Director of Communications at international NGO – maternity leave cover

Farringdon, London
Competitive NGO remuneration package
28 Sep 2012
12 Oct 2012
Lisa Lee
Full Time
Contract Type

Director of Communications at international NGO – maternity leave cover

Farringdon, London

Competitive NGO remuneration package


Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) is a leading and fast growing international not-for-profit organisation, working with business, investors and governments to help manage environmental risk including the reduction of corporate carbon emissions (which make up 70% of total global emissions).

The organization is seeking a Director of Communications to work on a maternity leave nine month contract paid through CDP payroll with possible extension to 12 months. Based at its London headquarters, this individual will lead on and coordinate delivery of its external communications strategy and tactics.

Main responsibilities

  • Leading on and implementing CDP’s external communications strategy, reporting to the Chief Executive.
  • Managing and protecting CDP’s brand reputation and strategic position in the market. The team has done a lot of work on CDP’s brand and strategic positioning over the last year and this role will continue to lead on the implementation of this vital work globally.
  • Communicate CDP’s key messages, data insights and services to CDP stakeholders including companies and institutional investors.
  • Overseeing, guiding and working on the development of CDP’s external communications channels including the website, newsletter, traditional and social media etc to raise the profile and visibility of the organisation. This is a tactical, hands-on as well as strategic role requiring strong writing skills and an appetite to work across multiple areas.
  • Provide strategic advice and assistance to CDP offices in various countries around the world on external communication channels and activities.
  • Provide leadership and mentoring to CDP’s central communications team of three and manage external PR freelancers/agencies based in the UK that work with CDP on projects.
  • Ultimate responsibility for the delivery of CDP’s flagship annual event on climate change as well as event management consultancy to program teams as required.
  • Liaising with CDP program and services teams to provide marketing communications advice and assistance.
  • Working with CDP’s partnerships team to approve partner’s PR activities related to CDP, as well as working directly with various partners worldwide on marketing communications activities.
  • Working with the Government and Public Affairs team to advise and assist in communications activities, particularly in the run up to major events such as the United Nations Annual Conference of the Parties.


  • Professional experience in similar role.
  • Strong interpersonal and team work skills, excellent communication and project management skills, lots of creativity and a proactive and pragmatic approach.
  • Business acumen and the ability to think strategically and provide high level advice.
  • An understanding of the aims and objectives of CDP as well as a passionate desire to drive forward the mission of CDP.
  • An up-to-date understanding of different communications channels including an in-depth knowledge of traditional and social media.
  • Some experience in managing crisis communications internally and externally.
  • Experience of working on an international basis to deal with differing languages, time zones and cultural expectations.
  • Strong prioritisation, time management and organisation skills, with an ability to work effectively under pressure, whilst still paying attention to detail and maintaining a strategic overview.
  • Excellent written and spoken English is essential. Skills in other languages would be an advantage but are not essential.

The position is to cover maternity leave and is based in Central London.  Interested candidates should send a copy of their résumé with a cover letter outlining their suitability for the role to Lisa Lee, Communications Director, at with "Director of Communications contract" and your name in the subject line.


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