Senior Strategic Communications Officer - RCN02410

Communications | Any RCN office with hybrid working | £47,745

Contract type: Fixed Term Contract

Senior Strategic Communications Officer
RCN London HQ / any RCN office, 35 hours, fixed term until mid-June 2025 (maternity leave cover)

Salary per annum: £47,745 + London weighting of £5,094 per annum if applicable

Imagine being faced with a world of exciting possibilities that could ultimately enable you to support our members and help shape the health policies of the future. As the UK’s largest trade union and professional body for nursing, we support over half a million members with unwavering loyalty and total commitment. We represent and develop them, support their practice and lobby on their behalf to make a positive difference to their working lives.

We're accredited with Investors in People Silver Standard. Our people are our greatest asset, and we want people who can contribute to our purpose in line with our values.

The Senior Strategic Communications Officer plans, manages and evaluates UK-wide communications projects and campaigns that progresses the RCN’s strategic objectives - working with stakeholders across the organisation to deliver impactful activity for members and other audiences.

The role will be varied and you will be working on a wide range of projects from our corporate campaigns such as Nurses’ Day to strategic communications planning for our annual Congress to delivering our campaigning priorities for Fair Pay for Nursing. You’ll need to be confident in turning complex information into messaging that will be used by stakeholders across the organisation. You’ll need to be able to lead projects and monitor progress of other stakeholders.

In this role every day will be filled with possibilities. It's a great opportunity to build on your skills and experience and develop your potential.

To succeed in this role you will need to be an experienced communications professional used to planning and delivering strategic communications activity. You’ll be used to working in a busy team, able to manage competing priorities and delivering to tight deadlines. Ideally you will have knowledge of the health sector and/or experience in a membership organisation. Your ability to foster strong professional relationships and encourage close collaboration between departments is at the heart of this role.

To succeed at the Royal College of Nursing all you need to do is think bigger, better and brighter. And with an attitude like that, anything’s possible.

What we offer you

We expect you to look after our members. And we expect you to be rewarded for it. We offer an impressive range of benefits, a broad range of learning development opportunities and an award-winning health and wellbeing programme. We offer annual leave up to 32 days plus bank holidays and three additional days for the Christmas break plus generous maternity, adoption, paternity, and shared parental leave packages.

*We offer a competitive pay structure with annual pay progression until you reach the top of the salary scale. We normally offer new employees the first point of the salary range, although you may be able to negotiate a higher starting salary depending on your skills, experience and current salary.

What we deliver for our members is wide and varied so when it comes to how we work one size doesn’t fit all. We also know that to empower our people to do their best work, they must be able to balance the demands of work and home. We are a diverse organisation and understand everyone has different needs and many of our employees enjoy flexible working enabling them to deliver results whilst having a good work life balance. Departments and directorates have their own hybrid ways of working which put the needs of the service they deliver – whether that’s to members or to colleagues - at their heart, in alignment with our hybrid working core principles. At the RCN it’s unlikely you will work from home for all of your working time. Equally no one is excepted to work solely in the office unless your role requires it. You can find out more by having a discussion with the recruiting manager.

Our selection process

Please submit a CV and answer the supporting questions demonstrating how you meet the criteria for this role. You may not be shortlisted if you don’t. Please ensure your CV is in a simple format with minimal tables and sections. Any identifying information in your application will automatically be anonymised for shortlisting purposes.

We want your experience applying for a job with us to be the best it can be. We may hold our interviews and assessments in person or by video call. If you foresee any problems, please let us know.

As a proud member of the Disability Confident employer scheme we actively encourage applications from people with disabilities.

Contact details

For more information or for an informal discussion about the role please contact Emma Selim on

For more information about the recruitment and selection process please contact

Opening date: Monday 25 March 2024

Closing date: 11.59pm on Sunday 21 April 2024
If we receive many applications after a week of advertising, this vacancy may close earlier.

Assessment date: Wednesday 1 May 2024

Interview date: Wednesday 8 May 2024

Interview date: 08/05/2024

Contracted hours: 35

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