Purpose of Role
We’re looking for an enthusiastic, detail oriented and creative person to join our small, but dedicated content team. The Local Government Information Unit is a membership organisation supporting our members with timely, in-depth information and everyone interested in better governance and democracy with inspirational stories from practitioners around the world.
We’re passionate and purpose driven with some very big plans, so we need another team member to support us with our busy editorial calendar and help make our content more engaging for members and potential members. This would be a great opportunity for someone who is organised, driven and looking to make a difference in an organisation that balances daily delivery with the ability to experiment and explore.
Support processes that ensure a regular flow of content for LGIU members and followers, including by:
- Maintain the editorial schedule via Monday.com
- Assist in writing briefings and articles
- Proofreading and editing briefings
- Working with commissioners to keep the schedule on track.
- Assisting with uploading and editing open content
- Creating and populating newsletter templates and email campaigns
- Updating the LGIU website including the newsletter archives
- Providing administrative support to the content team.
- Support the creation of reports on content and campaign performance, including by sourcing and analysing data.
- Create designs and images for newsletters and campaigns.
- Post content on LGIU’s social media channels.
- Work collaboratively with LGIU colleagues to connect content with other LGIU services
- Seek out open content opportunities, especially across England and Wales.
- Support LGIU events as required.
Experience and Expertise
- Good IT skills with the ability to learn how to use different programmes. We use Mailchimp, Civi CRM, Monday and WordPress
- A demonstrable interest in local government and policy.
- An appreciation of local councils and the role of Councillors
- Outstanding written communication and analytical skills coupled with a consistently high level of attention to detail
- Excellent editorial or journalistic skills and ability to convey written information concisely.
- Experience of producing high quality written content to regular deadlines.
- An interest in developing LGIU membership globally
- Excellent organisational and time management skills; with the ability to work under pressure
- Educated to degree level
- Creative and collaborative
- Ability to think on your feet and work with minimal supervision
- Clear thinker, with strong sense of self-initiative and drive
- Confidence to conduct interviews
We’d love it if you had
- An interest in and aptitude for visual design
- Basic audio and/or video editing skills.
- Demonstrable ability to make complex ideas accessible to a wide audience
- The role – This is a permanent full-time position (35 hours per week) working for LGiU International with a salary of £25,000 pa. We offer the Nest pension plan.
- Location – remotely based in the UK with occasional office attendance in London.
- 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.
- 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.
If you have the skills, experience and ambition for this role then we’d love to hear from you. If you have most of them, it’s still worth applying.
The deadline for applications is midnight, Sunday 14 May Shortlisted candidates will be notified on Wednesday 17 May. Interviews will be virtual and take place on Wednesday 24 and Thursday 25 May.
To avoid the risk of bias in our hiring processes, we will be using anonymised screening questions to shortlist candidates for interview. Shortlisted candidates will be asked to submit a CV ahead of their interview.
To view and respond to the screening questions please click here or apply via the (same) form at the top of the screen.
The successful candidate will start as soon as possible, depending on their notice period.