Marketing and Communications Manager
barnwood trust

Job Description

Barnwood Trust is not your typical funder. We drive forward changes so that disabled people and people with mental health conditions have choice of opportunities, access their rights, and are included where they live.  We bring people together for a different conversation and explore big ideas. Through learning and collaboration, we influence the change that’s needed. By partnering with local organisations, involving people with lived experience directly in our work, and looking for better ways to fund, Barnwood makes a difference in Gloucestershire.   

As part of this work, our Engagement Team engages a wide range of people in the Trust’s vision for Gloucestershire, and our Marketing and Communications are integral to this.

 We are looking for a Marketing & Communications Manager to develop and manage the marketing and communications function and team at Barnwood Trust. This includes Barnwood Trust’s websites, social media channels and print media, as well as responsibility for marketing and logistics planning for public-facing workshops and events.  

Expertise in communications, including delivering high standards of accessibility, implementing organisation-wide communications and marketing strategies, and line management experience are welcomed for this role.  

We want to diversify our team to better reflect the work and communities we support – this means we would particularly welcome applications from people who: 

  • are from Black, Asian and minoritised backgrounds. 

  • have lived experience of disability and/or mental health challenges.

Contract terms: 

  • This role is permanent, and we welcome applications from people looking for full time hours (37.5hrs per week).   

  • We offer a flexible start between 8am and 9.30am Monday to Friday.  

  • Salary £42,639 p/a FTE  

  • 36 days holiday inc. bank holidays  

  • This position is based in our office in central Cheltenham with occasional opportunities for home working. 

Summary of key duties: 

Management of Barnwood’s external communications channels  

  • To engage with a wide range of external audiences, including Barnwood Circle members, potential project partners and participants in our convening and learning activities.  

  • To manage communications and marketing strategic plans, and their delivery for Barnwood Trust.  

  • To coordinate printed and digital products, in a range of accessible formats and in line with the Trust’s vision.  

  • To develop, lead and ensure the implementation of our social media strategy to positively reflect the Trust’s culture and values.  

  • To lead the delivery of the Trust’s external events.

Line management of x3 direct reports:  

  • Provide line management to the function team, managing resources and maximising the skills and capabilities of team members.  

  • Enact the Trust’s management processes and ensuring that access requirements are supported.  

  • Hold regular management reviews with direct reports, providing open and honest feedback on performance, setting personal development goals and plans.  

Knowledge and experience

  • Line managing a small team.  

  • Creating dissemination plans and marketing materials for a wide range of audiences and channels, including print media, digital media and face to face engagement.  

  • Planning and delivering public events.  

  • Delivering communications to high standards of accessibility.  

  • Project planning tools and techniques.  

  • Independently managing complex projects with a diverse range of stakeholders.  

  • Supporting the implementation of organisation-wide communications and marketing strategies.  

  • Data management, adhering to legal information governance requirements and internal policies.  

For full details please see our application pack. 

Summary of skills 

  • Excellent communication and organisational skills, including high level written communication skills.  

  • Self-awareness, enabling excellent working relationships with a wide range of people using tact, diplomacy and sensitivity.  

  • Ability to apply appropriate communication channels and methods, including digital and print media.   

  • Strong IT skills (proficient in MS Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, WhatsApp, Teams and Zoom, as minimum).  

  • CRM database management.  


  • 36 days annual leave including bank holidays. (FTE) 

  • Work within an organisation that is committed to improving equality and diversity. 

  • Competitive salaries and fantastic pension contribution rates. 

  • Excellent personal development plan and extensive training which includes a commitment to training employees to be confident when working with people with a wide variety of impairments, disabilities, and mental health challenges.

  • Friendly and collaborative working culture; everyone’s voice is heard. 

  • We have a range of supportive wellbeing policies and almost a third of our employees, are qualified mental health first aiders with Mental Health England.

  • Our offices in central Cheltenham are wheelchair accessible, have free accessible parking on site and great facilities. 

  • Assistance dogs are welcome. 

Guidance On Applications: 

You need to apply for this role via our online application form. 

You will also find a detailed application pack which gives a full and detailed job description and person specification as well as guidance on how to make an online application and what you should include within it. 

Should you have any questions or require any of the information in a different format please email the recruitment team directly at recruitment@barnwoodtrust. org.

We want our application process to be right for you as an individual. If there’s anything we can do to make the process below more straightforward for you, please email recruitment@barnwoodtrust. org and we will contact you to discuss what support we may be able to provide.

Our careers page on our website has some examples of things we may be able to put in place.

Deadline for applications:  12.00 noon on Wednesday 24th April 2024

First interviews: Monday 29th April 2024

Second stage interviews: Tuesday 7th May 2024

We would like the successful candidate to start as soon as possible.

The client requests no contact from agencies or media sales.