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Job title: Public Affairs Assistant

Responsible to: Public Affairs Manager

Salary: £22,000 per annum

Benefits: 33 paid holiday days per year, plus employer contribution to pension

Contract: Full-time (35 hours a week)

Located: Barclay House, Level 3, 37 Queen Square, London WC1N 3BH

Purpose of the role:

You will support Genetic Alliance UK’s public affairs activity, in particular working on the Rare Disease UK campaign. The Public Affairs Assistant will be a key member of the Genetic Alliance UK policy team, providing assistance with analysing, researching and briefing on parliamentary developments across the UK.

Principle duties:

  • Contacting and maintaining relationships with MPs and Peers.
  • Undertaking research activity (qualitative and quantitative), identifying critical information and writing reports.
  • Assisting the Public Affairs Manager to provide the secretariat to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Rare, Genetic and Undiagnosed Conditions.
  • Providing high quality written copy for internal and external publications, including producing briefings.
  • Assisting the Public Affairs Manager to arrange stakeholder engagement events and other meetings/events.
  • Responsible for political monitoring activities.
  • Communicating with Rare Disease UK supporters and other external organisations and individuals.
  • Developing, producing and delivering effective content and campaigns for Rare Disease UK’s digital channels, including its website, social media platforms and campaign updates.
  • Remaining up to date with digital trends, including specific optimisation and media requirements of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
  • Working with the Communications Team to implement strategies that develop Rare Disease UK’s digital profile, engage audiences, and support the organisation’s aims and objectives.
  • Maintaining the patient experiences blog on the Rare Disease UK website.
  • Attending relevant meetings/conferences, representing the organisation.
  • Undertaking other reasonable tasks required by Genetic Alliance UK when needed.

Person specification:

Education and qualifications

  • Graduate or equivalent experience.
  • Good level of IT literacy.

Essential qualities, skills and experience

  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral.
  • Ability to write clear and logical documents.
  • Ability to work both as part of a team and independently.
  • A can-do attitude to work, with enthusiasm and creativity.
  • Attention to detail to all aspects of work.
  • A logical and organised approach to work.
  • Ability to meet agreed deadlines, prioritise workload and maximise the use of time.
  • Ability to adapt writing style for a range of audiences.
  • Experience of communications work.
  • A commitment to the aims and objectives of Genetic Alliance UK.

Desirable qualities, skills and experience

  • Experience of public affairs work and political monitoring.
  • Experience of undertaking qualitative and quantitative research.
  • Experience of the voluntary and/or health sector communications.
  • Interest and knowledge of political environment in the UK.
  • Interest in healthcare policy.
  • Appreciation of current issues in genetics and health care and their impact on patients and families.

Additional requirements

  • To be able to work occasional evenings and weekends.
  • Willing to undertake occasional travel in the UK and Europe.

To apply:

Please email your CV and an accompanying cover letter that explains how you meet the person specification to [email protected]create new email with the subject heading ‘Public Affairs Assistant.’

Application deadline: 

12 noon, Tuesday 25 July 2017.

You can download this job description here.

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