The Royal Society for Public Health is at a really exciting time. We are just working on our new strategy which will set our direction for the next few years. We will be building on our long history, our reputation for an innovative approach and our creativity. 

Like everyone, we will be facing the challenges of Covid and its impacts in a time of great uncertainty for public health and the public health system. It is hard to imagine a more vital time for our Policy and External Affairs function.

At this exciting and challenging time, we are looking for a Policy and External Affairs Manager.

This role will have significant freedom to act, with the opportunity to spearhead our future policy projects and campaigns.

Our ideal candidate has:

  • An obsession with impact
  • A proven track record in changing policy, practice and the world
  • Great public affairs and media instincts
  • A strong understanding of evidence and an ability to balance and synthesise different sources
  • A track record of leadership, developing team members

In return we offer:

  • A competitive salary
  • Pension contributions
  • 25 days annual leave
  • Organisational commitment to supporting the health and wellbeing of our employees
  • Flexible working hours and remote working opportunities
  • Most importantly, the opportunity to change the world whilst working in a friendly team

To be our ideal candidate:

You will have a proven track record of success in policy and public affairs. You are able to demonstrate how your strategy and tactics have led to real world change. You will have some great policy successes under your belt. You will have written great reports, produced great evidence, used great public affairs tactics and you will be able to demonstrate the impact.

Your great feel and flair for public affairs and media will have led to notable success. 

You will demonstrate and enjoy the creativity and enthusiasm that policy work in public health requires. 

You will be someone who takes personal accountability but who is a great team player. A skilled manager, with the aptitude to provide leadership, you will genuinely enjoy coaching team members to new heights of skills.

You will understand public service and health/public health systems and, if you don’t have it already, you will be able to demonstrate an ability to gather public health expertise very rapidly.

Responsibilities Include

  • Providing leadership and strategic development to the Policy and External Affairs functions.
  • Lead the public affairs function, taking our policy and programmes learning to the heart of decision-making, cascading learning through the team as to how to achieve real world impact.
  • Develop our policy directions and positions, scoping where we can have most impact. Commissioning, overseeing and writing a range of written outputs including briefing papers, reports, policy papers, consultation responses and press releases.
  • Oversee the delivery of our Policy and External Affairs projects, with full project and budget control.
  • Lead our media function, including proactive and reactive media - developing stories with the team and managing relationships with press and broadcast media.  Working with social media colleagues to reflect our Policy work.
  • Provide leadership to the policy team (including line management responsibilities)
  • Work with the team on income generating activity to support RSPH, including funding bids, sponsorship and corporate partnership development.

To apply

Please email, before noon on 15th March a copy of your CV and a 2 page supporting statement to Sarah Fletcher 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 any reasonable adjustment required in the recruitment process.

No recruitments agencies, please.