Communication Manager will be responsible for driving and implementing the PLCF communication strategy and communication action plan. This is a broad and varied role in a small and committed PLCF team and will include regular collaboration with Policy, Communications and Marketing colleagues from the Premier League. It will require someone who is happy to flex from helping to shape and achieve strategy, to drafting copy and creating case studies.  The person will need to have excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to build relationships and work well with a diverse range of stakeholders. 

Who we are

Established in 2010, the PLCF is one of the biggest sports charities in the world, with an annual budget of around £35m. The independent charity supports Club Community Organisations (CCOs) in delivering high quality projects and evidencing their success to key stakeholders. The PLCF’s overarching goal is to help children and young people achieve their potential and have a positive impact on their communities through the power of football. 

Aligned with the Premier League (PL) Communities strategy, the PLCF is highly ambitious and aims to create positive and lasting sporting, social, health and education outcomes for a wide range of beneficiaries, especially those with highest risk and highest need. The PLCF team supports and inspires impactful work via 92+ CCOs, including those in the Premier League and English Football League (EFL). In turn, their work directly benefits thousands of individuals at community venues and schools each year.

Our flexi-working system also allows you some variety on your place of work, offering you the chance to work from home on some days each week. Where possible, you will attend the office or site visits three days a week. All staff liaise closely with their line manager to manage their time appropriately and according to their work and team requirements. 

Key Responsibilities

The main duties will include but not be limited to:
·       Delivering, reviewing and refining the PLCF Communication Strategy, working with the General Manager, Board and Team to use communication as a tool to achieve charitable objectives. In addition, co-ordinating its implementation in relation to PLCF programmes, priorities and objectives.   

·       Telling the story of the impact of Premier League and PLCF investment using data and insight to create a compelling case for support from a range of PLCF stakeholders. 

·       Drafting relevant communications for internal and external audiences, such as, case studies, briefing documents, newsletters, impact reports, articles, LinkedIn copy and website content. 

·       Leading on effective communications around the delivery of community activities and events, including tournaments, festivals, anniversaries and the Premier League Youth Summit.

·       Developing communication toolkits and materials to support the network of Club Community Organisations (CCOs) that are delivering PLCF funded programmes. 

·       Commissioning communication providers and partners as required (e.g., film makers, resource providers, talent, etc). 

·       Liaising with the Premier League Community, Communication and Digital teams to effectively use social and digital channels when promoting community activities supported and funded via the PLCF.

·       Providing effective advice and support to CCOs regarding communication, in order to tell the story of the collective impact of work supported by the PLCF, in partnership with Premier League and EFL Trust colleagues as appropriate.

·       Working collaboratively with the PLCF Impact and Insights Manager to continually improve consistent quality.

·       Designing, developing and helping to roll out communication campaigns, toolkits, templates and resources, as required by programme leads or the network.  

·       Designing and helping to deliver communication related training and CPD to the PLCF and the CCO network, including sharing good practice as a result of learning, development and innovation. 

·       Ensuring the PLCF is well linked to other initiatives and organisations working in charity communication through participating in relevant external groups and networks. Keep up to date with current communication opportunities and good practice within the sports and voluntary sectors, disseminating to relevant audiences, as necessary. 

·       Where appropriate, carrying out other duties as may reasonably be required, giving support to other members of the team at busy times.

Skills Knowledge and Expertise

Requirements for the role

·       Experienced communications professional with the ability to build effective relationships at all levels. 
·       A successful track record of developing communication strategy and using communication to achieve organisational objectives.
·       Demonstrable experience or skills in one or more of the following communication disciplines – strategic communication, campaigns, internal communication, marketing, media and corporate communications. 
·       Strong writing, editing, proofreading, publishing and report development skills.
·       Excellent interpersonal, influencing and relationship management skills.
·       Ability to work effectively under own direction and demonstrate effective strategic leadership without close supervision or day to day management.
·       Ability to communicate well to and with a range of audiences including children and young people, and using different mediums, with written skills to an excellent standard.
·       Project management skills, including the ability to manage a complex network of stakeholders.
·       Team player with excellent planning and organisational ability.
·       Ability to work effectively under pressure, make sound judgement calls and solve problems.
·       An understanding of and commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion, inclusive communications, and how they relate to the role. 
·       A commitment to and understanding of the importance of safeguarding in relation to communications activity, and a satisfactory enhanced DBS check will need to be completed.
·       High level of computer proficiency, particularly with MS Office packages.
·       Willingness to travel within England and Wales.
Nice-to-haves for the role

·     Knowledge of how Club Community Organisations operate as charitable businesses
·     Football and sport knowledge / interest

About The Premier League

The Premier League is the top tier of England’s football pyramid, which produces some of the most competitive and compelling football in the world. With our Clubs, we use the power and popularity of the competition to inspire fans, communities and partners in the UK and across the world. 
We bring people together from all backgrounds and we are a competition for everyone, everywhere – available to watch in 880 million homes in 188 countries.
The Premier League head office is based in central London and the organisation delivers across a range of roles, including football, coach development, community, youth development, safeguarding, broadcast, commercial, communications, digital, finance, legal, marketing and policy.
Work at the Premier League varies greatly and we are committed to delivering equality, diversity and inclusion across the organisation. We look for people who excel at what they do and would be a positive fit for the organisation, regardless of their background. 
Application Deadline: January 28, 2022