The RNRU seeks to appoint a new Communications Manager for the Eastern Region to support the Executive Committee.  This is a voluntary position.

The RNRU, as well as being a part of the Royal Navy, is a Constituent Body (CB) of the Rugby Football Union (RFU) and a registered charity. It is, therefore, charged with the management, administration, and development of the game of Rugby Union within the RN, in accordance with Service regulations and traditions, as well as in compliance with the requirements of the RFU and the regulatory framework for charities.

Our Vision is: To be fun, relevant and successful, inspiring players, coaches, officials, volunteers, and spectators to enjoy rugby at all levels from mess deck to international, wherever the RN goes, reflecting all that is best in the Service.

RNRU Strategy
The strategy of the RNRU is founded in the recognition and identification of our many, and varied, stakeholders including (but not limited to): The Naval Service; The Charity Commission; Member Clubs; The Rugby Football Union (RFU); Sponsors. The RNRU’s Executive Committee has been re-structured to better deliver this strategy and to provide a broader effort on behalf of those stakeholders.  In particular, this will involve a gradual shift of emphasis away from a focus on representative rugby (whilst seeking to maintain our hard-earned reputation for success), with greater investment in promoting participation and enjoyment of rugby across the Naval Service.

RNRU Communications Manager (Eastern Region)
The Communications Manager (Eastern Region) has a critical supporting and enabling role in developing and delivering the Communications Plan for the Region as well as the publicity for a number of high profile events.  The requirement is to co-ordinate and deliver reports, articles and live social media updates on representative matches and selected Community Rugby fixtures and events within the Region.

Whilst a voluntary role, the post holder will receive reimbursement for expenses incurred in the course of their duties, and suitable awards and incentives as determined by the Executive Committee to recognise the contribution made to the RNRU.

Primary Roles and Responsibilities:
Attend RNRU Representative and Community Rugby fixtures and events within the Region.

Write and/or edit match reports on RNRU Representative Community Rugby fixtures and events.

Co-ordinate and deliver live social media updates on representative matches and selected Community Rugby fixtures.

Write and/or edit articles, interviews, comment, discussion, news sheets, Blogs and press releases as required.

Write and/or edit match reports for publication on the RNRU Website.

Support the Director of Communications in the organisation of major Communications events, including in 2015:  Representative matches, including Army vs Navy; RNRU Rugby World Cup Legacy Initiatives; International Defence Rugby Cup. 

Secondary Roles and Responsibilities:
Maintain and improve relationships with RNRU Member Clubs, staff, contractors, players, coaches, referees, patrons and volunteers.

Work collaboratively with our Sponsors, Investors and providers of RNRU services.

Promote participation and enjoyment of rugby across the Naval Service.

The Person:
Ideally, but not exclusively, a serving member of the Naval Service (including RM) or the RNR/RMR.

Committed to Royal Navy Rugby, and capable of supporting the RNRU through successful performance of the role of Communications Manager.

Able to work collaboratively with all those involved in Royal Navy Rugby.

Willing and able to liaise widely across the Naval Service, as well as with key media contacts and RNRU stakeholders (in person as well as by other means).

Demonstrate excellent communications skills, both written and oral.

Experience in developing and delivering complex plans.

Familiarity with utilising and managing a variety of media channels, including websites and social media is desirable.

Knowledge of Public Relations and Media within the Royal Navy is an advantage.

For further information please contact the Director of Communications at rnrucomms@gmail.com.

The Selection Process
Closing date for applications is Friday 20 February 2015.

Applications should be made in writing, via email, to The RNRU Director of Communications. Email address to be used is: rnrucomms@gmail.com.

Applications should include sufficient detail to explain an individual’s suitability for the role (CVs and covering letters are encouraged).

Written applications will be considered by a panel formed from members of the Executive Committee of the RNRU; candidates may be invited to interview to constitute a second round of the selection process if deemed appropriate by the panel.

It is intended to make an appointment not later than Friday 27 February 2015.