Job Title: Communications Officer
Reports to: Policy and Project Director
Salary: £30,000 (plus a 6% pension contribution)
Date call released: Wednesday 13 March 2019
Deadline for applications: Monday 25 March 2019 at 9am
Start date: ASAP
Duration: Full time for 8 months
About Open Rights Group
Open Rights Group is a London based non-profit NGO working on online privacy, online free expression and government mass surveillance. We challenge threats to privacy by both the government through the surveillance of our personal communications and private companies, who use personal data to increase profits. We challenge threats to free expression through the criminalisation of online speech.
Open Rights Group is based in London and Edinburgh. We are a membership organisation with over 3,000 members.
The Communications Officer will work four days per week on Open Rights Group’s VIRT-EU project and one day per week on Open Rights Group communications more broadly.
The EU funded VIRT-EU project aims to intervene in design processes to foster ethical thinking among developers of Internet of Things products. VIRT-EU is creating a new framework and tools which will be used to improve the design and development processes of Internet of Things innovation so ethical and social values can be more closely integrated into connected devices.
VIRT-EU is a consortium of universities and organisations seeking to understand how the development of the Internet of Things affects ethics, data protection and privacy. Open Rights Group’s partners in the project are the IT University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design, Uppsala University, Politecnico di Torino, and London School of Economics. Open Rights Group has responsibility for hosting and disseminating the project’s practical outcomes among other things. The Communications Officer will be responsible for creative outputs to showcase the work of the project. This could include digital campaigns and coordinating (or designing yourself) creative content and information.
In the one day per week spent on Open Rights Group’s communications, the Communications Officer will work to raise awareness of and amplify our work around privacy, free expression and surveillance in the press and with the public.
We are looking for an energetic and creative Communications Officer with a commitment to our goals and mission and a great eye for a story. You will have an excellent ability to make technical concepts and tools creative, engaging and accessible to a wide audience. You are a well organised team player with an eye for detail.
Plan and Host Events
Engage Key Stakeholders
Press and Media Presence
This role may involve some international and domestic travel. The role is based in our London office and and your presence is important during core hours. This is a role that may require work outside of core office hours from time to time.
The Communications Officer will be line managed by the Policy and Project Director. They will work closely with colleagues across the broader team to maintain alignment with Open Rights Group’s organisational goals, and to effectively disseminate Open Rights Group’s messages. The Communications Officer will work particularly closely with the VIRT-EU Policy and Research Officer, the Campaigns Manager, the Executive Director, and the Chief Operating Officer.
Length and Salary
The Communications Officer will be employed on a full-time 8 month contract. The annual salary is £30,000 per annum pro rata less any required deductions for income tax and national insurance. Applicants must be eligible to work in the UK. Open Rights Group is an equal opportunity employer.
How to Apply
To apply, please submit a CV and a covering letter (no longer than 2 sides of A4), setting out how you are suited to the role, to email@example.com by the deadline. Please ensure your email has the subject heading ‘Communications Officer’ and that documents are sent as attachments.
Interviews for shortlisted candidates will be held in central London in early April 2019.