JOB VACANCY: We Own It – Communications Assistant

Job location (usual place of work): Oxford

Pay rate: £20,000 (£16,000 pro rata)

Pay is pro rata?: Yes

Job title: Communications Assistant

Applications close on date: 11th August 2016

Hours are: Part time

Contract is: Temporary to permanent

Job summary: We Own It is a not-for profit organisation which aims to shift the debate on privatisation and public ownership. We believe privatisation has failed and we think the people who use and pay for public services should come before private profit. We are making the positive case for public ownership of a whole range of public services, from railways to water, from council services to the NHS. Since launching in 2013, we have influenced politicians and developed a strong media profile, appearing on BBC Radio 4, Sky News and in the Mirror, the Telegraph and the Guardian.

We Own It is a small organisation (when you join us we’ll be three part time members of staff) with a big mission. You’ll get to work at the heart of a dynamic new campaigning organisation, help it grow, develop your skills and claim some of the credit as we increase our impact. The contract is for one year but we hope the role will become permanent.

Your role:

Communication is at the heart of what we do. We Own It aims to tell the positive stories about public ownership and how it can make people’s lives better. We make complicated evidence about privatisation easy to understand. We have a strong social media presence and we put forward our case in the press. We talk to our supporters about how they can have an impact.

We’re looking for a super organised, excellent communicator, a people person who can get across our message and juggle a wide range of tasks. You will be responsible for our day to day communications and you’ll also provide administrative support for the team. You’ll be an essential part of the organisation, supporting the director and campaigner to increase our supporter base, networks and impact.

We’re looking for the right person who needs to be great at writing, smart, efficient, and passionate about our cause but doesn’t necessarily need lots of experience. Maybe you’re frustrated with the government and want to put your communication and organisational skills to good use. The role is flexible, it may evolve over time and depending on the person. You will:

• Manage the website, keep it fresh and updated, write web content, create new resources
• Manage and grow our profile on facebook, twitter and YouTube, write newsletters
• Be the first point of contact by email and phone
• Look after all admin for the team, help with events/logistics
• Look after our supporters and donors, process donations
• Research campaigns and support local campaigners
• Work with the director to write press releases, comment and letters for the press
• Make sure communications are in line with our brand and consistent/professional
• Use your insights to help grow the organisation and contribute to team thinking on campaign strategy and tactics

Person specification


• Excellent written and verbal communication skills, able to make complexity simple and write in an accessible, engaging way, strong understanding of our brand and tone
• Passionate and enthusiastic about our campaigns and our mission
• Excellent organisational, time management and planning skills, able to manage competing deadlines, systematic approach
• Emotionally intelligent with great people skills, friendly and professional manner
• Ready to learn and get stuck in, flexible and adaptable, happy to manage a range of tasks
• Self-motivated with plenty of initiative, while also good at working in a team
• High attention to detail, accurate and thorough
• Confidence in using IT systems and office software: word processor, email, web browser, managing files and folders, spreadsheets


It would be great if you have experience – paid or voluntary – of any of the following:

• Experience of working in a small and/or campaigning organisation
• Experience of project management under pressure
• Experience of social media/press work/fundraising/organising events
• Skills in photo editing/design/video making
• Understanding of political campaigning

To apply, please contact: Please apply by email to Cat at The application should include:

• A covering letter explaining why you’re interested in the role and how you meet the person specification, giving examples where possible (and saying where you saw the role advertised)
• Your CV
• The names and contact details of two referees

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