Head Office vacancies

Based at Hatchlands, Guildford, GU4 7RT

£28,000 – £32,000 dependent on experience


Job Description

Great gardens, great cake!

The National Garden Scheme gives visitors unique access to over 3,500 exceptional private gardens in England and Wales, and raises impressive amounts of money for nursing and health charities through admissions, teas and cake.

Thanks to the generosity of garden owners, volunteers and visitors we have donated a total of £55 million to nursing and health charities, and made a record annual donation of £3.1 million in 2018. Founded in 1927 to support district nurses, we are now the most significant charitable funder of nursing in the UK and our beneficiaries include Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie, Hospice UK and The Queen’s Nursing Institute.

About the role

Increasing footfall to our gardens and maximising funds raised for the National Garden Scheme’s nursing and health beneficiaries is our principal strategic goal – and the Communications Manager plays a key role in achieving this.

This role works closely with the rest of the marketing and communications team, social media and publicity volunteers across England and Wales, and the charity’s 11 beneficiaries to promote garden visiting, the impact of gardens on mental and physical health, and how visits to our gardens help change lives. They are primarily responsible for devising and implementing compelling communications campaigns, managing the press office, line-managing a Digital Communications Officer and overseeing the creation of content for the charity’s digital channels.

The ideal candidate will have broad communications experience in the charity sector and will be comfortable in a busy, hands-on and varied role. They will also be action focused and self-motivated, with the ability to work closely with colleagues in a small head office team, as well as with volunteers in the wider National Garden Scheme network.

Key responsibilities

  • Manage National Garden Scheme campaigns
  • Manage press office
  • Copywriting, editing and proofing
  • Manage relationships with 11 beneficiary charities
  • Provide support and advice to publicity volunteers
  • Line manage Digital Communications Officer

Salary and benefits

  • Salary of £28,000-£32,000 (dependent on experience).
  • 28 days holiday (inclusive of public holidays).
  • Permanent, 35 hours a week – 9am to 5pm with one-hour lunch break.
  • Attractive work environment – office is based in a National Trust property.

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NB: We may close the advert early and commence interviews if we receive a sufficient number of applications, or extend the deadline if we’re unable to find the right candidate.