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Job description

Policy and Communications Executive; External Affairs and Marketing Directorate

Purpose of post: To support external affairs activity for RSPH through a mixture of policy, campaigns and communications activity on a range of issues impacting upon the public’s health.

Accountable to: Policy and Research Manager

Main Tasks

  1. Support the Policy and Research Manager and Senior Policy and Communications Executive in the production of policy reports and research in defined areas. Project areas may include: Improving access and attitudes to vaccination; Promoting healthy streets and food environment; Gambling and mental health. This will encompass undertaking literature reviews, commissioning opinion polling and surveys, developing and running focus groups, sourcing case study material, developing policy recommendations, and consulting across partner organisations, academia and other stakeholders to fulfil all of the above. Within this, there is opportunity to lead on some specific policy areas.
  2. Support the Senior Policy and Communications Executive with the smooth and effective running of the RSPH press office, including developing reactive press releases, media monitoring, developing media lists for specific projects/keeping master media list up-to-date, and helping to sell-in stories with target journalists.
  3. Assist the Senior Policy and Communications Executive in the day-to-day running of the Gambling Health Alliance, brining together stakeholders with an interest and experience in the area to campaign for measures to reduced gambling related harm.
  4. Deliver high quality briefing papers at pace on live public health issues, to support the CEO/ DCEO in ministerial or other senior stakeholder meetings. 
  5. Provide ongoing support for other related External Affairs activities including social media, public affairs, parliamentary engagement, funding bids, events and other actions associated with campaign development;
  6. Work with the Digital team to support a range of communication outputs, including the opportunity to co-present our monthly public health news film and podcast series, and producing copy for the website.
  7. Ensuring RSPH stays ahead of the curve with effective Intelligence gathering activity, including keeping forward planner up-to-date and external representation/networking on behalf of RSPH.

Person specification


  • A good team player who remains calm under pressure, and is both proactive and personable.  
  • At least two years’ experience working in policy, public affairs, media relations, or a related sector.
  • Confident, articulate, with excellent communication skills, particularly in written work. 
  • Comfortable delivering to tight deadlines while working on a range of different topics simultaneously.
  • Strong analytical thinker with attention to detail, and the ability to deal with complex sets of issues.
  • Politically astute, with an interest in developments in current affairs and their implications for public health.


  • Experience working within the Health/ Public Health sector, either in a policy or communications role.
  • Strong public communication skills, with ability to present to large groups and take on public speaking opportunities.

About us

The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) is the world’s longest-established public health organisation. Based in central London, we are a health education charity with more than 6,500 members, all of whom work to improve and protect the public’s health. Our operational activities include qualifications, publishing, accreditation and national/regional programmes.

Our dynamic and award winning External Affairs department, established in 2014, is responsible for developing the organisation’s independent voice and influence on public health issues. Our work encompasses a huge breadth of topical and often controversial areas – from drug policy reform and measures to tackle record levels of childhood obesity, to exploring the impact of social media on mental health and wellbeing, to name but a few. We are committed to tackling health inequalities, and work in partnership with a diverse range of organisations from universities, industry, think tanks and the public sector, covering a wide variety of issues impacting on the public’s health, from vaccinations to gambling.

We are now looking for a Policy and Communications Executive to build on the great work we have undertaken thus far, and join our fast-paced and politically engaged team at this challenging but exciting time in Public Health. You will be diligent, ambitious and very much a team player, focused on achieving results.

The role will be based at RSPH headquarters at John Snow House, 59 Mansell Street, London E1 8AN; however, flexible working arrangements including working from home may be required due to COVID-19, and will be kept under review.

To apply

Please apply with a copy of your CV and a covering letter (maximum one page) outlining why you would be interested in working for RSPH and what skills and experience you feel you can bring to the role.

Posted on: 05 June 2020
Closing date: 21 June 2020
Job ref: Policy and Communications Executive
Tags: Campaigning,Policy/Research

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