[Job] King’s Fund, Snr Press and Public Affairs [6mo], ??37.3-??44.6k, clos 12 June 2012

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King's Fund
Senior Press and Public Affairs Officer


Salary range: ??37,368????? ??44,626 per annum.

The Press and Public Affairs team leads the Fund???s media work, co-ordinates our parliamentary and political influencing activities, and develops our public profile and positioning. Over the last year, we have played a key role in the organisation???s success by significantly increasing the volume and quality of our media coverage and raising our profile in Parliament.

We are recruiting a Senior Press and Public Affairs Officer as maternity cover, initially on a six month contract. The post-holder will deliver media coverage, disseminate our work to stakeholders, co-ordinate our parliamentary work and implement our stakeholder management strategy.

This offers an exciting opportunity to be part of one of the most respected organisations in health care with the NHS social care reform high on the political agenda.

The deadline for receipt of applications is??12 noon on Tuesday 12 June 2012.??Late applications will not be considered.

Please do not send CVs.??Applications must be submitted using The King???s Fund application form.

Salary range:
??37,368 ??? ??44,626 per annum
Closing date:
12 June 2012

Please note

If you would like to apply for this position, please complete the application form, attaching additional sheets if necessary. Please ensure that you also complete and return the equal opportunities monitoring form. Email applications should show the job title in the subject heading of the email, while postal applications should be marked for the attention of Lorraine Jones,??HR Adviser. Late applications will not be considered.

Should you decide to apply, please note that, in common with many other organisations, we do not write to applicants not shortlisted for interview. This is not intended to be in any way discourteous. We have adopted this practice because we often receive very large numbers of applications for posts and it is extremely difficult in these circumstances to respond individually. If you apply, therefore, we will only write to you if we intend to invite you to interview. If you do not hear from us within three weeks of the closing date, you should assume that you have not been successful on this occasion. However, we do thank you for your interest in working for The King???s Fund.

CVs are not accepted.



HR Department??

Tel: 020 7307 2501 (24-hour recruitment line)
Requests via Typetalk are welcome

HR Department
The King's Fund??
11???13 Cavendish Square??


Job Description


Accountable to:?? Head of Press and Public Affairs


Contract:????Fixed term (six months with potential to extend)

Hours:????Normal office hours are 35 hours per week (please note??that some out of hours working, including travel and overnight??stays, will be required for which time off in lieu may be granted).??????

Job Purpose:?? To deliver press and public affairs work to??support our influencing??objectives, promote our policy output and communicate the?? organisation???s work.

About The King???s Fund

The King???s Fund is a charity working to improve health and social care. We aim to
shape policy through our research and policy analysis, support and develop NHS leaders and help transform services through our healthcare improvement programmes. The Fund is the leading independent commentator on health and social care, with a strong reputation for influencing policy.

About the Press and Public Affairs team

The Press and Public Affairs team plays an important role in maintaining this reputation by ensuring our work is widely disseminated and maximising our impact. In doing so, we engage directly with journalists, politicians and other key stakeholders. The team is part of the Communications division which is also responsible for publishing, marketing and corporate communications, new media and our website.

Over the last year, the Fund has had a significant impact on the debate about the government???s health reforms, wider health policy and social care reform. The team has made an important contribution to this by significantly increasing the volume and quality of our media coverage and raising our profile in Parliament.

About this post

We are recruiting a Senior Press and Public Affairs Officer as maternity cover for the current post-holder. The post-holder will be responsible for a wide range of press and public affairs work, developing strategies to support our influencing objectives, delivering media coverage and disseminating our work to stakeholders. He/she will also have responsibility for co-ordinating our parliamentary work and implementing our stakeholder management strategy.

The successful candidate will be appointed on a fixed term basis, on a six month contract, with the possibility that this will be extended.

Core responsibilities


  • Develop and implement press and public affairs strategies to support our influencing objectives, promote our policy output and communicate the organisation???s work.
  • Work closely with colleagues across the Fund to support our main work programmes by providing strategic communications advice, shaping work plans and delivering press and public affairs activities.

Media relations

  • Deliver a high volume and quality of media coverage through a variety print, broadcast and online media.
  • Proactively identify news stories, opportunities for coverage, ideas for features and comment pieces.
  • Develop media messages and draft press releases, statements, letters and articles.
  • Respond to inquiries from journalists, brief them on our work, place feature articles and participate in a rota for responding to out of hours inquiries.

Public affairs and stakeholder management

  • Identify opportunities to use political and policy-making processes to promote our work.
  • Commission and write briefings, articles and other materials to communicate the organisation???s work to parliamentary, political and stakeholder audiences.
  • Implement our stakeholder management strategy, co-ordinating the organisation???s contact with key stakeholders, providing strategic advice and supporting senior staff to ensure that we target key influencers and co-ordinate our contacts across the Fund.
  • Co-ordinate our work in Parliament, monitor parliamentary proceedings, manage our contact with select committees and all party parliamentary groups and identify opportunities to promote our work within Parliament.


  • Maintain a strong understanding of the external environment by monitoring the media, policy and political agenda.
  • Build a network of contacts within the media, Parliament, political parties and stakeholder organisations.
  • Provide advice and briefing for senior staff ahead of events, meetings and interviews.
  • Represent the organisation at meetings, conferences and other external events.
  • Undertake research and other activities as requested by the Head of Public Affairs and Director of Communications.

Person specification


  • Experience of working in a media environment and of working directly with journalists.
  • Experience of working in a public affairs or policy-based environment.
  • Experience of producing high quality written materials including press releases, articles and briefings.
  • Experience of managing stakeholder relationships and of parliamentary work.
  • Experience of developing and project managing events.

Skills and abilities

  • Ability to think strategically to deliver influencing objectives, good news sense and ability to work opportunistically to promote our work.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to research and analyse complex policy issues and communicate them to different audiences.
  • Good organisational, planning and project management skills, ability to prioritise competing demands and work under pressure.
  • Good negotiating and influencing skills, ability to work as part of a team and to work collaboratively with a range of internal stakeholders and to work across departmental boundaries.
  • Good IT skills and ability to operate Microsoft software packages.


  • Excellent knowledge of UK print, broadcast and online media.
  • A good understanding of policy-making processes, Parliament and UK politics.
  • Good knowledge of public policy issues, preferably in health and/or social care.

Personal qualities

  • Good judgement, initiative and tact.
  • A commitment to equal opportunities and appreciation of diversity.
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