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Closed: 24 March 2017

Director of Campaigns & Communications

Posted by Dignity in Dying

Location Westminster, London, Greater London
Permanent

Job Description

So that no-one suffers needlessly and against their wishes in the final days or weeks of their life, Dignity in Dying campaigns for greater choice, control and access to services at the end of life. We advocate providing terminally ill adults with the choice of an assisted death, within strict legal safeguards, and for universal access to good quality end-of-life care.

In recent years Dignity in Dying’s campaign has increased in prominence and has moved up the public policy agenda. This is an exciting opportunity to join the senior management team in a fast- paced environment on a high profile national campaign - a campaign that deals with one of the most important social, ethical and progressive issues of our time.

As an experienced campaigns and communications professional, with responsibility for media, parliamentary and stakeholder relations, you will provide strategic leadership that mobilises support for the organisation’s campaign both inside and outside of Westminster.

On a day to day basis you will manage a team of three campaigns and communications professionals; liaise with outside consultants and consultancies; coordinate Dignity in Dying’s stakeholder groups (disabled activists, healthcare professionals and inter-faith leaders); identify proactive and reactive opportunities to promote the campaign and achieve change; oversee messaging and corporate communications; monitor and manage risks to the organisation; and represent Dignity in Dying in the media and in meetings with parliamentarians, stakeholders and supporters.

The successful candidate will have substantial experience of leading in the effective design and delivery of creative, ambitious and impactful campaigns. It is also important that you are a highly skilled and persuasive communicator, comfortable speaking both to the media and parliamentarians.

As outlined above the role incorporates providing strategic support to Dignity in Dying’s sister charity Compassion in Dying. Both organisations share a desire to see individual choice at the heart of end- of-life decision-making. However, whereas Dignity in Dying seeks to extend patient choice at the end of life, Compassion in Dying works to raise awareness, and facilitate the uptake of existing legal rights. Compassion in Dying is not involved in Dignity in Dying’s campaign for assisted dying for terminally ill, mentally competent adults. The organisations have separate boards, which operate independently, but they share a CEO, some staff and premises.

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Closing date: 9am Friday, 24th March

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