Shaping debate on religion in public life.

New Job Opportunity

19 Nov 2021

Assistant Communications Officer for the William Temple Foundation

  • 0.2 FTE (7.5 hours per week)
  • One year fixed term post in the first instance
  • £4,309 per annum (pro rata £21,547.50 per annum i.e. £11.05 p/h)
  • Starting 17th January 2022


The William Temple Foundation is an innovative and ground-breaking research and ideas hub, shaping debate on religion in public life. Founded in 1947, it seeks to connect Christian social concerns to the realities of the secular world by generating ideas about the impact of religion on civil society, wellbeing, politics and economics, and urban change.

Through these ideas we contribute to understanding:

  • key social concerns through original research, publications and training
  • curating local and national networks to share experience, thinking and practice
  • developing practical agendas for changes for church, public policy and academia.

The Foundation currently has 20 Trustees, Associate Research Fellows, and William Temple Scholars. The Foundation, during the next phase of its development over the next 3 – 5 years, needs to ensure the current high level of communications and social media interface with its key as well as general audiences.

Job description

The postholder will be responsible for delivering the following areas of the Foundation’s mission, under the direction of the Director of Research, Professor Chris Baker, and in close collaboration with Dr Tim Middleton, our current Communications Officer.

  • Production of the Foundation’s blog output including recruitment, engagement with authors, selecting licensed images, and editing.
  • Assist (and also take occasional responsibility for) creating Eventbrite pages and producing publicity for future webinars and face to face events hosted by the William Temple Foundation.
  • Responsibility for generating news stories and also ensuring information on the website is up to date (e.g. Ethical Futures Group pages).
  • Establish and grow a presence for the Foundation on Instagram.
  • Maintain our regular output on Twitter and Facebook, both promoting our own work, but also seeking to interact with other users and grow our network via questions, polls etc.
  • Assist in the management, organisation and publicity around our anniversary events in 2022 (Toynbee Hall, Balliol College, and University of Kent).
  • Design and produce some short pieces of video content for the Foundation’s social media channels.

Person Specification


  • Proven knowledge and expertise in developing social media and website function
  • Ability to be self-motivated and flexible
  • Ability to multi-task and take on new challenges
  • In complete sympathy with the ethos, aims and objectives of the Foundation, irrespective of personal beliefs, values or worldviews
  • A good understanding of the current policy and wider debates around religion and belief in the UK


  • Postgraduate experience in publication and research in the field of religion, belief and public life
  • Media training and media work
  • Experienced communicator via blogs, articles etc.
  • Experience in editing both academic and non-academic texts
  • Experience in fundraising and writing bids
  • Available for some meetings in London
  • Familiarity with WordPress and Canva tools

Terms and Conditions

  • The post is fixed term for one year
  • Probation period of three months
  • NI and sick leave cover


  • Send a two page (max) application outlining your suitability for the post in terms of your vision and fit to the post and the role of the Foundation, relevant experience to date and skills, together with a short CV.
  • Applications to be received by 5.00pm, 9th December 2021 to
  • Interviews will be held online on 14th December 2021. For further enquiries please contact Professor Chris Baker on chris AT or the Chair of Trustees, Professor Simon Lee on profsimonlee AT
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