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Associate Communications Manager

The Mandela Rhodes Foundation
Cape Town, South Africa
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Closing Date:
Tuesday, 5 December 2023
Placed

About the Organisation

The Mandela Rhodes Foundation is one of Nelson Mandela’s three official legacy organisations, founded in 2003 in partnership with the Rhodes Trust. Our purpose is to build exceptional leadership capacity in Africa. We find, fund, and empower young Africans who aspire to use their talents to serve their societies and our continent. We do this by providing a postgraduate scholarship for young leaders to study in South Africa and participate in a residential Leadership Development Programme. Our programmes are built on Nelson Mandela’s belief that leadership begins with inner transformation, and our founding principles of reconciliation, education, entrepreneurship, and leadership. Over the past 20 years the MRF has awarded 622 Mandela Rhodes Scholarships to young leaders from 33 African countries.

About the Job

The Associate Communications Manager’s role is to deliver on the Foundation’s communications objectives. This role reports to the External Relations Director who is accountable for developing and implementing the communications strategy and adjusting it each year.

The Associate Communications Manager is accountable for ensuring the MRF brand remains contextually relevant and that its means of communication serve the purposes of relating to our own community effectively, enhancing the reputation and the impact of the MRF in broader society through thought leadership, and attracting top quality candidates for the Scholarship.

Key Responsibilities

  • Support the External Relations Director with the Pan-African Outreach strategy by managing the implementation of the communications and marketing aspects of the plan.

  • Produce an integrated report on the PAO, combining data from social media, the website and embark.

  • Seek advantageous relationships that can advance the PAO and work with the ER director in establishing and maintaining these relationships.

  • Support the External Relations Director with the implementation of the MRF’s communications strategy by:


o Ensuring that social media strategy for each channel is up to date and aligned with best practices to ensure efficient use of resources

o Planning the monthly content calendar and creating / sourcing

a) Web and social media coverage of the workshops

b) Profiles of scholars in residence and alumni

c) Video and written reflections from scholars

d) Briefing external photographer and/or videographer to cover high-level events and archiving the outputs on the server


  • Support the Associate Alumni Relations Manager and the CEO’s office with social media requests (eg. marketing alumni events, opportunities, calls for involvement, covering CEO engagements).

  • Community manage the MRF’s social media platforms: respond to queries, proactively deal with any negative comments or controversies, and engage with audiences.

  • Manage the MRF’s website, working with external supplier, to keep it up to date, and review and improve it periodically.

  • With the support and oversight of the External Relations Director, manage the production of quarterly stakeholder updates and the annual yearbook, co-ordinating internal team and external suppliers.

  • Supply copy for press releases, drafts of marketing presentations and speeches, and reports to partners to the External Relations Director.

  • Build the MRF’s presence in society by maintaining relationships with members of the media – keeping a media list up to date, inviting media to events, following up, pursuing coverage opportunities

  • Liaise with PR company when needed to strategise on how to get coverage, to secure distribution to Africa-wide media wires, and to manage any crises, with oversight of External Relations Director.

Requirements

  • Undergraduate degree required (the fields of journalism, marketing and communications, and design are preferable, but other disciplinary backgrounds will be considered), Honours degree an advantage but not a requirement.

  • Experience: 2-4 years of experience in social media management / digital marketing / content creation (photography, videography, and writing).

  • The candidate will need to be willing to relocate to Cape Town, and travel periodically for work.

  • Creative skills: this role is primarily content management, but some content creation is required. The candidate must be able to cover the basics (shooting photographs, creating simple designs for invitations or quote cards, shooting mobile video for social), and then manage external suppliers (photography, videography, design) when professional-level creative work is required.

  • Confident using social media and digital publishing tools (Tweetdeck or similar, Meta publishing tools & paid interfaces on Facebook, LinkedIn and Google SEO and Ads too).

To apply

In order to apply, email your application by Tuesday 05th December 2023 to melissa@actionappointments.co.za - send your completed AA bio form, letter of motivation and updated CV (all in MS Word format).

About the Organisation

The Mandela Rhodes Foundation is one of Nelson Mandela’s three official legacy organisations, founded in 2003 in partnership with the Rhodes Trust. Our purpose is to build exceptional leadership capacity in Africa. We find, fund, and empower young Africans who aspire to use their talents to serve their societies and our continent. We do this by providing a postgraduate scholarship for young leaders to study in South Africa and participate in a residential Leadership Development Programme. Our programmes are built on Nelson Mandela’s belief that leadership begins with inner transformation, and our founding principles of reconciliation, education, entrepreneurship, and leadership. Over the past 20 years the MRF has awarded 622 Mandela Rhodes Scholarships to young leaders from 33 African countries.

About the Job

The Associate Communications Manager’s role is to deliver on the Foundation’s communications objectives. This role reports to the External Relations Director who is accountable for developing and implementing the communications strategy and adjusting it each year.

The Associate Communications Manager is accountable for ensuring the MRF brand remains contextually relevant and that its means of communication serve the purposes of relating to our own community effectively, enhancing the reputation and the impact of the MRF in broader society through thought leadership, and attracting top quality candidates for the Scholarship.

Key Responsibilities

  • Support the External Relations Director with the Pan-African Outreach strategy by managing the implementation of the communications and marketing aspects of the plan.

  • Produce an integrated report on the PAO, combining data from social media, the website and embark.

  • Seek advantageous relationships that can advance the PAO and work with the ER director in establishing and maintaining these relationships.

  • Support the External Relations Director with the implementation of the MRF’s communications strategy by:


o Ensuring that social media strategy for each channel is up to date and aligned with best practices to ensure efficient use of resources

o Planning the monthly content calendar and creating / sourcing

a) Web and social media coverage of the workshops

b) Profiles of scholars in residence and alumni

c) Video and written reflections from scholars

d) Briefing external photographer and/or videographer to cover high-level events and archiving the outputs on the server


  • Support the Associate Alumni Relations Manager and the CEO’s office with social media requests (eg. marketing alumni events, opportunities, calls for involvement, covering CEO engagements).

  • Community manage the MRF’s social media platforms: respond to queries, proactively deal with any negative comments or controversies, and engage with audiences.

  • Manage the MRF’s website, working with external supplier, to keep it up to date, and review and improve it periodically.

  • With the support and oversight of the External Relations Director, manage the production of quarterly stakeholder updates and the annual yearbook, co-ordinating internal team and external suppliers.

  • Supply copy for press releases, drafts of marketing presentations and speeches, and reports to partners to the External Relations Director.

  • Build the MRF’s presence in society by maintaining relationships with members of the media – keeping a media list up to date, inviting media to events, following up, pursuing coverage opportunities

  • Liaise with PR company when needed to strategise on how to get coverage, to secure distribution to Africa-wide media wires, and to manage any crises, with oversight of External Relations Director.

Requirements

  • Undergraduate degree required (the fields of journalism, marketing and communications, and design are preferable, but other disciplinary backgrounds will be considered), Honours degree an advantage but not a requirement.

  • Experience: 2-4 years of experience in social media management / digital marketing / content creation (photography, videography, and writing).

  • The candidate will need to be willing to relocate to Cape Town, and travel periodically for work.

  • Creative skills: this role is primarily content management, but some content creation is required. The candidate must be able to cover the basics (shooting photographs, creating simple designs for invitations or quote cards, shooting mobile video for social), and then manage external suppliers (photography, videography, design) when professional-level creative work is required.

  • Confident using social media and digital publishing tools (Tweetdeck or similar, Meta publishing tools & paid interfaces on Facebook, LinkedIn and Google SEO and Ads too).

To apply

In order to apply, email your application by Tuesday 05th December 2023 to melissa@actionappointments.co.za - send your completed AA bio form, letter of motivation and updated CV (all in MS Word format).

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