Head of Communications & Engagement

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Job title: Head of Communications & Engagement

Salary: Circa £70,000 per annum + excellent benefits, including flexible working and 33 days annual leave + Bank Holidays upon joining

Hours: 1.0 WTE / full-time at 37.5 hrs per week

Contract: Permanent

This is a hybrid/remote role. KSS AHSN's primary place of business is in Gatwick/Crawley and we have additional satellite offices for hot desking in Guildford and Brighton.

The role holder will be expected to periodically travel for meetings within the Kent, Surrey, Sussex geography.

KSS AHSN is seeking to appoint a dynamic Head of Communications and Engagement to join their team.

As one of the 15 national Academic Health Science Networks, KSS AHSNs aim is to transform lives through innovation. As we do this, sitting beneath our central aim, we recognise the need to connect more fully and memorably with local Integrated Care Systems and innovators ensuring our portfolio of work responds to local needs. Through our work we will promote inclusion and address inequality.

We are looking to refresh and reinvigorate our approach to communications and engagement with our multi-faceted and wide-ranging stakeholder groups. We want to better harness the power of digital and traditional engagement approaches.

As Head of Communications and Engagement, you will play a key hands-on role that straddles our strategic and operational requirements. You will lead the development of our new comms and engagement strategy - taking a creative and innovative approach that underpins our brand; who we are and what we stand for.

Responsible for reviewing our current approach and developing a refreshed communications and marketing strategy, you will lead the delivery of that strategy across KSS AHSN and the wider network, translating it for a range of audiences using a range of communication tools and ensuring maximum impact.

You will also be leading on the development of integrated marketing techniques; developing strategies to manage messages and deliver effective external and internal communications. You will also be responsible for aligning these activities with the strategic business plan and organisational strategy, whilst developing KSSAHSN’s digital and social media presence.

We are looking for someone who knows how to create and implement complex, multi-stranded communications and marketing strategies, both traditional and digital; who will manage the KSSAHSN brand across a breadth of audiences and media. You will have experience of organisational transformation and of change/engagement communications through change programmes. You will utilise available resources, social media and other creative agencies to apply the brand narrative.

Equally adept at strategic and tactical marketing, you’ll have demonstrated outstanding influencing and interpersonal skills, at all levels, and a range of planning, analytical and project management abilities. You will be willing and able to work across all levels of colleagues and stakeholders to achieve goals. You will share KSSAHSN’s values and behaviours and be passionate about making a difference, by bringing new ideas to the table and fully understanding the value of ROI and how to measure the impact of marketing.


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