6 days ago
  • Level Mid Level
  • Professions Project Manager, Communications Manager
  • Type Full Time
  • Location London, United Kingdom

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We are looking for an experienced Project Manager who will manage the Media Movers programme, Media Movers North and Media Movers South. This involves working closely with the Media Movers Project Coordinator and Project Lead, as well as with the participants within the programme; young people with migrant backgrounds and sector professionals, the media and funders.

About On Road Media

On Road Media is an award-winning charity that tackles social problems by improving media coverage of misrepresented groups and issues. We work towards long term narrative change by informing everything we do with research that tells us which stories are most effective to create positive social change.

We support people with first-hand experience of issues to do safer, more strategic media work – and we work with culture and content makers to shape powerful and effective communications.

Our projects include "Climate Stories that Work", "Talking about Poverty", "Angles: A Different Take on Sexual and Domestic Abuse", "All About Trans", and "Media Movers" which supports young people with migrant backgrounds. Our work has leveraged over £6 million in positive programming in the UK.

The kind of person we’re looking for loves working in a team towards the common goal of improving the world around us. You’re already passionate (or are keen to learn more) about inclusion, fairness and a representative media. You will be excited to learn about our methodology and about the prospect of playing a significant role in a small, award-winning charity. You will be up for a challenge and will enjoy the support of an experienced and friendly team.

Main responsibilities

These are split between project related work and non-project work

  • Develop and maintain project schedules, delivery plans, monitoring and reports consistently
  • Control and maintain programme budgets
  • Maintain quality, impact and effectiveness of Media Movers through objectives and key results (OKRs)
  • Deliver a series of workshops (what we call “interactions”) to bring media professionals and young people from migrant backgrounds together to improve media portrayal
  • Provide general support to project participants around media engagement and issues related to involvement with the project
  • Provide expertise to project participants and media workers on framing principles and help bring about well-framed media content (you will be trained in strategic communications and framing upon joining the organisation)
  • Liaise with the media to bring about more nuanced content and better understanding, involving working closely behind the scenes on stories, consulting on scripts, pitching and advising senior media professionals
  • Run peer support meetings twice monthly and collaborate with our network of co-facilitators on delivery
  • Maintain online presence for the project, including website and social media
  • Identification of project risks and proactive escalation into issues as required. Escalation to internal or external stakeholders and advisors where necessary
  • Produce quarterly project status reports, with contributions to discussions on improving project quality and legacy, and compile project reports for funders
  • Build capacity in the third sector by sharing our methodology through consultation and/or ad hoc training with sector colleagues and organisations working in this space
  • Run meetings with the team around particular issues or topics related to On Road’s strategy
  • Facilitate and attend team, project, organisation and other meetings, training or events as appropriate
  • Work closely with the Project Assistant and Administrative Assistant on Media Movers related admin, expenses, project activities and supporting where necessary with charity administration, such as the annual report
  • Close liaison with the Chief Executive, Senior Project Manager, team, advisors, trustees, stakeholders, and project participants
  • Community outreach and event attendance across all of On Road’s projects and work
  • Speaking at events or delivering workshops at conferences where appropriate

Essential job skills and requirements

We expect you to meet most of this criteria, however, we don’t expect you to meet every point and welcome applications where skills have come from a mix of areas.
  • At least two years of project management experience
  • Experience in line management (e.g. at least one person or a team)
  • Excellent experience in facilitating, supporting and boosting relationships, keen to network and maintain connections
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills – enjoys getting to know and collaborating with people and has empathy, patience and good listening skills
  • Experience in managing project/s with a track record of excellent delivery, delivered on-time, within the scope and budget, with impressive outcomes
  • Experience in all aspects of project planning, including managing budgets, reporting, monitoring and evaluation
  • Excellent written skills and good general IT skills using Microsoft Office, Excel, Word, Mailchimp
  • Solid organisational skills including consistency, accuracy and an eye for detail
  • Experience in fundraising, identifying sources of funding, submitting proposals and reports
  • Experience in resolving conflicts and problem-solving with an awareness of how a project can affect others and willingness to manage the effect it will have on them, setting expectations and managing concerns or challenges


  • Experience in working with young people
  • Background in events planning and/or delivery or campaigning
  • Experience or interest in using the Agile method for project-planning, using objectives and key results and/or knowledge of project management systems such as Trello, Slack or Asana
  • Background in working and/or interest in how the media works
  • Background in charity sector and in particular, a small charity
  • Background in working with minority groups and social issues and/or understanding of misrepresented communities different experiences and challenges
  • Ability to work as part of a team as well as being self-sufficient – comfortable working remotely from some (or all) colleagues

Values and Behaviours

  • Personally committed to On Road Media’s mission, vision and values and collaboration-focussed method of work.
  • Committed to reflection and learning, including sharing failures and uncertainties; openly taking feedback from the team and members of the community on your behaviour and work.
  • Brings ideas for improvements and is open and honest in all communications where relevant and appropriate
  • Awareness of your own needs: Events can be challenging – you will be good at knowing your limits under pressure and will be confident to ask for help when you need it. You will receive support from your team and we’re keen to nurture an environment where no-one feels worried about asking for help or support when they need it.
  • Resilience working under pressure, ability and willingness to both give and take constructive feedback.
  • Willingness to work the odd evening or weekend as needed, with a time-off-in-lieu policy.
  • Growing levels of self-awareness, including an understanding of how your background has shaped the opportunities afforded to you and how you relate to people from different backgrounds to you.
  • Willing to develop emotional intelligence, including a growing ability to empathise with and appreciate others, creating opportunities for those you work with to grow.

Reward package includes:

Working in a friendly office (in an Ethical Property building) surrounded by other social enterprises and charities. The office is Covid safe and open, however, currently, we’re mostly working remotely due to the pandemic. There is a framework of support for staff, including a work station risk assessment and health and safety action plan. The On Road Media team have:

  • Fortnightly well-being check-ins with your manager – an opportunity for you to share feelings and experiences about your work, alongside feeding into a well-being and welfare staff framework.
  • Mentoring – each staff member is set up with an external mentor after the 3 month probation period.
  • Training opportunities – as a small charity, we have a modest training budget but we try our best to access training opportunities through our funders for staff where possible and encourage staff to attend events.
  • Meeting amazing people through our networks of activists and journalists.
  • Working alongside people who love what they do.
  • Access to a 24/7 Employee Assistance Programme with counselling and advice helplines.

How to apply:

For details about how to apply, please visit our website.

Deadline is 9am Thursday 27th May 2021.

Interviews will be held provisionally online via Zoom video conference on 4th June 2021.

Skills Required

  • Project Management
  • Social Change