Vacancy: Policy, Publishing and Editorial Officer

Working For:

LGIU International Limited

Location:

Office-based in London or Edinburgh, or remote

Salary:

£21,000 to £23,000 per annum

The LGIU (Local Government Information Unit) is a leading cross-party membership body and think tank supporting innovation in local government. We are passionate about promoting collaborative, democratic local decision-making and ensuring that local government has the information, ideas and networks it needs to drive positive change. We have members across the UK, Ireland and Australia and are in the process of launching a news service for local government globally. We leverage this international scope to share innovative ideas and connect policy-makers around the world.

We are looking for an outstanding individual to join our LGIU International team to help us publish and send out member content across multiple channels (website, email, social media) and to coordinate our busy editorial calendar. The role carries excellent prospects for the right candidate to work in the publishing and local government spheres.

About the role

We publish a lot of content so we need someone to help us make sure our audiences are receiving the right information, at the right time, in the right format. You will be helping to coordinate the publication of briefings, blogs, reports and podcasts from both in-house and external content creators, and will promote this content via tailored email campaigns to different audiences. There is also the opportunity to get involved in producing this content yourself, and to help with other aspects of LGIU’s work such as research, events and membership.

Daily responsibilities will include:

  • Proofread and edit policy briefings
  • Publish content to the LGIU website
  • Create and send communications to members via Mailchimp
  • Handle the day to day planning of LGIU’s editorial calendar
  • Assist in writing briefings and articles
  • Administrative support to the information services team
  • Leading the relationship with a section of LGIU members.
  • Day-to-day administration, as required

About you

The right person for this role won’t necessarily have a specific background or set of experience, but we envision this being ideal for someone who is educated to degree-level, who is an excellent communicator and who has a demonstrable interest in local government or similar policy spaces.

You will be:

  • Enthusiastic about local democracy – we are passionate about providing the best service to our local authority members, so even if you haven’t already worked in local government, you’ll be enthusiastic about the idea of promoting excellent public services and championing local democratic engagement, and be willing to learn all about the sector.
  • Excellent communicator – you’re probably a bit of a perfectionist and will hate the idea of putting anything out which doesn’t meet your high editorial standards. In this role you are the gatekeeper of our published content, so you need to be able to consistently spot typos, clumsy phrasing and formatting mistakes. You will have an extremely high standard of written English and a firm grasp of grammar as well as the common sense to catch and address issues before content goes live.
  • Analytical thinker – we need someone who can synthesise new information, seek out answers to complex questions and articulate their thoughts clearly in written and spoken form. You will be confident, curious and able to contribute to a constructive conversation about what works and what doesn’t.
  • Self-motivated and organised – we are a small team with lots to do, so you’ll be able to throw yourself at new problems and spot opportunities for helping out with our wider work. We are all working remotely at the moment, but even in normal times we often work outside the office (on trains, at home, in cafes) so it’s really important that you’re able to work independently, as well as in a team, and to be organised with your time.
  • Digitally confident – we use a wide range of digital and online tools and you’ll need to be confident you can quickly familiarise yourself with new software, programmes and mailing systems such as Mailchimp, Trello, Slack, CRMs, WordPress as well as things like MS Office, Google Docs and Gmail.

Benefits

The role – this is a permanent full time position (35 hours per week) working for LGIU International with a salary of between £21,000 to £23,000pa depending on experience and location. We are committed to making sure our staff are paid more than the Living Wage. We offer the Nest pension plan.

Location – we are open to this role being fully remote, fully office based (we have offices in London and Edinburgh) or a blend of the two, so we are welcoming applications from candidates based in any location.

Flexible working – we support flexible working arrangements to promote a healthy work life balance so if you have a preferred working pattern we’ll do everything we can to accommodate it. This role requires a commitment to work at least some of the hours between 9-5 each week day in order to make sure the publishing is regular and responsive so we unfortunately cannot accommodate a shortened week or fully evening/weekend working.

Holiday – you’ll get a very generous holiday allowance of 30 days per year plus bank holidays, well above the UK average.

Health and wellbeing – LGIU provides support through our corporate Health Assured membership, which includes free confidential counselling sessions and other mental health resources.

Learning – there are loads of opportunities to learn more about local government policy and politics and to develop your skills. You’re free to attend any of our learning and development sessions and we support staff to upskill through attending events and courses and through further study.

We welcome applicants from all backgrounds, ethnicities, sexualities, gender identities and ages. If you have a disability for which you need adjustments in the interview process or the role itself, please let us know so we can make sure you’re able to participate fully.

To apply submit a CV and a 300-500 word cover letter which outlines why you are suitable for the role, referencing the job description above, and why you want to work for LGIU (no generic cover letters please) and email to jobs@lgiu.org.uk for the attention of Debra Stanislas.

The deadline for applications is 5pm, Thursday 20th May. Interviews will take place via Zoom on Thursday 27th and Friday 28th May and we may also ask you to complete a short online assessment. The successful candidate will start as soon as possible, depending on their notice period.

Job Contact

If you have any questions about this role, please contact Debra Stanislas by emailing debra.stanislas@lgiu.org