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Communications and External Affairs Manager


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An exciting opportunity has arisen for a talented, tenacious and politically astute Communications and External Affairs Manager to join Kinship. This is a strategic and fast-paced role in a growing charity within the newly-formed Communications and External Affairs directorate. The Communications and External Affairs Manager will play a pivotal role in working with the Directors of Communications and External Affairs to develop the charity’s influencing strategy; and to lead on delivering this in a focused, proactive and creative way. It presents an opportunity for an experienced external affairs professional with an enthusiasm for developing and delivering integrated influencing strategies, encompassing digital, social, PR and external affairs approaches.  You’ll work closely with Kinship’s Chief Executive, Policy and Practice Advisor and Development Manager (Wales) to help use the charity’s research, service delivery insight and policy development work to engage and influence a range of decision-makers and stakeholders at local and national level to secure the transformative changes to policy and practice that kinship carers need and deserve. You’ll lead Kinship’s external communications around its policy influencing work, helping raise the charity’s profile and influence and moving the issues important to kinship carers higher up the agenda.  This is an exciting time to join Kinship as the organisation grows and develops its next three-year strategy, and with kinship care more in the spotlight than ever before. You’ll be part of an ambitious, influential and supportive communications and external affairs team working closely with colleagues across the organisation, kinship carers and kinship care experienced young people to develop a new strategic approach to influencing, engagement and communications.  You will be an external affairs professional with a strong experience of effectively engaging with decision-makers at Westminster and local authority level to secure tangible change to policy and practice; you’ll relish the opportunity to utilise digital, social and traditional media to build support for Kinship’s policy calls and take an insight-led approach, making the most of Kinship’s extensive networks, research and on-the-ground programmes experience. You’ll have the drive and political nous to be part of shaping and delivering an ambitious and influential communications and external affairs strategy to bring about better support and greater recognition for kinship carers and the children they raise and you’ll be strongly committed to Kinship’s values. We will guarantee interviews to any candidates with experience of kinship care (either of being in kinship care or of being a kinship carer) who demonstrate that they meet the essential skills and experience outlined.Location: London office-based, 2-3 days per week, but would consider remote for the right candidate, minus London weighting.Working hours: Full-time (flexible, working minimum of 28 hours/per week considered – pro rata)Benefits: 30 days annual leave plus bank holidays (pro rata if part-time) and pensionAbout Kinship:Kinship is the leading charity in England and Wales for kinship carers – relatives and friends who raise children when their parents aren’t able to. We offer kinship carers expert advice as well as financial, legal, practical and emotional support and understanding from the moment they need it, for as long as they need it. We’re always there to help with the complicated and stressful decisions that so many kinship families have to make, as well as to celebrate the good times. Working alongside kinship carers and the children they raise, with their voice and views at the fore, we build communities of support and give everything we have to fight for each family and their rights, as well as to raise awareness of kinship care and secure better support for all those playing this critical role.

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