Communications Manager

Salary Range

Not Disclosed


Communication, Veterinary

Job Description

Communications Manager

An exciting opportunity has arisen to lead on the delivery of factual animal health materials for farmer-facing publication. Working with veterinary experts the successful candidate will develop, write and manage all public facing materials for the AHWNI websites, PR and social media content. They will also work with the Chief Executive in developing new business areas and, as necessary, support the AHWNI office in its day-to-day work of service delivery to farmers.

The Organisation

Animal Health and Welfare Northern Ireland was formed in 2012 as an industry led not-for-profit partnership between livestock producers, processors and veterinary practitioners. It is overseen by a board of directors drawn from across the Northern Ireland ruminant agri-food sector. Its remit is to facilitate the control and wherever possible the eradication of diseases of ruminants which are endemic in Northern Ireland. AHWNI is now recognized, nationally and internationally as the lead body in managing industry led intervention strategies for infectious diseases of ruminants in Northern Ireland. 

Job Responsibilities

The core areas of work will focus on: 

  •   Developing, managing, refreshing, and delivering public facing factual materials.
  •    Supporting the Chief Executive in the development of new business areas.
  •  Supporting the AHWNI office in conducting its day-to-day functions.

In conducting this work, you will be expected to:

  • Write evidence-based, factual materials for the AHWNI websites, media, and stakeholders.
  • Review, refresh and maintain all public facing AHWNI materials.
  • Assist with the development and delivery of AHWNI Knowledge Exchange Programmes.
  • Work with the Chief Executive to develop and manage new business work areas.
  • Make presentations at events such as agricultural shows, marts, and farmer meetings.
  • As necessary work with the AHWNI office in the delivery of farmer facing supports such as BVD helpdesk functions.
  • Ensure effective and efficient delivery of projects to the required standard, identifying and resolving any issues in a timely and professional manner.
  • Understand the key priorities from funders and the wider Agri-Food Industry.

The Communications Manager will also play an important role in championing the work of AHWNI to livestock farmers and to relevant service providers, such as the veterinary profession and veterinary diagnostic laboratories.

Qualifications, Experience & Competencies

The successful candidate will need to demonstrate the following competencies and experience:

  • A relevant degree in agricultural, biological, veterinary, or related disciplines.
  • A strong academic ability.
  • Exceptional oral and written communications skills.
  • An excellent understanding of the interaction between various NI Agri-Food interest groups and stakeholders and be able to demonstrate an ability to work effectively with a wide range of groups.
  • Demonstrable ability to work independently and as part of a small team.
  •  Energetic, motivated, and persuasive.

Working for AHWNI

AHWNI wishes to recruit high-calibre employees, and provide them with a fulfilling, working experience and environment. Therefore, we will offer a competitive, attractive salary and pension package based upon the successful candidate’s experience and current salary.

The candidate will work mostly in the AHWNI Dungannon Office. It is envisaged the role will also involve significant amounts of time visiting and working with farmers.

 This post is available as a part-time permanent post (approximately 3 days/week), subject to the successful completion of an initial 6-month probationary period.

Selection Process

Candidates must submit a cover letter which provides evidence of how they meet the criteria described above, a Curriculum Vitae which includes their employment history and the name and contact details of two referees. These should be sent to AHWNI, Unit 49, Dungannon Enterprise Centre, Coalisland Road, BT71 6JT or to [email protected].

 The listing for this post will close as soon as sufficient applicants have been received.

 AHWNI will undertake a shortlisting exercise based solely on the evidence provided after which shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview. Shortlisted candidates will be asked to prepare a short, written briefing (around 400 words) on a topic supplied by AHWNI and to present this in an oral presentation (around 10 minutes) as part of their interview.


466 29 May 2024
Animal Health and Welfare NI

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Animal Health and Welfare NI

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