Communications Officer - RCN01501

Communications | Negotiable Location | £36,237 (including inner London weighting of £4410) pro rata

Contract type: Maternity Cover

At the Royal College of Nursing we’re an optimistic organisation. And we’ve got good reason to be. We all share the same voice when it comes to changing the shape of the health policies of the future. And as the largest trade union of nursing staff and students in the UK – with over 450,000 members – all we can see are the infinite possibilities for a brighter future. Join us and you will too. We’re accredited with Investors in People Gold Standard.

Communications Officer
Negotiable Location, 17.5 hours per week, Fixed Term Contract or Secondment until August 2022

As a Communications Officer, you’ll use your positive attitude, your knowledge of editorial processes and your ability to deliver accurate, high standard materials for our members and the wider nursing profession.

It's a job full of possibilities as you could get involved in anything from library exhibitions to clinical publications and photoshoots. We'll look to you to proofread, copywrite, project manage, and collaborate with external stakeholders such as designers and printers. It's a great way to build your knowledge of our work and develop your potential.

As our Communications Officer you’ll manage some organisational wide projects whilst influencing stakeholders and building key internal and external relationships. You will make and influence critical decisions about how our brand is displayed and maintained and work to engage and retain our members.

What we offer you

We expect you to look after our members and stakeholders. And we expect you to be rewarded for it. As well as a whole range of learning and development opportunities we can also offer you an impressive range of benefits. We have a highly competitive pay structure, as well as flexible working, and annual leave of up to 32 days.

Balancing work and life commitments is important to us as an organisation. We are a diverse organisation and understand everyone has different needs. All employees can ask for flexible working and when personal circumstances change we will work with you to find a smarter working solution that suits everyone. In fact, many of our employees enjoy home working, flexible working or compressed hours, enabling them to deliver results with minimum impact to their professional and personal commitments. We also offer generous Maternity, Paternity and Adoption leave packages.

To join us you’ll need excellent editorial skills and, ideally, a background in a relevant area such as publishing or Communications. You will be a great copywriter and proof-reader and will facilitate strong collaboration between departments.

Whatever your background, you'll be efficient, accurate and show a real customer focus in all you do.

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.

Please note, that due to Covid-19, while we are trying our best to accommodate our Assessment Centres and Interviews on the dates outlined in our adverts, we may need to be flexible about how and when we run our Recruitment processes for the time being.

We are currently running Assessments and Interviews remotely should we need to, in accordance with Government advice, so if you envisage any issues with accessing a computer, webcam or a sufficient internet connection for a video call, then please do highlight this in your Supporting Statement. We will of course do all we can to ensure you have the best experience in applying to work with us during this challenging period.

Please note, should we receive a high volume of applications for this role, your application may not be shortlisted if you do not submit a Supporting Statement. A Supporting Statement is an important part of our application process, so we would encourage you to submit one as part of your application.

Should we receive a suitable number of applications for this post after a week of posting this advert, this vacancy may close early, before the closure date stated below.

For more information or for an informal discussion please contact Shelley Lovesay or Emma Jones, Senior Communications Officers on 020 7647 3478 or 020 7647 3477.

For more information on the Recruitment & Selection process, please contact

Opening Date: 04 June 2021
Closing Date: 20 June 2021
Assessment Centre Date: 11.59pm on 20 June 2021
Interview Date: 29 June 2021

Interview date: 29/06/2021

Contracted hours: 17.5

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