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Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Network UK Communications Manager

The CSA Network UK is looking for a new part-time team-member to work alongside the Network Coordinator and Policy Manager. Together the three staff members will work towards the network vision of a CSA in every UK neighbourhood. 

Hours: 16 hours per week

Salary: £28,600 pa (pro rata)

Location: Home based

Supervised by: CSA Network Coordinator

This post is partially grant funded until March 2023. Thereafter it is dependent on securing continued funding. 

The Communications Manager will work closely with the Coordinator to support the development of the strategic direction of the network and work with key stakeholders and partner organisations to establish beneficial relationships that extend and develop the CSA movement in the UK.

The three staff members will mutually agree and take on project management of different elements of CSA network activity to ensure progress against the business plan. 

We welcome applications from those involved in running a CSA but this is not a requirement of the role.

You will:

  • Develop the publicity and marketing strategy for the Network to oversee and manage promotion of the Network to external stakeholders via events, mainstream media, website, social media and other appropriate methods of communication.
  • Be responsible for communications and marketing for the Network, for example oversee and manage promotion of the Network to external stakeholders, via events, press, website, social media and other communications 
  • Produce and maintain engaging content across website and social media platforms
  • Work to raise the profile of the CSA Network UK through creative and proactive PR, targeting national, local and trade media outlets. Respond quickly to incoming media enquiries
  • Work to recruit Network supporters and donors
  • Work with the Network Coordinator and board to ensure targets and milestones are met or exceeded within budget and in line with delivery schedules in funding bids
  • Produce and distribute monthly newsletter to members and quarterly general newsletter
  • Support the Network Coordinator in ensuring all legal and regulatory requirements for the network are met and relevant policies and procedures are in place, up to date and effective
  • Provide support to members through mentoring, advice, resources etc
  • Carry out administrative tasks on behalf of the network (network administration is shared across the three staff members)
  • Project manage where appropriate (project management is shared across the three staff members)
  • Manage volunteers where appropriate

You will also:

  • Support the financial management of the network 
  • Support the Network Coordinator in managing relationships with funders and seeking funding for network activity
  • Support the Network Coordinator in updating and measuring progress against the business plan
  • Contribute to project reports for funders
  • Organise regional networking and training events, and national conferences and AGMs
  • Develop and foster partnerships with other organisations and manage these relationships

Conditions of employment

  • Home-based and have existing use of home office/IT and internet
  • Travel and subsistence at cost and using own car at £0.45 per mile or £0.18 per mile for bicycle 
  • Regular travel is required around the UK and sometimes overseas.
  • Evening and weekend work may also be required occasionally 

Person Specification

We are looking for someone with excellent skills and experience across both communications and project management andr with a strong commitment to local and sustainable food.

Essential Skills and Experience

  • Demonstrated marketing and communications experience including social media
  • Demonstrated wordpress website administration and management skills and knowledge
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain professional networks
  • Project development and management
  • Excellent spoken and written English and the ability to adapt written materials to different audiences.
  • Excellent ICT skills, including experience of websites and databases
  • Monitoring and evaluation experience
  • Knowledge of community supported agriculture and agroecological farming.
  • Well-organised and have good attention to detail
  • Ability to work alone with minimal supervision
  • Excellent teamwork skills

Desirable Skills and Experience

  • An understanding of the challenges and opportunities of working remotely as part of a small team
  • Experience of running a CSA
  • Experience of food growing/farming 
  • Experience of working with volunteers

How to Apply:

Please send us a CV (no more than 2 A4 Pages) and a supporting statement setting out why you would be the best person for the job and your relevant skills, knowledge and experience (no more than 2 A4 pages)

This should be sent to:

Closing date: 12 midnight on Sunday 2nd January 2022

Shortlisted candidates will be informed by 5pm on Monday 10th January. Interviews will take place on Thursday 13th January via zoom. 

We would like the successful candidate to start as soon as possible. Please indicate in your application the earliest date you would be able to commence work.

Background Information

About Us

Community supported agriculture (CSA) is a radical approach to the production and supply of food that builds strong, close and mutually beneficial partnerships between communities and producers. CSA is defined as a partnership between farmers and consumers in which the responsibilities, risks and rewards of farming are shared.

The CSA Network UK is the only organisation dedicated to promoting community supported agriculture (CSA) across the UK.

We support and promote CSA farms to flourish across the country, working towards a fair, sustainable and resilient food system by:

  • Providing a network to facilitate communication, co-operation, knowledge sharing and capacity building between UK CSAs 
  • Supporting new and existing CSAs with resources, training, events and mentoring
  • Promoting and raising awareness and understanding of the CSA model 
  • Representing the interests of the UK CSA movement to policy makers 
  • Linking to the global CSA movement. 

Our vision is a CSA in every UK neighbourhood.

Our history: Whilst CSA is a common concept in many other countries including the USA (over 12000 CSAs) and France (over 2000 CSAs), in the UK it has been slower to take off. There are currently around 130 UK CSA farms but the number is growing each year. From 2007- 2012 the Soil Association ran a project to encourage the growth of CSAs in the UK. This work brought together CSA farmers who decided, when the Soil Association programme came to an end, that they needed an independent network. In 2013 the CSA Network UK was founded as an Industrial and Provident Society. Our current Chair is Ben Raskin, Head of Horticulture and Agroforestry lead at the Soil Association, a Director of the Organic Growers Association and Co-chair of the Defra Edibles Horticulture Roundtable. 

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