The Reader Vacancy: Head of Communications

Salary: £27,000-£35,000 per annum
Hours: 35 hours per week. Flexible working arrangements will be considered
Contract: Permanent


The Head of Communications role is a new post which has strategic and operational responsibility for all aspects of communications (internal and external), marketing and brand management for The Reader. You will be a senior leader in the organisation, taking responsibility for developing and refining our messages to the world.  Your work will increase awareness of, and engagement with The Reader as an evolving, innovative charity and social enterprise with a strong Liverpool base and growing national, and international, reach.

The Reader is at an exciting point in its development. It has just finalised a new five-year business plan that will see the organisation evolve and grow a new volunteer-led model for Shared Reading to radically increase the reach across the UK. 2018 will also see the launch of the International Centre for Shared Reading at Calderstones Park. It is in this context that the organisation is now investing in the communications function, new digital infrastructure and brand development. You will lead a small, committed team, work closely with The Reader’s Director Jane Davis and be a vital part of The Reader’s Senior Management team.


You must be a highly experienced, creative person who demonstrates an excellent understanding of the purpose and social mission of The Reader and its values. You will be, or will quickly become, a powerful advocate for and practitioner of Shared Reading, able to explain why a Clinical Psychologist might gain from having Coleridge in her medicine bag, or a Drug and Alcohol worker be able to use Shakespeare to help people in recovery. You will have held a similar role or will be able to demonstrate that you have the skills and experience to take on what is a wide-ranging leadership role.

To apply, visit www.thereader.org.uk and select the ‘Get Involved Section’ where you will be able to view the full job description, recruitment pack and download an application form. Complete the application form and submit to suzannerussell@thereader.org.uk. Please do not just send in a CV.

For an informal chat about the role please contact Jemma Guerrier, Associate Director of Development on 0151 729 2200.

Deadline for applications: Thursday 22 February 2018, 9am. Applications arriving after 9am will not be considered.

If successful at shortlisting you will be invited to complete a selection task followed by a first stage panel interview. If successful at the stage one panel interview you will be invited to a stage two panel interview.

Interviews: Stage one on Monday 5 March and stage two on Friday 9 March 2018

A high volume of applications may make replies to everyone impossible. If you have not heard by Wednesday 28 February 2018, your application has been unsuccessful.

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