Head of External Affairs
We are currently seeking an experienced and proactive Head of External Affairs to join our well established but highly ambitious organisation. Catalyst is one of the leading housing associations in London and the South East, developing homes for both rent and outright sale, and acting as an agent for change within local communities. We are constantly adapting and evolving our services to meet a changing environment and the changing needs of our customers. At Catalyst we are fiercely proud of our mission to become the model 21st century provider of homes: applying social and commercial entrepreneurship to tackle social exclusion, and building innovative mixed-tenure communities. As Head of External Affairs you will be responsible for leading the promotion of Catalyst to external stakeholders, the development, management, delivery and review of our communications strategies for major projects and supporting the Leadership Team in developing clear and consistent positioning on all issues that affect our operations. You will work with colleagues to communicate important messages to target audiences, manage Catalyst’s crisis communications plan and identify when external support is needed to deliver on any key accountabilities. You will also provide effective leadership and management of two External Affairs Officers, targeting their capacity to progress business priorities and motivate them to deliver consistently high quality work You will have proven research, writing, editing, presenting and public speaking skills, the ability to identify stories that will promote Catalyst in a positive light and the ability to influence and lead senior colleagues. Experience of creating and managing external relations strategies including proactive and reactive media relations will be required. You will have an understanding of how different media including social media can influence and build profile and reputation and be able and willing to work at evenings and weekends as required. We recognise that our success lies within our people so if you have the ambition, skills and experience we are looking for, you are inspired by our vision and you believe you can make a difference we’d love to hear from you. If you have the relevant skills and experience for the role and would like to apply, please visit our careers page. Closing date: 25 March 2018 Please note completed pre-employment forms must be included in order for your application to be processed.