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Communications Assistant

£25,000 – £28,000 yearly

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

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

Last Updated: 11/15/22

Job Description

Are you passionate about news and the media and looking for a fantastic communications role where you can learn and develop as part of a motivated team of experts? Do you love to write, enjoy hearing people’s stories and are highly organised? Are you excited at the prospect of working for a renowned, well-loved national brand? If so, this could be the job for you!

We are looking for a dynamic and enthusiastic Communications Assistant to be part of Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity’s (GOSH Charity) busy and ambitious Communications team, Based within the GOSH Charity offices, the Communications Assistant role is vital to the successful functioning of the Communications team. The team works with a wide variety of national, consumer, broadcast, trade and regional media, with celebrities and VIPs, charity staff and patients and families cared for at the hospital.

We’re looking for someone who is highly organised and who will enjoy working as part of a fast-paced team – this is a fantastic opportunity to develop your skills across a breadth of communications work. Your work will include working closely with GOSH’s patients and their families to help tell their inspiring stories, and engaging Charity staff in the work of the organisation through our internal communications channels to help the charity make the biggest difference to GOSH every day.

You’ll be enthusiastic and keen to get involved in all aspects of the team’s work and in return you’ll gain valuable experience in a high-profile communications team. The post-holder will get the chance to develop professional writing skills, co-ordinate media coverage monitoring and evaluation, help draft internal communications to charity staff, and assist on celebrity and family liaison activities at the hospital, whilst providing essential administrative support to the team.

About the team

The Communications Assistant will be joining a high achieving Communications team, whose remit covers Family Stories, Media Relations, Internal Communications and Celebrity & Influencer Liaison. The Communications team forms part of the Marketing & Communications directorate.

About you

You will be a highly efficient organiser who is enthusiastic and willing to get stuck into the team’s busy day-to-day work. A natural relationship builder with a keen eye for detail, you’ll be comfortable interacting with people who work both inside and outside the charity and be able to prioritise your time, balancing it between essential administrative support and specific project work.

The ideal candidate will have:

• Demonstrable interest in the news and media
• Strong communication skills, both verbal and written, and the ability to build relationships with both internal and external stakeholders
• Attention to detail and strong time management skills, with the ability to prioritise their workload
• The ability to work independently, using initiative and sound judgement
• Some previous experience of working in an office environment, demonstrating experience of managing and maintaining administrative systems to support the smooth running of the team

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: 15th December

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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.