Director of Public Engagement - The Trussell Trust - CLOSED

Posted 10 March 2023
Salary £83,800

Job description

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The Trussell Trust is an amazing place to work – but they wish it didn’t have to exist, because they don’t believe that a charity like theirs should be needed at all.

Though they hoped that the huge spike in food bank use during the pandemic might fall away once the crisis had passed, the figures tell an increasingly worrying story. 1.3m emergency food parcels were given out between April and September 2022, with half a million of them distributed to children. This is an increase of 52% compared to the same period in 2019.

Over the same period, more than 320,000 people were forced to turn to food banks in the Trussell Trust network for the first time, and one in five of those individuals are in households where someone is working. For the first time, need for emergency food is outpacing food donations, as the cost of living emergency is leading to a drastic increase in the number of people turning to food banks for support.

The Trussell Trust's work of changing communities, changing policy and changing minds about poverty and destitution has therefore never been more important. They are deeply thankful that public and partner support has also increased exponentially, so they have been able both to meet the rise in need and continue to campaign for an end to the structural issues which lock people into destitution. They're investing in compelling advocacy, communications and engagement – and most of all, in the talented, passionate people – which will help end the need for food banks.

In this vital role, you’ll oversee the work of a number of highly expert fundraisers, communicators and relationship builders who are collectively responsible for delivering the resources we need. Encompassing both existing and new audiences, you’ll bring demonstrable experience of developing and communicating propositions that are effective wherever they land. Their overall income has grown significantly in the past 18 months, but so have the calls upon it; and they need to future-proof our financial position so that they can complete the long-term task of change.

High-level programmatic experience of running complex multi-phase, multi-audience campaigns across an extended period of time will be essential; but you’ll also have a deep personal understanding of the power of story, bringing those with lived experience of poverty together with food banks, the UK public, funders and other strategic partners to create a powerful movement for change.

They actively encourage applications from under-represented groups such as, returning parents or carers who are re-entering work after a career break, people who are LGBTQIA+, from racially minoritized communities such as  Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds, who have a faith other than Christianity or none, with a disability, impairment, learning difference or long-term condition, with caring responsibilities, from different nations and regions and those with a lived experience of poverty as well as any other under-represented group in our workforce. They are committed to ensuring the safety and protection of our employees from all forms of harm.

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