Director of External Affairs | Joseph Rowntree Foundation | York

  • Job Vacancy


    Director of External Affairs and Communications


    Joseph Rowntree Foundation


    Based in York

    The Job

    Salary: Circa £75,000
    Closing Date
    : 17 June 2013 @ 12:01pm

    "As a high profile, independently-funded charity, our social research and evidence aim to get poverty to the top of everyone's agenda. And as the leader of our 20-strong communications team, you'll play your part in making that happen."

    The role will be to:

    • Ensure that both organisations have access to a first class external affairs and communications function covering digital and broadcast; print; engagement; marketing; public affairs and events.
    • Lead and develop an efficient and effective team of around 20, based in York and in London, with responsibility for budget, resource and staff management.
    • Communicate publicly, along with the Chief Executive and senior colleagues, on behalf of JRF and/or JRHT, as and when required.
    • Lead, develop and maintain in depth and up to the minute external communications. Ensure that colleagues are making the most effective and appropriate use of current and developing social media, whether staff or Trustees, to deliver specific objectives.
    • Lead and complete the transition from broadcast/print communication to dialogue/digital within the team, the Trustees and staff.
    • Play a leading corporate role on the Board of Directors to enable both organisations to deliver their full potential.


    The Person

    The applicant should be:

    • Experienced, credible and influential communications leader, used to managing a mixed communications team and achieving diverse objectives.
    • A senior team player, experienced at board or director level, able to instigate and participate in objective debate and decision making.
    • Accustomed to leading corporate change, taking corporate responsibility and directly supporting both a Chief Executive and a Chair of Trustees/the Board.
    • Creative, enterprising and innovative, prepared to take evaluated risks.
    • With high personal standards of integrity as well as commitment to excellence and constant improvement.
    • Familiar with the current political issues in the four UK nations, as well as social policy issues and debate.


    Additional Information

    See full job description

    Please email the completed application and equal opportunities documents plus your CV, to

    Apply online here

    Equal Opportunities documents

    For an informal conversation about this role, please contact Jane Hustwit, Interim Director of Communications, before Monday 10 June on:




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