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25 May 2023

Full-Time Communications Manager

ArkSchools – Posted by ArkSchools London, England, United Kingdom

Job Description

Communications Manager


Reports to: Chief Executive Officer

Location: West London – currently operating an agile working policy with two core days (Mon and Weds) in the office

Contract: Permanent

Pattern: Full Time – 37.5 hours per week

Closing date: 16/06/2023 at 10am

Interviews: 28/06/2023

Salary: £40,000 to £45,000 per annum (depending on experience)


About the role:

This is an exciting time to join Martingale: from Autumn 2023 we will welcome the inaugural cohort of Martingale Postgraduate Scholars and launch recruitment for the second cohort of scholars.


As Communications Manager (CM) you will work collaboratively with the CEO and Programme Manager, as well as university partners, applicants, and enrolled scholars. You will lead on marketing and recruitment for the Martingale Scholarship, as well as Brand Building for the Foundation. You will work closely with key internal and external stakeholders and providers, including university and charity partners to ensure Martingale recruits the best scholars possible. You will support the CEO to expand current initiatives and develop and advertise new initiatives that support low-income background people to pursue, and succeed in, postgraduate study.


The Communications Manager will have a real impact on the Martingale Foundations’ reach, influence, and prestige. You will indirectly influence scholars’ outcomes and can develop professionally with support from the CEO and external learning opportunities.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Design and implement end-to-end marketing and recruitment campaigns for Martingale Scholars
  • Ensure widespread marketing of the Martingale Scholarship opportunity across the UK, including in media (e.g., student newspapers), on university campuses and on graduate job boards
  • Build relationships with university academics, careers departments, student societies, graduate careers platforms, and other organisations who work with Martingale’s target audience.
  • Manage and develop Martingale Foundation’s brand identity, and the identity of our programmes: visual identity, communication style, digital presence, in-person style and feel of events
  • Develop collaborative relationships with charity partners or organisations with similar missions to Martingale, as well as potential employers of Martingale Scholars.  Ensure they are aware of Martingale’s mission and progress, and support recruitment and brand building efforts
  • Collect and analyse data from applications, and annually review and refine the Martingale Scholarship’s work on marketing, recruitment, and brand building


Key Requirements:

  • Able to assimilate complex information quickly, identifying the pertinent points and making them accessible for a wider audience
  • Experience managing multiple projects/workstreams and priorities simultaneously, while maintaining attention to detail and meeting deadlines
  • Experience of high-quality relationship management with a range of stakeholders, and an understanding of the context in which academics operate
  • Experience designing, implementing, and managing systems and processes: CRM or ATS
  • Advanced IT proficiency: spreadsheet, word processing, database, email, and web-based applications
  • Experience in managing social media for an organisation, and website management (including WordPress or similar)
  • Excellent interpersonal skills: Friendly and personable, able to build rapport and trusting relationships, able to work co-operatively in a multidisciplinary setting
  • Comfortable working in a rapidly growing and changing organisation with a degree of ambiguity – confident to create processes and ways forwards where they might not yet exist


View the full job description and person specification here


About Martingale

Martingale Postgraduate Foundation (Martingale) exists to fund and support the next generation of STEM leaders. We believe that family income should not be a barrier to the pursuit of excellence, so our programmes focus on supporting students from low family income backgrounds.


Martingale’s flagship programme is the Martingale Postgraduate Scholarship, which supports students from low-income backgrounds to pursue postgraduate degrees and excel in them by providing:

  • Full funding (fees, stipend and research expenses) to study for a Master’s degree at a partner university.
  • Access to the Martingale Development Programme, which will deliver cohort-building, leadership, and career development activities.
  • Exclusive opportunity to apply for Martingale PhD funding: full fees, stipend and research expenses for a 4 year PhD at one of our partner universities


The Martingale Scholarship in Mathematics launched in September 2022, with 23 applicants awarded Martingale Scholarships. The scholars will commence their postgraduate studies in autumn 2023 at one of our five partner universities; University of Cambridge, King’s College London, Imperial College London, University College London, and the University of Oxford. The programme is now looking to expand to more subjects and universities in the near future, and devise new interventions to improve social mobility in postgraduate education longer term.


Martingale is well funded by leading philanthropists, and is currently being incubated by Ark Ventures, a leading charity that develops and supports organisations that tackle some of the most challenging problems facing young people in the UK.



  • 27 days annual leave plus bank holidays, rising with each year of service up to 30 days after 3-years’ service. This entitlement is pro rata for part time employees. This entitlement excludes bank holidays
  • Full office closure between Christmas and New Year
  • Hybrid working, with currently two days a week in our state-of-the-art office in West London working alongside colleagues
  • Regular social events, monthly free breakfast, and daily fruit
  • A flexible approach to working with understanding and consideration for work life balance and personal commitments
  • As an Ark employee, you will have the opportunity to be part of the TPT (The Pension Trust) scheme, our workplace pension scheme where we make an 11% contribution; you are not required to contribute towards this scheme unless you choose to
  • Access to high-quality professional learning throughout your career, offering both face-to-face sessions and a bespoke online learning platform
  • Access to Ark Rewards scheme offering savings from over 3,000 major retailers, interest-free loans available for season tickets or a bike, gym discounts offering up to 40% off your local gym and free eye tests

Ark is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people in its academies. In order to meet this responsibility, its academies follow a rigorous selection process to discourage and screen out unsuitable applicants.  


Ark requires all employees to undertake an enhanced DBS check. You are required, before appointment, to disclose any unspent conviction, cautions, reprimands or warnings under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975. Non-disclosure may lead to termination of employment. However, disclosure of a criminal background will not necessarily debar you from employment – this will depend upon the nature of the offence(s) and when they occurred. To read more about Ark’s safer recruitment process, please click this link.

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How to Apply

Apply with a CV and cover letter on our online recruitment portal. Applications to be submitted by Friday 16th June 2023 at 10am but please note: we will be reviewing applications on an on-going basis and this advert may close earlier than advertised depending on the level of response. Click here to apply   This ATS application form should take no longer 20 minutes to complete. At any time, you can pause, save, and log back in. If you have any difficulty with meeting the deadline for application, please contact recruitment@arkonline.org   Interviews will be arranged as suitable candidates are identified, so early application is strongly advised.

Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Full-Time. Salaries: 40,000 - 60,000.

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