Junior Strategist

The Role:

Are you just starting out your career? Do you have a strategic mind and an interest in activism, social justice, or making the world a better place? Do you want to work in a creative, fast-paced, and challenging environment and work with a passionate, talented, driven team who live and breathe social impact?  If so, you could be just what we’re looking for.

We’re Shape History, the social impact communications agency. We’re here to nurture a fairer world, faster, through creative storytelling, powerful brands, and strategic communications. 

We’re on the lookout for candidates to fill the position of Junior Strategist who have a passion for communications and campaigning.

As part of the Strategy team, the successful candidate will carry out research, unearth powerful and actionable insights, and work on communication and engagement strategies to influence people and create meaningful change. 

Ideally, you will have a deep interest in one or more of the following areas: activism and campaigning, marketing, internal communications, media and pr, and external affairs/politics. To be successful in this role, you will need to always be thinking about the future, having a strategic mindset with a creative flair. You’ll be willing to voice your opinion and consult, challenge, and inspire a wide range of partners both in the UK and around the world.

How you’ll be shaping history everyday:

  • Support strategy tasks across a range of inspiring partner organisations, communicating with them on a daily basis.
  • Conduct research (digital and offline) for partners across policy, advocacy, and campaigns. presenting this as required.
  • Write up research insight reports including conducting SWOT and PEST analysis, competitor analysis, and audience prioritisation.
  • Support the writing and implementation of communications and/or digital strategy documents and/or reports.  
  • Present new and innovative communications ideas across different channels and campaigns. 
  • Possibility to manage partner social media channels, including content calendar creation, implementation, and paid ad campaign management.
  • Work collaboratively with members of the Strategy, Creative, and Planning teams, to support and make the most out content, timelines, and platforms available.
  • Draft press releases, proof-reading, and if necessary, rewriting media statements. 
  • Support with conducting stakeholder interviews, both with our partners and with any of their beneficiaries or primary stakeholders, writing up detailed notes for analysis to feed into campaign and messaging development. 
  • Support our team to segment out different types of audiences for brands and campaigns to help them better understand who they are talking to. 
  • Write Op-Eds or blogs for both the Shape History hub and for our partners on key issues within their sector. Other written tasks may include website copy, social media copy, report writing. 
  • Proactively contribute to internal brainstorms about everything from campaigns ideas to social media tactics to video concepts. 

You’re good at:

  • Being confident, organised, working diligently, and always ready to get stuck in. 
  • Feeding your interest in communications, PR, marketing and/or campaigning.
  • Using logic, as well as imagination, to make sense of a situation and come up with an intelligent solution. 
  • Working collaboratively in a team, as well as independently, and willing to roll up your sleeves during short intensive sprints. 
  • Working in a fast-paced environment and can adapt easily when things come up unexpectedly.
  • Challenging people beyond their comfort zones, in a respectful way.
  • Presenting your ideas and speaking/discussing these confidently with other team members and partners. 
  • Doing things without being asked, solving problems that others may not have noticed, and going out of your way to continue learning and growing
  • Adopting a campaigner mindset and can demonstrate a real passion for social issues and causes. 
  • Effectively planning and organising how to divide your time between specific projects and activities, balancing the art of flexibility with realism
  • Clear, concise written and verbal communication skills.

Extra bit of awesome:

  • Knowledge and background in the social impact/charity/political sector, whether that be volunteering or working with charities, campaigns, NGOs, funders, or institutions. 
  • A strong understanding of different social media channels and latest trends. 
  • Experience participating in campaigns, and even being involved in creating them from start to finish.
  • Any agency-specific experience. 

Remuneration:

Base salary of £22,500-£24,000 per annum + yearly bonus

Closing date:

Applications are now closed

Application process:

  • Send us your CV and cover letter.
  • All applications should be completed using our online form below. For any queries, please get in touch at recruitment@shapehistory.com.
  • Following on from this, we will be inviting a select few to complete a task and take part in an interview.

Race Equity:

We are committed to having an inclusive culture in which everyone feels safe and supported to achieve their potential. There is a long way to go in implementing race equity in the sector and we have a robust strategy in place for delivering this at Shape History. We actively encourage applications from underrepresented and minority groups, including those with lived experience of social issues we are working to address. 

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Planning Lead

The Role:

Shape History is looking for candidates with 3+ years of experience in account management. Through your experience of managing and delivering communications projects, account management and working with multiple partners, you will be responsible for project managing our social impact projects.

We’re on the hunt for an organised individual with a strategic mindset who loves working on long-term impactful projects. Sounds like you? This full-time role will be perfect for you. It will involve you managing and coordinating different stakeholders both nationally and globally.

How you’ll be shaping history everyday:

  • Be the lead point of contact for all matters specific to your partnerships, ensuring the timely and successful delivery of high quality assets and expertise according to our partners’ needs and objectives.
  • You will engage with partners to understand their objectives and outcomes to design communication-based interventions
  • Develop communications action plans, coordinate their approval with multiple partners,  and ensure effective implementation and measurement. 
  • Schedule and lead on regular meetings/check-ins with partners, plan the agendas, confirm attendees, and present work when required. 
  • Proactively offer advice, guidance, and suggestions to partners that you believe will advance and improve the project outcomes, either  strategically and/or creatively. 
  • Build, maintain, and evolve strong, long-lasting partnerships, and where necessary, facilitate consultation workshops. 
  • Embrace full autonomy over your work, understanding every aspect of the projects you run, including timelines, deliverables, and budgets, and ensure project management documents and software (Monday.com) are kept up to date. 
  • Anticipate workloads in advance and preemptively flag any potential disruptions to ensure your projects run according to plan. 
  • Manage your projects’ production budget and input receipts/invoices  on the accountancy platform Xero  as required. 
  • Ensure every piece of work undergoes appropriate quality checks and proofing before being sent externally to partners or published.
  • You may consult strategically with our partners. Some task may include: creating key messaging for audiences, conducting SWOT analysis, and participating in consultation workshops. 
  • Work closely with our internal team to identify additional skill sets and expertise that may need to be introduced to the partnership, including Strategy, Creative, Digital or others. 
  • Contribute to writing op-eds and/or blogs for partners on key issues within their sector, or for the Shape History Hub
  • Lead on meetings with our partners, run the agendas, and present work when required. 

You’re good at:

  • A confident, organised individual, with at least 4 years’ experience of account management and communications planning with excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • A respectful and competent leader but also a fantastic collaborator with the utmost confidence to push our partners beyond their comfort zones, in a respectful way.
  • Proven excellent interpersonal and communication skills. 
  • Proactive, fast thinking and easily adaptable to any quick changes. 
  • Very good organisational skills and understands how to balance multiple projects at once. 
  • Comfortable working under tight timelines and in a high-pressure environment. 
  • Proven, quality written communication skills, understanding how to communicate to various audiences in a way that they’d understand.
  • You are a total team player and enjoy collaborating with our team members.
  • Exceptional presentation skills, with confidence speaking to a room of partners and stakeholders.
  • Excellent initiative and a proactive problem-solving approach to your work.
  • A campaigner mindset – someone who can demonstrate and communicate passion for specific causes. 
  • Experience of working with all GSuite packages (Drive, Gmail, Sheets, Slides, etc.)
  • Willing to roll up sleeves during short intensive sprints to ensure success of campaigns.

Extra bit of awesome:

  • Knowledge and background in the social impact sector, whether that be working with charities, NGOs, funders, or institutions. 
  • Experience with creating campaigns, from start to finish.
  • Agency-specific experience.
  • A proven track record of developing and implementing communications action plans. 

Remuneration:

Base salary of £28,000-£33,500 depending on experience + annual discretionary bonus

Closing date:

We have extended the closing date to Tuesday 4th May, 2021 at 10am GMT

Application process:

  • Send us your CV and cover letter.
  • All applications should be completed using our online form below. For any queries, please get in touch at recruitment@shapehistory.com.
  • Following on from this, we will be inviting a select few to complete a task and take part in an interview.

Race Equity:

We are committed to having an inclusive culture in which everyone feels safe and supported to achieve their potential. There is a long way to go in implementing race equity in the sector and we have a robust strategy in place for delivering this at Shape History. We actively encourage applications from underrepresented and minority groups, including those with lived experience of social issues we are working to address. 

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JOIN THE TEAM

Our team are full of campaigners who genuinely want to create an impact in society. We see the agency as a place for individual and collective evolution. We therefore put an emphasis on training for the team and ensure that everyone can be their full self when coming into the office.
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WHY JOIN OUR TEAM?

We put the individuals in the Shape History team at the heart of every decision that is made. Here are some of the reasons we think you should join the team.

We offer grants to team members to build passion projects with no restrictions. We also run our own internal campaigns with ideas coming from the team.

We understand that people work best at different times in the day, and either at home or in the office so we're super flexible!

4x per year, the full team comes together to take part in workshops, activities and socials. Previous team days have included axe throwing (not at each other), graffiti spraying and team challenges around London.

Each team member is entitled to 24 days of holiday plus a Christmas shutdown period and bank holidays. We also have an enhanced parental leave policy.

We think that the team has a vitamin C deficiency because the amount of fruit they devour during Monday huddles is ridiculous. Enjoy that, as well as prosecco Thursdays!

Our main priority is our team and the culture that runs throughout the agency. We put emphasis on working with team members to unfold their individual and unique potential.