Director of Communications and External Affairs
- Hours: Full-time
- Salary: £55,000 – £65,000
- Location: Vauxhall, London (with flexible working)
- Reports to: CEO
- Responsible for: a team of 6
- Closing date: 14 June 2021
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Over 200,000 children in the UK are growing up in kinship care – three times more than in foster care – raised by grandparents, siblings or other relatives or friends when their parents aren’t able to care for them. Kinship care is a positive alternative to the care system. It keeps children in families and leads to better outcomes. Yet kinship care has been marginalised and poorly supported for too long.
Kinship is fighting for recognition and support for every kinship family. We are recruiting a new Director of Communications and External Affairs to help make it happen.
You will join Kinship during an exciting period of organisational growth and increasing awareness and policy interest in kinship care. You will play an integral role in raising awareness about kinship care and our work, ensure that the voices of kinship carers are heard by decision makers and the public, and lead our work to secure policy and legislative change.
About the role
This pivotal role is part of our senior leadership team and you will play an active role in contributing to our positive culture and high performing team. You will contribute to the charity’s long-term strategy and objectives, working closely with our CEO, board of trustees, kinship carers and a broad range of external stakeholders.
Currently overseeing a team of six with four direct reports, you will lead on the development and delivery of an integrated communications and influencing strategy. This role will position Kinship as the leading kinship care charity with key decision makers and opinion formers in England and Wales. The Director will develop and implement a stakeholder engagement plan and will be working closely with the Chief Executive to enable meetings with key MPs and opinion formers.
This role will lead on the development and delivery of a campaign strategy to transform kinship care support through long term government investment and legislative change. As a social action charity, the role will lead our plans and projects to build a powerful and connected network of kinship campaigners – young people and kinship carers who will co-develop and deliver local and national campaigns.
The role will line manage the marketing and digital team, working closely with the Head of Marketing and Engagement to drive kinship carer engagement, and support income-generation, including fundraising and commissioning.
The successful candidate will be an experienced senior public affairs and communications professional with a track record in leading multi-disciplinary teams. You will be an inspiring communicator and relationship-builder with a demonstrable track record in developing and delivering successful policy and awareness campaigns and experience in proactive and reactive media relations. You will understand how charities work and be excited about working in a social action charity. A knowledge of children’s social care or family issues is desirable, but more important is that you bring strategic vision as well as an entrepreneurial mindset with an ability to seize opportunities to increase Kinship’s influence and impact.
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Equality and Diversity
Kinship is committed to inclusivity and representing the diversity of the communities we serve. We therefore welcome applications from all backgrounds and all sections of the community. Applicants will be treated fairly throughout the recruitment process and we will ensure there is no unfair discrimination on the basis of race, ethnic origin, disability, gender, religion or belief, age, sexual orientation or any other relevant characteristic. We are actively seeking applications from black and minority ethnic applicants who are currently under-represented at management levels in the charity. Kinship encourage those with kinship care experience to consider applying for roles throughout the organisation.
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