Job title: Public Affairs Assistant
Responsible to: Public Affairs Manager
Salary: £22,000 per annum
Benefits: 33 paid holiday days per year, plus employer contribution to pension
Contract: Full-time (35 hours a week)
Located: Barclay House, Level 3, 37 Queen Square, London WC1N 3BH
Purpose of the role:
You will support Genetic Alliance UK’s public affairs activity, in particular working on the Rare Disease UK campaign. The Public Affairs Assistant will be a key member of the Genetic Alliance UK policy team, providing assistance with analysing, researching and briefing on parliamentary developments across the UK.
- Contacting and maintaining relationships with MPs and Peers.
- Undertaking research activity (qualitative and quantitative), identifying critical information and writing reports.
- Assisting the Public Affairs Manager to provide the secretariat to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Rare, Genetic and Undiagnosed Conditions.
- Providing high quality written copy for internal and external publications, including producing briefings.
- Assisting the Public Affairs Manager to arrange stakeholder engagement events and other meetings/events.
- Responsible for political monitoring activities.
- Communicating with Rare Disease UK supporters and other external organisations and individuals.
- Developing, producing and delivering effective content and campaigns for Rare Disease UK’s digital channels, including its website, social media platforms and campaign updates.
- Remaining up to date with digital trends, including specific optimisation and media requirements of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
- Working with the Communications Team to implement strategies that develop Rare Disease UK’s digital profile, engage audiences, and support the organisation’s aims and objectives.
- Maintaining the patient experiences blog on the Rare Disease UK website.
- Attending relevant meetings/conferences, representing the organisation.
- Undertaking other reasonable tasks required by Genetic Alliance UK when needed.
Education and qualifications
- Graduate or equivalent experience.
- Good level of IT literacy.
Essential qualities, skills and experience
- Excellent communication skills, both written and oral.
- Ability to write clear and logical documents.
- Ability to work both as part of a team and independently.
- A can-do attitude to work, with enthusiasm and creativity.
- Attention to detail to all aspects of work.
- A logical and organised approach to work.
- Ability to meet agreed deadlines, prioritise workload and maximise the use of time.
- Ability to adapt writing style for a range of audiences.
- Experience of communications work.
- A commitment to the aims and objectives of Genetic Alliance UK.
Desirable qualities, skills and experience
- Experience of public affairs work and political monitoring.
- Experience of undertaking qualitative and quantitative research.
- Experience of the voluntary and/or health sector communications.
- Interest and knowledge of political environment in the UK.
- Interest in healthcare policy.
- Appreciation of current issues in genetics and health care and their impact on patients and families.
- To be able to work occasional evenings and weekends.
- Willing to undertake occasional travel in the UK and Europe.
Please email your CV and an accompanying cover letter that explains how you meet the person specification to email@example.com with the subject heading ‘Public Affairs Assistant.’
12 noon, Tuesday 25 July 2017.
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