The Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Association have an exciting opportunity for a Public Affairs Manager to join our Policy and Campaigns Team based from our London office N1, where we operate a trusting, collaborative and agile working environment.
This is a really exciting and impactful role leading on our public affairs work on a wide range of campaigns from United to End MND, to Act to Adapt and Scrap 6 Months and providing the secretariat for the APPG on MND.
About the role
The Public Affairs Manager will manage and implement the Association's public affairs activities to influence service provision for people affected by MND so that they can achieve the best possible quality of life.
What are we looking for?
You will have extensive public affairs experience from working in a charity or voluntary organisation, and experience of working on health, social care, welfare or disability issues would be an advantage.
Other key skills will include:
- An excellent understanding of parliamentary processes and procedures;
- Experience of working with parliamentarians of all parties;
- Excellent influencing skills;
- Excellent understanding of the policy and decision-making systems and structures in health in England, Wales and Northern Ireland;
- Extensive experience of project management;
- The ability to communicate with people at all levels from senior civil servants and politicians to local volunteers;
- Good team player;
- Experience of working in with other teams and in coalitions;
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
- Line management experience is desirable.
This role will involve occasional evening and weekend work.
The MND Association was founded in 1979. Our mission is to improve care and support for people with MND, their families and carers. We also fund and promote research that leads to new understanding and treatments and brings us closer to a cure for MND. The Association also campaigns and raises awareness so the needs of people with MND, and everyone who cares for them, are recognised and addressed by wider society.
We operate an agile working environment within a flexible office space using the latest technology and digital infrastructure. This, together with a high level of trust and performance driven culture, gives staff the freedom and flexibility to work in the best way for them, the Association and, most importantly, people with MND.
We are committed to equality and value diversity. We are working hard to remove perceived and actual barriers to participation for people with and affected by MND, current and future staff, volunteers and stakeholders.