External Relations Officer – South and Mid Wales

MS Society

External Relations Officer – South and Mid Wales
  • Location: Home based
  • Salary: £31,446 - £35,761 plus excellent benefits
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Closing Date: 08:00 30 May 2017
  • Hours: Full-time
  • Summary

    As External Relations Officer you will be mobilising the MS community, within South and Mid Wales to make a powerful case for change in the treatment, care and support of people with MS.

    Employer Profile

    At the MS Society, we put people living with MS at the centre of everything we do, and it’s this commitment that unites us across the UK. Our vision is a world free from the effects of MS.

    Our ultimate goal is to find a cure. But until then, we will do all that we can to enable people with MS to live life, knowing that they do not have to face MS alone.

    It’s an exciting time to join us. We are one year into a new strategy, which is rooted in what people with MS have told us is important to them. This gives us a clear and determined focus. We have big aspirations and we need brilliant new people to help us achieve our ambitious goals.

    Job Role

    You will also work with colleagues across the Policy and External Relations team on a UK, national and local level to develop and grow intelligence around local practice. You'll be supporting the development and growth of pockets of excellence in MS treatment, care and support in each region and nation too.

    Crucially you will play a pivotal role in supporting national MS Society campaigns on issues, from access to medicines to awareness raising. You'll be helping to shape campaigns and promote our calls to action among people in our MS community to advocate for change.

    The role will involve working closely with a wide range of external stakeholders including relevant professionals, such as consultant neurologists, charities with an interest in MS, neurology and associated issues and also key decision makers locally such as commissioners. You must also be able to use your skills to develop an effective network of MS champions, empowering local volunteers to be effective advocates for change.

    As an External Relations Officer, you will have excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to influence a wide range of stakeholders. You will have a proven track record of working with other organisations and negotiating through influential relationships to secure change.

    This is a fantastic opportunity to be part of a supportive and friendly team at an exciting time in the development of the charity.

    As this role covers a large geographical area you will need to hold a full driving licence and have access to a car.

    We offer 23 days annual leave (plus 12 bank holidays) and various other benefits such as supported developmental opportunities.

    Additional Information

    Interview date: Friday 9 June 2017

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