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Communications Officer

£31,000 – £35,000 yearly

Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity (G.O.S.H) (hireful)

Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity (G.O.S.H)  (hireful)

Last Updated: 11/28/22

Job Description

Are you interested in telling the inspiring and powerful stories of the children and families that come to Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) from all over the UK? Are you excited by the prospect of working for a renowned, well-loved national charity brand? Are you a brilliant communications professional who is looking for an exciting next step? If so, this could be the perfect role for you!

We are looking for a dynamic Communications Officer to be part of Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity (GOSH Charity)’s busy and ambitious Communications team, part of the charity’s Marketing & Communications directorate. This comes at a time when the hospital needs the support of the charity more than ever, and with some of the most exciting campaigns in our history coming up on the horizon.

The role will work with journalists across print, digital and broadcast media, with inspiring parents and children cared for at GOSH, and will support the internal communication and celebrity & influencer functions in the Communications department.

It will suit a natural collaborator who enjoys working on a wide range of projects, someone with a skill for balancing deadlines and a nose for a powerful and emotive story.

This is a brilliant opportunity to gain experience across the breadth of communications, and we will support the successful candidate to deliver forward-thinking communications work within an inspiring, team focused and stimulating professional environment.

About the team

Reporting into the External Communications Manager, the Communications Officer will be joining a high achieving, fast-paced Communications team, whose remit covers the press office function, family stories, internal communications and celebrity & influencer Liaison.

About you

You will be passionate about telling powerful stories that move people to take an action and will feel inspired by the opportunity to play a key role in publicising a range of fundraising campaigns. A natural relationship builder, you’ll be comfortable with interacting with a range of stakeholders, excel at pitching to journalists, and feel confident supporting case studies and celebrity ambassadors.

Specifically, you will have:

  • Proven experience in delivering high profile and effective proactive PR campaigns, and of responding to reactive media enquiries
  • Experience of effectively working with senior internal and external stakeholders, for example these could include high value supporters or donors or celebrities
  • In-depth knowledge of PR strategy and tactics
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to manage competing priorities and to work to tight deadlines

The ideal candidate will also have:

  • Experience of interviewing people with sensitivity and carefully placing case study stories in the media.
About the Charity

Every day brings new challenges at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH). Every day, around 600 seriously ill children from across the UK arrive for life-changing treatments. Every day, young lives hang in the balance as patients, families and staff battle the most complex illnesses. And every day, the brightest minds come together to achieve pioneering medical breakthroughs that change the lives of thousands of children – and change the world. This extraordinary hospital has always depended on charitable support to give seriously ill children the best chance to fulfil their potential. Without donations, Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity can’t help fund ground-breaking research, advanced equipment, child and family support services, and the rebuilding and refurbishment of wards and medical facilities. Our staff help to raise these vital funds for the hospital. A better future for seriously ill children starts with you.

Recently awarded with a ‘Best Companies 2-star accreditation' and placed number 17 on the 2019 Sunday Times Best 100 Not-for-Profit Companies list - we offer a range of attractive benefits including; a flexible approach to working, 30 days holiday, life assurance, enhanced employer pension contributions, and a discounted season ticket loan.

Our Commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

We recognise that people from some backgrounds are under-represented in our workforce and across the wider Charity sector. In April 2021 we launched our ambitious three-year EDI strategy committing to becoming a more inclusive workforce, reflecting the diverse communities that we work with and for and demonstrating this through all our areas of work.

A more diverse workforce will enable us to deliver even more impact and we particularly encourage applications from communities which are under-represented in the charity. This includes people from Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority backgrounds, people with a disability, people who are LGBT+ or who are from less advantaged socioeconomic groups.

Further information on our EDI strategy can be found on our website.

Our approach to hybrid working

This role is based in our Central London office (WC1N, opposite Russell Square underground) with the option to work remotely up to three days a week.

Please refer to the full job description below for more information.

How to Apply

Please click on the apply button in the top right-hand corner where you will be taken to a short application form to complete. You are encouraged to include a cover letter with your application, and should refer to the 'GOSH Charity Information Pack' on the Careers page of our website before you apply.

Closing date: 2nd May.

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Company Details

Great Ormond Street Hospital is a children's hospital located in the Bloomsbury area of the London Borough of Camden, and a part of Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust.