Public Affairs & Press Assistant

Organisation:  Association of Anaesthetists

Full Time

Salary: £31000

Location: London - hybrid

Application Deadline: 30/03/2023

Website Assoc_Anaes Association of Anaesthetists

Job title: Public Affairs & Press Assistant
Responsible for: this role has no line management responsibilities
Responsible to: Advocacy and Campaigns Manager
Key relationships: Chief Executive Officer, Senior Management Team, Council/Board members
Officers, Press, Government Departments, health stakeholders
Salary range: Grade B, c. £31k

The Association of Anaesthetists is membership organisation for Anaesthetists with over 10,000
members. Our main aims are to advance and improve patient care and safety and to promote and
support education and research in the field of anaesthesia. We also represent, protect, support and
advance the interests of our members.

Job purpose:
The postholder will provide public affairs and press support for the Association’s Advocacy and
Campaigns programme as key elements in the Association’s strategic plan.

This role is based at our head office in 21 Portland Place, London. We offer a hybrid working
arrangement with a minimum of 2 days in the office per week.

Key responsibilities:

Public Affairs
• Assist the organisation with developing its external voice by responding to policy
developments and press opportunities.
• Monitor relevant parliamentary business and produce short summaries of events where
• Assist with the organisation of meetings, external events and conference attendance.
• Develop and update stakeholder maps and spreadsheets.
• Support the Advocacy and Campaigns Manager with producing responses to consultations
and policy developments, following up on finalised responses and taking forward related

Press and media
• Find opportunities to promote the policy, advocacy and campaigns work of the Association
in the press/media.
• Produce statements, latest news updates and contributions to the organisation’s
publications that promote the policy, advocacy and campaigns work.
• Develop and update stakeholder maps.
• Provide press/media support for other parts of the Association when required.

Operational management
• To work on individual projects, reports, events and publications within the Association as
directed by the Advocacy and Campaigns Manager.
• Maintain and improve your own competencies through continuous professional
• Abide by organisational policies, codes of conduct and practice as described in the Staff
• Support and promote the Association’s commitment to diversity and equality of opportunity
in the workplace.

This job description is intended to reflect the main duties and responsibilities of the post and is
not an exhaustive list of duties. The post holder may be required to undertake other duties
which are commensurate with the role.

Person specification

Skills, knowledge and experience


Educated to degree level or equivalent (e.g. relevant
professional qualifications and/or vocational training).

Excellent oral communication skills and written communications
skills, with particular emphasis on attention to detail (spelling
and grammar).

Experience of writing policy statements, briefings and press

Ability to develop and maintain effective relationships with a
wide range of people including staff, Board/Council, members,
stakeholders from other organisations.

Strong time management skills including an ability to manage
competing requests and an ability to prioritise.

Digital copywriting skills and experience of writing for web or
social media, and content management systems.


An understanding of current
policy issues affecting the health

Experience of working in a
membership organisation.

Experience of working in a
political environment.

Strategic thinking and interest in
contributing to innovation and

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