Director of Campaigns


King’s Cross


40 hours per week (part-time applications will be considered)


£on request, plus bonuses, plus best in class benefits


89up is an award winning agency founded with a clear mission: to create a powerful integrated communications agency for the world's most important causes. We help the good guys achieve great things, whether they are charities, political campaigns or commercial businesses. Right now, we’re working with amazing people to tackle climate change, defend our free internet, get proper support for new parents and take on corporate bad actors.

The role

The Director of Campaigns role will bring together our public affairs, digital strategy and research and insights strands of work into a refreshed campaigns offer that gives our clients leading edge thinking on how to execute their public affairs / public mobilisation campaigns. As an integrated agency, this role will intersect across a number of teams, namely digital, content, research & insight, public affairs, our web team and our PR team. You will be driven to design and execute campaigns that make a positive impact in the world as we rebuild after the pandemic. As a senior role, you will need to be self-driven, be able to build meaningful relationships with our clients and give expert client counsel and be able to manage and train other team members.

As Director of Campaigns, you will be an active and effective member of the senior team, responsible in collaboration with the CEO for setting the strategic direction of our campaigns, while ensuring financial sustainability of our work. An inspiring manager, you will provide sound guidance and assurance to ensure the campaign strategies we design and deliver for our clients achieve global impact and change. You will form excellent partnerships and collaborations with like minded organisations and individuals. An experienced and successful leader, you will embrace the role of a strategic Director in a complex organisation and be motivated by contributing to setting the organisational direction. Confident in building strong relationships at all levels, you will be comfortable advising our clients and decision makers both internally and externally. You will also bring an excellent understanding of some of the following: global political, social, economic, human rights, public affairs and environmental issues. You would also have the ability to identify the implication of global trends relevant to the current and future planned work.


Have minimum 5-7 years experience working for a PR / public affairs agency, nonprofit, media outlet, or political campaign.

  • Are an innovative, creative thinker, leader and do-er who is equally comfortable building a strategy, directing staff and rolling up your sleeves to get the work done.
  • Understand client needs and be capable of juggling multiple complex projects simultaneously.
  • Have a proven track record of running effective digital advocacy campaigns.
  • Have your finger on the pulse of cutting edge digital tools and strategies
  • Not only have experience but enjoy managing a team, providing both leadership and coaching to help your colleagues grow and reach their full potential. Management style includes care and compassion.
  • Possess authentic passion for 89up’s mission and work.
  • Are willing to listen and learn, making space for ideas and approaches that are different than your own.
  • Take ownership of and initiative in everything you do, while understanding how to work across teams.

What we are offering

89up is the real deal when it comes to looking after our team. This year, unlike other agencies, we protected the entire team’s salaries and conditions, there was no pay freeze and we continued to promote people. We strongly believe in putting people first.

  • A competitive base salary with excellent performance-linked bonuses
  • Gold-plated sickness benefits and life insurance
  • Company wide bonuses
  • Enhanced maternity/paternity pay
  • Private GP, private counselling, wellbeing service
  • Plenty of scope to develop your career in a fast-growth business
  • An opportunity to be seen, heard and counted in your contributions, and not get lost in the noise and tangle of a large corporate business
  • 89up is an equal opportunity employer and positively encourage applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.

More about us

Our team is made up of big agency players, journalists, data and digital innovators and production geniuses, giving non-profits and commercial cause clients a big agency experience with boutique agency dedication.

Our stand out creative and campaigns are designed to affect change - whether that be behaviour, attitudes or policy. We work with a variety of clients from start ups to tech firms, to NGOs, global health campaigns, finance, politics and many more. We’ve won awards including the PRMoments Boutique Agency of the Year award and we are currently nominated for the The Purpose Awards EMEA 2020 as agency of the year. We’ve delivered global coverage for the Toyota Mobility Foundation’s $4,000,000 global challenge, won the UK consumer account for GoFundMe and have run PR campaigns for organisations from 38 Degrees, Reporters Without Borders, global agritech startup Mootral and Independent SAGE.

As well as securing client coverage, we make the news ourselves. 89up Think’s report into Russian disinformation during the EU referendum was reported widely in the media including The Economist, Daily Mail, The Guardian, In October 2018, 89up’s digital team spotted a new ‘fake news’ website spreading disinformation via targeted social media advertising on Facebook. The exposure of Mainstream Network saw coverage of the agency across the globe from the New York Times to The Guardian, TechCrunch, BBC, Time Magazine, FT, Wired… and it continues!

As a boutique agency, 89up punches above its weight in both winning big client accounts and also its impact in the world. So if you fancy joining a small, smart team with big ambitions - you will unquestionably get a number of benefits in return, which you would be far less likely to see in a big agency environment.