Head of Communications and Engagement

£50000 - £60000 per annum
20 June 2019
19 July 2019
Job Function
Contract Type
Full Time
A leading not-for-profit partnership organisation specialising in Healthcare are looking for a new interim Head of Communications and Engagement - start date September 1st 2019.

Client Details

A leading Healthcare NHS service provider based in Central London


Support the Director of Communications and Engagement to implement a comprehensive strategic approach to engagement with members, strategic partners and key stakeholders at both a corporate and project level. Advise the Communications and Engagement Director and broader team on methods to enhance communication and build positive relationships with partners, allied stakeholders, commercial and industrial organisations, local and national government, the media as well as patients and the public. Deliver effective engagement with media, ministerial and government stakeholders where required. Give strategic communications and engagement advice and counsel to the wider team and our members when required. Oversee the day-to-day planning and delivery of a high quality communications and engagement programme for both the company and its individual projects A high quality programme of events ranging from large conferences and workshops to smaller dinners and seminars. The development of online and digital platforms - optimising these to promote the organisation, support its wider marketing strategy and promote open communications and networking where possible; A range of high quality corporate literature and champion high quality patient and public literature; Effective engagement with media, ministerial and government stakeholders where required. Innovative and effective methodologies to engage and involve patients and the public in our work. Strategic communications and engagement advice and counsel to the wider team and our members when required. Lead the planning and delivery of an annual stakeholder perceptions audit. Support the Director in ensuring there is a robust and strategic approach to articulating and marketing the work of the organization, ensuring this is based on insight and customer feedback. Lead the development of a communications and engagement "offer" and the provision of consultancy services to our members and beyond, generating income on an annual basis. Oversee the business management of the communications and engagement team, aligning to the business delivery model, including managing new requests for work, allocating resource and tracking and evaluating delivery of work. Responsible for the day-to-day operational management of a high performing team who deliver a series of products including stakeholder management and engagement, strategic communications campaigns, media relations, public affairs, events and publications Ensure that members of the communications and engagement team, both employed staff members as well as freelancers and consultants, have clear roles, responsibilities and goals, and are also supported to manage staff where appropriate. Support the Director to set a communication and engagement budget, and have managerial responsibility for it on a day-to-day basis, ensuring resources are in place to deliver an effective communications and engagement service to the agreed timelines and budget.


Senior level communications experience, with expertise in the full range of internal and external communication Experience of presenting to and advising senior colleagues on communication Experience of managing staff and contractors Working with executive-level colleagues Experience of patient, public and stakeholder engagement processes Experience of researching topics, preparing briefings Competent use of the full range of communication channels including printed and digital Outstanding written and verbal communication skills Proficient in communicating effectively and influence executive level colleagues Ability to understand the needs of different audiences and targeting messages for maximum impact Confidence to handle high profile media enquiries and to advise spokespeople on messages and challenging situations Ability to prioritise workload effectively within a fast paced environment and work to strict deadlines using a systemic approach Ability to work accurately with attention to detail Advanced keyboard skills for producing high quality corporate and patent and public literature Ability to build relationships with peers and work as a team Ability to work autonomously, and also request management support where appropriate

Job Offer

-12 months contract -Band 8b position -2nd week July 2019 interviews -1st September 2019 start -Central London offices

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