Accountable to the MDI Board and its Executive Director, the Deputy Executive Director will lead the organisation’s strategic, editorial and staff development, including representing MDI’s vision and objectives to the wider public and stakeholders, overseeing the recruitment, development and management of the MDI staff/team and co-facilitating MDI’s communications strategy, approach and its implementation.
To work with the Executive Director to monitor and evaluate delivery of the organisation’s short (annual) and long (tri-annual) term strategic and financial goals and objectives, including MDI’s programme priorities and fundraising strategy, ensuring the organisation is effective and financially self-sufficient.
- To help uphold MDI’s editorial integrity and to develop a robust communications strategy and lead its implementation, including MDI’s PR profile.
- To represent MDI’s work and achievements at public events, to the media and international bodies and organisations working in the diversity field.
- To ensure all MDI staff and associates are adequately briefed on core MDI diversity principles and operating procedures.
- To advise the board on organisational structure and accordingly recruit appropriate staff to deliver MDI projects and other activities adhering to best practice industry standards and fair selection procedures.
- To introduce, monitor and evaluate effective staff development and performance management goals and procedures, including personal development plans for all staff.
- To manage members of staff to good effect, helping them to meet agreed objectives; develop skills and to contribute effectively to MDI activity.
- To build MDI’s strategic policy approach with an impact assessment.
- Working within MDI’s strategic frameworks, in collaboration with staff and stakeholders, to co-design and set annual and tri-annual organisational missions and objectives, presenting these to the Board, when required.
- To lead MDI’s internal and external communications, including staff meetings and other communication support processes, as required.
- To oversee the design and implementation of an MDI diversity set of editorial principles, to inform all MDI activity and training standards.
- To represent the organisation to the wider public, speaking at external events and generally raising the profile of MDI; to bring to the Board’s notice issues relating to the public image of MDI, in particular any which may cause harm or offence.
- To negotiate all staff contracts and oversee a fair selection recruitment process for new intake, and implement an induction process for said recruits.
- Working within a performance management framework, to hold annual job appraisals with all staff members and ensure appropriate personal development action plans are agreed and implemented.
- To design and lead organisational development activity including team away days, staff training, and other such activity as required.
Skills, Knowledge and Experience required
- Strategic knowledge and understanding of the complexity of diversity and inclusion in action, globally.
- Experience in running multi-annual programmes and in the development and implementation of media development and diversity programmes.
- Experience in executive leadership, managing and develop teams.
- Demonstrable experience in developing, implementing and understanding strategic media, communications and PR plans and policies, including the importance of inclusive reporting, values of impartiality, independence and accuracy. Along with a record of understanding and the challenges around diversity in traditional and social media.
- Ability to work under their own initiative and organise their time effectively within a range of often conflicting deadlines, including the ability to juggle competing priorities amid a busy programme of work while working to an agreed strategy.
- Ability to think strategically and analytically, synthesizing information, as required.
- Strong interpersonal skills and ability to establish confident and effective working relationships with MDI staff, partners, stakeholders.
- The ability to negotiate tactfully and effectively with all groups is vital.
- Proven experience of managing others in a successful and productive manner .
- The primary mode of communication is English, thus the highest level of proficiency in the English language (both spoken and written) is essential. Proficiency in one of MDI work-related languages is highly relevant.
- Experience in policy-making, programme development, including budgeting, organisational strategy development and advocacy.
- Track record of working in and with different cultures.
If you are interested, send your CV and motivation letter to Roxane@media-diversity.org with the subject line “Deputy Executive Director application London”.
Organisation: Media Diversity Institute (MDI)