- Head of External Affairs, UK

Head of External Affairs

Location: London

Salary: £45,000 - £50,000 depending on experience

Job Details

About ILC-UK
The International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK) is the specialist think-tank on the impact of ageing on society.

We ask difficult questions and present new solutions to the challenges and opportunities of ageing. We undertake research and policy analysis and create a forum for debate and action.

We are intergenerational and solutions focused in our approach, our work is evidence based and all our reports include targeted recommendations for future action.

Over the last year, we have enjoyed great success both in terms of our impact and reach:
• Producing over 35 reports.
• Holding over 50 high level events, including our sell out “Future of Ageing” annual conference.
• Featuring in every UK national newspaper, in international publications, contributing to national TV and radio debates, and reaching an international Twitter audience of more than 5 million.
In the last month alone, we’ve been on BBC Breakfast, Sky News and in the Guardian as well as influencing more residential care homes to use music based interventions in dementia care.

Candidate Specification
We work on some of the most pressing current policy issues including how social care could be funded; how young people will be able to have a reasonable retirement income; how communities could work for all ages; and how we can afford health in the context of demographic change. We need an innovative and creative Head of External Affairs to communicate our key messages on these subjects effectively and maximise visibility in this time of opportunity.

This is a new and stimulating role for ILC-UK and we need an experienced communications expert with a strong passion and understanding for UK public policy. The post holder should be able to interpret and understand research to disseminate to a wider audience. You must be able to work at a rapid pace, with both the Research and Public Affairs teams and work on multiple projects at the same time with competing deadlines.

More information about this post, including the benefits of working at ILC-UK, Key Skills required for this post, and the full Job Description, are available at:

Closing Date: 13 February 2018

Interview/Start Dates

Interview Date - Tuesday 20 February 2018.
Start Date - ASAP.

Application Details

Send a (maximum) two-page CV and (maximum) one page covering letter to the Director of Research and Strategy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., ensuring that the name of the position appears in the email subject field. Your covering letter should encompass why you want to work for ILC-UK, your expertise and experience for the post as well as your enthusiasm for impacting public policy change.

We look forward to hearing from you!

If selected for interview you may be asked to produce a short sample of your written work.

Job posted on 30th January 2018
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