Job Title:                  External Affairs Manager

Contract type:           9 - 12 month FTC or Secondment (35 hours per week)

Salary:                        £45 - 50,000

Location:                    Initially remote, but will be based at John Snow House, 59 Mansell Street, London E1 8AN

About us

The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) is the world’s longest-established public health organisation. Based in central London, we are a health education charity with more than 6,000 members, all of who work to improve and protect the public’s health. Our activities include qualifications, publishing, accreditation and national/regional programmes. Our dynamic and award-winning External Affairs department, established in 2014, is responsible for developing the organisation’s independent voice on public health issues. Our previous work has encompassed a huge breadth of topical and often controversial areas – from drug policy reform and measures to tackle record levels of childhood obesity, to exploring the impact of social media on mental health and wellbeing, to name but a few. We work in partnership with a diverse range of organisations from universities, industry, think tanks and the public sector, covering a wide variety of issues impacting on the public’s health, from vaccinations to gambling.

We are now looking for an External Affairs Manager to build on the great work we have undertaken thus far. You will be diligent, ambitious and very much a team player, focused on achieving results. The External Affairs Manager is a key part of the team and you will be proactive and personable in your approach, keen to nurture the talented individuals we have.

Purpose of Role

Use the learning and evidence from our policy and practice programmes to change the world. 

Job Description

Accountable to: Deputy CEO

Responsible for: Two members of the Policy team

Main Tasks:

  1. Lead the public affairs function, taking our policy and programmes learning to the heart of decision-making including:
  • Build evidence and learning from our policy projects and programmes (through matrix working)
  • Developing our engagement plan for policy priority areas
  • Implementing the plan and reporting on impact
  • Transferring learning to your direct reports on how to achieve real world impact
  • Work with Chief Executive and Deputy CEO to undertake external engagement activity including partnership development, stakeholder engagement, building relationships with parliamentarians/political stakeholders and securing high profile Ambassadors.

       2. Lead the policy horizon scanning for the organisation, spotting opportunities for impact. In particular, in the early months of this secondment/FTC, support the development of the strategic options through horizon scanning. 

       3. Lead our media function, including proactive and reactive media - developing stories with the team, Deputy CEO and CEO and managing relationships with press and broadcast media. Work with social media colleagues to co-ordinate. 

       4. Provide leadership to the policy team (including line management responsibilities)

       5. Oversee and produce a range of written outputs including briefing papers, reports, policy papers, consultation responses and press releases.

       6. Work with the DCEO on income generating activity to support RSPH, including funding bids, sponsorship and corporate partnership development.

Person Specification

  1. You will have had success in changing the world through taking the learning from policy and from delivery programmes/services to the heart of government or local systems.  You will therefore be able to show how you:
  • Understand how to build evidence that influences people
  • Have highly developed skills in stakeholder mapping and a track record of building effective stakeholder networks
  • Have used these to achieve substantial change
  • Be good at spotting a policy opportunity

     2. You will have leadership experience – and will have evidence that you have led successful teams before

     3. You will have strong skills in budget management, project management and supporting delivery of projects

     4. You will have strong knowledge of how government works and opportunities to influence

It is desirable that you have experience or expertise in:

  1. Local government
  2. Media relations/public affairs
  3. Fundraising
  4. Reporting to funders

To apply

Please email a copy of your CV and a 2 page supporting statement to Duncan Stephenson, Deputy CEO on [email protected]

Owing to the number of applications, unfortunately we will only be contacting candidates we will be inviting for interview.

RSPH is an equal opportunities employer and we will provide reasonable support to applicants should this be required throughout the recruitment process.

No recruitments agencies, please.