Job role: communications officer
This is a key role for LI and offers an opportunity to be at centre stage of transforming LI into a fully functional CLP.
Labour International CLP (LI) has grown from a membership of 500 to nearly 3,500 today. In 2017 the newly elected Labour International Co-ordinating committee (LIEC – soon to be renamed the Labour International Executive Committee) began the process of reviewing the structure of LI. Top priority was to get all members organized into branches and to develop a delegate based General Committee (GC) structure.
Every 2 years LI members elect officers to the LIEC to carry out the organisational and campaigning priorities of the party. The recent Labour Party (LP) Democracy Review has increased the core membership of the LIEC so that it is now a much larger committee. All these officers should work together to create an annual plan for the constituency that ensures the party is a dynamic and campaigning force.
As LI Communications and Social Media Officer, you will ensure that communications between the Labour International Executive Committee (LIEC) and its members are appropriate and up to date in order to keep members informed.
This will include:
- Supporting members in using communication tools and be well informed about Labour Party (LP) and LI policies and fully equipped to play an active role in LI and the wider LP.
- Contributing to LI becoming an outward looking CLP with branches that can act locally as well as globally and play a part in securing a Labour victory.
- Developing and maintaining the LI website, LI newsletter and other social media tools, including supporting members to develop social media content, communications and events.
- Helping support the successful administration of digital campaigns and content, and promotion of the Labour Party’s message.
Key Responsibilities and Tasks
It is up to you how you want to develop this role, and you will not be involved in all of these tasks all of the time but the key responsibilities are:
- Management of the LI website and other LI communication tools, including social media.
- Liaising with members, LIEC officers and the LI newsletter editorial team to ensure there is agreed regular content for the website and newsletter, that local campaign activity is publicised via the website and social media to enable public awareness of our efforts.
- Working with key LIEC members, particularly the secretary, chair, membership secretary and policy and campaign officers to develop good communication between and with members and their branches.
- Create and manage a dynamic communications strategy that enables members to keep abreast of LP and LI initiatives, including strengthening the link between the LI website and LI newsletter, and that content in both reflects LP and LI policy.
- To develop relationships with the press and write press statements.
- To contribute to the LI development plan
- Ensuring that the issues and concerns of underrepresented groups are reflected in LI communications.
And can also include these tasks:
- To help develop innovative ways of getting LI and LP messages across to the public in a way that is accessible.
- To work with the political education, training and information officer to develop members us of video-conferencing.
- Help members to develop material for the CLP’s website, newsletter and social media platforms.
- Help to develop leaflet templates and other materials that can be used by branches and campaigns to publicise the LP, LI activities, and for recruitment purposes.
- Enlist the help of LI members who have specific communication tools and work alongside them.
- Knowledge of organising and campaigning techniques, including knowledge of using the most common social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram etc.
- Good knowledge of the aims of the Labour Party and its structures.
- Knowledge of copy-writing, design tools, including adapting communications to different target audiences
- Knowledge or a willingness to learn of using a range of content management systems.
Skills / Abilities
- To work independently and as part of a team.
- Administrative, organisational and interpersonal skills.
- A competent user of Microsoft Word and Excel.
- Ability to prioritise work effectively under tight deadlines.
- Writing, copy-editing and proofreading skills.
- An ability to change and adapt, and work proactively.
- Good verbal and written communication skills.
- Attention to detail.
- A commitment to incorporating diversity perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of under-represented people.
- An openness to sharing information and keeping members informed.
- Friendly and approachable.
- Have initiative and the ability to offer new ideas
- Enthusiasm and commitment.
- To regularly attend LIEC and GC meetings and occasional informal all members meetings.
- You may also be a member of additional working groups and committees, and the time commitment for this will vary.
Lines of Communication
You will be a voting member of the Labour International Executive Committee (LIEC) and will work closely with the LIEC and General Committee.
- Approximately 5 hours a month but this will increase considerably during General Election or other campaigns. You will need to be available to attend LI meetings at weekends, including LIEC, general committee and all members meetings.
- Because members live across 24 time zones, most meetings will be at weekends and via video conferencing so you must be available during these rimes and have regular access to the internet.
Useful links and contact details
- There are guides and resources on member engagement, membership forms and the full MemberCentre guide here: www.labour.org.uk/activist-hub/local-party-resources/local-party-guides
- For on-line training, visit (www.members.labour.org.uk/about-labour-training). There are also webinars available (hhttps://labour.org.uk/members/activist-area/training/training-webinars). To subscribe to regular training emails, visit (www.action.labour.org.uk/page/content/training-emails).
- For campaigning materials, visit (www.labour.org.uk/members/campaignresources) or contact the Campaign Technology Team by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by phone (0345 0922299, option 3).
How to apply
Please write a personal statement of 150 words stating the skills you can bring pointing out how you would develop this new role. You may also wish to submit an additional 200 words.
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