We are recruiting for a part-time Communications Officer to work either remotely or in our shared office in Kings Cross, London. This is an exciting opportunity to join a small but dynamic team in an organisation that has been at the forefront of thinking on ethical concerns in food and farming since 1998. We will be looking to use our 25th anniversary in 2023 as a platform to further grow our profile and impact. This role will play an important part in helping us achieve that.

Full job description and person specification available here: Food Ethics Council Communications Officer JD & person spec_autumn 2022

About the role

Our influence depends on good communication. That doesn’t mean telling people what to do. We see ethics as a sharp ear and a helping hand, not a wagging finger. We need a dynamic Communications Officer to help us engage the people we work with, raise our profile and get our messages across.

You will support the Executive Director in developing and implementing our communications strategy. You will build our brand and support our external affairs. You will manage our website, our social media channels, co-ordinate our media relations, help promote events and work with colleagues to put good communication at the heart of all our work. You must be prepared to write copy and to represent us, as well as to co-ordinate and advise your colleagues.

You will have an eye for the story in research work and be good at distilling complex issues to their key points. You will take a strategic view of communication and be practiced at weighing the pros and cons of different media. You will understand how to communicate with different audiences about controversial and sensitive issues and recognise that integrity is paramount.

The organisation has an open and supportive culture. You must be able to work independently and be willing to contribute ideas and to challenge. Whilst your primary responsibility is communications, as part of a small team, you must be prepared to get involved in different aspects of the organisation as needed.

Knowledge of Microsoft Office 365, WordPress, Mailchimp and Slack is an advantage.


Salary: £31,500-34,000 FTE (i.e. £22,050-£23,800 based on 26.25hrs/ week) depending on experience. In addition, we will pay a pension contribution of 4% of your basic pay per month (you will have to make minimum contributions in line with pensions law, unless you choose to opt out).

Hours: 26.25 hours per week (but there is some flexibility on hours and days)

Location:The role can be done remotely from anywhere in the UK. Alternatively there is opportunity to work mainly in our shared office space at Impact Hub Kings Cross, central London, but with the option of working remotely or from home as appropriate.

Right to work: You will need to hold the necessary rights/ visa to work in the UK, the Food Ethics Council is not able to assist with applications for work permits.

Closing date for applications: 12pm (GMT) on Wednesday 12th October 2022. Interviews will be held virtually (via Zoom) on Wednesday 19th October 2022.

Preferred start date: as soon as possible following interviews

The Food Ethics Council is an equal opportunities employer. We are committed to the principle of equal opportunities and we welcome applications from individuals, irrespective of their age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic background, religion and/or belief. We are happy to discuss and consider flexible working at the point of hire.

To apply for this role

When applying, please send an e-mail – with ‘APPLICATION: COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER in the title of the e-mail – to info@foodethicscouncil.org. Please include:

Your CV (no more than 2 pages) and

A covering letter (maximum 2 pages), which explains, including examples, how you meet the person specification. Also please specify if you want to be considered under the Guaranteed Interview Scheme, noting that an interview is guaranteed only if you are from a minority ethnic group and if you meet the essential criteria for the role, as outlined below.

We want to work together to combat the structural causes of injustices in food and farming. We warmly and actively encourage applications from people from diverse backgrounds. We recognise that candidates from Black, Asian and Minoritised-Ethnic backgrounds are under-represented in our organisation and that there are often additional barriers present for people from these groups when applying for roles in the charity sector and beyond. We are committed to taking positive action to expand the diversity of our staff team, and if you meet the essential criteria for a role and are from a minority ethnic group, you’ll be guaranteed a first stage interview. It is important to note that this scheme guarantees an interview for candidates who meet the minimum criteria and tell us that they’d like to be considered under the scheme. The selection decision at interview will be based on the most suitable candidate, regardless of any protected characteristic.

Note: Candidates short-listed for interview will be notified directly.