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Marketing & Communications Manager
Closing time and date: 23:59, Wednesday 30th November 2022

Hours of work:   

Reporting to:     

Minimum 30 hours per week or full time

£30,000-£35,000 FTE

Head of Fundraising

Flexible – partly home-based by arrangement, and Bedford Office. (Hybrid)

Role Description:​

We are looking for an experienced, creative and highly motivated Marketing and Communications Manager to join our small, dynamic Schoolreaders team and help build our profile, reputation and fundraising through multi-media marketing and PR campaigns.  A wonderful opportunity for someone who wants to play a key role in a fast-growing charity that is impacting the lives of thousands of children every week.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Helping develop and implement the marketing and communications strategy to build name awareness and to maximise reach of the Schoolreaders service

  • Taking responsibility for all marketing and PR activities within the charity

  • Developing and delivering marketing and communications campaigns across the entire spectrum of communications disciplines including media and public relations, advertising, marketing, digital and social media and production of some materials

  • Increasing the charity’s profile across appropriate media (national, regional, social, print and broadcast) including regional volunteer recruitment

  • Contributing to senior management team meetings when invited


Main Duties:

  • Develop key messages, lead on creating consistent language across all media

  • Build better awareness of the charity within the communities it serves, utilising free or low-cost digital tools, such as Google AdWords and both paid and organic social media

  • Maintain the Schoolreaders website and social media channels

  • Analyse data from Google Analytics and social media insights to develop a donor profile, which can help to inform the charity’s marketing and communications strategy

  • Further develop the charity’s brand identity and act as ‘brand guardian’ for internal and external communications

  • Copywriting for printed material, including but not limited to, bi-annual newsletter, impact report, posters, flyers, bookmarks etc

  • Develop and maintain a regular email marketing calendar and introduce innovative methods to build the database of subscribers

  • Manage design agency relationship and oversee briefing and delivery ensuring it’s on time and within budget

  • Manage the marketing and communications budget

  • Identify, write and disseminate newsworthy stories and press releases for Schoolreaders

  • Take responsibility for Schoolreaders’ press office, dealing with press enquiries and developing media relationships

  • Create and maintain volunteer and school case studies for use in PR and marketing

  • Manage crisis situation communications including strategy, holding statements, Q&As

  • Identify issues that could potentially damage the organisation’s reputation and work as part of the senior management team to recommend actions to mitigate this risk

  • Carry out any other duties which are relevant and appropriate to the job

Person Specification:

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As part of our commitment to making Schoolreaders a great place to work, we offer access to the following employee benefits:


  • 25 days annual leave (3 of which must be taken over Christmas) plus an additional paid day off on your birthday and public/bank holidays (pro-rated for part time staff).

  • Contributory pension

  • Access to a free 24/7 support service providing legal, financial, emotional and medical advice

  • Free parking

  • Access to a variety of onsite services, including a gym, a canteen and pop-up events

To apply for this role, please email your CV and cover letter to Alexandra Spurgeon, Head of Fundraising:

how to apply

How to apply

Please email your application form, diversity monitoring form and job application data processing consent form to

Schoolreaders is committed to Equal Opportunities in employment and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. It is important to us that we have a diverse workforce therefore we request that you complete the diversity monitoring form. You do not have to complete the whole form. This form is kept entirely separate from the recruitment process.

Applications will be reviewed, and interviews offered, on an ongoing basis. We reserve the right to close the role prior to the closing date should a suitable applicant be found, so please submit your application as soon as possible. For the purposes of recruitment, we will store your data for up to 30 days before destroying it unless we invite you to interview.


If you are appointed to a role within Schoolreaders you will be subject to the organisation's Code of Conduct, a copy of which you can find by clicking here.

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Thank you for your interest in Schoolreaders

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