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Organisation name
Royal College of Nursing
Reference number
£67,467 plus £4,314 inner London weighting per annum
Closing date
Job location
Central London
Full time (fixed term contract for one year)
About this Role

The role: As Head of Trade Union Learning and Development you’ll use your positive attitude, your knowledge of trade union activity and your management skills to develop active members and reps as leaders with the courage and confidence to improve members’ working lives. You will get involved in anything from collaboratively designing and delivering learning programmes to providing strategic support for RCN projects aimed at improving our members’ experience.

We'll look to you to lead the building of the capacity and capability of RCN representatives to maximise the RCN’s offer and impact in the workplace and make use of digital technology and campaigning skills. It's a great way to build on your skills and experience and develop your potential. Every day will be filled with possibilities as you find new ways to manage and support the development of your team. Taking care of our members will be your primary role, but you’ll also see the possibilities that new members can bring.

A key part of what you do will be to suggest innovative approaches to grow and develop our membership, exchanging knowledge and experience with members, reps and relevant colleagues across the whole RCN.

As a member of the Employment Relations leadership team, you’ll influence critical decisions about the RCN’s strategic vision and be confident in managing transformative change programmes. You’ll manage some organisational wide projects whilst influencing stakeholders and building key relationships, while providing supportive management to a team of expert trade union facilitators that allows them to grow and meet their full potential.

The person: As well as exceptional customer service, to join us you’ll need knowledge of nursing from a political policy perspective, employment relations issues and training facilitation. You’ll need people, project and budget management skills and, ideally, a background in a relevant area such as trade unions or membership bodies and experience of campaigning and organising. Whatever your background, you'll be efficient, accurate and show a real customer focus in all you do. The ability to foster strong professional relationships and encourage close collaboration between departments is at the heart of this leadership role.

Further information

Please note, that due to Covid-19, while we are trying our best to accommodate our Assessment Centres and Interviews on the dates outlined in our adverts, we may need to be flexible about how and when we run our Recruitment processes for the time being. We are currently running Assessments and Interviews remotely, in accordance with Government advice, so if you envisage any issues with accessing a computer, webcam or a sufficient internet connection for a video call, then please do highlight this in your Supporting Statement. We will of course do all we can to ensure you have the best experience in applying to work with us during this challenging period.

For more information or for an informal discussion about the role please contact Tracy Cooper, Executive Assistant, on +442076473895 to arrange a call with Jude Diggins, Assistant Director of Nursing For more information on the recruitment & selection, process, including any adjustments, please contact 

Assessment Centre Date: 04 August 2020

Interview Date: 07 August 2020

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