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Head of Press

LondonCirca £44,000 per annum

About us

Help the Hospices was founded in 1984 and is the leading charity supporting hospice care throughout the UK.

Our work aims to represent and support our member hospices and work with them and other organisations to develop and improve hospice and palliative care throughout the UK and across the world.

Our strategic priorities for 2012 – 2016 are to:

  • be the leading advocate for hospice care
  • promote and support excellence in hospice care
  • support those providing hospice care.

About the role

Strong relationships with the press are at the heart of our campaigning and advocacy impact.  An effective presence within the print, broadcast and online media is essential to help us influence key policy and decision makers, to gain widespread support from the general public, and to deliver on campaign priorities.

We are looking to appoint a Head of Press who will be responsible for developing and managing our relationships with the media, and our proactive engagement with the news agenda, helping to position us as the leading advocate for hospice care.

The successful candidate will support our advocacy and campaigns agenda, developing a proactive approach to our media engagement, and delivering media outcomes in support of our work, as well as providing internal leadership on press and communications issues.

About you

You will have significant experience of working in a national media environment engaging with a news agenda, and a proven track record in building relationships with national and specialist media.  With excellent communication skills, you will be experienced in identifying news angles in advocacy and campaigns activities, and able to brief journalists on complex issues.  Ideally, you will have a background in working in the voluntary, health or social care sectors.

Closing date: 12 noon on Tuesday 5 March

First interviews are likely to take place on or around 15 March 2013. Second interviews will also take place but dates are to be finalised.

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