We’re hiring! Communications Team Leader and Policy Officer

Communications Team Leader

Job Description – Shared Health Foundation

Shared Health is a not-for-profit community interest company whose aim is to reduce the impact that poverty has on health. Our team is passionate about addressing the health inequalities across Greater Manchester and pilots innovative projects to meet the needs of our communities in the most deprived areas.

Shared Health is looking for a Team Leader to join our communications team to help tell the story of our work in health inequalities in Greater Manchester.

Here are some examples of the digital content we have created.
The Crib
All Party Parliamentary Group for Temporary Accommodation Video
Deprivation Medicine Training Video
Hope in the Deep End Podcast

Role Responsibilities:

1. Plan and coordinate the creation of on-brand and compelling content for the Shared Health website, social media platforms and internal communications about all the projects Shared Health pilot. This will include videos, podcasts, infographics, branded documents and other internal communications.
2. Manage the wider communications team, liaise with other colleagues and the Shared Health management team.
3. Keep the Shared Health website, social media and printed material current and up to date.
4. Coordinate the planning and delivery of exciting content around key events, such as
Safer Sleeping Day, World Homelessness Day etc.
5. Write and distribute press releases, engaging local and national press and other media.
6. Work with NHS partner organisations to assist in producing high quality digital content.
7. Attend regular team meetings.

Candidate Requirements:

1. Ability to create video content, podcasts, infographics, and update websites from a brief.
2. Ability to hold responsibility of a team, plan, schedule and deliver comms content on time.
3. Ability to be proactive in prioritising work with changing deadlines and be responsive to producing content that is time critical.
4. Knowledge of Adobe Premier Pro, Illustrator, Photoshop, Canva and InDesign
5. Basic knowledge of WordPress
6. Knowledge of social media platforms such as Twitter and Instagram.
7. Ability to be a self-starter, creative, enthusiastic, a people-person and a team player.

1. Understanding of health inequalities and poverty in Greater Manchester
2. Previous work or volunteering experience in the VCSE sector.
3. Technical ability to problem solve.

Salary and length of contract
Depending on experience FTE.

35 days holiday entitlement including bank holidays (pro rata)
Employer pension scheme
Flexible working hours. Our office is based in Oldham with the expectation you will work in the office the majority of your working time.

To apply

Applicants must provide a cover letter and a CV.
Closing date 12pm Monday 27th November 2023.
Job Types: Part-time, Fixed term contract
Contract length: 12 months
Salary: dependant on experience

  • Company pension
  • Flexitime

Work Location: One location
Application deadline: 27/11/23
Reference ID: SHF-CTL
Job Types: Permanent, Part-time, Full-time
Part-time hours: 37.5 per week
Salary: £25,000.00-£30,000.00 per year


  • Day shift
  • Monday to Friday

Work Location: In person

Please submit both CV and Cover Letter.

Policy Officer (London-based)

For an informal discussion around this role please email sam.pratt@sharedhealth.org.uk


Shared Health Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation which is passionate about finding solutions so that the impact of poverty on health is reduced. We are absolutely committed to raising awareness and bringing change for the experience of families who are homeless. We have pioneered work to identify families, understand the situation at local and national level through lived experience and research. We now bringing solutions forward. We are based in Oldham in Greater Manchester and would love to have someone join our team who is more London based who will actively engage with MPs, Peers and Local Authorities.

This role working together with our CEO and policy lead will be significant in building consensus across the political spectrum in the next two years alongside networking with other organisations who are interested in this area building a coalition and network. We are really excited to have this role funded and look forward to meeting our new colleague soon.

The person

A keen interest in UK politics and current affairs.
Knowledge and understanding of how policy gets implemented in National government.
Experience of engaging MPs, Peers, civil servants
Experience of hosting, organising and leading an APPG.
An effective networker who can engage a diverse range of people both digital and face to face understanding that relationships are key.
A team player with initiative and a positive “can do” attitude and a self-starter.
An effective communicator, both written and verbal, with a specific ability to communicate well with colleagues and explain complex information simply to internal and external audiences.
Have excellent presentation skills and the ability to present to a wide variety of audiences, tailoring messages according to the audience.
Have an ability to bring people together from different backgrounds and sectors to build connections and establishing effective working relationships.
A commitment to excellence and high standards of professionalism.

Main responsibilities

Developing a creative approach to policy influence and wider advocacy.
Supporting organisational initiatives to embed organisational agenda in the mainstream policy dialogue, build support from MPs for our proposals, and sustain public interest in this policy area.
Managing working relationships with external partners and other key stakeholders, particularly with parliamentarians and other policy stakeholders.
Researching and analysing qualitative/statistical information, including primary sources and government data sources/other third-party data.
Drafting policy reports, briefing notes, internal memos, presentations, emails to external parties.
Helping to develop/disseminate evidence-based public policy solutions to support programme goals.

Other duties that may arise from time to time.

Personal specification


– Running, hosting and leading the strategy of an APPG
– Engaging MPs, Peers and Civil Servants to get policy implemented.
– Working with people from a variety of backgrounds and forging strong relationships.
– Public speaking and presentation experience.

– Worked within the VCSE sector previously.
– Experience of the impacts of health inequalities.


– Politics related qualification either A-level or degree standard.

Skills and Knowledge

– Understanding of UK politics and current affairs.
– Knowing how to influence decision makers within UK Government.

– An understanding of the housing process for families in the UK.
– An understanding of the impact of homelessness on children and adults.


– Effective networker.
– Team player.
– “Can do” attitude.
– Effective communicator.
– Commitment to excellence.

Job Types: Full-time, Part-time, Permanent, Temporary contract, Fixed term contract
Contract length: 24 months
Part-time hours: 37.5 per week

Salary: £35,000.00-£40,000.00 per year

– Company pension
– Flexitime

– Flexitime
– Monday to Friday

Work Location: In person

Application deadline: 27/11/2023
Reference ID: SHF-PO
Expected start date: 03/01/2024

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