Communications and Public Affairs Assistant

Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust
01 Sep 2017
23 Sep 2017
Contract Type
Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust is the only UK charity dedicated to women affected by cervical cancer and cervical abnormalities. Our vision is a future where cervical cancer is a thing of the past. We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated Communications and Public Affairs Assistant to join our busy Communications and Public Affairs team. This is an exciting time to join the team as we work to increase our voice, reach and influence and this role will be supporting the team across a wide range of activities spanning public affairs, campaigns, media and digital. We're looking for a creative individual with excellent written and verbal communication skills who is able to juggle multiple tasks at once. You will provide valuable support to our public affairs activities help us to raise our profile among key stakeholders and influencers, this will include assisting with research, arranging meetings and events, drafting briefings and developing communications. You will have a good understandings of how the media works and be able to assist with journalist enquiries, monitoring media coverage and writing a wide range of copy including press releases and blogs. The position will play an important role in running our national awareness campaigns supporting the team to develop, run and evaluate campaigns including our smear test awareness campaign #SmearForSmear. You will work closely with our case study database interacting with women affected by cervical cancer and helping them tell their story so a high degree of empathy and sensitivity is required. The ideal candidate will have experience of communicating with and writing for different audiences, this could include politicians, journalists, supporters and health care professionals. This role provides an opportunity to develop a broad set of skills and work closely with the Fundraising, Support and Information & Engagement teams at the charity to raise their profile and support their activities and priorities. Key tasks and responsibilities Providing administration support to the Communications and Public Affairs department Assisting with public affairs activities including arranging meetings, drafting briefings, organising events and researching new opportunities Supporting the development of policy and research Assisting with drafting press releases and selling in to the media Monitoring media coverage and collating reports Compiling and maintaining media lists Updating case study database and interviewing new case studies Drafting copy for a wide range of online and print communications Updating and monitoring social media Any other activities as required by the Head of Communications Working with a high degree of confidentiality and empathy Represent the charity at external events where appropriate Occasionally work outside of office hours or travel outside of London From time to time you may be asked to work with members of the wider team on ad hoc projects Be a supportive and participatory member of the team Abide by the charity's policies, practices, and core values. Knowledge and Experience Essential Educated to degree level in a relevant subject or equivalent experience Excellent written and verbal communication skills Strong organisational skills with the ability to manage a range of tasks efficiently Ability to think creatively Excellent attention to detail Good understanding of the UK political system Good understanding of how the media works Ability to work to deadlines and prioritise workload Empathetic and sensitive Ability to work both unsupervised and as part of a team Excellent telephone manner Desirable Experience of working in a public relations, public affairs or communications role Familiarity with the voluntary and/or health sector Experience of working with Adobe Creative Suite eg. Photoshop and InDesign Experience of video production Experience of using a content management system Closing date: 5pm on Monday 25th September Interviews to be held week commencing Monday 2nd October To apply please send a CV and covering letter to Kate Sanger, Head of Communications and Public Affairs, clearly explaining why you feel your skills and experience are appropriate for this position, paying particular reference to the job and person specifications. Applications without a covering letter will not be considered.