Alzheimer’s Research UK is the UK’s leading dementia research charity dedicated to diagnosis, prevention, treatment and cure. Backed by our passionate scientists and supporters, we’re challenging the way people think about dementia, bringing together the people and organisations who can speed up progress, and investing in research to make life-changing breakthroughs possible.
Are you looking for a varied communications role that will see you focus on enhancing engagement with businesses that support Alzheimer’s Research UK (ARUK)?
The Communications Officer (Corporate Lead) will provide high quality communications support for our existing Corporate Partnerships, as well as supporting efforts to secure new partnerships. The postholder will also assist in increasing awareness of ARUK’s Corporate Partnerships in regional media, specialist and consumer titles, and national media where appropriate, to help increase awareness of ARUK’s brand, promote the charity’s Corporate Partnerships offering and help raise more funds for dementia research.
The role assists in the delivery of communications programmes that support the work of the National and Regional Corporate Fundraising teams, as well as supporting ARUK’s own corporate communications function. The role plays a key part in raising awareness of dementia and inspiring engagement with our cause at businesses across the country, and in maximising positive exposure of our Corporate Partnerships.
This is a full time; fixed term contract/secondment opportunity working Monday to Friday (37.5.5 hours per week), for a period of 12-months, or on return of substantive post holder, whichever is earlier and is to cover a period of maternity leave.
Key responsibilities include:
- Work with the Communications Manager (Corporate and Policy) to plan and implement communications programmes, working through multiple channels including media, staff newsletters, blog posts, video and social media.
- Develop effective relationships with ARUK’s National and Regional Corporate Fundraising teams, and with external corporate partners, in order to identify and deliver on communications needs.
- Prepare, write, issue and “sell in” regional and national press releases relating to ARUK’s corporate fundraising activity, bringing the charity’s expertise and key messages to the forefront.
- Proactively work with the Communications Manager (Corporate and Policy) and the National and Regional Corporate Partnerships teams to identify additional communications opportunities to be delivered via, or in partnership with, our Corporate Partners.
- Seek additional ways to promote ARUK’s Corporate Partnerships work through the media and other channels, including ARUK’s blog.
- Develop effective working relationships with relevant members of the media; respond promptly to queries, including occasional out-of-hours queries.
- Secure appropriate social media coverage in support of our Corporate Partnerships, liaising with digital team.
- Liaise with ARUK spokespeople, the public, scientists, journalists, freelancers, ARUK colleagues, Trustees, Patrons, other charities and organisations, IT and other support agencies as appropriate.
- Act as spokesperson in media interviews, alongside others, where necessary.
- Monitor relevant media coverage; keep up to date with social, scientific and charitable sector issues which could benefit, or have relevance to, ARUK.
- Attend and/or organise appropriate meetings and events – these will require some travel and occasional unsociable hours.
- Ensure activities comply with ARUK’s branding and style guide.
- Undertake any other relevant duties and projects delegated by the Communications Manager (Corporate and Policy) in line with the responsibilities of the post.
What we are looking for;
- Excellent journalistic skills and news sense.
- Ability to create communications copy and campaigns that engage, inform and inspire.
- Confidence working with computers; knowledge of Microsoft office packages and databases, good keyboard skills.
- Excellent organisational skills; the ability to manage a large number of tasks with internal and external stakeholders to multiple deadlines.
- Ability to communicate appropriately with people affected by dementia and to translate scientific work for lay people; knowledge of dementia and/or science is advantageous, but not a requirement.
- Experience of supporting or co-ordinating partnership working.
- Experience of delivering communications programmes through a variety of media (e.g. press, social media, email, events).
- A confident and friendly manner; would feel at ease representing the charity to a range of audiences.
- Working with independence, intelligence, drive and initiative.
- Willingness and ability to travel independently in the UK and to work outside of regular office hours when needed.
Location: Granta Park, near Cambridge.
Salary: Circa £27,000 per annum, plus benefits
Please download the Vacancy Pack for more details.
The closing date for applications is 21st November 2019, with interviews to be held on the 27th & 29th November and 2nd & 4th December. Please indicate in your cover letter if you are unable to attend on this date. Should we wish to contact you to arrange an earlier interview this will be arranged based on the availability of the candidate and the panel. Please indicate in your cover letter if you are unable to attend on a certain date.
In order to be considered, please create an online account using our Online Recruitment System which can be accessed through our Job Vacancies Page. You will be able to attach a CV and covering letter to your application, track your application and view other vacancies that may be of interest.
To view further details about this role and the benefits of working for us please visit the Alzheimer’s Research UK website.