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Communications and Digital Manager (maternity cover)

Help us create a fairer future for people with criminal records

This is an exciting opportunity for an exceptional individual with proven experience to join our small and successful national charity as our Communications and Digital Manager, on a fixed-term, maternity cover contract.

The communications and digital manager is responsible for the strategic planning and day to day delivery of Unlock’s external communications. They manage the organisation’s website, social media and press activity, including working across teams to develop and share impactful messages. The role also includes responsibility for delivery of key aspects of the charity’s digital strategy, managing Unlock’s digital presence and driving digital development across the organisation.

If you’re a communications professional who is looking to step up into a more senior role, or interested in developing your digital experience, this role would be a good fit. Prior knowledge of the criminal records system is not essential, but your ability to quickly get to grips with complex information is important.

If you are motivated to help people move on positively with their lives and create a fairer and more inclusive society, this is the place for you. We look forward to meeting you.

Salary and hours

Contract: Full-time, Fixed Term Contract – 9 to 12 months

Start date: 12 February 2024

Hours of work: 37.5 hours a week

Salary: £34,906 per year

Location: Remote – the post-holder will work from home with a minimum of four days in the
office at Maidstone a year

Holidays: Holiday will be calculated pro rata, based on the following FTE: 25 days + public
holidays + discretionary days between Christmas and New Year

Pension: Automatic enrolment into Unlock’s workplace pension scheme into which we will
contribute 6% of gross pay.

Please note this role isn’t suitable for job-share.

About Unlock 

We are an independent, highly respected social inclusion charity based in Kent. Established in 2000, we provide information, advice and support to individuals dealing with the ongoing effects of criminal record. Our knowledge and insight help us to work with government, employers and others, to change policies and practices to create a fairer and more inclusive society so that people with criminal records can move on in their lives. 

Unlock is an equal opportunities organisation and committed to being inclusive and increasing diversity. We appreciate the value that diverse voices can bring to an organisation and particularly welcome applications from candidates who are from racially minoritised communities, have a disability or who are from a less privileged background. We warmly welcome applications from all suitably skilled people regardless of background and we are especially keen to appoint people who have themselves met with and overcome the disadvantages of having a criminal record. 

Our approach to criminal records for this role:

  • This role does not require disclosure of any criminal records at any point
  • We will not conduct a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check for this role
  • If you would like to reference lived experience of the criminal justice system as part of your application, this will only be considered for if/how it contributes to your suitability for the role. Your application will be anonymised before being assessed, including any potentially identifying criminal record details that you include (e.g., offence type or specific prisons).
  • If you are currently subject to any supervision or conditions that may be relevant to the job, we would ask for these to be raised at interview. For example, if you are subject to restrictions that relate to digital access (e.g., use of social media, access to confidential databases, or requirements to provide access to your devices to supervising staff) we may need to discuss these further with you.

To apply  

Closing date for applications is 21 November.

Shortlisted and unsuccessful applicants will be notified by email by 29 November.

Interviews will be held online on 6 December. 

Email or call 07385 204839 if you have any queries. 

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