Want to work for the IWA? We’re recruiting for a Media, Communications and Engagement Coordinator!

Can you write a great headline?
Are you naturally provocative, but in a constructive, engaging way?  Have you got a knack for turning big ideas into compelling short videos?

This is a great new role, created to support the development and implementation of the next phase of IWA’s new strategy.  If you want the opportunity to showcase your creative genius, look no further…

The postholder is expected to be a proactive self-starter with solid judgement, the ability to operate independently with high levels of autonomy and to engage effectively with external partners and stakeholders, including at a senior level.  

The postholder will play a key role in our small, friendly, digitally savvy and high-performing team, ensuring that our policy and research work is as influential as possible, and that we are engaging with our members, and seeking out new supporters, in creative and exciting ways.

This is a hugely exciting opportunity for someone wishing to spread their creative wings and make a substantial difference as part of an organisation with clout and credibility.


About the IWA
The Institute of Welsh Affairs (IWA) is an independent think tank working to make Wales better. Our vision is to help create a Wales where everyone can flourish. An independent charity, we are funded solely by our members, charitable trusts and foundations and our own commercial activity. We act as a catalyst for change. We stimulate challenging debate and work with our members and others to spark practical, new ideas and capitalise on Wales’ potential.


Job Purpose
In line with the IWA’s strategy, to ensure that our agenda-setting work is communicated effectively across a variety of media and that we maximise constructive engagement with diverse audiences.


There are 2 main aspects to this role:

  1. Ensure that the IWA’s work is communicated brilliantly and with maximum impact through a variety of media
  2. Further develop our engagement and ongoing dialogue with all our members and new, diverse audiences.


Who are we looking for?
You’ll have great digital skills and a flair for writing a great headline.  You’ll be a comms professional with a knack for producing multimedia content from our fascinating policy work, and a creative who’s prepared to experiment and learn with us as we take the IWA’s comms to the next level.

The successful candidate will have great organisational, communication and people skills, be curious about the connections between different policy areas and will be keen to make their mark and shape this role.  

You will report to our Director, and also work closely with our Policy, Projects and External Affairs Manager and with our Partnership and Events Manager as well as provide comms leadership and support to the rest of the team.

We propose that the post will be nominally based in the IWA’s Cardiff Bay offices, but we welcome requests to work both flexibly or remotely on a regular basis.  Occasional UK travel may also be required as part of the role.


Responsibilities will include, but not be limited to:

Media and Communications

  1. Produce and implement a media and communications strategy for the IWA in line with our organisational strategy, including scope to produce and implement a digital strategy as part of our longer-term ambition
  2. Contribute to shaping and, with other team members, deliver an influencing strategy so that our research and policy work has maximum impact on policy makers and opinion formers
  3. Develop our relationships with press contacts in Wales and the UK media, and work with the Director and Policy, Project and External Affairs Manager and other team members to secure effective press coverage of our work
  4. Manage and further develop our blog click on wales, and lead on ensuring effective content for all our social and other digital media, including podcasts
  5. Contribute to the production and design of our magazine the welsh agenda, including managing the advertisements process
  6. Ensure that all IWA online and offline output is in line with our brand
  7. Provide general communications support to the IWA Director and team



  1. Lead on developing, updating and maintaining the IWA website
  2. Develop our social media communities on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn
  3. Lead on our day to day engagement with our members, and be proactive and creative in seeking out new members and supporters
  4. Explore new ways of continually improving the effectiveness of how IWA ideas and information are communicated and promote active engagement


Person specification

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  • Excellent organisational abilities
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  • A self-starter who is able to work independently and take their own initiative
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  • Able to work flexibly as part of a small team
  • Ability to manage workload and deliver to deadlines
  • Great people skills, and experience in developing relationships with key stakeholders across a wide range of sectors
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  • Demonstrable experience of working effectively with or as part of the media
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  • Proven ability to communicate at all levels, with both technical and non-technical audiences, and to simplify complex issues and concepts into bitesize digital media
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  • Ability to write and speak Welsh
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  • Experience of WordPress or similar content management systems, as well as experience of social media management
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  • Educated to University Degree level or equivalent experience
  • An understanding of the policy landscape in Wales in the areas in which we work
  • Experience of working in a media environment
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Terms and Conditions
This role is for 37.5 hours per week for a period of 1 year, with extensions dependent on our funding.  The salary is circa £24,000 per annum and there is an allowance of 29 days annual leave and a company pension scheme. We are a Living Wage employer. We are also a supportive and flexible employer because we care about our team.


How to apply
Please send a CV and short covering letter (max 2 sides of A4) addressed to Laura Knight, setting out how you fit the person specification. Please also include a writing sample in both English and in Welsh (eg an article, or blog, equivalent to max 1 side of A4) or a link to your portfolio should you have one.  This should all be sent to info@iwa.org.uk by 12 noon on Monday 8 April 2019.



We would be grateful if you would please also complete our Equality and Diversity Monitoring form when you apply, which can be found here.  This is voluntary, and anonymous, but helps us to ensure that we are being inclusive in our recruitment.



Interviews will be held on Tuesday 16 April 2019 in Cardiff Bay.  Ideally, we’d like our new team member to start in early July.



If you have any queries please call Laura Knight on 02920 484387, who will be able to arrange an informal conversation regarding the role.



Issued 22 March 2019

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