Head of Communications

24 Jun 2019
22 Jul 2019
Candidate Services
Contract Type
Head of Communications

Position: Head of Communications
Location: Central London, WC1N
Job type: Part Time, Permanent
Hours: 22.5 hours per week
Salary: £Competitive
Benefits: 30 days annual leave plus bank holidays (pro-rated for part-time roles), generous pension scheme, flexible working, discounted season ticket loan and many more!

Closing date: 9am on Monday 22 July 2019

About the role:

Looking for a leadership role combining seniority, challenge and purpose with time for your other interests and responsibilities? Want to shape the reputation of the UK’s leading fundraising charity? Keen to make a difference every day for seriously ill children? Then this rarely available job share opportunity could be for you.

Here at Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity we’re recruiting a Head of Communications to work three days a week from Monday to Wednesday, as part of a full-time job share. This job share partnership will shape and lead a high profile, strategic and effective communications function to support ambitious fundraising targets, strengthen our reputation and maintain our engagement with colleagues and stakeholders.

We are looking for an experienced, forward thinking individual who can lead a busy and creative team. The right candidate will work seamlessly with a job share partner to maintain consistent direction, high quality delivery and strong team development while providing senior advice and leadership to the charity as a whole.

About the Team:

Reporting to the Deputy Director of Communications, this role leads a team of six, which comprises a four-strong Press Office function, a Family & Hospital Liaison Manager and an Internal Comms Manager. The team works closely with the charity’s brand marketing and digital engagement teams and with the communications team for Great Ormond Street Hospital itself.

About you:

You will be an inspiring team leader with proven experience leading high profile and effective communication campaigns and managing a multi-functional team. You will have excellent media relations credentials, an eye for a story and a keen ability to assess and respond to reputational risk. You’re inquisitive and entrepreneurial, able to embrace new ideas and work closely with colleagues on digital opportunities. You’re a supportive but ambitious manager, keen to drive high performance for the charity and help your team to develop as individuals.

About the Charity:

Every day brings new challenges at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH). Every day, over 600 seriously ill children from across the UK arrive for life-changing treatments. Every day, young lives hang in the balance as patients, families and staff battle the most complex illnesses. And every day, the brightest minds come together to achieve pioneering medical breakthroughs that change the lives of thousands of children – and change the world. This extraordinary hospital has always depended on charitable support to give seriously ill children the best chance to fulfil their potential. Without donations, Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity can’t help fund ground-breaking research, advanced equipment, child and family support services, and the rebuilding and refurbishment of wards and medical facilities. Our staff help to raise these vital funds for the hospital. A better future for seriously ill children starts with you.

Recently awarded with a ‘Best Companies 2-star accreditation' and placed number 17 on the 2019 Sunday Times Best 100 Not-for-Profit Companies list - we offer a range of attractive benefits including; a flexible approach to working, 30 days annual leave plus bank holidays (pro-rated for part-time roles), life assurance, enhanced employer pension contributions, and a discounted season ticket loan.

Please refer to the full job description below for more information.

How to Apply:

Please click on the apply button in the top right-hand corner where you will be taken to a short application form to complete. You are encouraged to include a cover letter with your application, and should refer to the ‘Application and Interview FAQs’ on the career section of our website before you apply.

Applications will be reviewed on an on-going basis and we reserve the right to close the role prior to the closing date, should a suitable applicant be found. Therefore, you are encouraged to apply right away, to avoid disappointment.

Due to the large number of applications we receive, we are unfortunately only able to inform shortlisted candidates of the outcome of their application. If you do not hear from us within two weeks of the closing date, please assume that you have been unsuccessful on this occasion. If your application is not successful, we hope that you will not be discouraged and will still apply for other suitable vacancies in the future.

You may have experience of the following: Head of Communications, Head of Media, Head of Campaigns, Communications Manager, Media Manager, Campaign Manager, Marketing Manager, Head of Marketing, Charity, Charities, Third Sector, NFP, Not for Profit etc.

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