Communications and Campaigns Director :: Water Witness International

Job Title: Communications and Campaigns Director

Organisation: Water Witness International

Closing Date: 21st February 2022

Location: Home-based until Covid-19 restrictions lift. Then at least three days a week in Edinburgh HQ

Salary: £55,000 - £61,000 plus benefits

Hours: Full time

Job Description:

Water Witness is building its visibility and influence through the Fair Water Footprints Programme which the Communications and Campaigns Director will co-lead. This programme requires global analysis and investigations with partners in South America, Africa, and Asia to report on the water impacts of consumer society through our globalised supply chains, specifically: textiles and apparel, ICT and technology metals, food, and agricultural commodities. Evidence will inform two areas of related action and impact. Firstly, a public facing campaign will escalate the political and media profile of water, generating demand for fair water footprints and responsible water stewardship by retailers, multi-nationals, banks, pension funds and policy makers. Secondly, it will inform the development of the Glasgow Declaration Delivery Programme – providing case studies, advocacy priorities and incentivising and inspiring new Signatories.

Your role will be to effectively lead all campaign and communication related elements of this work. Working closely with the Executive Director who will lead on technical components, you will shape the programme and its delivery so that it triggers action, levers maximum impact, and elevates the profile of the organisation and the issues we care about. You will also play a lead role in the evolution of the Glasgow Declaration and delivery against its commitments, guiding Signatories through your advice and expertise in communications, outreach and external influence. You will also be accountable for all aspects of the organisation’s communications more broadly, through development and implementation of the communication and content strategies needed to deliver our 2030 Strategy. You will support a diverse team of programme and practice leads, helping them to communicate with confidence, purpose, and impact, to enhance the reach and reputation of the organisation and its work. You will foster a culture of creativity, and quality, support and mentor the team, and work closely with our collaborators and partners.

You will be a seasoned communications and campaigns management professional, equally comfortable working on the ground to gather stories in multiple media formats or writing copy that will grab the attention of the world’s media, as when chairing senior level strategic planning events with partners, or tracking budgets and managing external contracts. You will have an established network of influential contacts in the press and media, and a proven ability to land stories which trigger systemic change for international development, social justice, or the environment.

You will have an outstanding nose for stories, and a wide communications skill set, including in working with research and data. You will be adaptable, pro-active, and solutions oriented in your approach, particularly given the dynamism imposed on our work by the pandemic and the evolving nature of the Glasgow Declaration.

As a member of our Senior Management Team, you will work with senior staff, partners and Trustees to set our future direction, ensure delivery against our core values and will take the lead on specific new projects and assignments as they arise.

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Communications and Campaigns Director - Water Witness International

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