08 Aug 2014

We’re hiring!

By Paul Miller

Communications Manager

Salary: £30,000

Location: London

Bethnal Green Ventures is an accelerator programme for early stage technology ventures working on social and environmental problems. We’re backed by the Cabinet Office, Big Lottery Fund, Nesta and Nominet Trust.

We inspire, connect and support people who are using technology to solve some of our biggest social and environmental challenges, from supporting an ageing population, to living on a planet of limited resources; from educating our children, to creating healthier communities. Every six months we select and invest in ten teams using technology to save the world. We take them through a three month programme of support to help them reach first investment or first customer.

We are growing fast, and now running our fifth cohort, so we are looking for someone who loves what we do and wants to shout about it! We’re a great, flexible place to work on stuff that matters.

The Position

We’re looking for a communications manager to join our team, who will lead all Bethnal Green Ventures communications, including running our call for ideas to find new ventures. The role will include:

  • Playing a key role in the delivery and development of the BGV programme
  • Taking the lead in all marketing, communications and public relations associated with the programme
  • Supporting ventures on marketing and communications
  • Developing new and lasting relationships with external stakeholders such as government, corporate supporters and funders, that allow the delivery and funding of future programmes
  • Running our Call for Ideas – finding, meeting and briefing new potential ventures for the programme
  • Working with other members of the team to select ventures
  • Representing BGV at external facing events
  • Writing about and promoting Bethnal Green Ventures through blogs, articles and social media
  • Helping BGV get press coverage
  • Managing communications internally with our large community of mentors and alumni
  • Managing our ‘Tech for Good’ community including regular meetups

Person specification

  • Excellent communications skills: fluent writer and articulate speaker
  • Confident with public speaking to a range of audiences
  • Experience of working with press
  • Enthusiastic tweeter and blogger
  • Ability to communicate well with a wide range of people.
  • Some experience of community management both offline and through events.
  • An interest in technology and social innovation. Prior knowledge of the sector is not absolutely essential, but a successful candidate must be keen to quickly gain a basic understanding of both the commercial technology and social sectors.
  • An affinity with BGV values
  • Some experience of working in a startup environment would be ideal. We strongly believe in the importance of peer-support: our existing team all have their own experience with startups.
  • Willingness to pitch in – we’re a small team with a lot to do!

What can we offer you?

  • A fun place to work in Central London (we’re based at Makerversity in Somerset House)
  • Meet lots of interesting and passionate people and help solve big, important problems
  • A training and personal development budget
  • A 5% pension contribution

How to apply

To apply, please send a CV and short covering letter explaining what you think you could bring to Bethnal Green Ventures. Please also include links or examples of your writing.

Apply by email to hello@bethnalgreenventures.com or by post to Bethnal Green Ventures, Makerversity, Somerset House, London, WC2A 1LA by 5pm on Monday 25th August.

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