Vacancy: Content & Social Media Co-ordinator

We are looking for a creative and resourceful individual to join our organisation in this varied and highly rewarding role. As the Content & social media coordinator you will work closely with the TalkingDrugs Editor & Communications Strategist in sourcing and developing content for Release’s online platform, TalkingDrugs.

Job Title: Content & Social Media Co-ordinator  

Duration: We are considering both full and part time applicants for the position. Full time applicants would work 35 hours per week, Monday-Friday/ Part time applicants would work a minimum of 3 days a week, days negotiable. Please indicate in your covering letter whether you are applying for a full time or part time position.

Salary: £22,000 to £26,000 P.A full time depending on experience (part time position will be paid at the pro rata rate for 3 days) 

Background: Release is the national centre of expertise on drugs and drug laws. We provide free legal services to people who use drugs and those most affected by the UK drug laws, particularly young people and those from Black and other ethnic minority communities who are disproportionately impacted by drugs policing. We also campaign for the end of criminal sanctions for possession offences in recognition that the evidence supports that such an approach is unnecessary, harmful and undermines public health.

TalkingDrugs is a multilingual online space managed by Release that reflects the global challenge posed by illicit drugs. It provides an opportunity to share stories and insights that will help us find better ways to control currently illegal narcotics and prevent them from causing excessive harm.

The role: We are looking for a creative and resourceful individual to join our organisation in this varied and highly rewarding role. As the Content & social media coordinator you will work closely with the TalkingDrugs Editor & Communications Strategist in sourcing and developing content for Release’s online platform, TalkingDrugs. This will involve putting together original articles for the website on topics related to drug policy and harm reduction, as well as editing and providing feedback on the work of volunteers. On occasion, you will be handed the responsibility of running the website, thus learning and developing skills in online publishing.

Finally, you will be responsible for Release’s and TalkingDrugs’ online presence through the managing of the organisations social media channels. 

The ideal candidate will have an active interest in drug policy, and will also require strong interpersonal skills and the ability to take a practical and hands-on approach. You will not only need to  co-ordinate your own work but also that of the volunteers, so you will require excellent written and verbal communications skills ensuring that materials produced for the website are vibrant, accessible and engaging. We particularly welcome applications from people who don’t have formal qualifications, and encourage applications from those who have been affected by the drug laws. As an organisation that focuses on racial and social justice solutions to drug prohibition we are really keen to have applicants from Black and ethnic minority communities. 

Main responsibilities:

  • Help develop and co-ordinate TalkingDrugs internal and external media communications including assisting with campaigns and related strategies;

  • Actively maintain, monitor, update and promote TalkingDrugs content including all associated resources via online social media platforms ensuring they are current, accurate, reflect the work and priorities of Release, and meet the needs of, and engages its audience;

  • Co-ordinate and develop the multilingual content of the website through effective engagement and encouragement with all stakeholders;

  • Help recruit and co-ordinate the communications volunteers and interns, overseeing their work and ensuring they are supported in all tasks;

  • Develop meaningful content for the website, including, but not limited to, comment pieces, infographics and articles; 

  • Proactively increase the supporter base whilst keeping the current supporters engaged in the organisation’s work using engagement as a mechanism for development;

  • Co-ordinate and collate an external media contact list, and provide advice and assistance to colleagues engaged with external communication exercises.

If you think you have the aptitude and appetite for this position but require more information before applying than you can contact the TalkingDrugs Editor and Release’s Communications Strategist, Imani Robinson, at imani@release.org.uk 

Applications for the position must include a CV and a cover letter, the latter no longer than 2 pages, and are to be received by 5.00pm on Monday 2 August 2021 (please indicate whether you are applying for a full time or part time position in the covering letter). These should be sent to recruitment@release.org.uk (attachments should be clearly denoted with the applicant's name and should not collectively exceed 5MB). 

For this role, Release will only consider applications from those who already have the right to live and work in the UK. This is because, in order for Release to apply successfully for a work permit, we need to show that there are no suitable candidates who are normally resident in the UK or are nationals of the European Economic area (EU States plus Norway and Iceland). See the Home Office Immigration & Nationality Directorate (www.ind.homeoffice.gov.uk) for information on the UK Government's immigration policy. Remote working (within the UK) considered.

Download the full Job Pack below. Interviews will be held the week of August 9 2021.