Head of Communications - Thomson Reuters Foundation


  • London (Hybrid)  
    London, United Kingdom
    perm, freelance, temp to perm  
  • Company
    Thomson Reuters  
    Start date
    12-month fixed term contract  
  • Closing date
    26 July 2023  
    Posted on
    26 May 2023  

This 12-month fixed term contract will be based in our London office with hybrid working available and the possibility of extension.

Are you looking for the next step in your communications career? Want to join a unique organisation that combines the power of journalism and the law to advance media freedom, foster more inclusive economies, and promote human rights? If so, this position as Head of Communications at the Thomson Reuters Foundation might be for you.

We’re looking for a highly-organised Head of Communications to join our busy Communications team and lead the organisation’s internal and external communications efforts. Reporting to the Global Director of Communications, this is an incredible opportunity to land a senior role in a fast-growing corporate Foundation working on some of the world’s most pressing issues.

The Thomson Reuters Foundation is the corporate foundation of Thomson Reuters, the global news and information services company. As an independent charity, registered in the UK and the USA, we work to advance media freedom, foster more inclusive economies, and promote human rights. Through news, media development, free legal assistance and convening initiatives, we combine our unique media and legal services to drive systemic change.

About the Role:

As Head of Communications at the Thomson Reuters Foundation, you will:

  • Work closely with the Global Director of Communications on forward planning and daily scheduling of internal and external communications initiatives.
  • Manage the day-to-day workloads of the Communications team, as well as workflows that intersect with other internal teams (e.g. Digital, Design, Product & Technology) and will deputise for the Global Director of Communications as required, including in external and internal meetings, and within the Communications function as a whole.
  • Support members of the Communications team working with the Foundation’s services on their communications needs; identify content to be promoted and devise creative distribution plans.
  • Write and edit a wide variety of communications materials including press releases, newsletters, social media content, informational booklets and various other documents promoting the organisation’s work.
  • Oversee the successful delivery of communications and social media campaigns for key Foundation initiatives, including the Trust Conference, the Stop Slavery Award and the Kurt Schork Awards in International Journalism, as well as for relevant international days. Additionally, you’ll also support on driving content for the Trust Conference agenda, including speaker selection and outreach.
  • Act as a key intermediary for planning and embedding processes within the Communications team, working closely with the Operations team.
  • Represent the Foundation at external meetings and on calls with key partners and donors.
  • Provide support to members of the Senior Leadership Team, when needed, in advance of speaking engagements.

To be our Head of Communications, you will likely:

  • Have proven experience working in a communications capacity, ideally for an international organisation or a fast-paced industry.
  • Be an excellent communicator with strong verbal, written and interpersonal skills.
  • Have experience managing a small team and their workflows. You’ll also be confident in proof-reading their work ahead of release and project managing a range of simultaneous workflows.
  • Be able to work both independently and within a broader leadership team, paying rigorous attention to detail and maintaining a strong focus on accuracy.
  • Be highly organised with the ability to juggle simultaneous projects led by multiple team members.
  • Have an ability to work creatively, speedily and accurately under pressure and to prioritise accordingly.
  • Have a personal interest in social, humanitarian and/or environmental issues.

What’s in it For You?

You will join our inclusive culture of world-class talent, where we are committed to your personal and professional growth through:

  • Hybrid Work Model: Currently the majority of our employees are working within a hybrid environment consisting of in-office and remote work, and following local COVID-19 bylaws and guidelines.
  • Culture: Globally recognized and award-winning reputation for equality, diversity and inclusion, flexibility, work-life balance, and more.
  • Wellbeing: Comprehensive benefit plans; flexible and supportive benefits for work-life balance: company-wide Mental Health Day Off; Headspace app subscription; retirement, savings, tuition reimbursement, and employee incentive programs; resources for mental, physical, and financial wellbeing.
  • Learning & Development: LinkedIn Learning access; internal Talent Marketplace with opportunities to work on projects cross-company; Ten Thousand Coffees Thomson Reuters café networking.
  • Social Impact: Eight employee-driven Business Resource Groups; two paid volunteer days annually; Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) initiatives for local and global impact.
  • Purpose Driven Work: We have a superpower that we’ve never talked about with as much pride as we should – we are one of the only companies on the planet that helps its customers pursue justice, truth and transparency. Together, with the professionals and institutions we serve, we help uphold the rule of law, turn the wheels of commerce, catch bad actors, report the facts, and provide trusted, unbiased information to people all over the world.

Do you want to be part of a team helping re-invent the way knowledge professionals work? How about a team that works every day to create a more transparent, just and inclusive future? At Thomson Reuters, we’ve been doing just that for almost 160 years. Our industry-leading products and services include highly specialized information-enabled software and tools for legal, tax, accounting and compliance professionals combined with the world’s most global news services – Reuters. We help these professionals do their jobs better, creating more time for them to focus on the things that matter most: advising, advocating, negotiating, governing and informing.

We are powered by the talents of 25,000 employees across more than 75 countries, where everyone has a chance to contribute and grow professionally in flexible work environments that celebrate diversity and inclusion. At a time when objectivity, accuracy, fairness and transparency are under attack, we consider it our duty to pursue them. Sound exciting? Join us and help shape the industries that move society forward.


As a global business, we rely on diversity of culture and thought to deliver on our goals. To ensure we can do that, we seek talented, qualified employees in all our operations around the world regardless of race, color, sex/gender, including pregnancy, gender identity and expression, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, citizen status, veteran status, or any other protected classification under applicable law. Thomson Reuters is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer providing a drug-free workplace.

We also make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities and for sincerely held religious beliefs in accordance with applicable law.