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Communications Manager

£50,000 - £60,000 yearly
  • Nekton
  • Hybrid
  • 16/01/2023
Full time Management Product Management Programme / Project Management

Job Description

Nekton’s mission is to rapidly accelerate our scientific understanding and protection of the ocean for people and the planet. We work for the ocean. Nekton is a UK-registered charity, based in Oxford, UK.


Nekton is actively searching for a Communications Manager to join our dynamic team who will help the Media Director launch a new global initiative. This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced  professional who enjoys taking a hands-on approach and who would be excited to take a project from the drawing board to successful delivery.

Initial recruitment is for the three-month  launch period from February, but the initiative will require a full-time Communications Manager from May 2023. Candidates should stipulate whether they are interested in being considered for the full-time position when applying for the launch role. 


Nekton’s goals are audacious so we are looking for an individual with a special blend of communications and content production skills, who revels in innovation and who understands what it takes to tell stories in ways that are culturally appropriate to capture public and media attention worldwide.

You will be meticulous at project and budget management and will thrive at being hands-on in implementing a communications strategy that will turbo-charge the launch and create the foundation to successfully deliver an ambitious ocean venture that will run for the next decade and beyond.

Proven experience of working with broadcast, digital and social media platforms and top-tier news organisations to successfully amplify media campaigns is critical.

This role will take consummate professionalism, maturity and good humour  - a “glass half-full person” who is able to utilise in-house and outsourced resources creatively and cost-effectively to drive rapid development.

We need a team player who wants to grow, who understands the big picture and who can contribute to its creation. Someone who wants to help create an organisation that is diverse and inclusive, who respects all views, and who genuinely believes that talent is universal in a world where opportunity has not always been equally distributed.

Nekton’s success is based on being inspiring and trusted explorers, scientists, and storytellers. You will be instrumental in the next stage of that journey, telling the ocean story in creative ways that informs, educates and entertains.



Tactical and operational lead for the launch campaign and responsible for co-defining and driving a clear communications strategy, overseeing the launch event, media and stakeholder engagement, content creation, website build, project branding, social media campaign, news content distribution along with the management of suppliers (e.g. PR and social media agency), contracted to deliver specific aspects of the launch programme.

Launch Campaign (Feb-April 2023)

  • Co-develop, manage and implement the launch campaign strategy to publicly announce a new international marine science initiative, engaging international media and key stakeholders with the project’s scale, ambition and importance.
  • Manage external creative agency’s development of project name, project logo, artwork and design.
  • Appoint and manage an agency to build project website and social media channels.
  • Establish and manage distribution of content to international media including press releases, media briefing notes, spokespeople talking points along with establishing a proactive and reactive digital newsroom and briefing journalists directly when required.
  • Manage an external  PR consultancy to engage top tier news media and journalists in the initiative.
  • Co-organise and manage a launch event in London for 100 participants, including overseeing live video broadcast distribution, venue design and launch team apparel.
  • Manage an external agency to create a social media campaign pre, during and post launch.
  • Manage the logistics and production of video and photographic content pre and post launch.

 Post Campaign (full-time – April / May 2023+)

Management of internal and external communications activities and responsible for implementing the communications strategy and engaging a range of audiences including the public, partners, policymakers, sponsors and grantees.

  • Reports to Media Director
  • Co-commission, create and produce targeted content for news and social media
  • Manage and monitor the tone of voice, website content, digital communication, branding, messaging, collateral and social media ensuring they remain clear, consistent, compelling and current. 
  • Responsible for crisis communications and managing reputational risks.
  • Work in collaboration with the Media Director, to develop and manage media relations and develop contacts with journalists, media professionals, influencers and partners and distribute relevant and appropriate stories regularly.
  • Work in collaboration with the Media Director to develop funding  partnerships with media platforms and news organisations to tell the story of ocean life (e.g. creating a broadcast series, immersive installations, social content).
  • Create and manage bi-monthly digital newsletter to subscribers and the Annual Report.
  • Commission and manage the creation of digital, video, photographic and print content for internal and external audiences.
  • Manage communications and content production pre, during and post ocean expeditions.
  • Assist in the development of innovative storytelling strategies , supported by expert technical partners.
  • Manage presence at conferences and events.
  • Manage, monitor and co-prepare the communications team budget.
  • Work with mission partners to ensure their communication needs are met.
  • Develop ongoing collaborations with partner organisations to amplify public engagement with the ocean.
  • Manage and implement an internal communications strategy which respects and amplifies the international team and partners.



  • A confident, proactive and independent self-starter able to work quickly, flexibly and responsively in a fast-changing environment
  • Highly organised, detail oriented, strong editorially
  • Experience in international media travel, logistics and equipment shipping (with agents) and who can manage that process
  • Proven experience of successful project delivery and project development
  • Enjoys problem solving
  • Strong written and oral communication skills within a team and with stakeholders (science, academic, media, business, government, civil society)


  • Experience of international ocean, climate or environmental media, reporting or production , project delivery and management of multi-dimensional international projects
  • Experience within international Event Production, news, social and / or TV Production,
  • Experience of working with multiple international partners
  • Understanding of sea going expeditions or science (ideally marine science)



Start- As soon as possible from 1 Feb 2023

Location- Hybrid including c. 2 days at central Oxford HQ. Some planned UK/International travel likely.

Contract- Full-time, February to April 2023 with possible extension to full-time from May

Reporting to- Media Director

Staff reporting to this post- Multimedia Producer

Working with- Science Director, Head of Finance, Project Director