Head of Campaigns and External Affairs

West End
£60,831 pa inc Inner London Weighting
11 Dec 2013
07 Jan 2014
Full Time
Contract Type

With a membership of over 410,000, the RCN is the largest professional association and union of nursing staff and students in the UK. We’re proud to be a leading player in the development of nursing policy and practice, with an influential voice at home and abroad. Plus, we’re number 14 in The Sunday Times 100 Best Not for Profit Organisations to work for, with Best Companies Accreditation for 2013 and are accredited with Investors in People Gold Standard. So join us, and you’ll have the chance to nurture your career and improve standards of care. 

Head of Campaigns and External Affairs

London, 35 hours per week, Permanent 

The role:

The Royal College of Nursing seeks a creative, experienced communications manager to head its external affairs and campaigns teams. This is an exciting opportunity to lead a strong and talented team within a high profile, campaigning organisation. Reporting to the UK director of communications, the post holder will lead the media, parliamentary, campaigns and digital engagement teams, ensuring that the RCN maintains and develops its high external profile and actively engages with our 410,000 members. 

The person:

Applicants must have excellent political judgement and influencing skills and a strong track record in strategic communications. This is a senior leadership role which requires substantial experience in managing communications specialists; an advanced understanding of how to deliver integrated communications campaigns; and the ability to work successfully with members, colleagues and external partners. 

To apply you must upload your CV and a supporting statement that addresses the criteria highlighted within the Person Specification. A supporting statement template is available for your completion. Alternatively, please e-mail your CV and the supporting statement to recruit@rcn.org.uk.

For more information or for an informal discussion please contact Fiona Johnson, Director of Communications on 0207 647 3937. 

Closing Date: 3 January 2014.

Assessment Centre Date: 24 January 2014.

Interview Date: 31 January 2014.

At the Royal College of Nursing we reward your hard work and commitment with learning and development opportunities, flexible working conditions amongst other benefits. We have a highly competitive pay structure and our full-time hours are 35 per week. Annual leave commences at 28 days, rising to 32 days after 2 years of service, in addition to bank holidays. 

The RCN represents nurses and nursing, promotes excellence in practice and shapes health policies. The RCN aims to be a world-class champion of diversity, equality and human rights within the health and social care sector.