Start date: ASAP
Type: Permanent (4 or 5 days a week – your choice)
Salary: £27,000 – £30,000 FTE
Application deadline: we are interviewing on a rolling basis
We are a communications consultancy that helps public policy experts shape conversations that strengthen democracy.
We want to see robust democracies, with people better engaged with the decisions and policies that affect them. Which is why we use data, strategy and design to build powerful campaigns that give big ideas the impact they deserve.
We work with NGOs, think tanks, and university research centres to better connect policy expertise to the audiences that matter – to craft policy ideas into human-shaped stories, and breathe life into them.
Some of the campaigns we’ve recently worked on:
- Blue Food Assessment, Stanford. Blue foods and the waters from which they derive will have an essential role to play in the shift towards a sustainable, healthy food system.
We built a new website for BFA, set up social media channels, and developed a suite of social media-focused content, to drive their communications forward.
- International Livestock Research Institute. ILRI’s research is directed to improving food and nutrition security through, among other things, increased production and access to animal-source foods in the developing world.
We developed an approach to help them tell human stories, alongside their more technical policy messaging. We tested the approach at two UN conferences (UNFSS and COP26).
- Improving school food in the United Kingdom. School Food Matters, the grassroots movement to improve the quality of food in British schools, has engaged us on a three year multifaceted campaign.
We will be engaging everyone from policymakers to headteachers to school cooks, encouraging each of them to see the value in better quality school food for pupils.
We are looking for a Junior Consultant to support one of our Senior Consultants on web-related projects across both our core policy-focused business and our secondary agency-focused business.
This will involve supporting on the initial strategy work (user research, information architecture development, etc.) through wireframing and design, and into development.
The goal from our side is to coach you into a place where you are managing and leading these projects from start to finish, and starting to own client relationships. You’ll work closely with our teams in both London and Lviv, Ukraine, and you’ll travel to Lviv at least once a year to work with them in person for a few days (Google it – it’s gorgeous).
You’ll be someone who can quickly build relationships (clients and colleagues), has a keen eye for detail, and is able to anticipate issues before they become problems. You’ll have a sense of urgency about you, and not be afraid to muck in to the most mundane of jobs.
You’ll also know what you are talking about when it comes to website development. While we don’t expect you to be a developer, we are looking for someone that understands dev chat and knows WordPress well. You will need to be able to translate client requirements into specific developer tasks, and vice versa, be able to translate a technical consideration into language a client can engage with.
You should be able to answer like these questions (without having to Google them):
- What is ACF?
- How straightforward would it be for a developer to install Yoast, and why would you?
- What is CSS minifying and why would you do it?
If you have digital campaigns experience, especially paid, that would be a big plus, but it is not a prerequisite.
Working at Cast From Clay is about more than just client work. You’ll be someone with ideas. Someone who thinks outside the box.
At a philosophical level, you’ll care about democracy and be hungry to change the way policy experts perceive their role in society. You won’t be someone that is content with the status quo, whether your politics are on the right or the left.
We couldn’t care less what your political views are, as long as you have some. It is important that you are comfortable being challenged on your politics – we debate constantly.
Things to Note
We work from our offices in Kennington on Tuesdays and Thursdays (government restrictions permitting). You’re welcome to use the office more frequently than that should you wish.
If you do not live in London and you’re interested in this role, as long as you are able to make the office for those two days a week, it’s no problem for us. We have no plans to be in the office more than two days a week (even before Coronavirus we only did three days), so you won’t have to increase this number at a later date.
Our Core Philosophy
- Tom Hashemi, The Business of Ideas is in Trouble: re-injecting facts into a post-truth world, War on the Rocks
- Aidan Muller, A new model for think-tank communications (Part 1 and Part 2), Cast From Clay
- Aidan Muller & Tom Hashemi, Why the public should matter to think tankers, Cast From Clay
We are looking for someone that can tick the following boxes.
- A belief that the political status quo isn’t good enough
- At least two years’ digital project management experience
- An intermediate knowledge of WordPress
- Rudimentary knowledge of HTML, CSS and PHP
- Demonstrable client management skills
- Diligent, proactive, excellent attention to detail, a strong work ethic
- Ability to meet deadlines whilst not letting the ball drop on other projects
If this sounds like you, please send an email to [email protected] with the subject line “Application: Junior Consultant (web & digital)”. Please send us:
- A short covering letter in the body of your email that includes the below (we don’t need any more than this):
- 100 words on an idea you’ve heard recently that has stayed with you (it doesn’t have to be anything to do with politics or policy), and;
- 100 words about a website you love and why.
- Your CV (no more than 2 pages)
We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and we are determined to ensure that no applicant or employee receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of gender, age, disability, religion, belief, sexual orientation, marital status, or race, or is disadvantaged by conditions or requirements which cannot be shown to be justifiable.
You need to have permission to work in the U.K. for this role.