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Head of Communications

£58,000 – £61,000 yearly

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

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

Last Updated: 3/28/23

Job Description

Want to make a difference every day for seriously ill children and their families? Want to shape the reputation of one of the UK’s leading charities? Then this role could be for you. As Head of Communications you'll lead a high profile, strategic and effective communications function to support ambitious fundraising targets, strengthen our reputation and build our engagement with colleagues and stakeholders.

At a time when compelling storytelling and communication is more important than ever, we are looking for an experienced, forward-thinking Head of Communication who can lead this key strategic function. You will understand the vital role our beneficiaries play in telling our Brand story and contribute to the development of a culture which fosters inclusivity and diversity. And you'll lead, motivate and inspire a hugely talented team to innovate in order to deliver the ambitious organisational strategy.

About the Team:

Reporting to the Director of Marketing and Communications, this role leads a team of nine, which comprises a communications and press office function, artist liaison, stories and case studies and internal communications.  The team works closely with the charity’s brand marketing and digital engagement teams and with the communications team for Great Ormond Street Hospital itself.

About you:

You will be an inspiring team leader with proven experience leading high profile and effective communication campaigns, strategic internal communications and managing a multi-functional team. You will have excellent media relations credentials, an eye for a story and a keen ability to assess and respond to reputational risk. You’re a supportive but ambitious manager, keen to drive high performance for the charity and support your team in a time of change.

Specifically you will have:

  • Experience of providing strategic, integrated communications and compelling storytelling for a well-known brand
  • Proven experience in delivering high profile and effective PR campaigns and media relations
  • In-depth knowledge of strategy and tactics in managing risk issues and crisis communications and experience of managing complex media stories
  • Experience of leading a team through a time of change and providing inspiring leadership to others.

About the Charity

Every day brings new challenges at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH). Every day, over 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: 8th May.

Applications will be reviewed on an on-going basis and we reserve the right to close the role prior to the closing date, should a suitable applicant be found. Therefore, you are encouraged to apply right away, to avoid disappointment.

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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.