Join our team: Communications Officer required

Children’s Books Ireland is seeking an experienced, dynamic Communications Officer to work on a full-time basis as part of our team. 

ABOUT CHILDREN’S BOOKS IRELAND:

Children’s Books Ireland’s vision is simple: Every Child a Reader.
Our mission is:
–  to inspire a love of reading in children and young people in Ireland,
–  to share our expertise and enthusiasm with the adults who guide and influence them, and
–  to champion every child’s right to excellent books and live literature events and support the artists who make that goal possible across the island of Ireland.

Children’s Books Ireland delivers numerous projects that bring the joy of reading to children all over the island of Ireland including Laureate na nÓg (the children’s literature laureate), the KPMG Children’s Books Ireland Awards, Children’s Books Ireland Book Clinics, a magazine and annual reading guide, an annual conference and various book-gifting schemes which ensure that children and young people in areas of need have access to books. We work with a number of corporate partners, and have ongoing strategic partnerships with RTÉjr. Children’s Books Ireland is the go-to organisation for children’s book coverage across various media. For more information, see www.childrensbooksireland.ie

THE ROLE: 

The Communications Officer will oversee all marketing and communications activity to promote Children’s Books Ireland’s activities to new and existing audiences and help increase the awareness of the impact of our work. The Communications Officer will be responsible for the implementation of Children’s Books Ireland’s communications strategy. This position will involve working with the team across Children’s Books Ireland’s various activities, including publications, professional development, book-gifting, events, advocacy and fundraising.

Reporting to the CEO, the Communications Officer will:

  • Share the story and work of Children’s Books Ireland and maintain a strong and consistent brand through a wide range of channels.
  • Implement Children’s Books Ireland’s communications strategy, maintaining detailed annual plans and calendars of daily activity.
  • Grow Children’s Books Ireland’s online audience, creating innovative and engaging content and assets for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube.
  • Act as the organisation’s voice to engage with communities in these spaces, including supporting advocacy and fundraising campaigns.
  • Manage content for Children’s Books Ireland’s website.
  • Create and disseminate regular email newsletters to general and school mailing lists.
  • Assist the team in meeting income targets through driving sales of publications, tickets, services and subscriptions to Leading Lights and membership schemes.
  • Write and sign off copy for a wide variety of communications.
  • Oversee the budget for all marketing and communications activity.
  • Maintain and develop strong relationships with media across digital, TV, radio and print.
  • Provide statistical analysis and reporting on campaigns, social media activity, website usage and media and PR.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Experience in managing social media accounts (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube) and using social media advertising.
  • Strong writing skills, including the ability to create engaging content and maintain a friendly, professional voice for the organisation across various platforms and audiences.
  • Ability and experience developing and implementing successful marketing, social media and communications campaigns.
  • Knowledge and experience in website content management (Drupal desirable) and email newsletters (Mailchimp or similar).
  • Excellent digital literacy, with a high level of proficiency in MS Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook as well as tools to support scheduling and reporting on social media.
  • Proficiency in InDesign, Photoshop, Canva or similar for social asset creation.
  • Ability to be work effectively as part of a small, creative, fast-paced and dynamic team.
  • Strong project management, time management, multitasking, and decision-making skills.
  • An understanding of and experience working in the arts or charity sectors is desirable, but not essential.

The ideal candidate will:

  • Be an excellent writer with meticulous attention to detail.
  • Be a self-starter with strong organisational skills and the capacity to prioritise and balance conflicting demands.
  • Be a strategic thinker who can identify new opportunities to reach diverse audiences.
  • Have a proven ability to deliver on targets within agreed budgets and timeframes.
  • Exhibit strong collaborative and team-working skills.

Reporting To: CEO

Location: From home as per public health advice until approximately September 2021. Then 4 days per week/1 at home OR full time in Children’s Books Ireland’s office: First floor, 17 North Great George’s Street, Dublin 1. Office location may change, but will remain in central Dublin.

Special considerations due to COVID-19: At present, the team at Children’s Books Ireland is working remotely from home. Candidates will be interviewed via Zoom, and will likely be required to work remotely until such time as the team begins a phased return to the office. A laptop and any other equipment needed will be provided.

Start date: As soon as possible.

Contract duration: Two years, with option to renew subject to funding.

Hours of work: 9.00 a.m.–5.00 p.m., 5 days per week. Occasional evening or weekend work may be required, for which time off in lieu can be taken in accordance with company policy.

Remuneration/benefits: €30,000 per annum, payable monthly in arrears. 5% matching pension contribution. 25 days’ annual leave (exclusive of public holidays). Ability to work flexibly.

Probationary Period: 6 months

To apply: email cover letter and CV to recruit@childrensbooksireland.ie, with COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER in the subject line, before 4pm on Tuesday 8th June 2021. Children’s Books Ireland is an equal opportunities employer. All applicants should note that first interviews will be held the week commencing 14th June 2021. Should a second round of interviews for prospective candidates be required, it will take place the week commencing 21st June 2021. Position will be subject to reference checks and Garda vetting.