[Job, Scotland] MS Society, Head of Policy & Comms (6mo) ??38.8-42.8k pro rata, clos 14 June 2012

Multiple Sclerosis Society (MS Society)
Head of Policy and Communications

Location: Scotland
Job type: Fixed term
Salary: between ??38,820-??42,863 pro-rata + excellent benefits
Closing date: 14 Jun 2012 at 10:00AM
Published date: 29 May 2012

Reference ??? AYHPCS23

At the MS Society we put people affected by MS at the centre of everything we do, and it???s this commitment that unites us across the UK. Our work is based on the hopes and aspirations of people affected by MS, from campaigning at all levels and funding ground-breaking research to providing information and specialist care.

Our people are key to our success, and we offer a vibrant, progressive environment where you will make a difference. We are looking for a Head of Policy and Communications to join our team.


We have an exciting opportunity to join a well established charity as Head of Policy and Communications (Scotland), based in the National Office, Ratho, Edinburgh on an interim basis. We are looking for a driven, self-motivated and enthusiastic individual to manage and lead the planning, development and implementation of the MS Society???s policy and communications priorities across Scotland. You will prepare and coordinate all the PR activities relevant to the operation of the MS Society in Scotland.

You will work as part of the senior management team and alongside colleagues to lead in the development of internal and external communications strategies. You will implement media and communications activity as well as develop and implement policy, public affairs and campaigns activity. You will have line management responsibilities, being a supportive and directive manager taking in the training and education needs of your team.

As the successful candidate in this role, you will need to have substantial experience and expertise in public relations and media handling as well as excellent communication and general management skills. You must have a comprehensive knowledge of Scottish Government policy planning and implementation. You will have the ability to influence key internal and external stakeholders in an effective, persuasive and compelling manner at the highest level.

The MS Society is committed to promoting diversity.

Interview date: 21 June 2012

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