Stories Manager

Location: UK - flexible

Contract Type: Permanent

Closing Date: 01 August 2021

Salary: £34,845 - £44,000 – depending upon experience

Specific Hours: Standard Hours - this is a full-time position but some flexibility regarding hours and working from home will be considered

Stories Manager

Sightsavers has an exciting new opportunity for an experienced and passionate stories manager to lead us in documenting the life-changing work Sightsavers’ supports across Africa and South East Asia

Location:     Haywards Heath/ Remote (UK)

Contract:     Permanent



At Sightsavers we’re building a centralised creative team, combining story collection and content production. With this approach we’re aiming to strengthen our end-to-end storytelling, putting the experiences of communities, partners and staff front and centre, in content that motivates and educates our audiences. The content and stories team will respond to briefs from across the organisation, delivering consistent messaging and audience-focused communications that cut through to drive change.

As stories manager you will lead the stories function, which sits in the wider content and stories team, managing a team of five. You’ll help deliver our storytelling vision as well as leading story collection for our eye health work and keeping the organisation informed and inspired about available stories for use in communications and fundraising.


About you

You’ll be a storytelling geek with a huge passion for photography, video content and first-person, human-interest stories. You will be extremely knowledgeable about ethical and responsible storytelling and devoted to involving people in the documentation and telling of their own stories.

You’ll be an accomplished leader with excellent people management skills, and the ability to inspire your team as you transform a vision and strategy into reality. You’ll have experience of developing and embedding new processes across a story team and the wider organisation.

You’ll be as creative as you are strategic, with a proven history of collaboratively developing concepts in response to briefs. And you will be experienced in developing a story calendar and maintaining it as projects develop.

You’ll have a huge amount of experience working alongside African and Asian colleagues to plan and deliver stories collection activity, both in person and remotely. And you’ll have great relationships with photographers and videographers, having briefed and debriefed many in the past.

You’ll be an excellent organiser with unparalleled logistics planning, and the ability to adapt those plans on the fly with quick decision making and an unflappable approach to change. You can make things happen, quickly.

You’ll be technologically confident, especially using Microsoft Office systems and you’ll have a solid understanding of digital communication channels.

To find out more about this involved role, please read the job description

Please note that there will be an expectation that you can occasionally visit our offices in Haywards Heath, West Sussex (RH16 3BW) but work from home for the majority of the time.


Next steps

To apply for this exciting new opportunity, please complete an application via our recruitment portal. We are particularly interested in learning of your motivations for applying.

We anticipate that remote interviews will take place in mid-August 2021 and the evaluation process will include a written task.



In addition to being an easy 20-minute train journey from Brighton or 45 minutes from London, we offer some fantastic benefits.  Our comprehensive benefits package includes generous annual leave allowance, pension, season ticket loan, cycle to work scheme, discounted gym memberships and wellness discounts.

As an equal opportunity employer, we actively encourage applications from all sections of the community. Sightsavers is a Disability Confident Leader and qualified people living with a disability are particularly encouraged to apply.

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