Interim Director of the UK Health Alliance on Climate Change

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£50,000 to £60,000 per annum
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Depending on experience, pro rata if part time.
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GreenJobs - 2021-1322

Interim Director of the UK Health Alliance on Climate Change

Background and Overview

The UK Health Alliance on Climate Change brings together Britain’s leading health institutions, representing over 650,000 health professionals, to advocate for responses to climate change that protect and promote health. 

The Alliance includes many of the Medical and Nursing Royal Colleges, the Royal Society of Medicine, the British Medical Association, the Lancet, the Faculty of Public Health, the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare, and the BMJ. Representing these groups, the Alliance communicates the relationship between health and climate change to government, the public and other health professionals. Climate change is the greatest health threat of the 21st century; our vision is that the threats to planetary health from climate change are minimised in a way that maximises potential benefits to health.

To help achieve this, the Alliance is seeking applications for a dynamic, motivated, and professional Interim Director with excellent policy, project management, and interpersonal skills, experience in strategic communications and advocacy, and a track record of building consensus and support on issues in public health. 

Role of the Interim Director

The Interim Director will be responsible for implementing the Alliance’s overall strategy, oversight of the communications, policy and public affairs programmes, and liaison with Alliance members and key external stakeholders. They will manage the Communications Manager and potentially other staff and work closely with the Alliance’s Executive and Chair, reporting directly to the Council, comprising senior officers from each of the Alliance’s members. Their role will place them at the heart of the advocacy and engagement efforts on public health and climate change, working alongside senior officers and the communications and public affairs teams from the Medical and Nursing Royal Colleges, Faculties and Societies, leading medical journals, and the British Medical Association. 

The Alliance is hosted by BMJ, which provides services like finance and human resources.

The role of interim director requires a dynamic and independent professional, capable of coordinating strategy across complex issues, managing projects under pressure, and working with senior health professionals. 

The role will involve overseeing our advocacy work on COP26, the food white paper, air quality, as well as our support to decarbonising healthcare across the four nations.


Specific responsibilities: 

● Deliver the strategy for the Alliance, coordinate the Alliance’s policy, public affairs, and communications work to government, the media and the health profession. Specifically this year the Interim Director will oversee the delivery of campaigns on COP26, Air quality and food, support healthcare decarbonisation including through specialist working parties. 
● Manage the Alliance’s secretariat and its engagement with the public affairs, policy, and communications staff of the Alliance Members
● Have overall responsibility for project management of Alliance activities
● Represent the Alliance to the media and external organisations, supporting the secretariat in developing an effective network of stakeholders to help implement the Alliance’s work 
● Further strengthen the Alliance by building its membership through the recruitment of new professional bodies, managing external fundraising, and enhancing coordination among existing members 
● Work with Alliance Members and the secretariat to develop and agree policy positions on key issues related to public health and climate change 
● Report directly to the Alliance’s Executive and Council, including the monitoring and evaluation of the Alliance’s impact, and manage its governance, financial, legal and administrative responsibilities 
● Build and manage relationships with external stakeholders, including senior government representatives and the Alliance’s international partner


An ideal applicant will have:

● Demonstrable experience working on public health and/or climate change policy issues 
● Experience of fundraising and developing fundraising and financial plans for small organisations
● Experience of delivering policy, public affairs and communications strategies or of programme management
● Experience of building and managing networks and alliances of organisations and individuals 
● Experience managing staff and leading a programme of work including the delivery of multiple projects (approximately 20-25 projects over time). They must be prepared to assist outside of office hours where necessary, to meet project requirements
● Excellent editorial and writing skills, and be capable of producing regular written content, including policy reports and opinion pieces, and public speaking experience 
● Results-orientated, with ability to work to tight deadlines and adapt to changing situations

To apply: 

Preferred Commencement: As soon as possible

Location: BMA House, Tavistock Square, Central London/remote work at present

Duration: This role is for 8/9 months to provide cover until April 2022.  The successful candidate might be seconded from another organisation.

Salary range: Between £50 - £60 000 depending on experience, pro rata if part time. The Alliance is willing to consider flexible or part time working and a job share, and the position is also open to people wishing to step up.

Deadline for applications: 29th of July 2021
Please include your CV and a cover letter of no more than two pages, detailing your interest and experience in relation to the job description.

We reserve the right to close this job advert sooner subject to the identification of a suitable candidate so we encourage you to apply early, and we will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis.


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