Communications Manager

 

About us

The Glencree Centre for Peace & Reconciliation (Glencree) works with individuals and groups to transform conflict, promote reconciliation, encourage healthy relationships, and build sustainable peace.

We are an Irish-based, independent, non-governmental organisation. Founded in 1974 in response to the conflict in Northern Ireland, Glencree played an important role in the Irish Peace Process, bringing together those in conflict for confidential dialogue and helping to build relationships across divides. As well as our ongoing work on the island of Ireland, our perspective and expertise has been shared in more than ten conflict and post-conflict countries around the globe.

Much of our work takes place at our Peace Centre in the Wicklow mountains, a welcoming place of hospitality and friendliness, a quiet, strong space, surrounded by nature and steeped in history. We also work within the communities we serve. We bring together former enemies, opposing political factions, people who have suffered tremendous trauma, distrust or feel hatred toward the other, and provide an enabling environment where they can talk and listen to each other as they seek to transform divisive relationships.

Role Overview

This is an exciting time in our development as we have set out a vision for Glencree to be a national and international centre of excellence for practical peacebuilding and learning exchanges. Ireland, and indeed the wider world, needs to embed a culture of peace like never before and communications will be at the heart of our work as we strive to realise our vision.

The Communications Manager will be responsible for the communications strategy in supporting the delivery of the organisation’s Strategic Plan 2022-2026. This is a leadership role and will involve longer term strategic activities combined with day-to-day operations spanning across all five strategic goals. The successful candidate will be responsible for the development and delivery of effective communications plans, as required, to multiple stakeholder groups including community, public, Government, national, European, and international audiences, and will ensure that messaging is consistent, clear and reflects Glencree’s mission and values.

Reporting to the CEO, the Communications Manager will be a key member of the Senior Management Team, providing expertise on external and internal communications. This role will suit a creative and strategic thinker who holds excellent communication and listening skills, has the ability to adapt quickly in a dynamic work environment, political and social landscape, and can build successful and productive relationships.

Key Responsibilities

Communications Strategy, Vision and Leadership

  • In collaboration with the Communications Working Group and Glencree programme staff, develop an appropriate communications strategy and framework
  • Develop costings for strategic communications and identify efficiencies that can be achieved
  • Drive the promotion of public awareness of Glencree’s current work and future roadmaps
  • Assist individual programmes to conduct stakeholder analysis to develop achievable communication and engagement plans, which will be integrated into an overall organisational stakeholder management plan
  • Actively participate and contribute communications expertise to concept development, scoping studies, and business cases, to support site development initiatives and peace education goals
  • Evaluate and share successful tactics and lessons learned to input to future planning of events at organisation wide level and programme level
  • Ensure that the key strategic risk in terms of reputational damage is managed effectively

Reputation Management and Public Affairs

  • Advise, plan, and evaluate communications responses with relevant staff and Board members on topics, issues or challenges that arise
  • Hold day-to-day operational responsibility for Glencree corporate reputation management in collaboration with the CEO and Communications Working Group
  • Actively engage with programme managers and the CEO, while considering all current political and social sensitivities, to devise high quality external messaging
  • Prepare briefing papers as required to inform and empower decision-making
  • Advise the CEO and Board Chair on specific initiatives and projects to achieve increased traction through strengthening relationships and reputation

Event Design, Promotion and Delivery

  • Manage communications elements required to support Glencree’s upcoming flagship events in 2022 and 2023 including Decade of Centenaries, Glencree’s Summer Symposium, Annual Lecture, annual Peace Walk fundraising event, ad hoc dignitaries’ visits, and partner events as required
  • Lead a working group on the design, event planning, and funding of the ‘Glencree at 50’ series marking 50 years of peace and reconciliation work, to take place across 2024 with publicity tactics during 2023
  • Generate ideas and opportunities to promote Glencree’s current and future programme work, for both in person and online audiences
  • Deliver digital communications including the Glencree podcast series and livestreaming of events, offer creative online solutions for participation and fundraising
  • Assist with the redevelopment of a multi-layered membership structure, including the provision of different membership options / offerings; develop new tactics to attract and retain members, including international members

Peace Centre Learnings Dissemination

  • Establish an approach to disseminate learnings derived from current practical programme work to co-ordinate papers and models underpinning dialogue and peace education
  • Contribute insights, input, and expertise to support the development of the future Peace Centre of Excellence
  • Ensure best practice is applied while overseeing the archiving of Glencree historical papers, recent resources, and publications, along with a sustainable approach for the capture of future work and learnings
  • Create storytelling content and case studies to promote programmes to engage various audiences from members to participants, to students, to the public and interest groups

Skills and Competencies Sought

  • Experienced communications professional
  • Keen interest in peacebuilding, politics, public affairs, Irish history, shared learning and education, social inclusion and human rights is desirable
  • Ability to react swiftly and decisively in a timely manner in preparation of briefing papers, social media content or website content
  • Strong editorial and content creation with a good eye for a news story in the diverse and competitive media environment and a strong writer
  • Strong media instinct and an established list of journalist contacts
  • Strong social media experience and digital skills, with the ability to monitor, curate, create and coordinate engaging content across Glencree’s digital platforms
  • Strong networking ability
  • Strong organisational skills, consistently delivers with excellent attention to detail
  • A team-player who develops strong working relationships with people at all levels within an organisation and can influence in a collaborative environment
  • Self-motivated and ability to work effectively remotely

Experience and Qualifications Sought

  • Degree in Communications, Public Relations, or relevant discipline
  • 5+ years’ experience as communications professional
  • Experience implementing and measuring the success of communications strategies
  • Experience setting annual plans which align to the communications strategy
  • Proven examples of strategic campaigns and event management, with solid impact
  • Experience in crisis communications and ability to demonstrate sound judgement
  • Experience managing budgets

Reporting to: CEO

Salary:  €28,800 – €38,400 p.a. (€48,000 pro rata)

Location: The post is based in the Glencree Centre for Peace & Reconciliation, Glencree, Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow, Ireland, A98D635 however, Glencree currently employs a blended working policy, where staff can work both from home and from the office, on set days agreed with their line manager. Glencree is proud to be family friendly and endeavours to be flexible as possible.  All staff are expected to attend, in person, programme meetings/events and Glencree events/meetings.

Terms:  2-year fixed term contract (with the possibility of extension, depending on funding) with a probation period of 6 months. Part-time 22.5 hours (3 day)-30 hours (4 day)  across a working week. To ensure business communications continuity, it would be desirable, that the candidate undertakes their duties for their agreed contract hours across 4- 5 days, but not essential.

Application:  

To apply for this role please send your CV and covering letter detailing your interest and suitability for the role to recruitment@glencree.ie.

Closing Date:

The deadline for receipt of applications is 5.00p.m. Friday 3rd June 2022.

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