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Head of External Affairs

  • Location : London
  • Status : Permanent contract
  • Salary : £57,789 - £64,784 per annum
  • Closing date : 05/11/2021
  • Interview date : 25/11/2021

As Head of External Affairs, the chance to oversee the media and public affairs function of a high-profile professional body does not often arise – and this uniquely exciting opportunity will draw on all of your knowledge, insight, creativity and strategic thinking.

Working closely with the newly appointed Director of Strategic Communications and the respective Heads of Policy and Campaigns, Digital and Publishing of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPsych), you will lead and manage the External Affairs Team to help transform the communications of the Royal College of Psychiatrists to deliver the College’s objectives.

You will oversee the College’s media and public affairs function, leading a team of eight hard-working and committed individuals responsible for media, public affairs, our in-house magazine and our external recruitment campaign.

Bringing media, PR, public affairs and campaign delivery into one team, this role is responsible for our reputation devising a compelling communications strategy and delivering original campaigns that further its mission.

Experience of developing an organisation’s reputation to drive forward its mission is a must. The role also requires oversight of our award-winning ‘Choose Psychiatry’ campaign which has seen record numbers of doctors entering training over the last four years. You will also be responsible for our in-house magazine, RCPsych Insight which with the help of an expert team, goes out quarterly to our membership.

RCPsych is an exciting organisation with a high media profile, working closely with the DHSC, NHS England and Health Education England. We use our position to canvas for better funding in mental health and a stronger workforce so that we can improve patient care. We are the voice of psychiatry and standards in psychiatric care. Our media reach is stronger than ever with regular coverage in national outlets, and we enjoy a solid reputation with parliamentarians.

As a skilled manager you will have to juggle careful stakeholder management with hard-hitting media and public affairs handling. You will also have a strong track record of building and managing a successful communications and digital marketing team in an organisation that is closely aligned with health and/or mental health.

We live by our values, which means you will share a passion for RCPsych’s approach and content, across the range of our activity, as well as personal commitment to drive social change and to influence key parliamentarians.

The College values a diverse workforce and welcomes applications from all sections of the community, reflecting the population it serves. We will consider putting into place appropriate reasonable adjustments for candidates who may have a disability.

We are committed to building and maintaining an inclusive and supportive culture, a place where we can all be ourselves and succeed on merit. We aim to promote a more inclusive environment, which attracts all candidates and signals our commitment to celebrate and promote diversity.

The Royal College of Psychiatrists is the professional membership body for psychiatrists and promotes excellent care for people with mental illness. It has 19,000 members and engages with government and the media as the leading voice of the UK’s mental health services. The College is a values-based organisation and, in 2019, was named Charity of the Year in the European Diversity Awards.

How to apply

For further information and to request a candidate application pack, please contact our specialist, retained consultant Julian Smith at memcom executive.

We welcome applications from all sectors of the community.

Closing date: Friday 5 November 2021 at 10am

Interview dates: Thursday 25 November 2021 (PM) and Friday 26 November 2021 (All day) - via Microsoft Teams

The College is an Equal Opportunities Employer. Charity registration no. 228636

No agencies or publications please.