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Public affairs and stakeholder manager

Vacancy Salary 32,131.20 to 34,671.28
Vacancy Location / Fixed Required to work from the London office a minimum of 2 days a week upon return to work 89 Albert Embankment
Type of engagement: Full-Time
Hours per week: 35

This is a Permanent, 35 vacancy that will close in {x} days at {xx:xx} BST.

Do you want a rewarding career where you can really make a difference? Are you looking for the next step in your public affairs career in a leading mental health charity?

 

Rethink Mental Illness exists to improve the lives of people severely affected by mental illness. 

The objectives of the Campaigns and Communications team are to increase the public profile of Rethink Mental Illness, mobilise public and parliamentary support to bring about change and ensure that all colleagues are aware of, bought into and engaged in contributing to the values and direction of the Charity.

We are currently recruiting for a Public Affairs and Stakeholder Manager, to join us on a Permanent Basis, working 35 hours per week, fixed, but when allowing from our London office in Vauxhall for 2 days per week minimum. The successful candidate will be well supported and given the chance to learn from experienced and dedicated public affairs and campaigning professionals.

What will I be doing ?

  • I build, maintain and manage relationships with diverse opinion-formers and influencers in Westminster, the third sector and business
  • I manage and lead the development and delivery of the organisation’s public affairs activity, including devising influencing plans and a programme of events and speaking opportunities to further the reputation of Rethink Mental Illness externally
  • I contribute to the development of wider influencing and communications strategies and advise on political strategy so public affairs work supports online and offline activism, and vice versa
  • I monitor national and local political and government activity and advise senior members of staff on new opportunities for influencing and campaigning
  • I work closely with the Communications/Media teams to craft opinion pieces and stories in both national and trade press that influence decision makers and stakeholders.
  • I work closely with the policy team to create research and assets to inform campaigns.
  • I represent Rethink Mental Illness externally at conferences, coalition groups and meetings to further the charity’s campaigning agenda
  • I support the Policy & Public Affairs Officer to draft briefings, letters, parliamentary questions and to create content for internal and external communications
  • I work with the policy team to draft amendments for parliamentarians
  • Working with the policy team, I develop policy positions and draft policy reports as required
  • I support colleagues and the charity’s activists to liaise with local politicians and influence local decision-making structures and activities e.g. NHS and local government
  • I lead on Rethink Mental Illness’s role in jointly providing a secretariat to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Mental Health
  • I evaluate and report the impact and outcomes of Rethink’s Mental Illness’ public affairs work

Do you have what we are looking for?

  • I have a track record of designing and delivering effective public affairs influencing strategies and developing and maintaining relationships with influential stakeholders to further campaigning objectives
  • I provide creative ways to engage with diverse stakeholders and understand how to influence them
  • I have a strong understanding of parliamentary processes and opportunities to influence them with proven ability to craft messages that land across multiple communications channels.
  • I have a strong understanding of the political and health media landscapes and am able to use these to further the charity’s aims.
  • I am quick to understand complex policy issues and their relevance to an organization
  • I am a persuasive communicator, in person and in writing
  • Strong experience of successfully influencing to achieve specific campaign objectives
  • I am driven to contribute to ongoing innovation that improves the quality and effectiveness of our channels and systems.
  • I persuade and influence internal stakeholders who work in other teams to achieve outcomes and impacts.
  • I am able to prioritise workload demands, delegate to junior members of staff and manage unforeseen challenges.
  • Experience of evaluating projects and producing reports or presentations that evidence impact.
  • I deal with stressful and difficult situations in a calm manner.
  • I have a degree in relevant subject appropriate to the role or equivalent knowledge gained through  experience

 

What will you receive?

You will have plenty of opportunities to enhance your abilities with the chance to make a real difference every day. In addition, you will have excellent development opportunities including funded training, career development and a range e-learning courses. You will also receive:  

  • Salary of £32,131.20 to £34,61.28 inclusive of London weighting per anum
  • contributory pension scheme 
  • Life assurance and employee assistance programme
  • 25 days annual leave rising to 30 days plus bank holidays
  • Your "Rethink Day" - 1 day’s additional leave (pro rata) on your Birthday
  • Eyecare vouchers
  • Flexible working  

We welcome applications from everyone, applicants with lived experience, LGBTQ , people with a disability, or who are BAME are actively encouraged to apply. We are proud to have also been awarded Disability Confident employer status and therefore we ensure our recruitment process is inclusive and accessible to everyone.

We reserve the right to change the closing date without notice depending on the number of responses received.

Interviews to be held week commencing 27th  September 2021.

The Talent and Diversity Specialist looking after this role is Daniele Brennan. If you have any questions about the position, please feel free to drop her an email at daniele.brenann@rethink.org.uk or give her a call on 0121 522 7111 

Our work to achieve this is guided by seven core values:

  • Commitment
  • Equity
  • Expertise
  • Hope
  • Openness
  • Passion
  • Understanding

Passion

We are passionate about leading the way to a better quality of life for everyone severely affected by mental illness.

Commitment

We work tirelessly to provide support for everyone severely affected by mental illness.

Openness

We are open and transparent in all our work with beneficiaries, supporters, partners and the public to achieve change for people severely affected by mental illness.

Hope

We offer hope of a better quality of life for all those severely affected by mental illness.

Expertise

We constantly use our expertise to provide practical and personal support for people who are severely affected by mental illness.

Understanding

People who are severely affected by mental illness are at the heart of everything we do in our organisation – our membership, our governance and our workforce.

Equity

We believe that in a world where discrimination and disadvantage exist, treating people with equity is critical to ensure justice and fairness for all.

Openness

We are open and transparent in all our work with beneficiaries, supporters, partners and the public to achieve change for people severely affected by mental illness.

You will have plenty of opportunities to enhance your abilities with the opportunity to make a real difference every day. In addition, you will have excellent development opportunities including funded training, career development, and a range of e-learning courses. You will also receive:  

Employer funded pension

Flexible
working

Life
assurance

BUPA
employee assistance

Eyecare vouchers

up to £55 towards the cost of new glasses or lenses

Training opportunities

e-learning courses & much more

Annual
leave

25 days rising to 30, plus bank holidays

Rethink
day

1 day’s additional leave (pro rata) on your Birthday

For the full list, see our website here.

“From the very start I was made to feel welcome and respected in my new team. In the short time I have been working with Rethink Mental Illness as a service administrator I have been able to contribute ideas and make meaningful change, and I appreciate that Rethink allows me to direct my own role development and help me build on the skills I want to work on.”

“Working for Rethink Mental Illness is the most rewarding job I could ask for. As a Peer and Volunteer Co-ordinator I get to work with a huge variety of people, with a range of skills and support them to incorporate those skills into their volunteering roles. I am always looking for gaps that need filling and creating new and exciting opportunities that will benefit our service, mental health in the community, but most importantly the people giving up their time to help.”

“I’ve previously worked in a large corporate environment, in the criminal justice sector and other charities. Without a shadow of a doubt, Rethink Mental Illness has been the best employer I’ve ever had. They care about their staff. Its great working with like-minded people and knowing that you are making a real difference to people’s lives.”

“It feels very rewarding to be part of such a meaningful Organisation where everyone is valued and has the opportunity to make a difference”.

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