Salary: £63,880
Location: Edinburgh
35 hours per week

The Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh is seeking to appoint an experienced and dynamic individual to lead the Global Engagement function. The role will encompass leadership of a number of teams:

  • Communication, Marketing & Design
  • Policy & Public Affairs
  • Quality Research & Standards
  • Membership
  • Quality Governance
  • Library & Heritage
  • Journal teams.

Global Engagement is a newly created department resulting from the merger of a number of smaller departments. The Head of Global Engagement will be responsible for ~ 20 people.

This is a unique opportunity to lead colleagues across a number of important areas of the College’s work and the successful candidate will drive forward two of the College’s strategic aims: to be the voice of physicians; and to build an inclusive and collaborative global community that supports physicians across all stages of their careers, furthering our network of Fellows and Members (F&Ms).

The Head of Global Engagement will provide strategic and operational leadership of the Department and will report directly to the Chief Executive.


The Role

The main responsibilities of the role:

  • Overall responsibility and leadership of the College’s communications strategy and plan, promoting the College and actively contributing to the broader business objectives.
  • Hold budgetary responsibility for all Library & Heritage activities, including staffing and volunteers.
  • Work with Officer Bearers to develop suitable strategies and implementation plans, including exhibitions, conservation and collection development projects.
  • Hold budgetary responsibility for production of the College Journal, including staffing and out-sourced publishing activities and contracts
  • Lead and develop the strategy for the Quality Governance Collaborative.
  • Oversee the current Quality Governance fellowships and develop future fellowships, including WHO and other collaborations.
  • Engagement with stakeholders in Scotland, UK and internationally on governance issues.
  • Lead / contribute to invited service reviews (including audit and quality reviews) along with the Clinical Lead.
  • Lead the development of appropriate strategy and implementation plans with office bearers.
  • To advise the President, CEO and Honorary Secretary on continuing compliance with the provisions of the College Royal Charter and College Laws (requiring regular liaison with the College lawyers).
  • To increase recruitment of all categories of Fellows and Members.       


The Person

The post holder will require the following:

  • Educated to degree level, ideally in a communications, marketing or business related discipline, together with extensive post qualification experience (or equivalent).
  • Experience and expertise in the strategic development and delivery of competitive marketing and communication strategies for an organisation with multiple stakeholders and audiences and a global reach.
  • Knowledge of UK wide health policy preferable but not essential.
  • Demonstrable success in achieving targets, including financial targets.
  • Decision making skills, with evidence of taking difficult decisions and evidencing reasoning.
  • Good written and verbal communication and presentational skills with the proven ability to influence and persuade senior professional staff.
  • Understanding of the medical – political dimensions facing Royal Colleges generally.
  • Effective people management skills.
  • Motivational skills to encourage performance and productivity from their teams.
  • A track record of delivering successful internal and external communications, ideally for a membership organisation.
  • The post holder must be a positive advocate for the College as a professional association and promote the wider role of the College for professionals and the public.


Remuneration Package

The salary for this role will be £63,880 per annum plus benefits.  Additional benefits include:

  • Pension: with employer contributions of 9%.
  • Holidays: 28 days annual leave and 11 days public holiday/College close downs.
  • Life assurance scheme.
  • Long-term income protection scheme for those unable to work due to illness.
  • Cycle to Work scheme.
  • Discounted rates for use of the venue for personal events. 


How to Apply

  • All applicants are required to submit a completed application form.
  • A CV may be included with your application.
  • Please send your application form and supporting documentation in word format only (not converted to .pdf).
  • Please note agencies need not apply.

Closing Date:                     9am on Thursday 24th June

Interviews:                         TBC

Informal enquiries to:  Keith McKellar at

Completed applications should be returned to:

Or, to HR Department, Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, 11 Queen Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1JQ.  

Application Closing Date: 
Thursday, 24 June, 2021

This vacancy is now closed.

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