NFP People on behalf of Stroke Association
Birmingham, West Midlands
Bloomsbury, Greater London
Circa £35,000 pa (inner £3,299 /outer £1,755 London weighting may be applied)
Permanent, Full-time
Job description


Research Communications and Engagement Lead


We are recruiting a Research Communications and Engagement Lead to lead the development of our internal and external engagement activity for the Research, Policy and Influencing and Systems Partnerships teams.


Position: Research Communications and Engagement Lead

Location: Homebased, U.K nationwide

Hours: 35 hours per week

Salary: Circa £35,000 per annum (inner London weighting £3,299 per annum or outer London weighting £1,755 per annum may also be applied in accordance to where you live)

Contract: Permanent

Benefits: 25 days’ annual leave plus bank holidays (this will increase with service up to 30 days, full time equivalent) cashback and discount scheme, employee assistance programme, learning and development, pension scheme, Life Assurance, Eye Care vouchers, Long Service Award, Tax-free childcare, Health Cash Plan, Working Pattern Agreement, flexible working opportunities available.


Closing Date: 1 December 2021

Interview Date: 10 December 2021


Due to the Covid-19 pandemic interviews may be held via video conferencing. Please let us know if this will present any challenges when you email your application


The Role

As Research Communications and Engagement Lead, you will:

  • Lead on development of a clear and compelling core narrative for our research, and systems engagement work, which demonstrates our ambitions and impact as a charity in these areas.
  • Ensure our investment in research is used as an attractive and appealing proposition for income generation, and demonstrates our impact through research.
  • Establish strong and trusted relationships with funded researchers, wider research community, research charities and membership bodies to manage and develop our partnerships, gathering insight and opportunities.


The post-holder will:

  • Collaborate closely with the teams across the organisation and support them in the development and delivery of their products and communications with a range of audiences.
  • Play a key role in supporting our people, staff and volunteers, to understand our Research, Policy and Systems Partnerships ambitions and impact, empowering them to support and share messages about our team’s work.
  • Play a key role facilitating our funded researchers’ impact through research dissemination, and their role as ambassadors for our charity.
  • Be a source of expertise and information on stroke research for the organisation, working across systems engagement to raise the profile of research, support research engagement, influencing and partnerships.


About You

As Research Communications and Engagement Lead, you will have experience of:

  • Using industry standard IT systems (e.g. Microsoft Office: Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Maintaining websites and other digital platforms
  • Working with scientific and numerical data
  • Working with social media and PR functions to promote stories via the mass media, blogs, web articles, developing videos and a variety of promotional content
  • Research and/or scientific communications, demonstrable within a previous similar role


To fulfil the requirements of the role, you must abode and have the right to work in the U.K.


Please submit your CV and a covering letter of no more than two pages demonstrating how you meet the person specification and what you bring to the role in terms of your skills and experience. Please state any preferences for flexible options in your covering letter, please also highlight if you are at risk of redundancy.


About the Organisation

Stroke Association. Rebuilding lives after stroke.

When stroke strikes, part of your brain shuts down. And so does a part of you. That’s because a stroke happens in the brain, the control centre for who we are and what we can do. It happens every five minutes in the UK and changes lives instantly. Recovery is tough, but with the right specialist support and a ton of courage and determination, the brain can adapt.


We believe everyone deserves to live the best life they can after stroke. And it’s a team effort to get there.


We provide specialist support, fund critical research and campaign to make sure people affected by stroke get the very best care and support to rebuild their lives.


We’re working to improve the diversity of our team.  Because we know that individuality leads to a richer experience for our people and better support for those affected by stroke.


We strongly encourage people from all backgrounds to apply. And we’re particularly looking to increase the number of applications from those with lived experience of stroke and those from under-represented communities. 


Every five minutes, stroke destroys lives. Help us rebuild them and join our team.


In 2019, we developed a bold new corporate strategy so that we can rebuild more lives after stroke and make a bigger difference to people’s lives. To help us deliver our strategy and make a real difference, we are looking to recruit talented people to a number of new roles. If you would like to support stroke survivors to rebuild their lives, we want to hear from you!


You may also have experience in areas such as Engagement Manager, Impact Manager, Engagement and Impact Manger, Digital Content, Web Content, Marketing, Marketing and Communications, PR, Public Relations, Research, Monitoring and Impact, Impact Officer, Research and Impact, Impact and Evaluation Officer, Evaluation Officer, Impact Delivery, Quant/Qual Research, Impact Development Lead, Research Communications, Communications and Engagement, Scientific Data, Monitoring Evaluation and Learning Specialist, Research and Evaluation Consultant, Senior Research and Evaluation Officer, Data and Marketing Officer, Data Officer etc.

Posted on: 08 November 2021
Closed date: 01 December 2021
Job ref: 2851
Tags: Communications, PR, Policy/Research