Head of Communications
About The Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation
The Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation was set up in 1997 by Jonathan Irwin and his wife Mary Ann O’Brien, in memory of their son Jack who suffered a brain trauma shortly after birth that left him developmentally delayed and in need of around the clock care. Jack was cared for at home for 22 months, until he passed away and his parents vowed that no other family should have to walk this difficult care journey alone.
Today, the Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation is a nationwide registered children’s charity that funds and delivers specialist home nursing and end-of-life care for 374 children with highly complex medical conditions from birth to 6 years of age. These are children with neurodevelopmental issues, including brain injury, genetic diagnosis and severe cerebral palsy. Its end of life service is offered to children under six who need it, regardless of their diagnosis. Unfortunately, many of the children under Jack & Jill’s care have undiagnosed conditions, they are so rare.
The charity mobilises an army of nurses and carers, while funding and operating its unique child and family centred service, seven days a week, with no waiting list.
About the Role
The Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation is recruiting for a Head of Communications to raise awareness and funds for the charity and the families we support. This is a central role within Jack & Jill and the successful candidate will report directly to the CEO in the development and implementation of a targeted communications plan that raises awareness, funds and results across digital and traditional media channels. The role involves working closely with the Head of Fundraising in promoting and delivering fundraising campaigns while also liaising with Jack & Jill’s specialist children’s nursing team on advocacy for families.
To succeed in this role, the post holder must have extensive previous experience of storytelling via traditional and digital media to raise awareness and funding for an organisation, and a proven ability to work on their own initiative, while leading and managing the team. They will have strong experience working with external stakeholders, will be solution-focused, and have excellent verbal, written and digital communication know how. Additionally, the post-holder will be self-motivated and passionate about the charity’s purpose and have the ability to raise funds by telling the Jack & Jill story.
How to Apply
To apply, to discuss further, or to request a copy of the candidate briefing document, please contact Claire Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org or (086) 049-6774. Please send your CV and a cover letter, in Word doc format only. The closing date for applications is Friday 4 June.