Centre for Cities is the leading think tank dedicated to improving the economies of the UK's largest cities and towns. They produce rigorous, data-driven research and policy ideas to help cities, large towns and Government address the challenges and opportunities they face - from boosting productivity and wages to preparing for the changing world of work. The charity also works closely with urban leaders, Whitehall and businesses to ensure their work is relevant, accessible and of practical use to cities, large towns and policy makers. The Centre was set up in 2005 by Lord Sainsbury of Turville as an independent, non-partisan research organisation.
Prospectus are delighted to be collaborating with Centre for Cities to recruit for a Director of External Affairs to lead the development and day-to-day delivery of the External Affairs team of five, responsible for external affairs, policy, media, digital, events and partnerships. The Director will work closely with the Chief Executive and Director of Policy and Research as part of the Senior Leadership Team, providing counsel to the organisation internally, bringing key experience, ideas and guidance. The Director will also lead on the Centre's public affairs engagement, have responsibility for reputation management, and represent the organisation when required at external stakeholder meetings with MP's, city officials, corporate sponsors, and building partnerships that lead to sponsorship income.
The successful candidate will have experience leading multi-channel communications strategies within a policy-focused organisation, with a strong track record of successful stakeholder engagement and partnership building. You will be a highly motivated, highly ambitious individual with either interest or experience in the subject area, understanding some aspects of the work that the organisation does to enable you to build ideas on how to work together with various stakeholders. You will be an experienced team manager with excellent people management skills and the ability to motivate and guide the team to ensure success. Centre for Cities welcome applications from candidates looking to develop some areas of expertise within the role. This is a full time role, with an option for 4 days per week working.
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