The European Patients’ Forum (EPF) is looking for a committed, creative and experienced Communications Manager.
To join its Secretariat in January 2018
Deadline for applications: 18th October
1-year contract renewable depending on performance
The European Patients’ Forum (EPF) was founded in 2003 to be the collective influential patient voice in European health and related policies and a driving force to advance patient empowerment and equitable patient access in Europe.
EPF currently represents 74 members, which are national coalitions of patient organisations and disease-specific patient organisations working at European level. EPF reflects the voice of an estimated 150 million patients living with various chronic diseases throughout Europe.
EPF’s vision for the future is that all patients with chronic and/or lifelong conditions in the EU have access to high quality, patient-centred equitable health and related care.
The EPF strategic goals focus on areas such as health literacy, healthcare design and delivery, patient involvement, patient empowerment, sustainable patients’ organisations and non-discrimination.
Purpose of the job
The Communications Manager develops and implements EPF’s communication strategy. S/he is responsible for raising awareness of and maximising the influence and impact of EPF’s work amongst political decision-makers, key opinion leaders, other external stakeholders, the patient community and the wider public.
Starting date: January 2018
Reports to: Director of Operations & Engagement
Main tasks and responsibilities
1. To lead on EPF’s communication strategy:
2. To create, update and manage EPF’s key communication tools in cooperation with secretariat colleagues, including:
3. To manage and implement EPF’s social media strategy;
4. To co-lead/support communications and dissemination in EPF related projects;
5. To lead EPF campaigns with effective and creative communications tools and actions;
6. To create and maintain an EPF exhibition kit;
7. To manage communication-related meetings, including a regular meeting of pro-bono public affairs consultants;
8. To ensure consistency of EPF’s branding across communication channels (internally and externally);
9. To manage EPF’s information resources – library and documentation of publications and research;
10. To support the EPF Secretary General in liaising pro-actively with the media at both European level and in member states where EPF wishes to have a strong presence (e.g. venue of an event, EU Presidency etc);
11. To develop a crisis management strategy and support the EPF Secretary General in the implementation of the strategy as needed;
12. To represent EPF externally as needed;
13. To undertake the following financial and management activities:
14. To line-manage the Communications Assistant.
Dimensions and key interfaces
Team size: 17
Direct Report: 2 (Communications colleague and intern on an ad hoc basis)
Key interfaces (internal):
Key interfaces (external):
Profile - knowledge, skills, experience
PERSONAL QUALITIES AND ATTRIBUTES
Please send your applications consisting of a letter of motivation (one page maximum), your CV, two references and the completed questionnaire (below) in English to by 18th October 2017 (COB) at the latest. Your application will be treated in the strictest confidence.
Questionnaire for Communications Manager post - Please answer the following question:
What do you see as the main challenges in getting media coverage on health stories at EU and Member State levels. As EPF Communications Manager, how would you address those challenges? (maximum 40 lines).
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, or age.
Please note that due to the volume of applications expected, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
The selected candidate should be prepared to start at the beginning of January 2018.