We are looking for a part-time External Relations Manager to join our team on a permanent basis working two and a half days per week.  This is an incredible opportunity to use your significant experience and expertise in cultivating partnerships with the media, corporates, and other stakeholders to build our presence in Wales and grow support for our appeals.

About Us:

The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) is a unique and dynamic membership organisation which comprises 14 of the UK’s leading humanitarian charities:  ActionAid UK, Age International, British Red Cross, CAFOD, CARE International UK, Christian Aid, Concern Worldwide (UK), Islamic Relief Worldwide, Oxfam GB, Plan International UK, Save the Children UK, Tearfund and World Vision UK. When a large scale disasters hit countries without the capacity to respond, the DEC brings together our 14 member charities to raise funds quickly and efficiently.  In these times of crisis, people in life-and-death situations need our help and our mission is to save, protect and rebuild lives through effective humanitarian response.

Pooling our resources to work as one, we are pivotal in co-ordinating the UK public’s response to overseas disasters.  In collaboration with our Rapid Response Network of national media and corporate partners, we raise the alarm to the UK public and set up easy ways to donate, with the majority of our funds raised over an intensive two-week period following a disaster.

Since our launch in 1963, we have run over 70 fundraising appeals and raised more than £1.7bn, saving countless lives and rebuilding communities.

Job Role:

Wales (remote working with occasional UK travel and overseas visits required).

The ability to speak Welsh is essential for this role

Joining a small, efficient team, you will become part of a collaborative environment where you will have the chance to make an impact from day one and drive our fundraising and engagement activities in this truly rewarding role.

As an External Relations Manager, you will focus on enhancing the profile, reputation and income of our organisation and appeals in Wales.

Reporting to the Director of Communications, you will build and maintain our presence in Wales and help develop and deliver our communications and fundraising strategies, significantly enhancing our brand via everything you do.

Working closely with our Fundraising Team, you will identify, cultivate, and manage relationships with potential and existing fundraising partners including institutional donors, trusts and foundations, corporate donors and high net worth individuals.

In addition, you will proactively seek out and develop relationships with existing and potential media partners, creating new opportunities to expand our Rapid Response Network.

About You:

To join us as an External Relations Manager, you will need:

  • Substantial experience of working in a similar role in Wales, cultivating partnerships with the media, corporate and other stakeholders
  • Fluent in English and Welsh (written and oral)
  • Strong experience in media relations, public relations or journalism, with knowledge of how to devise and implement communications work plans
  • Proven experience of externally representing a charity or other organisation
  • Proven success in delivering media campaigns and/or marketing campaigns
  • Proven experience of working independently and proactively to produce results
  • Project management skills including co-ordinating a diverse team
  • First-class communications (written and verbal) and interpersonal skills
  • Educated to degree level, or able to demonstrate a similar level of ability from working experience

Experience of working in a charity communications, marketing or fundraising team would be beneficial to your application, as would experience of managing a small team.

This is a part-time role working 2.5 days per week.  The post holder is required to work long hours during an appeal and may, on occasion, also be required to work additional hours in response to an emergency, to events held outside office hours or to extra workload.  Where possible, notice of this will be given and TOIL (time off in lieu) is available.

Please note, this is a key role and the post holder’s name will be included on an emergency contact list for occasional urgent communications and leave may be cancelled accordingly.

Other organisations may call this role External Development Manager, External Engagement Manager, Partnerships Manager, Stakeholder Engagement Manager, or Media Relations Manager.

The Benefits:

  • Salary of £35,000 – £38,000 per annum (pro rata)
  • Great benefits package
  • Support humanitarian efforts across the globe

Additional Information:

 Contract:  Permanent

DEC is an equal opportunities employer, the DEC is committed to equal opportunities and encourages applications from anyone who can meet the criteria, regardless of gender, race, age, disability, sexuality or religion.

The DEC is committed to the safeguarding and protection of children and vulnerable adults and participates in the Inter Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme.  In line with this Scheme, we will request information from successful applicants’ previous employers about any findings of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment during employment, or incidents under investigation when the applicant left employment.  By submitting an application, the job applicant confirms his/her understanding of, and consent to, these recruitment procedures.

To Apply:

For further information on the required qualifications, skills, and experience for the role, please download the job description by clicking on the apply button.

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Closing date:  30 September 2021