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Policy and Communications Manager

 

Policy and Communications Manager

£33,241 pro rata – e.g. £26,593 per year for 30 hours/week

Home-based with occasional travel throughout the UK
Permanent, part-time, ideally 30 hours per week, but open to discussion for the best candidate. Applicants are welcome to set out their preferred working hour requirements.

Do you want to make a difference for bladder cancer patients?

Fight Bladder Cancer is currently seeking someone with policy and communication skills to:

 

  • strengthen our work advocating for changes to policy and practice in bladder cancer and
  • increase our reach to all people affected by bladder cancer

You will have experience of working in a similar role and be an integral part of our small but growing team. You will be committed to helping us realise our vision of a future where everyone survives bladder cancer and lives long and well, and our mission to lead the fight against bladder cancer driven by patient insights.

The charity is headquartered in Oxfordshire, England, United Kingdom. The role will be home based, with travel occasionally to Oxfordshire, Cambridgeshire, and London to work face to face with your team-colleagues, when it is safe to do so. The role will also require an ability to travel in the UK - visiting policy-makers, meeting with health businesses, and liaising with medical professionals. 

Why work at Fight Bladder Cancer?

Fight Bladder Cancer is a dynamic, patient-led charity which though small, has a big influence both domestically and internationally. We work to ensure  that everyone affected by bladder cancer – patients, carers, family and friends – has a place to come to for support, information and advice and ensure that someone is speaking up for them when key decisions are made about policy, care and research.

We continue to work hard delivering the legacy of Andrew Winterbottom, a determined bladder cancer patient who saw the lack of patient leadership for bladder cancer in the UK and worked with his wife to form this charity from their garden shed in 2009. The charity has continued to grow its footprint and is reaching more patients, family-members, and healthcare professionals than ever before.

bubbles for bladder cancer
bubbles for bladder cancer
 

The Role of Policy and Communications Manager at Fight Bladder Cancer

The Policy and Communications Manager is a brand new role. The candidate should have direct experience of working in a policy and communications setting – ideally with a track record in both. Not-for-profit experience is not essential, but some understanding of charity campaigning, communications involving health-sector audiences and knowledge of patient advocacy would be helpful. You’re likely to be an articulate and innovative person with an ability to create relationships across multiple stakeholders, who is comfortable using technology and varied communications platforms.

The Policy and Communications Manager will have a vital role in ensuring our mission becomes a reality. You will report directly to the Chief Executive, and work with the Corporate Partnerships Lead, the Support Services Manager, the Supporter Care & Community Engagement Manager, as well as the charity’s Patient Advocates on issues critical to patients, e.g. improving the diagnosis and multi-disciplinary care of people with bladder cancer. 

 

Main responsibilities

Policy

  • Lead the coordination and implementation of core policy projects in the annual work plan
  • Organise an annual policy round-table meeting, in collaboration with the Chief Executive 
  • Oversee the secretariat of the British Bladder Cancer Advocacy Alliance
  • Set up policy webinars for key regions around the UK
  • Engage with policymakers around the UK, in collaboration with the Chief Executive
  • Bring together key experts to develop a best-practice pathway
  • Contribute to the training of patient advocates in policy and advocacy

Communications

  • Drive and manage the charity’s communication activities, in line with the annual work plan
  • Write articles for internal and external publications
  • Help to manage the Fight Bladder Cancer website
  • Manage the email newsletter process to help colleagues affectively reach their audiences
  • Manage the creation of the twice-yearly Fight magazine, in collaboration with the Chief Executive, the Support Services Manager, the Supporter Care & Community Engagement Manager, the Fight magazine Editor, and the Fight magazine designer
  • Drive bladder cancer awareness month, in collaboration with the Chief Executive and the Supporter Care & Community Engagement Manager
  • Act as press liaison and create press releases to celebrate major charity milestones
  • Manage the charity’s photo library, optimising volunteer involvement to support the process

Relationship building with health sector, charity and industry partners

  • Contribute to materials produced by alliances and coalitions
  • Account manage the relationships with key external healthcare professional organisations, worker’s unions, and pharmaceutical and medical device companies
  • Build relationships with new stakeholders
  • Ensure that the patient voice is at the heart of our policy work

Tasks and core responsibilities are not exhaustive and are subject to change depending on the needs of the organisation.

 

have you heard of bladder cancer
have you heard of bladder cancer
 

Required experience

  • Training in a relevant field such as project management, communications, business administration, or public health
  • Relevant work experience, ideally in a charity and/or consultancy
  • Experience in writing newsletters, press releases, and social media posts
  • Experience managing communications with multiple contributors
  • Proven capacity to coordinate projects in an effective and accountable manner, including time management, project planning and reporting
  • Understanding of the British public health policy environment
  • Experience planning and implementing multi-stakeholder campaigns or projects
  • Knowledge of the requirements of the GDPR and ICO
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

Desirable but not essential 

  • Knowledge of constituent relationship management systems such as Salesforce
  • Knowledge of website content management framework systems such as Drupal
  • Knowledge of communication software such as Gmail and Zoom webinars
  • Knowledge of social media such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn
  • Knowledge of social media scheduling tools such as Hootsuite
  • Knowledge of file-sharing software such as Dropbox
  • Knowledge of project-management software such as Milestones PM+

Right to work

  • Must have the right to work in the UK 

We offer

A permanent position in a dynamic charity, and the opportunity to take on responsibility and grow professionally. 

The employment package includes:
•    An annual gross salary of £33,241 pro rata (e.g. £26,593 per year for 30 hours/week)
•    30 days' holiday per annum plus 8 bank holidays pro rata (e.g. 24 days holiday plus 6.4 bank holidays per year, if working for 30 hours/week)
•    NEST pension scheme
•    Commitment to training and development, including time and budget allocation

This role is ideally 30 hours per week, but we are open to discussion for the best candidate. Applicants are welcome to set out their preferred working hour requirements.

World Bladder Cancer Patient Coalition
World Bladder Cancer Patient Coalition
 

How to apply

If you are interested in this position, please submit an application via email to lydia@fightbladdercancer.co.uk with a subject line "Policy & Communications Manager Application – [Your First Name and Surname]"

In your application, please include the following:

  1. Cover letter of no more than two A4 pages, clearly displaying your motivation and your suitability for the role. Please include your desired working hour requirements and earliest start date availability. (Note: please save the document using filename Lastname_Firstname_cover)
  2. CV of no more than two A4 pages. Whilst references are not required at this stage, please consider them as you will be asked to provide references if you are invited for an interview. (Note: please save the document using filename Lastname_Firstname_CV)

The deadline for applications is noon on Friday 19 April 2021, however we may begin interviewing suitable candidates as applications arrive. 

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, or age.

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people affected by bladder cancer
people affected by bladder cancer
 

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