Job vacancies

Digital Marketing and Communications Co-ordinator (21 hours)

Salary: £23,000 – £25,000 per annum pro rata (£13,800 actual)
Hours: 21 hours per week
Location: Remote working and attendance at meetings as required – mostly Manchester based
Deadline for applications: Midnight Monday 1st November 2021

About Breakthrough UK

Breakthrough UK is an organisation of disabled people. We work to promote the Rights, Responsibilities and Respect of disabled people in society. We seek to influence public policy at national, regional and local level. We work with other organisations to remove barriers to employment and participation in society by disabled people. We provide a range of front line services to disabled people to enable them to live independently and exercise choice and control in their lives. Our policies and working practices are based on the Social Model of Disability.

As the Digital Marketing and Communications Co-ordinator – under the supervision of our Policy, Engagement and Influence Manager and in collaboration with your Breakthrough colleagues – you will have responsibility for developing, delivering and monitoring Breakthrough’s digital marketing and communications activities. This is an exciting opportunity to shape the communication offers of an organisation of vital importance to Manchester’s diverse community of disabled people, ensuring their needs and experiences are heard and responded to.

You’ll be engaging and have a good understanding of how to make communications accessible to a range of audiences and across different platforms.

The role involves working closely with Breakthrough staff, clients and local disabled people to co-design compelling communications to promote our work, and support our influencing campaigns and fundraising.

You will have experience of managing and growing a variety of social media platforms. Also of the effective use of digital and social media measurement tools to demonstrate impact.

Breakthrough UK operates a fully inclusive approach to recruitment and employment. We will accept a CV but we would also like you to tell us how you meet our person specification for the role – please ensure you have considered how you will tell us why you will be the best candidate for this role. Please complete the application with the essential information we need to contact you, even if you use the CV and cover letter approach.

We offer excellent working conditions and terms of employment – such as flexible working, good holiday provision, regular supervision, peer support and an employee assistance programme. We understand how to ensure all our staff feel included & we remove barriers to work.

Breakthrough UK is an equal opportunities employer and particularly welcomes applications from disabled candidates. As a disabled people’s organisation, 55% of our Board Members are disabled people and a significant number of our current staff are disabled people.

Download Job Description and Person Specification for Digital Marketing and Communications Co-ordinator (Word)

Download Breakthrough Standard Application Form (Word)

Download Breakthrough Equal Opportunities Form (Word)

Application packs can also be requested by email to or by telephone to 0161 234 3950.

Please return your application to the email address above.

Information is available in different formats on request.

Applications can be made on our standard application form, responding to the person specification, or by sending a CV and cover letter on how you meet the job specification.

Deadline for applications: Monday 1st November 2021

Interview Date: Wednesday 17th November 2021

Freelance Business Consultant

Breakthrough UK has received funding from Access, the Foundation for Social Investment to employ a suitably experienced Business Consultant to complete research and produce a detailed business plan for a planned subsidiary trading arm.

Current Requirments
In light of COVID, we have been exploring options to diversify our income/funding mix. As part of this process, we have identified a potential gap in the market for a niche recruitment agency. We are currently moving the idea into a pilot stage; however, we require a robust business plan built upon market research to progress the business from pilot to hard launch.

We require an experienced consultant to work with us to complete a detailed business plan, including:

  • Customer mapping
  • Competitor analysis
  • Financial modelling*
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Basic marketing strategy
  • Risk analysis
  • Basic operational strategy

*As part of our funding, we have access to financial advisors who are able to assist with financial modelling.

Timescales and Fee
The work will be delivered during the 2021/22 financial year, with the draft business plan to be presented 10th January 2022.

There will be a commitment of at least 1 monthly formal meeting with a working group made up of staff and Trustee representatives to ensure targets are being met (held virtually). Alongside this, there will be regular meetings with our Office and Business Manager who is currently leading out on this work.

The total contract value (including expenses and VAT) is £6,000. Payment schedule to be agreed with successful applicant.

How to Apply
We are inviting applications from suitably qualified consultants, with a background in Recruitment, Disability and/or VCSE Sector. We are particularly interested in candidates with knowledge and experience with business start-ups and those with an understanding of the Access to Work funding process.

Please submit your CV, plus a brief (no more than 2 sides of A4) statement, including:

– Relevant previous experience
– Your proposed day rates
– How you would approach this role, including proposed schedule
– Two referees we may approach at a later stage

We will shortlist no more than 4 consultants to complete an interview on Zoom/Teams.

Applications need to be submitted by email to by 8:00am on Monday 4th October 2021.