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Communications Officer

Organisation
British Blind Sport
Salary
2200-2600 per annum
Closing Date
22 September 2019
Interview Date
01 October 2019
Location
Leamington Spa
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An exciting opportunity has become available to join Britis Blind Sport's small but ambitious and friendly team, as the Communications Officer. British Blind Sport (BBS) is the National Disability Sport Organisation that supports blind and partially sighted people to get active and play sport.

The successful candidate will be an integral part of the team, leading the charity’s marketing and communications programme and raising the profile of British Blind Sport’s membership. The Communications Officer will also lead on campaigns and promote a broad range of projects, events and fundraising activities. A strong foundation has been created and BBS are looking for an outstanding individual to take our communications to the next level.

There has never been a more exciting time to work at British Blind Sport, as services develop further, particularly with the launch of a online activity finder on the horizon.

About the role:
Candidates for this post must have a proven track record of delivering against marketing and communication KPIs and outcomes. A high level of planning and strategic development, time management and customer service skills are needed as well as excellent verbal and written communication skills and an ability to work well in a team.

Experience in supporting visually impaired people or vast knowledge of sport is desirable but not essential. Occasional weekend or flexible working may be required. The successful candidate must be willing to travel as the role requires.

British Blind Sport actively promotes diversity in employment and welcomes applications from all parts of the community, particularly people with sight loss.

Duties:

  •  To position and present BBS as the experts on visually impaired people in the field of sport and physical activity.
  • To lead on the planning and delivery of a comprehensive communications programme to promote BBS services as well as advocating for BBS strategic partners and their activities.
  • To work collaboratively with partner organisations to strategically cross-promote activities.
  • Manage day-to-day interactions with supporters and contacts via social media channels including Facebook and Twitter.
  • To present information and communications effectively and consistently both internally and externally for maximum impact.
  • To increase the engagement and reach of the organisation online profile by curating social media content reflecting BBS’ activities and that of partners.
  • To manage BBS’ attendance at relevant sector exhibitions. 
  • To continue the development and management of the BBS website to ensure up to date information, accessibility and functionality.
  • To be a lead member of the BBS enquiry service; handling a diverse range of requests via e-mail, telephone and social media.
  • To provide advice and support to visually impaired (VI) people as well as interested stakeholders (e.g. teachers, national governing bodies, parents, social workers, club leaders, coaches).
  • Act as an advocate and support staff to help them understand the landscape, partners, knowledge and data that can provide the evidence to strengthen British Blind Sport.
  • Lead on the production of mailshots to members, monthly e-newsletters and bi-annual member’s magazine “Vision”.
  • Lead on campaigns delivering outcomes around fundraising and tackling inactivity.
  • To manage communications with members to maintain a close relationship and understand their needs with a view to developing BBS services.
  • Monitoring and evaluation of website and social media analytics, e-newsletter and Vision magazine.
  • Provide reports, when requested, on BBS communication activities including themes and issues raised across the enquiry service.
  • To deliver targeted marketing of services to members, partners and related parties.
  • To support and encourage media interest in VI people in sport and physical activity by developing information that could be used in copy material for publication.
  • Any other tasks deemed necessary to meet the needs of the business.

How to apply

To apply for the role, please download and complete the job application form and return to British Blind Sport by Sunday 22 September via:

Email: info@britishblindsport.org.uk

Post: British Blind Sport, Pure Offices, Plato Close, Tachbrook Park, Leamington Spa, CV34 6WE.

Interviews will take place on Tuesday 1 October at the British Blind Sport office. If you are unable to attend on this date, please state so in your application. If you have any questions regarding the role or application process, please contact Logan for an informal discussion on 01926 424247.

This role is subject to an enhanced DBS Criminal Records check and any offer of employment is subject to a satisfactory completion of this process.

For more information about the role, please visit the British Blind Sport website