Communications & Events Officer

full-time PUBLIC PRACTICE London

HOURS: Ideally 4 days per week (0.8 FTE)

SALARY: £24,000 - £28,000 pro-rata FTE (based on experience)

START DATE: 12 September 2019 (subject to notice period)

LENGTH: Initial Fixed term 12 months with the opportunity to progress to a permanent role within the year

HOLIDAY ALLOWANCE: 30 days holiday pro-rata FTE (excl. public holidays)

LOCATION: Urban Innovation Centre, 1 Sekforde St, London EC1R 0BE


Public Practice is building a new movement to rediscover the potential of public planning and rethink the role of built environment expertise within local government. In just under two years since being founded, we have supported public authorities across London and the wider South East embed new skills into Authorities and helped promote the role of public planners more widely. The momentum we have generated means we are growing our team and exploring promising opportunities to expand our reach and impact. At this exciting time for the organisation, we are looking to appoint a Communications & Events Officer to support the day-to-day delivery of our communications and advocacy work.


Public Practice carries out communications and advocacy to help transform perceptions of public planning, and show how influential it can be in shaping the world around us for the public good. As our Communications & Events Officer, you will join our core team helping to plan, produce, deliver and track our communications and advocacy work. You will share an interest in how we can collectively work towards creating places that are socially, economically and environmentally sustainable. Working directly with our CEO and across multiple platforms (including GSuite, Social Media, Adobe Creative Suite, MailChimp and Evenbrite) you will make sure we get the most out of our campaigns, outreach and content. Your key responsibilities will be to:

  • PRODUCE & DELIVER OUR EVENTS: You will lead on the production of our regular bi-annual Public Forums, alongside providing support and coordination across the team to deliver our open evenings, seminars, social events, site visits, talks and roundtables.
  • MANAGE OUR NEWSLETTER & SOCIAL MEDIA CHANNELS: You will curate and produce Public Practice’s ongoing content on Twitter, LinkedIn and MailChimp, respond to enquiries and monitor the performance of our broadcasts, followers and content.
  • SUPPORT & TRACK OUR PRESS COVERAGE: You will help develop and publish our press releases, capture quotes, bios and create accompanying media packs. You will also be regularly responding to inbound press requests and monitoring and tracking our ongoing media coverage.
  • COORDINATE & TRACK OUR ADVOCACY WORK: Working with the core team, Board, Associates and Alumni you will coordinate and track our ongoing advocacy requests and outreach opportunities. You will ensure our hosts and representatives have the materials they need and that we are attending the most relevant events to reach our target audiences.
  • PARTNER & SUPPORTER ADMINISTRATION: You will help coordinate our stakeholder relationships and attend our board meetings, ensuring they are run smoothly and minuted appropriately.
  • HELP SHAPE OUR COMMUNICATIONS: You’ll work collaboratively with the team to come up with ideas and strategies for developing our communications, messaging and content to best reach our varied target audiences and celebrate the work of public planners more broadly.


We are looking for someone who wants to build a career within communications, PR or event production, who is inspired by our mission, and who believes they will flourish in a fast-paced start-up environment. You do not need to have previous equivalent experience but the ideal candidate will need to have good attention to detail, strong organisational and copywriting skills, and a creative approach to curating our different media channels and events.

The position would suit someone who has the following experience, skills and attributes:

  • Self-starter, resourceful and shows good initiative
  • Highly organised with a strong attention to detail
  • Creative thinker and confident working with visual content
  • Comfortable with developing innovative social media content
  • Experience managing or helping to produce events
  • Experience of using GSuite software (slides, sheets, docs), Adobe Creative Suite, Eventbrite, Mailchimp, Hootsuite (or similar)

All candidates are required to:

  • Have the right to work in the UK
  • Completed 3 A-levels at grades A-C (or equivalent)


Public Practice is a young not-for-profit with strong leadership and a high profile Board chaired by Jules Pipe, Deputy Mayor of London. We are based in a great office in the Urban Innovation Centre in Clerkenwell, in the heart of London. We provide 30 days holiday per-annum (FTE) exclusive of bank holidays and to support wellbeing and inclusivity, we encourage flexible working. All employees work around core hours of 9:30am - 4:30pm and are also encouraged to work from home one day a week. We provide a 4% employer’s pension contribution, a healthy staff training budget and a supportive team environment with regular social team gatherings and events.


To apply please send your CV and insert a covering letter of no more than 500 words setting out who you are, why you want this job, what you can bring to Public Practice via Please note we do not accept applications outside of this system.

The deadline for applications is 10:00am on Monday 12 August 2019. Interviews will be held from Tuesday 13 August to Thursday 15 August (although some flexibility will be considered). It is hoped the successful candidate will be informed of a conditional offer by 19 August, with contracts agreed and signed by 27 August to start in post from 12 September 2019 (subject to notice periods).

Public Practice is passionate about being an equal opportunities employer, and we value the diversity of perspectives that people from different backgrounds bring to our work. We positively encourage applications from eligible candidates regardless of age, disability, ethnicity, gender identification, marital status, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, or sexual orientation.


Visit our website for more details about who we are and what we do: For any queries about working for Public Practice please contact
published: July 22, 2019

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