Head of Communications

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Closing Date: 05 February 2023
Full Time Paid
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Date Published: 13 January 2023


Head of Communications

Reports to:

Director of Engagement and Fundraising

Contract type:

Full Time permanent


Full-time (35 hours per week)


The Society operates a hybrid working model with a combination of remote and in-person (Dublin office) working

Who we are

At the Irish Cancer Society, we have a vision that by 2025, 3 out of 4 Irish cancer patients will survive their diagnosis and everyone affected by the disease will have access to world-class treatment, care and support.

We’re looking for a Head of Communications to join our team. As Head of Communications you will be responsible for the voice of the Irish Cancer Society across a range of platforms, the media relations of the organisation and the brand and marketing of one of the country’s most trusted and well known charities.

We would love to hear from you if you are passionate about engaging both large audiences and niche audiences and are creative about how to do so. If you want to make a difference by using your communications, PR and marketing skills to tell the story about how cancer affects people and what needs to be done to support them, then this is the role for you.

Join us to change the lives of people affected by cancer in Ireland.

What you’ll do

Reporting to the Director of Engagement and Fundraising you will lead a team of communications, marketing and content specialists to ensure the Irish Cancer Society delivers on all its engagement goals with the public and separate stakeholders. The role will is broad and will require you to be agile and able to respond to a news and political agenda and to engage the public on large campaigns. The role will also require you to be strategic across brand development and cancer information development.


  • Responsibility for the operations management of the day to day activities of the Communications Department.
  • Develop and implement a communications strategy in line with the organisational goals of the Irish Cancer Society.
  • Provide strategic communications advice to the CEO, senior management team and, where appropriate, the Board.
  • Support the CEO as the Society’s lead spokesperson, arranging media opportunities and coordinating briefing materials for interviews and events.  
  • Identify, develop and support other Society spokespeople.
  • Lead the implementation of strategic projects within your remit. 
  • Represent the Society in dealing with corporate partners and delivering on specific commercial KPI’s.
  • Liaise with and encourage participation and support from well-known personalities to help spread the messaging of the Society.
  • Oversee policies and procedures to ensure the effective running of the Society’s Communications Office and digital channels including the ICS website and social media channels.
  • Roster and oversee media queries and be the principal point of contact for any significant media requests or placement of any senior staff on media opportunities. Project manage the full range of communications and public relations campaigns of the Society in support of the strategic objectives.
  • Ensure that these campaigns are managed efficiently, on target and within budget.


  • Maintain the Irish Cancer Society brand positioning and ensure consistent use of materials and tone of voice across all platforms.
  • Manage and brief agencies to ensure media and creative spend is optimised and in the best interest of the organisation.
  • Ensure all activity is measurable and impactful and deliver regular updates for board and senior manager level.
  • Working in partnership with other departments to ensure the Irish Cancer Society remains a top of mind health charity.
  • Remain up to date on digital marketing trends and how to optimise these channels for the Irish Cancer Society’s overall mission.


  • Recruit, develop and manage the Communications team including performance management, training requirements and application of the Society’s annual appraisal process.
  • Assess training needs of new and existing staff and organise training as appropriate.
  • Lead the research, creation and production of all major Irish Cancer Society communications campaigns across advocacy, research and fundraising.
  • Lead the cancer information development team to ensure timely and accurate production of cancer information for website, booklets and social media.
  • Build and maintain excellent working relationships with all other teams across the Society.

Who you are

  • Have a background in media, PR, communications or marketing and are comfortable operating with large audiences while delivering accurate and engaging messaging.
  • Experience in a fast-pace role, are well connected in Irish media.
  • Have experience and a strong interest in digital media and the potential to reach large audiences.
  • You are a strategic, organised and an inspirational leader who can encourage the best from your team through collaboration and motivation.
  • You are a committed and enthusiastic supporter of the mission of the Irish Cancer Society.

Your qualifications and experience

  • Third level qualification in communications, marketing, journalism or a related field; or demonstrable equivalent on-the-job experience.
  • Experience in managerial role(s) in a relevant busy environment.
  • Experience in leading out on large campaigns and audience engagement.
  • A strong strategic and business mind-set.
  • Excellent networking and influencing skills.
  • The Society measures experience based on the quality of the experience obtained, rather than in time passed and welcomes applicants at all stages of their career.

How to apply

If you are interested in applying for this position, please send curriculum vitae and cover letter by email to Amanda Walsh, Recruitment Administrator @ recruitment@irishcancer.ie

The closing date for applications is Sunday 5th February 2023

The Irish Cancer Society is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to building an inclusive environment for all employees. We know that the more inclusive we are, the better our work will be.


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