Communications Assistant

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Location: Central London
Salary: £26,884 - £30,257 per annum  
Contract type: Three-month fixed-term contract
Closing date: 21/08/2017 12:00

About this role

Working across our Press and Public Affairs and Marketing and Corporate Communications teams, you will play an important role in supporting our communications work, including managing media inquiries, monitoring the external environment, maintaining our database and co-ordinating our presence at King’s Fund conferences. This is an exciting opportunity for you to build your experience of health policy communications.

You will be enthusiastic and proactive, with attention to detail and a logical, planned approach to work. You will also have a good understanding of the media, the UK political system, marketing and digital communications, as well as experience of working with databases.

We are looking for someone who can start as soon as possible. 

Who are we?

The King’s Fund is an independent charity working to improve health and care in England. We help to shape policy and practice through research and analysis; develop individuals, teams and organisations; promote understanding of the health and social care system; and bring people together to learn, share knowledge and debate. Our vision is that the best possible health and care is available to all.

In addition to a competitive salary, The King’s Fund offers generous holiday entitlements, a £3 daily discount in our café and an on-site gym.


Job description

Job description: Communications Assistant


Closing date for receipt of completed applications is 12 noon on Monday 21 August. Late applications will not be considered. Interviews will be held no later than the end of August.

Please email your CV, covering letter and equal opportunities monitoring form to Alternatively, you can post your application to:

HR Department
The King's Fund
11-13 Cavendish Square

Please note

No agencies please.

We regret that we cannot respond individually to all applicants due to the high number of applications we receive. If you have not been contacted within 2 weeks of the closing date, please assume that you have not been shortlisted for interview.

The King’s Fund is committed to equal opportunities in all its activities and appointments will be determined solely on merit. Applications are welcomed from all sections of the community, including those from minority ethnic groups and those with disabilities.

Terms and conditions

Salary grade

The grading of each post is determined by a job evaluation system. Each of the eight main grades has a salary range comprising a series of incremental spine points. On appointment staff are assigned to one of these spine points, taking account of previous experience.

Salary review

On 1st January each year an adjustment is applied to all salary spine points to reflect changes in the cost of living.

Employees move on 1st January each year to the next spine point on their grade, unless: a) they have been the subject of a disciplinary warning; b) they are already on the maximum spine point of their grade; or c) they took up their post on or after the preceding 1st October.

Salary payment

Salary is paid on 23rd of each month or the previous Friday if the 23rd falls at the weekend /bank holiday.

27 days per year, plus 3 days off for the closure of the premises between Christmas and New Year.

Sick pay

ServiceFull payHalf pay
Up to 4 months1 month 
Over 4 months and up to 1 year1 month2 months
Over 1 year and up to 2 years2 months2 months
Over 2 years and up to 3 years4 months4 months
Over 3 years and up to 5 years5 months5 months
Over 5 years6 months6 months

Payments are aggregated over a rolling twelve month period to determine entitlement.

Notice periods

(Except where otherwise stated in employment contract)

Employers notice period is dependent on service as follows

Over 3 months and up to 2 years4 weeks
Over 2 years and up to 12 years4 weeks or 1 week for each year of continuous employment, whichever is greater
Over 12 years12 weeks

Employees notice period

1 to 41 month
5 and 62 months
7 and 83 months

    Other points of information

    • Defined contribution pension scheme
    • Candidates who are currently contributing to the NHS pension scheme may be able to continue to do so for a limited period of 5 years, if appointed to work at The King's Fund
    • Interest free season ticket loan
    • Free beverages and a subsidised café