Policy and Public Affairs Manager

£35,200 - £39,400
Closing date: 
08 January 2017
Interview date: 
18 January 2017
Fantastic opportunity not to be missed! The Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA) has an exciting opportunity for a Policy and Public Affairs Manager to join the team in Holborn. Joining us on a full time permanent basis, you will receive a starting salary of £35,200 with potential to rise to £39,400 (After three years successful service a merit system is in operation with salary of up to £44,000).

Anaesthesia is the UK’s largest secondary care specialty. 16% of all hospital consultants are anaesthetists and over two-thirds of hospital in-patients will see an anaesthetist. The Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA) supports approximately 17,500 members and fellows and approximately 3,500 from the College’s Faculties of Intensive Care Medicine and Pain Medicine.

In 2016 and beyond the College is looking to develop its policy and public affairs work. This is an important new post that will ensure we advocate with a powerful voice on issues that influence the health sector, increase our profile with Whitehall and Westminster, extend our influence and share our expertise. 

As this is the first policy and public affairs role within a growing Directorate, we are looking to recruit an ambitious and able Policy and Public Affairs Manager, who is able to spearhead and develop the work. We envisage that initially approximately 75% of time will be allocated to policy work and 25% of time to public affairs work.

Key responsibilities of the Policy and Public Affairs Manager

  • Working with the Director of Communications and External Affairs, CEO and wider senior management team to develop and manage a policy and public affairs strategy that underpins the aims and objectives of the College’s 5 year strategic plan.
  • Developing the RCoA’s policy position on key external health, medical, public health and professional issues
  • Ensuring that the RCoA influences UK and EU decision-makers on key health issues, in the policy and public affairs arena
  • Manage budgets associated with policy and public affairs themes.
  • Prepare costings as appropriate for any new developments/projects
  • Lead the delivery of defined programmes of policy work across a broad range of topic areas in health and healthcare.
  • Keep abreast of current issues in health policy by monitoring and analysing complex policy debates in order to identify and respond to policy priorities for the RCoA in line with the College’s strategy, to ensure the RCoA is at the forefront of health debate.
  • Analysing and summarising reports and policy documents, identifying critical information and disseminating this to relevant staff, trustees, and members.
  • Occasional overnight visits to meeting venues outside London
  • Occasionally taking responsibility for the “on-call” media telephone and inputting into RCoA media releases

Knowledge, skills and experience required by the Policy and Public Affairs Manager

  • Graduate Qualification or qualification by experience
  • Excellent understanding of current health agenda in the UK and issues facing the RCoA
  • Experience of developing policy outputs that affect change
  • Experience of advising senior colleagues and decision makers on complex policy issues
  • Experience of developing and managing complex projects
  • Experience of dealing and building relationships within a team and organisation, and with a wide range of external organisations
  • Experience of public affairs and knowledge of the political process
  • Experience of preparing briefing documents and external position statements
  • Experience of managing budgets

In order to apply for this post please send a relevant CV together with the following:

Please indicate clearly why you want the role and how your skills and experience meet the requirements of the post as set out in the Job Specification.  Please give real world examples from your own experience, which demonstrate your ability to provide what the role requires.

Due to the volume of applications, we are unfortunately unable to contact each candidate and confirm the outcome of your application. If you have not been contacted two weeks after the closing dates, your application will not have been successful.

Closing date for applications: Sunday 8 January 2017
Interviews for will be held on: Wednesday 18 January 2017

The College is an Equal Opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

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