- Organisation Name
- Special Olympics Great Britain
- Title of role
- Communications Officer
- Number of volunteer places available
The communications officer has a key role to play in planning and delivering communications to key groups, such as supporters, general public, volunteers or staff. The post holder will write, edit, co-ordinate and publish content across various channels, including the website, social media, print and online marketing materials. They will also plan and implement communications and marketing campaigns to raise awareness for funds, while progressively improving organisational understanding of what works for different audiences. The purpose of this role is to increase awareness about the organisation and the home country/club/network/region among the different charity’s audiences through:
Planning and executing social media activities/Brand management/Managing the production of printed and online communications materials/Public relations/Liaison with SOGB Head Office Communications Team.
Press – Field Enquiries from journalists and service users. Build, leverage and maintain media and stakeholder relationships (across TV, Radio, Print, Wire and Digital channels). Create press releases.
Digital – Develop, manage and update content for the website. Maintain social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram). Plan and create multi-media communication materials.
Communications – Produce, edit and distribute updates and materials for external and internal audiences. Help market and communicate events. Maintain library for press cuttings and reports and sharing with SOGB head office. Create leaflets, flyers, posters and communication materials required.
Brand – Ensuring ongoing alignment of Special Olympics brand with overall brand and guidelines. Manage all usage of logo. Help maintain and build reputation. Manage brand standards to ensure consistent and professional positioning brand portfolio.
National Office location: Special Olympics GB, CAN Mezzanine, 2nd Floor, 49 – 51 East Road, Hoxton, London, N1 6AH
- What kind of support/supervision will you receive?
- Personal qualities and requirements
Knowledge of social media channels.
Confident taking photos.
Confident writing stories.
Effective and appropriate communication skills.
Strong administrative and organisational skills.
Fully endorse the mission and philosophy of Special Olympics.
Be a minimum of 18 years of age and be able to compete the Special Olympics GB volunteer registration process in full.
Have experience of working within both short and long term timescales, often without supervision.
Experience helping people with intellectual disabilities.
Experience within the sports sector.
This role does not require completion of a Disclosure and Barring Service check, though the candidate may be required to provide a reference if requested by Special Olympics GB National Office or the Steering Group/National Council.
This is a voluntary, unpaid role. Accredited Programmes or Special Olympics GB do not usually pay for volunteer travel expenses, though this may be considered in exceptional circumstances.
Unless appointed by Special Olympics GB National Office, the Steering Group/National Council are required to vote and elect new Steering Group members at least every two years, including the Communications Officer.
- Work-ready skills you will learn or develop
- Additional Info
For more information, please visit: www.specialolympicsgb.org.uk
Email: [email protected]
Please tell them you saw this opportunity on the Hull University Union website.
Each accredited Programme (Clubs/Networks/Regions/Home Countries) of Special Olympics Great Britain is led by a voluntary Steering Group or National Council (Home Countries only). These groups of individuals represent stakeholders from within the programme and regularly meet to discuss activity. These groups are responsible for discussing, agreeing (by vote) and co-ordinating a variety of matters depending on their accreditation type, including: The Sport Coaching Programme/The Sport Competition Programme/Regular Meetings and Communication/Administration and Membership of the Steering Group/National Council/Finance & Income Generation/Branding & Marketing/Relationships & Partnerships/Involvement in Competition activity for all sports delivered/Membership Registration/Policies and Governance Agreements/Accreditation.
All Accredited Programmes annually accredit to Special Olympics GB and in doing so, they each adopt a Governance Agreement (Home Countries Only) that outlines the expectations of that particular programme and the support available from Special Olympics GB. Other Steering Group/National Council roles include (but are not limited to): Chairperson/Main Contact/Finance Officer/Volunteer Coordinator/Safeguarding & Welfare Officer/Communications Officer/Competition Coordinators/Families Coordinators/Athlete Representatives.
- Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) required