VOLUNTEER ROLE

Head of Media and Communication

Ideal time commitment: approx. 10-15 hours per month; flexible

Responsible to: the Media and Communications Trustee

Bi Pride UK’s mission is to create spaces where people who experience attraction beyond gender can be freely visible and celebrate themselves and their identities. It’s not enough to be ‘welcome’ at a Pride. We make up a very large proportion of the GRSD (Gender, Romantic and Sexual Diversity) community – many stats actually say we’re over half the community – and we deserve to be visible and celebrated in our own right.

There are many ways to make this happen, and we work in many ways to bring this change about:

  • Outreach work with other Prides – our consultation work with local Prides and the UK Pride Organisers Network works in a tailored way to make sure that bi-inclusion is a top priority and is being done well
  • Organising a high-profile annual Bi Pride event – from September 2019, Bi Pride UK made history with the largest ever gathering of bi people recorded. A performance stage, a panel stage, stall village, street food, and over 1,300 attendees. After going virtual with the BiFi Festival for 2020 due to Covid-19 and running a virtual Pride event in 2021,  we are looking forward to being back in person in 2022
  • Building a strong online and virtual community – just as important as the rest of our work is making sure that people hear about it! People need to know what resources and spaces exist for them, and how they can connect with other people like them

The role:

The Bi Pride UK Media Team has been hugely successful in raising the charity’s profile, and we’re looking for a new volunteer to lead the team. The new Head of Media and Communications needs to continue the success of the past few years into the next iteration of comms for the charity. 

in 2019, we secured original content across DIVA Magazine, Stonewall, Openly, Gay Times, were featured in TimeOut and the Evening Standard, and we launched our first advertisement campaign on the London Underground. As a result, we sold out of online tickets for our first Pride event.

In the 2020 lockdowns we launched our Bi-Fi Festival to great success and were featured in The New York Times, Vice, Forbes, Glamour Magazine, and Time Out. The Comms team lead a lot of the success of the project creating digital buzz around the festival as well as supporting technical elements of the Twitch and Facebook livestream. We also launched a new magazine as our original content platform – UNICORN, the world’s first bi and arts magazine – as a space to be more creative and bold with our content strategies.

The Head will lead the Media and Communications Department of the charity which includes the Digital Team, Brand and Design Team, and PR Team. Each Team is run by a Manager who reports into the Head. Day-to-day responsibilities of the Head include:

  • Setting strategic targets and workflows for the operational year for the collective department and each team;
  • Tracking and setting objectives of the management team;
  • Delegating media budgets to various teams in the media department; 
  • Growing the team and interviewing volunteers across the team;
  • Researching and suggesting partnerships and opportunities for growth for the organisation;
  • Approving proposals and pitches from teams in the media department;
  • Finding new pro-bono relationships with creative and PR agencies;
  • Building new networks of collaborations with other media leaders in GRSD charities and organisations.

Our team volunteers remotely from anywhere in the UK, with some travel required occasionally (primarily for our flagship Pride event in London in September). Our Trustees and Heads meetings take place via conference call on the third Monday evening of every month. All reasonable expenses incurred are reimbursed, including travel, lunch at away days and other all day events, and some childcare costs if required.

Volunteer specification:

  • Interest and passion for tackling discrimination against and improving the visibility of people in the UK who experience attraction to more than one gender;
  • An understanding of the needs of bi people and communities in the UK;
  • Commitment to the aims and objectives of Bi Pride UK;
  • A creative problem solver, always seeking solutions
  • A team player who is ready to get stuck in with an awesome charity team
  • Meticulous attention to detail;
  • Ability to self-motivate when working remotely;
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • (Preferred) A degree in marketing, advertising, PR, or business management
  • (Preferred) Experience working for a brand or charity in marketing 
  • (Preferred) Team management experience 

Applying

To apply, please email a CV and cover letter to chair@biprideuk.org

The position is open to anyone over the age of 18. We welcome applicants from all backgrounds, especially minority groups such as applicants of colour, trans and non-binary applicants and disabled applicants. Bi Pride UK is aware of the barriers that can be faced in gaining traditional work experience, particularly for BAME, disabled and trans people. We will give weight to this and encourage people when applying to consider caring responsibilities, including parenthood, volunteering, and other non-paid experiences and responsibilities when making their application.