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Website britishredcross British Red Cross

Head of Strategic Communications, British Red Cross
Location: London, including Head Office
Closing date: 29/09/2017
Ref: REQ0000015CU
Hours per week: 35
Salary: circa £65,000 per annum (including London weighting):

We offer a wide range of staff benefits, these include:
· 36 days holiday (including Bank Holidays)
· Up to 6% contributory pension
· Childcare vouchers.

We have a fantastic opening for a Head of Strategic Communications to join a dynamic and influential leadership team at the British Red Cross.

This is an incredibly varied role working across all parts of the organisation to oversee the ongoing development and implementation of our communication and engagement strategy.

In the UK and overseas, our staff and volunteers respond to many of the defining issues of our time. These range from the health and social care needs of an aging population; domestic terror attacks and major fire incidents; the refugee crisis in Europe; right through to issues of protracted conflict and chronic hunger driving migration across the world.

Our reshaped Communications and Engagement Directorate is charged with giving voice to people in crisis. We are looking for outstanding advocates, communicators and creatives to join us and help take our engagement and influencing to the next level.

This year the British Red Cross has raised millions for those affected by the terror attacks in the UK as well as the tragic fire in London. The One Love Manchester benefit concert which we co-produced with Ariana Grande has been BBC’s most-watched live event of 2017 to date. Our brand relevance is at an all-time high and our national and regional media coverage is currently leading the third sector.

Do you have the strategic communication skills and experience to help us build on this great work?

If you are a talented and committed communications professional who can help us to inspire human kindness when crisis strikes, we would very much like to hear from you.

Join us and become part of our global humanitarian movement.

About the role
The Head of Strategic Communication is responsible for ensuring that an overarching strategic engagement plan is in place to help deliver the British Red Cross’ objectives, both in the UK and overseas.

About the team
The Head of Strategic Communication works as part of the Communication and Engagement Directorate management team. You will lead the business partnering and planning function, which shapes briefs with the operational (UK and international), fundraising and corporate teams to develop audience-focussed, channel-agnostic communications and engagement plans, which support our strategic priorities.

As an evidence-led, audience-focussed strategic planner you will lead the team to ensure they use insight to inform activity and continually look to improve our strategic communications.

You will manage a small but senior team of strategic communications planning partners who engage with senior stakeholders within the organisation to ensure plans build from our brand and advocacy strategies. They are responsible for helping to prioritise the work of the Directorate and evaluate its effectiveness, and to champion ever closer integration to optimise customer experience (both internally and externally).

You will also oversee our Corporate Communication function, ensuring our staff & volunteer communications are integrated with stakeholder, media and public campaigns activity, shaping the way in which the British Red Cross is talked about amongst our people and presented to the outside world.

About the person
Candidates should have:
Significant strategic planning experience with the ability to anticipate partners’ needs and make the case for effective communications support
Ability to assess and balance business needs with effective communications support, and constructively challenge partners where necessary
Ability to prioritise, work under pressure and meet deadlines.
Significant experience of line management of multi-disciplinary teams of professional specialists
Developing and implementing and evaluation communications strategies, especially internal communications.

Closing date for applications is 23:59 on 29 September with first stage interviews scheduled to take place on 18 October.

To submit your application please send a CV with covering letter of no more than two pages stating your suitability for the position to Abid Salim at asalim@redcross.org.uk quoting reference REQ0000015CU.

Due to the anticipated high volumes of applicants we will only be able to get in touch with those that will be progressed to interview.

Please click here to view the full job description and person specification for this position.

About the organisation
The British Red Cross helps millions of people in the UK and around the world to prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies, disasters and conflicts.

Our volunteers and staff help people in crisis to live independently by providing support at home, mobility aids and transport. We also teach first aid skills.

We are part of the global Red Cross and Red Crescent humanitarian network. We refuse to ignore people in crisis.

We offer a wide range of staff benefits, these include:
36 days holiday (including Bank Holidays)
Up to 6% contributory pension
Childcare vouchers

The British Red Cross is committed to being an inclusive employer with a diverse workforce. We encourage applications from people from the widest possible diversity of backgrounds, cultures and experiences – including disabled and ethnic minority candidates. This is to contribute to the breadth of experience we need to respond to people in crisis.

The British Red Cross, incorporated by Royal Charter 1908, is a charity registered in England and Wales (220949) and Scotland (SC037738).

Follow us on Twitter @RedCrossJobsUK and on Linked in – British Red Cross, to hear about our latest job vacancies.

Refusing to ignore people in crisis.

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