Charity registered in Scotland SC039426
Are you an experienced leader with a proven track record of facilitating and supporting strategic innovation, organisational change and service delivery?
Do you have strong influencing skills, as well as experience as a media spokesperson?
If so, you could be perfect as Head of BHF Scotland.
About the role
At the British Heart Foundation our vision is a world free from the fear of heart and circulatory diseases. We recently published a bold new strategy that sets out how we’re going to get closer to this vision over the next ten years.
Funding world-class research will continue to be at the core of what we do along with ensuring that it continues to be translated into real-world impact. We need to reach and engage with more people and communities affected by heart and circulatory diseases in Scotland and across the UK. We need to grow support and income for our cause and strive for excellence in everything we do.
Establishing strong partnerships with other organisations to help realise shared ambitions, and involving more people and communities in our work to create a groundswell of support for our cause are two critically important ways in which we will bring about the changes we want to see over the next decade.
As Head of Scotland your role will be to play a leading role in this, acting as our principal ambassador and be the leading face and media presence of the BHF in Scotland.
In this varied role, you’ll also:
·Act as the focal point for the BHF leadership team in Scotland, facilitating the sharing of information and collaboration around BHF strategic aims and ensuring delivery of the BHF’s objectives in Scotland
·Lead the process of senior stakeholder engagement in Scotland - coordinating and influencing health policy and practice, identifying and catalysing innovation, supporting and empowering patients
·Build and maintain senior internal stakeholder relationships, working collaboratively with other nation heads and directorate leads to coordinate joint working across Directorates and between Head Office and the Scotland team.
With senior leadership experience within a large complex organisation, you’ll have an extensive network in the not-for-profit and/or medical sectors and evidence of effective interaction with key stakeholders and partners at the most senior level
You’ll have a proven record of outstanding success in raising an organisational profile and brand awareness and will have ‘soft’ leadership skills with the ability to adapt your style to circumstances and lead through example and inspiration.
You’ll also need to have the vision, strategic insight and intellectual capability to understand the environment in which the BHF is operating both in Scotland and in wider contexts.
In return we offer a generous benefits package including flexible working, healthcare cover, dental plan, subsidised gym membership and substantial annual leave.
Heart and circulatory diseases kill 1 in 4 people in the UK. They cause heartbreak on every street. But if we can invent machines to restart hearts, fix arteries in newborn babies, build tiny devices to correct heartbeats, and if we can give someone a heart they weren’t born with - imagine what’s next
Do you have experience in policy? Are you passionate about driving change in government, promoting the British Heart Foundation's (BHF) mission to beat heartbreak forever and advocating for the seven million people living in the UK with a heart and circulatory disease?
If so, you may be the Policy Officer we need!
About the role
The BHF Policy and Public Affairs team exists to build support amongst key decision makers so that we can beat heart disease for good. We develop the BHF’s position and engage and influence stakeholders to help ensure the UK remains a global leader in heart and circulatory research.
You’ll support us in the development of evidenced based policy which will create the most favourable policy, political and regulatory environment for the BHF to achieve its mission to stop people suffering or dying prematurely from heart and circulatory diseases.
You’ll develop a solid understanding of the relevant areas of public policy, which may include one or more of the following: population health and prevention, the health and care systems and/or health data, and will be responsible for researching and drafting new policy positions, proactively identifying gaps and opportunities. You’ll work closely with the clinical, research and governmental communities across Scotland to drive change based on policy positions.
With an active interest in policy development, you'll develop an excellent technical grasp of our policy portfolio and seeking to continually drive it forward. With previous experience of policy work, you'll have excellent writing, research and analytical skills.
With strong communication and relationship building skills you'll be able to work collaboratively in a friendly and busy team. You’ll be able to work on your own initiative. With strong time management and organisation skills you'll have the ability to work under pressure.
Come and join an exciting and growing policy team in a supportive and inclusive environment.
When you work at the BHF, you become a part of medical history. Part of a world leading organisation that has played a role in decades of life saving breakthroughs, from heart transplants and pacemakers to stents and clot busting drugs. And we’re not about to stop any time soon. We are here to beat heartbreak forever. To stop heart and circulatory diseases devastating families. And if you want to help us get there sooner, you could be the Policy Officer we need.