External Affairs Manager (Media)

  • Salary: £50,560 including on call allowance and London weighting (if applicable)
  • Location: Agile working with a London base

About you

  • Do you have strong experience of working with the media, either as a journalist or within communications?
  • Do you have a solid news sense and passion for the NHS?
  • Are you skilled at produce compelling copy, including at pace, that will resonate with a range of external audiences?

If so, we could have the perfect job for you as our new external affairs manager.

About us

The NHS Confederation is the membership organisation that brings together, supports and speaks for the whole healthcare system in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The NHS Confederation is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive environment for our staff. A place where we can all be ourselves and succeed on merit. We offer a range of inclusive employment policies including family friendly policies and flexible working and we have range of channels to support staff from different backgrounds including our staff networks and a staff forum.

You will receive an excellent benefits package, including 30 days annual leave (plus bank holidays), pension scheme, cycle to work scheme, salary sacrifice schemes and travel season ticket loans.

About the role 

This is an exciting role in our external affairs team where you will:

  • take lead responsibility on the day-to-day running of our press office service, ensuring we are positioned as the lead commentator on health and care and can effectively advocate on behalf of health leaders.
  • ensure we are well placed to respond to breaking news and key announcements,
  • support our senior spokespeople ahead of broadcast opportunities
  • tell a compelling story in both our proactive and reactive outputs.

You will line manage one member of the team, contribute to and manage a broad range of communications projects, and be at the heart of much of the organisation’s decision-making.

In addition to the advertised benefits, you will be joining an ambitious, committed, and close-knit team. We offer a variety of professional development opportunities, including on the job learning, training courses, access to senior decision-makers, and opportunities to get involved in different projects, policy development and communications disciplines.

How to apply

As part of our diverse recruitment practice, we use blind applications. The only information available to the shortlisting panel will be section one of the application form - to apply, please click HERE

If you would like to find out more, please get in touch with Paul Cooney, assistant director of communications ([email protected]).

Application deadline: 24th September 2023

Interview date: October – date to be confirmed

Please include in your application that you heard about this opportunity through the Taylor Bennett Foundation.