Lead for Activist Communities - RCN02414

Employment Relations and Nursing | Any RCN office with hybrid working | £72,003 (including inner London weighting of £5094)

Contract type: Permanent

Lead for Activist Communities

35 Hours, any UK office with hybrid working

Grade E - £66,909 – £75,492

At the Royal College of Nursing we’re an optimistic organisation. We know that together we can make change happen. We are the largest trade union of nursing staff and students in the UK – with over half a million members – so we can see the momentous possibilities for a brighter future. Join us and you will too.

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 RCN is at a very exciting moment in its history, and is now planning to embed, enhance and nurture member activism across the UK. We are establishing a Lead for Activist Communities role, to sit within the Activist Engagement Team in the new RCN Activism Academy.

This post will play a key strategic role in the creation of this new team, and in the delivery of the RCN’s Activism Strategy. The Lead for Activist Communities will line manage a small team and report directly to the Head of Activist Engagement. It will also work closely with key stakeholders within the wider RCN staff team and the membership.

The Lead for Activist Communities will oversee the development of powerful and thriving communities of active RCN members. The role will be responsible for enabling and enhancing peer-to-peer relationships that support members to self-organise around the issues that matter to them, including their conditions of employment, the standing of the profession of nursing, on equity, diversity, and inclusivity (EDI), and more.

The post is responsible for developing strategies and leading on plans to strengthen the reach and influence of reps and other activists, and to support the improvement of local activist structures. make the RCN visible and influential wherever we have members. in reviewing current branch structures to enhance local engagement. This is an exciting opportunity to shape a new team at its inception and Be part of something bigger than yourself.

If you understand what makes activists tick and what they need to thrive, and you take pride in seeing a job well done, then this may well be the role for you.

The Lead for Activist Communities will combine leadership skills with creativity and strategic, solution-focused thinking. You will need the ability to turn creative visions into practical plans and have a proven record of seeing projects through to completion.

You will need good communication skills, and an ability to inspire others. You will need to thrive as part of a team, with excellent interpersonal skills. This role requires an excellent understanding in building activism for social change. It also requires a passion for healthcare and the nursing profession.

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 expected 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 Harry Eccles – Head of Activist Engagement on 07753844772

For more information about the recruitment and selection process please contact

Opening date: 03/04/24

Closing date: 11.59pm on 28/04/2024

Assessment & interview date: 13/5/24 & 14/05/2024

Interview date: 13/05/2024

Contracted hours: 35

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