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Senior Press Officer

£34,680 (OTE for exceptional candidates)
Full-time, permanent
Applications close 9am, Monday 14 January

We are seeking a positive, proactive and experienced press and media professional to bring new skills and expertise to the organisation, and to achieve a step-change in a vital area of EIF’s work.

Working with the Head of Communications and colleagues across the organisation, including the senior management team, the successful candidate will take a lead role in ensuring EIF is able to tell positive, compelling and influential stories through appropriate external channels, about the need for and impact of early intervention, and about EIF’s own role, activities and impact. The successful candidate will join a section of the weekly Senior Management Team meeting and attend the monthly Project Board meeting to ensure a media perspective is built into all our projects from the outset.

The role requires creativity, persistence, a keen understanding of the demands and opportunities of traditional and online media outlets, and the ability to understand and work with highly nuanced messages or technical content. This opportunity would suit a journalist or editor looking to move into the charity sector, or a mid-level press officer keen to take responsibility for building a new, increasingly impactful media function.


  • Manage EIF's media and social media function, including receiving and triaging inward requests, responding quickly to external opportunities for profile, writing high-quality press releases, actively pitching and placing EIF-generated content, and developing and maintaining warm working relationships with key outlets/editors/journalists.
  • Increase the frequency, reach and impact of EIF press activities.
  • Draft content for senior colleagues to refine and agree then pitch into external media
  • Identify, initiate and manage news stories based on EIF's ongoing work and research outputs, and suitable channels for creating and placing content, including national print, online and broadcast media, sector press and external blogs.
  • Develop and maintain a coherent narrative across EIF’s media activities, to reinforce key messages and establish EIF as a recognised source of expert comment.
  • Increase the profile of and demand for comment and appearances by the chief executive and other senior colleagues.
  • Oversee the technology and services required to maintain a high-quality press function, including relationships with suppliers and commissioning of new technology or services as required. Develop internal processes as required.
  • Manage a media grid, to monitor external, political/policy and sector events and the news cycle to identify opportunities for proactive or reactive press activity, and to inform EIF scheduling decisions.
  • Monitor press coverage of EIF, early intervention and relevant sector issues. Report to senior management on the substance of key debates in the media, prevailing narratives and associated organisational or reputational risks, and advise on tactics to respond to or manage the same.
  • Train and brief EIF colleagues (including senior management) for media and other external appearances, and prepare representatives for specific bids.
  • Oversee and grow the readership of the EIF blog, ensuring a regular output of content from colleagues, and ghost-write blog content on behalf of senior colleagues as required.
  • Ensure EIF social media channels enable journalists looking for stories to find our work, and use social media to pitch EIF stories to select journalists and editors.
  • Develop EIF’s capacity to write and place comment-style articles and blogposts with external politics/policy and sector outlets.
  • Work closely with colleagues in the evidence and policy and practice teams to identify and clarify messages in our reports and other work.

Person specification


  • Demonstrable experience as a journalist, or in a dedicated media or press role, with a track record of delivering high-quality media activities and output.
  • Substantial hands-on experience in all aspects of media operations, including placing stories with individual outlets, chasing up (including by phone) on press releases and approaches to ensure pitches are converted into coverage, and using social media to create opportunities for press activity.
  • Detailed knowledge of national, major local and key sector media outlets. Excellent contacts among relevant editors and journalists.
  • Good awareness of the national political and policy landscape, and key individuals, organisations and events relevant to EIF’s work. Understanding of how press coverage can influence policy decisions and build an organisation’s reputation.
  • Demonstrable experience of developing a new or expanded press function, and of increasing the media profile of an organisation.
  • The ability to identify ‘top lines’ in content and outputs from EIF’s research programme, and to translate research content to produce accurate, accessible and influential content for press, policy, sector and general audiences.
  • Excellent written communication skills, including the ability to write press releases and similar public notices, and to write and edit short-form content on behalf of EIF and colleagues, including comment articles, blogposts and reactive quotes.
  • Excellent professional judgment, appropriate decision-making and risk-awareness.
  • Demonstrable experience of developing and maintaining valuable working relationships with a wide range of people, within and outside the organisation.
  • Excellent organisational, administrative and time-management skills, with the ability to work to tight deadlines and assess competing priorities.


  • Knowledge of early intervention or issues related to children and families’ wellbeing.
  • Experience in one or more of the policy or delivery sectors involved in EIF’s work (national government, local government, health, schools, policing, VCS).
  • Experience in a research-focused organisation, or other workplace producing technical, scientific or other complex content.

How to apply

  • Please download a job description and application form
  • Please do not send CVs – only applications using our form will be accepted
  • Return your completed application form to
  • Applications close 9am, Monday 14 January. Shortlisted candidates will be notified within 10 working days.

Funding and Partnerships Manager

£34,680 (OTE for exceptional candidates)
Full-time, permanent
Applications close 9am, Monday 14 January

The Funding and Partnerships Manager role is new to EIF, and will be a key member of the team. The role is a key part of enabling EIF to meet its ambitious income targets for 2019/20 and beyond, and has three main focuses:

  1. To work with teams across the organisation to develop funding proposals.
  1. To support the development of new external relationships with funders and partners.
  1. To support our relationships with existing partners and funders, assisting in negotiations, reviewing contracts and grant agreements, reporting progress to funders, and invoicing.

This is a unique opportunity for a motivated individual who has experience in supporting fundraising and partnerships in foundations, charities, research organisations or think tanks. This role would suit a self-starter with broad skills and previous experience of working in a small to medium-sized team.



  • Develop EIF’s annual funding strategy, working closely with the Senior Management Team and Project Leads.
  • Ensure the successful delivery of the strategy, working across the organisation.

Deliver new income

Coordinate funding proposals for new work (including responses to tenders), working with Directors and Project Leads to ensure quality, consistency and fundability. This includes:

  • Attending meetings with potential funders and partners alongside EIF Directors and Project Leads.
  • Developing templates for large proposals.
  • Increasing the efficiency of this work by developing unit costs and a menu of projects / activities for use in proposals.
  • Drafting sections of proposals.
  • Project-managing proposal completion.

Build and contract relationships

Our existing relationships include government, trusts, foundations, other third-sector organisations and research councils. The post-holder will:

  • Develop, maintain and coordinate our relationships with current and future (more diverse) funders.
  • Develop, maintain and coordinate relationships with current and future partner organisations (including other What Works Centres, research institutions, sector and workforce bodies and charities).
  • Take the lead on smaller relationships and support senior management in the larger relationships.
  • Review and negotiate continuing agreements with funders, whether grant or contract.
  • Review and negotiate continuing agreements with partners, including Associates, and with subcontrators delivering parts of projects for us.
  • Liase with lawyers as appropriate.
  • Be aware and mindful of VAT and Corporate Tax matters pertaining to charities.

Funding processes and reporting

  • Develop and maintain a funding tracker, keeping it up-to-date with progress on proposals and leads.
  • Co-ordinate reports to funders in accordance with agreed schedules.
  • Ensure accurate invoicing of funders, partners and subcontractors.
  • Communicate funding updates in team meetings and other forums.
  • Ensure our website reflects who funds us and that the charity is transparent and ethical in who it approached for funding.
  • Contribute to quarterly Trustee papers.
  • Develop procedures and standards for use internally that ensures value for money in (sub)contracting and partnership arrangements.
  • Develop and maintain funder relationships database, including prioritising who to approach, and updating it with latest interactions.
  • Provide assistance, support and guidance on all contracting issues within projects.

Person specification – personal attributes

You will be friendly but also clear, efficient and purposeful – tenacity but with a smile. You should be able to present a positive manner at all time. You’ll enjoy developing and maintaining relationships with other organisations. Internally you’ll also be approachable and open and be able to bring people with you when working in small teams.

The job will also be demanding and present many challenges. You’ll respond by showing resilience and portray a sense of calm when under pressure. We are a small organisation so flexibility is a must. You’ll also be able to self-motivate and able to show real initiative and ambition.

Person specification – skills & experience


  • Experience of successfully securing external funding for foundations, charities, research organisations or think tanks.
  • Experience of responding to tenders, and coordinating and writing successful funding proposals.
  • Experience of developing new relationships with funders.
  • Experience of developing new relationships with partner organisations.
  • Experience of working with contracts and grant agreements for funders, partners and sub-contractors.
  • Excellent influencing and communication skills, able to take colleagues with you, and persuasively describe the work of EIF to funders and partners.
  • Skilled at balancing conflicting priorities, ensuring the completion of essential tasks and meeting deadlines.
  • Good standard of education, to A-level standard or equivalent.


  • Experience of developing successful funding strategies.
  • Experience of maintaining proposal pipelines and managing systems for tracking funder conversations.
  • Experience of invoicing.

How to apply

  • Please download a job description and application form
  • Please do not send CVs – only applications using our form will be accepted
  • Return your completed application form to
  • Applications close 9am, Monday 14 January. Shortlisted candidates will be notified within 10 working days.

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