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STAR is recruiting a Communications Officer

Do you want to use your communications experience, as part of a dynamic and rapidly growing national charity, to make the UK a more welcoming place for refugees?

Part time: 21 hours per week
Salary: £30,000 per annum pro rata (£18,000 for 21 hours per week) + 7% contributory pension. 1 year initial contract.

The role
Student Action for Refugees is looking for a Communications Officer to raise the profile of the charity and develop the communications capacity of our network of student activists. This is a newly created post where the successful applicant will have the exciting opportunity to build the media function of the organisation to showcase the great work young people are doing to welcome refugees to the UK and to raise awareness of the difficulties faced by asylum seekers and refugees. The applicant will also be responsible for keeping our students activists up to date on breaking asylum and refugee news so they can educate and campaign successfully and will enable them to engage effectively with the media by delivering training and support.

About you
You’ll have a proven track record of success in communications, building up the public profile of an organisation and be able to think strategically and plan effectively. With excellent written skills you’ll be able to quickly turn complex information into clear compelling text and with your highly developed verbal and interpersonal skills you’ll be able to develop productive relationships with the media and work with our student activists to give them the skills they need to get their voices heard. You’ll also have excellent IT skills, including expertise in using social media.

STAR
STAR is a student led national charity with the vision of a UK society that welcomes and supports refugees. We have witnessed that there are significant barriers to this welcome posed in part by lack of resources, negative public attitudes driven by lack of understanding and the challenging nature of accessing refugee protection.

Our experience is that an informed and enthusiastic network of students has the energy and commitment to give immediate assistance to refugees by volunteering to provide services such as English Conversation Clubs while improving the long term reception of refugees by educating their peers and campaigning for change. We work to achieve this by engaging and empowering students at over 40 universities and colleges across the UK through the network of STAR student union societies to welcome refugees by:

  • Volunteering to support refugees and asylum seekers in the community
  • Campaigning to change policies with adversely affect the lives of refugees and asylum seekers
  • Educating people about asylum in the UK
  • Fundraising to support STAR’s work

How to apply

  • Download the Job Description and Person Specification, the STAR application form and equality and diversity monitoring form
  • Please fill out both the STAR application form and the equality and diversity monitoring form and return them to Jonathan Waring at [email]staradmin@star-network.org.uk[/email] or STAR, 356 Holloway Road, London, N7 6PA
  • The closing date for applications is 9 am on Monday 16th January 2017
  • Interviews will be held on Wednesday 25th January 2017
  • We are sorry that we are unable to provide feedback to unsuccessful candidates

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