Introduction to our cause and work
Road crashes, air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from road traffic are preventable, global catastrophes that must be stopped, and the solutions are within our grasp. Brake is an international charity that fights for a world with safe, green, healthy and fair transport.
We research and advocate for change at government level and run projects to inspire, inform and engage people and organisations to join our campaign. Brake is also a leading provider of services for people bereaved and injured in road crashes.
Overall objective of this job
Working as part of a small team that reports to the managing editor, the successful candidate will research, write and edit accurate and engaging copy for a broad variety of content relating to road safety and sustainability.
You will support all areas of Brake’s operations, through the production of high-quality resources for a diverse audience that includes educators, children, academics, industry professionals and road crash victims. To do this you will need to have excellent writing/editing skills and a proven track record of delivering to deadlines. You will be experienced at communicating detailed technical information in simple terms for a lay audience, writing in plain English to avoid unnecessary jargon. You will be able to demonstrate a meticulous eye for detail and excellent communication skills, as well as a good level of experience of working across a range of different media, including digital. You will be able to work both independently and as part of a team, and you will have a deep-rooted sense of urgency for our cause.
This is an exciting opportunity to work in a small, multi-disciplinary charity with an enviable track record of delivering a broad range of campaigns and services to save lives and help people affected by death and injury on roads. We are increasingly our work globally, reaching out to organisations across the world to deliver best practice guidance and communicate vital messages about road safety.
The ideal candidate will have a strong background (minimum two years of experience) working as an editor/writer for a research-led, technical field that is data driven, such as B2B or similar.
Candidates with prior experience and knowledge of working in the transport / environment / public health / safety or a related and challenging research-led field of work preferred.
To succeed in this role you will:
- be educated to degree level in a research-led subject from a good university
- have previous experience of writing for different audiences, probably gained in a business-to-business journalism or similar environment
- have excellent command of written and oral English and be able to write clear, accurate and engaging copy for a diverse readership that includes academics, road safety professionals and other industry experts, as well as members of the general public of all ages
- be highly numerate, with the ability to read and interpret statistical data
- have effective time-management skills and the ability to deliver to strict deadlines
- be hard working, organised and methodical, with a meticulous eye for detail
- have a flexible and adaptable attitude and a willingness to learn new skills and knowledge
- have excellent IT skills, including experience of generic website content management systems
- have good knowledge of the transport or road safety sector and the curiosity to root out information on existing and upcoming concepts
Key responsibilities will include:
- Working as part of a small team to deliver a rolling programme of quality, research-led and public-facing publications and information. Our content is diverse and mainly online and is for global, UK and other domestic audiences.
- Writing, editing and proofreading high quality and engaging content for a range of publications, ensuring that all work is written in plain English and is accurate, fit for purpose, free from error and completed to agreed deadlines.
- Working to strict deadlines while also ensuring consistency and accuracy and working to house styles and structures.
- Keeping and maintaining appropriate, accurate records and documentation throughout each stage of projects worked on.
This role will be based in Brake’s office in central Huddersfield. Some travel to Brake or external events will be required.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday 6 June 2018 attaching one Microsoft Word document containing two things:
- A covering letter (up to 500 words) evidencing relevant experience and outlining what you would bring to this role and the charity;
- Your CV (no more than 2 pages).
Applications not in the specified format or submitted past the closing date will not be considered. Due to the high volume of applications Brake receives we are unable to provide feedback on individual applications and we are unable to speak to prospective applicants wanting to find out more about the role. Further information about Brake is available on our website, www.brake.org.uk.
Deadline for applications: Wednesday 6 June 2018
1st stage interview: Thursday 14 June in central Huddersfield
2nd stage interview: TBC
Due to the nature of Brake’s work, we cannot consider applications from traffic offenders. Brake is an equal opportunity employer. Applications not in the specified format or submitted past the closing date will not be considered. If applicants have not been contacted by Thursday 21 June 2018 then they should assume their application has not been successful.
In line with our values, Brake encourages applications from people who wish to commute to work in ways that are sustainable and active; our UK head office is close to Huddersfield train station which has excellent rail links and cycle storage facilities. Brake discourages applications from people who intend to commute regularly a significant distance to our office by car.