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Public Affairs Advisor

Organisation
Ty Hafan
Post date
26 March 2021
Closing date
11 April 2021
Location
Sully, Vale of Glamorgan, CF64 5XX
Salary
Competitive
Hours
30 to 37.5 hours per week
Contact email
careers@tyhafan.org

We have a brand new role which offers an exciting opportunity to work with both Tŷ Hafan and Tŷ Gobaith, who are collaborating to cultivate an all-Wales voice for the children and families who use our children’s hospices.

Responsible for driving Tŷ Hafan and Tŷ Gobaith’s public affairs work in Wales, this position has the potential to make a significant difference to the lives of children with life-limiting conditions and their families in Wales. Government funding for children’s hospices in Wales is way behind funding in Scotland, Northern Ireland and England. Our ambition is to increase the level of sustainable government funding for children’s hospices in Wales (current funding level circa 10%), to achieve funding parity with other UK nations.

We are inviting expressions of interest from professionally experienced candidates (on a contract or fixed-term employment basis), evidencing the value you can bring, demonstrating creative solutions and substantiating why you are the best person for this role.

As our Public Affairs lead you will be expected to:

  • Develop and implement a joint public affairs strategy for Tŷ Hafan and Tŷ Gobaith, leading on the delivery of our public affairs agenda and reporting against key deliverables
  • Use knowledge and understanding of the Welsh political landscape to proactively seek opportunities to build our profile and grow the charities’ influence and drive forward our public affairs agenda
  • Ensure that sustainable funding for children’s hospices in Wales is on the political agenda for politicians, opinion leaders and decision makers
  • Lead on developing and building relationships with key political and policy stakeholders in Wales, ensuring that Tŷ Hafan and Tŷ Gobaith communicate effectively and in a joined-up way, to produce an all-Wales view for children’s hospices
  • Create impactful communications, including political briefings, speeches, blogs, reports, emails and letters.
  • Seek to leverage best practices from other political environments to secure the best outcomes for our service users
  • Represent our charities at key events and meetings with relevant stakeholders
  • Update key internal stakeholders on issues of political significance and provide political advice and training
  • Draft/input into social media content, working closely with the Marketing and Communications teams
  • Co-ordinate in-person and online events with stakeholders, including launches
  • Act as a media spokesperson, when needed

We are looking for someone who has the following personal attributes:

  • Educated to degree level or possessing relevant qualifications/experience
  • Excellent communicator
  • In-depth knowledge of the political landscape in Wales (desirable)
  • Bi-lingual English Welsh (spoken and written) (desirable)
  • An understanding of the health and social care policy and funding framework in Wales/ UK.

Along with the following experience and skills:

  • Demonstrable experience of leading and delivering successful political strategies and campaigns
  • Proven track record of successfully influencing for change
  • Experience of drafting political communications
  • Expertise in delivering briefings and updates at Board level

If you have any questions about the role or if you would like to have an informal discussion on the role please contact Maria Timon Samra on maria.timonsamra@tyhafan.org or Andy Goldsmith on andy@hopehouse.org.uk
Submit your expressions of interest to linda.harris@tyhafan.org.

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