This role is being offered as part of the UK government's Kickstart scheme. To apply you must be in the UK, aged 16-24 and currently receiving Universal Credit – please speak to your work coach to check your eligibility. Apply by 11 June.
Pioneers Post is the independent news network and storytelling platform for social entrepreneurs, impact investors and purpose-driven business leaders around the globe. We are growing fast – having doubled our readership online and in social media to more than 200,000 from all around the world over the past two years. As a social enterprise ourselves, we’re committed to ‘solutions-led’ journalism and we put 100% of our profits back into delivering our social mission: to support the growth and development of innovation, entrepreneurship, policy and investment – across business, charity and government – that is committed to the wellbeing of people and society, and to the sustainability of the planet.
We are a small team on a big mission, committed to producing independent and entertaining journalism to share learning, challenge the status quo and support solutions that have a positive impact on people and the planet. We are now at a point where we would like to step up our game and grow our readership numbers even further and convert more readers into subscribers – and that’s where you come in…
This is a key role that will help us to take Pioneers Post to the next level of growth. Reporting to the Head of Partnerships & Business Development, you will help us develop and implement creative marketing approaches for our daily stories and for our ongoing partnerships, projects and events, and work with us to attract new readers, paying subscribers and content partners. You will also help us develop our own ‘story’, building our brand across global audiences.
Your role will include:
- working with the team to develop and refine marketing campaigns
- promoting our stories and ensuring they reach intended readers (from drafting and scheduling tweets to compiling our weekly newsletters)
- working with our editorial team to manage our social media platforms (Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram)
- analysing data (eg Google Analytics, social media analytics) to provide feedback and recommendations
- researching and implementing improvements to the Pioneers Post website
- market research and competitor analysis
- supporting our small team with ad hoc tasks, along with the rest of the team, such as event coordination
Ideally you will have some experience already in the tasks we have described – along with the skills outlined below – but most importantly we are looking for a strong willingness to learn, a positive attitude, some natural raw talent for the areas of the role we have described, and the enthusiasm to apply yourself successfully to the tasks at hand.
In return, we can promise to support you with:
- A friendly and positive place to develop your career
- The chance to learn and refine key skills in marketing, communications and storytelling, including on-the-job training and support from colleagues, plus a budget (and time given during working hours) for more formal training courses where appropriate
- The opportunity to explore and develop strong knowledge and excellent contacts in the exciting and growing field of social entrepreneurship, impact investing and mission-led business
Skills, experience and qualifications
We’re looking for someone who is excited about helping us bring our online magazine to the next level of growth.
Ideally you will have (some) experience in the tasks we have described, but at least a strong willingness to learn. You’re a storyteller with a commercial eye: someone who instinctively gets the role of marketing, combining both brand-building and commercial elements. You’re creative and good with words – we’ll need you to use different communications tools effectively to inform, engage, intrigue and persuade. You’ll also be savvy and comfortable with data and analysis – part of this role is about setting targets and understanding how and where we have made an impact.
You’re proactive and positive: you spot and pick up on opportunities, rather than waiting around to be told what to do. You will happily work independently to make things happen – but you will also be collaborative, full of ideas to share and willing to muck in on all sorts of tasks with the rest of our small team. You will also be organised and able to meet deadlines.
You will also have some skills and experience in one or more of the following: video/audio editing, journalism, graphic design, event management, Excel and database/CRM systems, SEO, Google analytics.
You might already have some experience or knowledge of social enterprise, ‘impact investing’ and mission-driven/responsible business; this is not essential, but we would expect candidates to be excited by the prospect of building a social impact career, and ready to learn more about these fields. And you’ll be keen to connect with and learn from our readers worldwide – social entrepreneurs and impact investors, and changemakers working across business, civil society, philanthropy, government and public services.
Hours per week: 25-35 (flexible)
Duration: 6 months
Pay: Living Wage, as set by the Living Wage Foundation
Location: Remote / virtual. (We are all currently working from home due to Covid-19 restrictions. Most of us are based in London but we have colleagues in Liverpool and Barcelona too. After restrictions are eased we may look for space in London to meet as a team every week.)
How to apply: If you are eligible for the Kickstart scheme, you can apply via your work coach. Send a CV and an accompanying letter (and/or 1-minute video) describing why you want to work for Pioneers Post and how your skills and interests fit with the job role we have described. Shortlisted candidates will be asked to complete a short writing and skills test.
Closing date: 11 June 2021
Please do not apply directly to us at Pioneers Post; we can only consider applications received through the Kickstart scheme, ie via your work coach. We regret that we are unable to consider candidates who are not eligible for the Kickstart scheme.