• Full Time
  • Reading
  • Applications have closed

Website Guide Dogs

Internal Communications Manager, Guide Dogs
Location: Burghfield Common, Reading
Salary: £33,507 to £35,478 per annum
Closing date: 13 September 2017
Grade 5
Ref: 0000018578

We are looking for an experienced and ambitious communications professional to join us as Internal Communications Manager, to deliver our internal communications and engagement strategy and priorities across the wider organisation.

As Internal Communications Manager you will play a pivotal role in helping to build an internal working culture that motivates and enables all Guide Dogs staff to do their jobs and make a real difference to the lives of people with sight loss.

Working at Guide Dogs is more than just a job. Every hour, another person in the UK goes blind. When someone loses their sight, we’re here to make sure they don’t lose their freedom as well. Through the values that guide our work, we make a real difference, and change lives.

What is it like to work for us?
We believe in creating an environment to where all our employees can flourish and achieve their full potential, benefitting themselves and Guide Dogs.

Role details:
Contract: Permanent
Hours: Full time, 35 hours per week
Interviews: Week commencing 18 September
Key requirements: Right to work in the UK.

Role purpose:
The main purpose of the role is to develop and implement on an ongoing basis, a UK- wide internal communication and engagement strategy, that aligns with the Guide Dogs strategic plan ‘Building Extraordinary Partnerships’ in conjunction with the Communications Manager, People Services, Executive Directors and Senior Managers.

To be successful in this role, you will have:

Skills and Knowledge:

• Ability to influence at all levels and understand the culture and its drivers to develop effective communications plans
• Experience of internal communications with geographically dispersed workforce
• Substantial experience of writing and editing copy of a variety of audiences and channels
• Experience of developing creative and innovative solutions
• Experience of end-to-end project management and measuring effectiveness of internal communications
• Ideally with experience of managing staff
• Knowledge of the not-for-profit sector and internal communications best practice.

You will be educated to degree level or equivalent with relevant professional qualification.

In return you will join the UKs most trusted charity (Charity Brand Index 2016) and help work towards a world where people who are blind or partially sighted can enjoy the same freedom of movement as everyone else.

As a member of staff we offer you a wide range of benefits to suit your individual needs. These include; 26 days’ holiday plus bank holidays (rising to 28 days after 3 years’ service), flexible benefits package and a defined contribution group personal pension plan.

For more information on this role and our benefits package, please see the documents attached below. To apply for this position, please use the online application form. As part of our safer recruitment policy, we do not accept CVs for job applications.

Guide Dogs welcomes applications from all sections of the community and actively encourages diversity to maximise achievements, creativity and good practice. We positively welcome, and seek to ensure we achieve diversity in our workforce and that all job applicants and employees receive equal and fair treatment, regardless of age, race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, disability or nationality.

We encourage applications from disabled people as they are currently under-represented in the organisation and guarantee an interview to all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the job.

Safeguarding Statement
Guide Dogs is committed to ensuring that children, young people and vulnerable adults who come into contact with Guide Dogs staff and volunteers are treated with respect, and are free from all forms of abuse or mistreatment.

We are also committed to ensuring that all staff and volunteers are aware of their responsibilities, and have the knowledge and skills necessary to promote and maintain the welfare and safety of those with whom they come into contact.

More info


Job description


I've put together this free planner to help you plan your 
time more effectively

Enter your details below to receive your copy.
Enter your email address below to get my monthly newsletter The Water Cooler, plus the latest IC news and updates.
Enter your email address to get my monthly The Water Cooler newsletter plus the latest internal comms updates.

As a thank you, you'll also receive a copy of my Channels Matrix
We collect, use and protect your data in line with our privacy policy