JRS UK is looking for a Head of Communications, Fundraising & Advocacy

July 19, 2023

Head of Communications, Fundraising & Advocacy

This role is with the Jesuit Refugee Service UK

The Head of Communications, Fundraising and Advocacy is a full-time post leading the work of the integrated communications, fundraising & advocacy team. You will manage, support, and recruit a small team of staff and volunteers to raise awareness, amplify the voices & experiences of refugees, influence positive change in the lives of refugees, and fundraise for our work. Everyone at JRS has a hands-on approach to their work, and this role is no different.

Working with your team, you will ensure a coherence of messaging across all JRS UK’s communications channels: including policy statements, faith-based resources, formal reports for donors, media statements, web and social media content. A new website is a high priority for JRS UK, which gives equal priority to all our strands of work.

As part of our JRS’ mission of reconciliation, this role will play a key role in creating opportunities for connections and encounter within communities JRS UK wouldn’t naturally align with. The role would suit a person who passionately believes in the innate dignity of all, with a particular care for the rights of people seeking sanctuary, who is able to meet people with differing views with respectful curiosity.

The role involves working alongside refugees and volunteers from varied backgrounds, so high levels of empathy and sensitivity are essential, along with enthusiasm for JRS’ mission of accompaniment, which underpins our external communications and informs our approach to walking with refugees. You’ll have a commitment to amplifying refugee voice and sharing refugee experience.

You’ll develop and lead our fundraising strategy, with a focus on diversifying our income streams. JRS UK has an annual turnover in the region of £1.5 million and we are looking to increase this to around £2.5 million over the next 3 years.

As a senior role in a small, relational, and ambitious organisation, you’ll have the opportunity to input into organisational-wide strategy, alongside a hands-on approach to your work, and be a real team player. You’ll have excellent instincts for communications and how to shape JRS’ messages. You’ll have an enthusiasm for working in a values-driven organisation and working in a way where accompaniment sits at the heart of our work and be open to ongoing reflection and adaptation.

Closing date for applications is 5pm on Monday 24th July.

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