Communications Officer, part time - 22.5 hours per week

London (Central), London (Greater)
£28,000 pro rata
14 Feb 2018
09 Mar 2018
Contract Type

Job Title:  Communications Officer

Reports to: Head of Fundraising

Location:   Borough High Street, London SE1

Salary:     £28,000 pro rata

Contract:   Permanent

Hours:      22.5 hrs per week


Background and purpose

The Haemophilia Society helps people with genetic bleeding disorders make informed choices providing information and support and empowering them to live their lives to the full.  We are the only UK-wide charity for everyone affected by a bleeding disorder: a community of members, supporters and healthcare professionals.  We provide long term support to around 5,000 members across the UK: people from all backgrounds and walks of life.  

The communications officer will be responsible for developing and implementing our general communications and media plan, and for providing communications around all our events and activities.  

The purpose of the role is to:

  • Develop a media plan for the organisation
  • Producing written materials such as newsletters, annual reports and other material for our members and local groups. Planning and collecting the content, working with other team members and drafting new content as required
  • Maintaining and updating our website using WordPress and social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) as well as supporting the development and production of webinars, webcasts and video clips, as we develop our patient information offer.
  • Supporting the communications around key events, such as World Haemophilia Day, AGM and annual conference
  • Work with our services and fundraising teams to promote our services and events to our community and haemophilia centres.
  • Lead the planning and delivery of HQ, our member’s magazine working with our editor and design team.
  • Working with our communications agency to deliver all communications relating to the upcoming Statutory inquiry into contaminated blood.

Person Specification

Experience, Qualifications:

  • Communications qualification desirable.
  • Experience of working with a WordPress website and managing social media
  • Experience of working within a patient/family support environment highly desirable
  • Experience of working on issues surrounding long term medical conditions (paid or voluntary role) desirable.  

Knowledge, Skills Abilities:

  • Experience in charity or health organisation communications planning and delivery.
  • Awareness of the issues facing health charities in the UK. 
  • Proven ability to deliver an inclusive communications plan.
  • Ability to gain the trust and confidence of members and media contacts
  • Excellent project planning skills and ability to work on cross-organisational projects from design to delivery.   
  • Highly developed verbal and written communication skills and the ability to make convincing communications.  Ability to persuade and influence. 
  • A good knowledge of data protection legislation and good practice in information management. 
  • Well-developed IT skills with the ability to write engaging content for the website and social media.  
  • A good understanding of safeguarding principles when working with vulnerable people and the need for professional boundaries. 

Personal qualities:

  • A warm, compassionate and empathetic personality with the ability to develop positive relationships with people from all backgrounds including members and health professionals.
  • Enthusiastic with drive and determination to meet targets. 
  • Good attention to detail and accuracy in preparing communications.
  • A highly motivated, supportive and collaborative team worker with a coaching style.
  • Values-driven with a proven commitment to social inclusion and equal opportunities.

Other requirements:

  • Must be prepared to travel throughout the UK and to work varying hours including evenings and weekends as required.
  • Due to the nature of our work with children and vulnerable adults, this role will require a DBS check and checks on previous employment. 

How to Apply:

To apply we require a cover letter and up to date CV, highlighting your achievements to date and outlining your suitability for the post via the application methos below.

The closing date for this post is Friday 9th March 2018

Interviews will take place on Friday 16th March 2018, and will be held in Central London.

Our other benefits are:

  • 5 weeks holiday (including 3 days over Christmas) 
  • Flexible working applications available following six months in post
  • TOIL
  • Generous pension
  • Life and income protection insurance

For an informal discussion on the role please also apply below to arrange a call. 
All successful candidates will be notified by Monday 5th March 2018.
We look forward to hearing from you.

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