We’re hiring a Communications and Engagement Officer for our Healthwatch Barnet team!
Job Title: Communications & Engagement Officer
Full-time: 35hrs per week
Location: our Colindale office, meetings across Barnet, extensive opportunities for home working.
Salary: £25,000 per year
Closing date: 30th October 2022
Are you great at connecting with people? Are you looking for a great opportunity to showcase and develop your comms and engagement skills? If you have lived experience of disability, which could include a long-term health or mental health condition, then you could really thrive at our inclusive organisation.
We are looking to recruit a Peer Communications and Engagement Officer role to play a key part in our user-led Healthwatch team. Healthwatch Barnet is a unique, user-led team which seeks to understand the experience of local residents accessing health services, with the aim of increasing knowledge and driving service improvement. Healthwatch Barnet is delivered by Inclusion Barnet, a thriving Deaf and Disabled People’s Organisation (DDPO) that believes in the social model of disability, and where 80% of our staff have lived experience of disability.
This role has a strong face to face engagement and digital communications bias, and we are looking for someone who can really help drive up engagement with local people, particularly in helping us to reach younger audiences and ensuring our comms represents the diversity and intersectionality of people in the borough, as well as with our wider stakeholders. You’ll also have extensive interactions with our passionate team of volunteers, helping to support their work, and hold our enquiries line, gathering evidence from a wide range of members of the public about their experiences.
You’ll have an engaging written and verbal communication style that you can adapt to suit different audiences, including an ability to write accessibly. You will be comfortable in navigating your way around the borough (expenses paid) to meet and chat with local residents in community settings as well as in online forums.
With a good instinct for what’s on message for the organisation, you’ll be able to capture the attention of our key audiences. At the same time, you’ll be confident using a range of social media, creating engaging content, using ICT and comfortable with updating our website content. Most of all, you’ll share our beliefs in the power of lived experience and the need for society to remove barriers for disabled people.
You’ll be spending at least one day per week out in the community to talk to people about their experiences, hosting community talks and gathering feedback. In addition, you’ll be creating and posting social media and website content for us and our partners and helping to develop its appeal.
In return, the successful candidate will become part of a friendly and supportive team, working within a focused but flexible culture, where diversity is valued, and you can bring your whole self to work.
Home working is optional for some days, but the successful candidate must be able to be travel to regular events around the Borough of Barnet and be based in our office at least one day per week. Occasional evening and weekend work may be necessary, for which Time Off in Lieu will be given.
Lived experience of disability, long-term health or mental health condition, will be needed to successfully deliver the role. We also welcome applications from Black, Asian and other minoritised candidates, who are currently underrepresented in our organisation.
Please note: Applications are anonymised, and interviews will be held on a rolling basis, so the position will close early if the right candidate is found sooner than the application deadline.