Strategic Communications Manager, EU Finance and Built Environment


About Laudes Foundation

We are a new, independent foundation joining the movement that is responding to the dual crises of climate change and inequality by supporting brave, innovative efforts that inspire and challenge industry to harness its power for good.

Laudes Foundation provides its partners with philanthropic capital, expertise and connections. We work collectively with and through specific industries to help catalyse systems change. At the same time, we influence those working in the global financial system to redirect the flow of capital to ensure investment encourages good business practices.

We work with businesses, shareholders, investors, workers and producers to create a new definition of value beyond shareholder value alone. This means rallying thought leaders and academics to make that definition credible; supporting civil society to make it plausible; mobilising media and movement-builders to make it desirable; influencing policymakers to make it effective; engaging financiers to make it feasible; and empowering citizens to make it beneficial.

We champion transparency, equity and diversity, innovation, and collaboration, and we both learn from our peers and partners and share our insights and knowledge widely. 

What you'll do

The strategic communications manager will be a trusted adviser to the Finance and Capital Markets Transformation and Built Environment programme teams across the UK and Europe, who develop and execute the foundation’s grantmaking strategies. 

The successful candidate will develop and implement a strategic communications plan, based on a thorough understanding of the teams’ grantmaking objectives, the foundation’s unique voice and values, and the diverse brands and stakeholders relevant to the climate finance, new economic thinking and sustainable built environment sectors’ agendas.  

Reporting to the senior manager, external relations, the strategic communications manager will play an active role in accelerating positive action among business leaders, policymakers, financiers, academics and civil society actors at an international, national and sectoral level. 

Key responsibilities

Manage and execute key institutional communications efforts. Working cross-functionally and in collaboration with fellow members of the communications, brand and advocacy team to build, manage and protect the foundation’s reputation, share its knowledge and learning, and amplify the voices of its staff and partners to achieve the foundation’s mission to address the dual crises of climate breakdown and deepening inequality. 

Campaign management. Develop and deliver distinctive integrated communications campaigns while cultivating and maintaining media relationships across key markets in Europe and the UK, and staying up to date on mainstream and social media narratives about climate finance, new economic thinking, and the sustainable built environment.

Cross functional collaboration. Working with the brand communications and internal communications teams, ensure the foundation’s internal and external digital properties offer timely, relevant and engaging content; amplify the voices of partners and teams; and convey with openness and transparency our strategies and evaluations products and lessons. Advise programme managers on communications-related grant proposals (for example media advocacy and strategic communications grants), leveraging sector knowledge and communications expertise.

Strategic messaging. Draft and manage the successful flow of strategic messaging related to our finance and built programmes throughout our communications and brand channels to engage and empower climate conscious and climate curious stakeholders to act and advocate via their professional responsibilities and influence others.

External relations. Make recommendations and provide tactical assistance to build and leverage the voice of our programme and management teams to help achieve programmatic goals through a range of online and offline channels, including coaching on social media, recommending speaking engagements, media training, and drafting and placing articles to inform, engage and mobilise target audiences. Manage freelance copywriters and external PR consultants in support of these efforts and contribute to our thought leadership strategy to help shape the foundation’s agenda at key external events e.g. COP26, the WEF annual meeting, UNGA etc.

Partner support. Develop messaging, talking points, press releases, op-eds and other written materials where it makes strategic sense, to tell the story of our work through and with our partner organisations.  Assist in providing strategic comms and public affairs support to our partners where appropriate, including sharing policy updates, insight papers, and arranging roundtables with external experts to discuss legislative and regulatory developments; media relations support and training; narrative research; stakeholder mapping; and providing visual storytelling tools.

Relationship management. Deepen engagement with our internal and external target audiences to incept and normalise a new narrative, language, phrasing, a thought process or an activation pathway around climate mitigation and equity which leads to an institutional cultural change, so policy demands and practices align to influence the economic system. Develop and manage local internal and external events or convenings when appropriate. 

Learning and development. Contribute to the ongoing learning and development of the communications team, and the wider foundation, about best practices in the field of strategic communications and advocacy.

Reputation. Anticipate issues and protect the brand against criticism, partnering with communications colleagues, legal, compliance and other teams during crises as needed.

What you've done

Ideally, you will have: 
  • A knowledge of the climate finance and sustainable built environment landscapes in Europe and the UK, and related media outlets and reporters. 
  • A passion for storytelling and a keen sense of newsworthy topics and who the key players are within the sectors of focus. 
  • Significant knowledge of best practice and the latest trends in communications. 
  • An ability to plan and manage complex projects against challenging deadlines, and deliver multiple projects simultaneously, to senior-level audiences.
  • Experience using a range of marketing communications tools such as events, sponsorship, branding, social media, media relations and an understanding of the policy landscape and public affairs. 
  • Experience working and establishing relationships with potential advocates (of all levels) within European and British society, finance, politics, business, civil society and academia. 
  • An ability to influence, build coalitions and inspire confidence at all levels. This role demands effective interpersonal communications as well as internal and external networking ability to build trusted relationships and inspire confidence. Diplomacy and good judgement are critical. 
  • Superb attention to detail and communications skills – written and oral – and comfort drafting reports, press releases, newsletters, speeches, talking points, key messages, invitations etc. as well as pitching effectively and possessing editing skills. 
  • Agency management experience, and an entrepreneurial, action-oriented and outcome-focused approach to managing vendors, copywriters and freelancers. 
  • Native fluency in English and preferably at least one other European language. 
  • An interest in behavioural economics, nudge theory would be a bonus.
Key Competencies

Proactive results focused.
Moving from reactive to proactive while retaining day-to-day delivery – contributing meaningfully in meetings, being solutions focused and valuing innovation and change.

Communication and influence. Clear communication and ability to vary communications style to generate positive outcomes and forge solid relationships. Cultural awareness. 

Decision-making. Making difficult choices as well as routine judgements, showing clarity of thought to identify priority issues, weighing them up quickly and providing appropriate advice. Reach clear, definitive and timely decisions or recommendations. Know when to escalate Vs execute. 

Strategy and planning. Outcome focused, prioritise activities, working at pace and in an organised way. Be accountable and consistently deliver to time and to a high standard. 
Innovation. Formulate new ideas or adapt or use existing ideas in a new or unexpected way to solve problems.

Adaptability. Maintain effectiveness by adapting to changing circumstances, tasks, responsibilities and people. 

What we offer

At Laudes Foundation we have one thing in common: we are passionate about our work.  We offer an international, high-energy, and collaborative environment that values diversity and inclusion where you can develop your passion into a meaningful career.  As a new philanthropic organisation we encourage risk-taking and transparency, so if you are a self-starter who wants to inspire and challenge industry together with your team, the opportunities for you at Laudes Foundation are (almost) endless.

Additional information

  • Geographic scope: UK and Europe
  • Travel expectations: Up to 20% (candidates should be able to travel freely without any restrictions)
  • An (online) assessment will be part of the recruitment process
  • Reference checks are part of the final hiring procedure
Interested? To apply

Please upload your cv and cover letter through our website before August 22, 2021.

Laudes Foundation is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse team.  We strongly encourage applications from candidates with disabilities, LGBTQI candidates, ethnic, racial and religious minorities, and other underrepresented groups.