Involvement & Engagement Officer

The Involvement & Engagement Officer will play a crucial role in delivering the new patient and public involvement and engagement strategy for Alzheimer’s Research UK.

The role forms part of the Involvement & Engagement team, previously known as the Public Engagement team. The team has a growing focus on patient and public involvement, managing a key group of involvement volunteers, supporting colleagues and dementia researchers through developing guidance and training, and enabling best practice. The team also delivers public engagement initiatives, with the aim of making dementia research accessible and inspiring to the public through face-to-face events and participatory projects and supporting and training researchers to deliver engagement. The team also supports fundraising colleagues and activities through helping to embed and enhance ways to engage supporters with dementia research. 

The team forms part of the busy Communications & Involvement department and works closely with colleagues both within the department and across the charity. The department’s mission is to improve understanding of dementia and the diseases which cause it and encourage and support the public and people affected by dementia to get involved in research. The evolving remit of the team means this role has significant scope to shape and develop this area of work.

Main duties and responsibilities of the role:

  • Working with the Involvement & Engagement Manager to implement ARUK's public involvement and engagement strategy. 
  • Facilitate, plan and deliver the work of the Insight and Experience Panel, including liaising with members and providing dementia specific assistance, arranging logistics for meetings, responding to queries and liaising with internal stakeholders.
  • Support the recruitment of new lived experience representatives, with a focus on improving representation from people with a dementia diagnosis and those from underserved communities.
  • Responsibility to ensure records relating to involvement work are kept up to date in line with ARUK policies and procedures.
  • Helping to develop and deliver training on engagement and involvement for the panel, colleagues, and the research community.
  • Work closely with the Public Involvement Officer and wider Research team, sharing knowledge and insights and supporting their work focussed on involvement in research. Collaborate on special projects relating to involvement as appropriate.
  • Act as a champion for public involvement across ARUK, effectively communicating the importance of involvement in the charity’s work and supporting colleagues to effectively incorporate involvement into key projects and initiatives.
  • Coordinate and deliver public engagement events, both online or in-person, that engage people with the topic of dementia and the importance of research, such as around ARUK’s annual Research Conference.
  • Support colleagues to effectively engage with their audiences, creating and maintaining compelling activities and resources that bring dementia research to life.
  • Maintain relationships with the ARUK Research Network and facilitate Centres in the planning, promotion and delivery of public events.
  • Working with the Involvement & Engagement Manager to produce ongoing evaluation of the involvement and engagement programme, proactively coming up with suggestions for new initiatives and continuous improvement of the programme.

What we are looking for:

  • Experience in coordinating or delivering public engagement and/or patient and public involvement.
  • Experience in project management, with the ability to oversee multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Experience of discussing and communicating health or research matters with the public.
  • Experience building and managing relationships with colleagues and external partners.
  • Experience translating complex science for a lay audience.
  • Strong and effective written and spoken communication skills, ability to tailor to lay audiences.
  • Ability to communicate appropriately with people affected by dementia and their families.
  • Ability to find creative solutions to complex problems.
  • Excellent organisational skills; the ability to coordinate various projects with different deadlines.
  • A confident and friendly manner; would feel at ease representing the charity to a range of audiences to a high level.
  • Creativity, innovation and resourcefulness to identify opportunities and develop initiatives relating to involvement and engagement.
  • Ability to work with independence, intelligence, drive and initiative.
  • Good IT skills.
  • Willingness and ability to travel in the UK occasionally and to work outside of regular office hours when needed.

Additional Information:

Ways of working: As part of our Agile ways of working you will be required to work approximately 2 days a week from the office, which is subject to the requirements of the role and the business needs. Flexibility on where you work can be split between working from home and our office.

Roles that are classed as part of the Agile ways of working are not able to claim any costs for Mileage/Travel on Public Transport, Accommodation and/or Meals.  This includes when attending the office for various meetings/events.

Our Office: Our office is at 3 Riverside, Granta Park, Great Abingdon, Cambridge, CB21 6AD. 

Salary: Circa £29,000 per annum, plus benefits.

Please download the Vacancy Pack for more information.

The closing date for applications is Sunday 10 December 2023, with interviews likely to be held week commencing the week commencing 18 December 2023. We would encourage you to submit your application at the earliest opportunity as the closing date may be brought forward at any time. Please indicate in your covering letter if you are unable to attend an interview on a certain date.

We value diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive culture where everyone is able to be themselves and reach their full potential. We actively encourage applications from people of all backgrounds and cultures.  Should you need any adjustments to the recruitment process, at either the application or interview stage, please contact us at recruitment@alzheimersresearchuk.org

How to apply:

Please create an online account using our Online Recruitment System which can be accessed through our Job Vacancies page. You will be able to attach your CV and covering letter to your application and track the status of your application.

About Alzheimer’s Research UK:

Alzheimer's Research UK is the UK's leading dementia research charity. Our mission is to accelerate progress towards a cure.  Today 1 in 2 people will be impacted by dementia, either through caring for a loved one, developing it themselves or tragically both. But there is hope. 

 There has never been a more important and exciting time in dementia research. With promising new drugs in clinical trialsthat slow the progression of the diseases that cause it, and revolutionary new ways to diagnose them on the horizon, we are now at a tipping point. Working with the smartest minds globally and across the UK, with industry and academia, Alzheimer’s Research UK is uniquely placed to invest in the very best research identifying barriers to a cure and knocking them down so that there are more and better treatments for everyone with dementia. For the first time in history, we can see a future where people with dementia can get a swift and accurate diagnosis, and effective treatments that could slow or even stop their disease. We stand for everyone affected by dementia. We stand for a cure. 

In 2022, we were incredibly proud to be awarded a 3-star accreditation by Best Companies which recognises ‘World Class’ levels of workplace engagement and were also listed in the prestigious Best Companies lists:

• 48th in the 100 Best Large Companies to Work For in the UK.

• 19th in the 100 Best Companies to Work For in the East of England.

• 3rd in the 50 Best Companies to Work For in the Charity Sector.

In addition, we were also shortlisted for a special award recognising the work undertaken on reducing our environmental impact.

In 2021, we were awarded the HR Management award by The Charity Times for our Wellbeing initiatives throughout the pandemic.

In 2020, we demonstrated our commitment to changing the way we think and act about mental health in the workplace and signed the Time to Change Employer Pledge. 

ARUK really does look after its people, where you will be able to add value and make a difference. 

To view further details about working for us and the benefits we offer, please visit Alzheimer’s Research UK

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