Digital and Communications Officer

Ethical Consumer Research Association Ltd
Advocacy and Campaigns, Marketing & Communications, Policy & Research
Manchester or Remote
Salary Details
£13,715 per annum £10.99/hr
Contract Type
Part time, Permanent
Hours per Week
24 hours per week
Closing Date
Ethical Consumer is a member-led, not-for-profit co-operative, that is signed up to the Living Wage Foundation. We are currently recruiting for a Digital and Communications Officer.

Job Description

The Digital and Communications Officer will work within the marketing team to create new content, monitor performance and input into marketing planning and strategy, for Ethical Consumer, the UK’s longest running alternative consumer organisation.

Co-operative Responsibilities
All permanent staff are members. All members share the responsibilities of running the co-operative, including:

  • Taking part in the decision-making process;
  • Subgroups for areas of management including Personnel, Finance or Publishing.

Specific responsibilities for the Digital and Communications Officer role include;

  • working within the marketing team to create new content and input into marketing planning and strategy.
  • using our social media channels (Twitter,Facebook, Instagram, Linkedin, Youtube) to engage our audience, with a focus on Facebook.
  • creating infographics and social media posts, to help promote our content to new audiences.
  • writing web copy based on our guides and other marketing copy as needed.

Person specification Essential Skills and Qualities

  • Good computer literacy and an ability to learn new computer programmes
  • Web writing experience
  • Experience of using different social media channels in a work environment
  • Excellent organisational skills, ability to meet deadlines, multi-task and prioritise, and to work on own initiative
  • Ability to write clear and concise English and to condense complex information
  • Attention to detail and excellent proof-reading skills
  • The ability and willingness to learn
  • Commitment to the co-operative way of working, good interpersonal communication skills, and the ability to contribute to a co-operative decision-making process
  • An awareness and an interest in ethical consumption. This may include a knowledge of the environment, human rights, animal welfare and politics in relation to corporations.
  • The ability to behave in a confident and professional manner towards colleagues, clients and other relevant contacts

Location: Ethical Consumer Research Association (ECRA) offices, Hulme, Manchester. Remote working is possible.

Salary: The part time slary for this role is £13,715 per annum, £10.99/hr for 24 hours per week.

To apply: Click the apply link for more details and the application form. Please also complete, using the same device, the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) form. Please do mention Ethical Jobseeker as your application source.

NB: Only one application can be made from any one device (eg laptop). This allows you to leave the form and come back to it via the same link.

Important: You will receive an automatic confirmation on screen when you submit the form, rather than an email. You can amend your application, even after submission, up until the deadline. You are advised to keep a copy of all your answers, as we cannot accept responsibility or extend the deadline in the case of technology problems.

If you are short-listed for an interview, you will be notified by telephone by 5pm Friday 10th December 2021. If you do not hear from us by then, it means you have not been shortlisted this time.

Ethical Consumer is a not-for-profit multi-stakeholder cooperative, and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. We use name-blind shortlisting. The offices are upstairs in a wheelchair accessible building in Manchester.

The timetable for this recruitment is as follows:

  • Closing date and time: 5pm 1st December 2021
  • Short-listing: Thu 2nd - Wed 8th December 2021
  • Interviews: w/c 13th December (conducted on Zoom)
  • Starting date: w/c 10th January 2022, subject to negotiation

Company Description

Ethical Consumer Research Association (ECRA) is the UK’s longest running alternative consumer organisation. It was founded in Manchester in 1988 as a not-for-profit workers’ co-operative to provide ‘information on the companies behind the brand names’ and to promote the ethical use of consumer power.

The organisation became a multi-stakeholder co-operative with both worker members and investor members in 2009. Both classes of member are involved in decision-making and the election of Directors onto the Board.

ECRA’s portfolio of products and services are designed to encourage purchasers to take environmental and social issues into account in the market place. They include:

  • Ethical Consumer – a bi-monthly magazine
  • – a website with interactive product guides
  • – an online database for corporate ethics research
  • Commercial research services for NGOs and selected companies