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Head of Public Relations & Strategic Engagement

Royal Yachting Association

The Royal Yachting Association is a United Kingdom national governing body for sailing, dinghy sailing, yacht and motor cruising, sail racing, RIBs and sportsboats, windsurfing and personal watercraft and a leading representative for inland waterways cruising

22 May 2023
Full Time
Closing date
19 Jun 2023

Are you an experienced PR professional with a growth mindset who thrives on getting things done in a fast-paced environment?

Do you understand how to build and maintain reputation?

Do you have demonstrable crisis management experience?

Most importantly, are you passionate about what you do?

As the national governing body for sail racing, RIBS and sports boats, as well as dinghy, motor and sail cruising, the Royal Yachting Association is committed to enabling our people to fulfil their potential and representing the recreational boating needs of our members and partners. We’re passionate about our sports and protecting the environment we operate in, ensuring that more people continue to enjoy access to and benefit from being on water offers more often.

Our plans for growth mean we’re looking for a Head of Public Relations & Strategic Engagement to join our team.

You will have responsibility for leading the development and implementation of effective PR & Strategic Engagement programmes to support our reputation and enable the delivery of RYA’s future strategy and related business plans. You will demonstrate the technical skills expected of a PR professional as you lead and develop a high-performing team to deliver a PR strategy and stakeholder engagement programme supporting the RYA’s strategic priorities. You will be able to draw on your effective communication and influencing skills, and will excel in crisis and issue management by nurturing key relationships and understanding the importance of early engagement. Critical will be your ability to navigate a complex stakeholder and regulatory landscape, always monitoring and being agile to change when necessary. You will be a strategic thinker, but action orientated happy to roll up your sleeves and support others to deliver.

You will have a strong commitment to promoting equity, diversity and inclusion. Cultural sensitivity, strong critical listening and emotional intelligence will be amongst your suite of qualities. You will also be readily aligned to our values of Inclusivity, Responsibility, Excellence and Integrity.

You will be supported in this role by the Director of External Affairs, a Chartered PR and mentor who actively encourages professional development at all levels and works collaboratively across the organisation to ensure integration, shared learning and innovation.

As well as the job satisfaction you’ll find in this new role, you’ll receive a range of benefits, including:

  • 36 days holiday, including bank holidays
  • A day off for your birthday
  • 10% RYA contribution to a Personal Pension Scheme
  • Volunteering days
  • Free charging point for electric vehicles at the office
  • Life Insurance
  • Discounts platform for retail, entertainment, holidays & gym membership
  • Social Events
  • RYA Membership
  • Optional Team Sailing Days

The RYA is committed to equality of opportunity.

As an equal opportunity and disability confident employer, we celebrate and welcome diversity in all its forms and believe that a diverse workforce boosts innovation, productivity, and creativity. As an Inclusive employer we are also committed to prioritising inclusion and creating a truly inclusive workplace.

We are dedicated to promoting equity, diversity and inclusion and strive to be an inclusive and diverse workplace where everyone can be their authentic selves. We would particularly encourage applications from ethnically diverse candidates who are currently underrepresented at the RYA.

How To Apply

Please review the full job description below and if you think you'd like to apply for this role, please click 'Apply Now' to email a completed Application form and an Equality monitoring form to our recruitment team.

Closing date for applications: Midday Monday 19th June 2023

Interviews to be held: Monday afternoon 3rd July 2023 & Tuesday 4th July 2023

Additional Information

Full Time
Job Type
Marketing & Communications
Media & Digital
Salary information
£55,000 - 60,000

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