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Sands seeks Public Affairs and Campaigns Manager

Sands 3-5y Mid Level  London, England, United Kingdom 14 Dec 2017

Job Description

Public Affairs and Campaigns Manager

About Sands

Every single day in the UK, in spite of medical advances, 15 babies are stillborn or die within the first 28 days of life.

Sands, the stillbirth and neonatal death charity, is a well-established and widely respected national charity that:

  • Supports anyone affected by the death of a baby through our Helpline and our 100 Groups nationwide across the 4 devolved nations.
  • Works in partnership with health professionals to ensure that bereaved parents and families receive the best possible care by transforming the culture and practice of perinatal bereavement care through our accredited training programmes and resources.
  • Promotes changes in care that could help to reduce the loss of babies’ lives by funding high impact research projects that identify the causes of stillbirth and point to ways of reducing their incidence.

The charity has grown its income by over 40% since 2012 and, as part of its strategic plan to 2020, is focusing on how we can make the biggest difference to improving the care and support available to bereaved parents and families, and building on our success in raising awareness of the issues relating to stillbirth and neonatal death. This is an especially exciting time at Sands as we reposition to become the leading charity in the sector.

About the role

Sands is looking for a dynamic and forward-thinking Public Affairs and Campaigns Manager to lead our public affairs and campaigns activity.

This is a high-profile and rewarding role which will involve working strategically to obtain widespread commitment to reducing the number of babies dying and ensuring the provision of excellent bereavement care. You’ll be responsible for developing effective relationships with politicians and key political influencers across the UK, leading on the delivery of impactful and integrated campaigns and ensuring that issues relating to stillbirth and neonatal death are highlighted and key public health messages are communicated effectively.

With demonstrable experience of delivering impactful policy change campaigns and successfully influencing public policy agendas at a high level, you will be able to build and maintain productive relationships with senior politicians and influencers.

You will have excellent organisational, interpersonal and strategic planning skills and be able to respond quickly to the demands of fast moving political, policy and media agendas. The ability to clearly communicate complex issues to political, public and professional audiences is essential, as well as creating and maintaining external strategic alliances.

The advertised hours are 28 hours per week, although flexibility will be considered.

How to apply

Please forward a copy of your CV, together with a supporting statement detailing how your knowledge, skills and experience meet the criteria set out in the person specification to recruitment@sands.org.uk by 10th January 2018. Please also complete the Diversity and Equality Monitoring Form and send this with your application.

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