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Research Communications Fundraising Officer - 12 Month FTC

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Job Introduction

Our research has been transforming lives for more than 85 years, and sits at the heart of our mission to create a world where diabetes can do no harm.

We are the UK’s largest charitable funder of diabetes research, funding around 130 projects into all types of diabetes and its complications. Through the Type 1 Diabetes Grand Challenge – our £50 million partnership with the Steve Morgan Foundation and JDRF – we’re leading the race to new treatments and a cure for type 1 diabetes. And we have ambitious plans to scale up research that will improve the lives of people with type 2 or gestational diabetes, and help us to tackle health inequalities that exist in diabetes care.

There’s never been a more important time to inspire people to support Diabetes UK’s research and help us to continue to improve the lives of people with diabetes and get us closer to a cure.  As a Research Communications Fundraising Officer, you’ll play an important role in helping to make life-changing research happen by working with research and fundraising teams to develop compelling and accessible content about the impact of our research for our fundraising audiences.

We have a friendly and inclusive working environment here at Diabetes UK and are proud of our hybrid approach which allows great flexibility in the way that we work. This means that you can balance your working time between home and the office, subject to the needs of your role.

Interview date: w/c 4 March 2024


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Role Responsibility

You’ll be working in a busy research communications team and will collaborate with fundraising teams to support the delivery of income generating projects with a focus on demonstrating our research impact to fundraising audiences.

You’ll translate complex scientific information into clear, inspiring, and accessible content, including reports, digital and print copy, videos and events, tailored to meet the needs and motivations of each target audience.

You’ll build excellent relationships with fundraising colleagues and help to make sure the work of the Research Directorate and Diabetes UK-funded researchers supports and informs our fundraising activities.

The Ideal Candidate

Summary of skills, knowledge, behaviours and experience we’re looking for

  • Experience of working in a research and/or fundraising organisation.  
  • A knowledge of, or an interest in, health research with an ability to make sense of scientific information. 
  • Skilled in communicating complex information in accessible and inspiring ways and tailoring messages for different objectives and audiences.
  • Excellent copywriting and editorial skills, with a talent for creating high quality and compelling written content.
  • Skilled at building excellent working relationships and collaborating effectively within a team and across an organisation, considering others’ work schedules, priorities and needs.  
  • First rate organisational skills and at ease multi-tasking and reacting to changing priorities.

Package Description

What we can offer you: 

  • Generous annual leave starting at 25 days plus bank holidays (pro-rata for part-time)
  • A Cash Healthcare Plan (giving you up to £1,600 towards a range of out of pocket health expenses like new glasses, dentist, chiropractor or osteopath appointments
  • Early finish Friday and flexible working as part of our approach to activity based working (not applicable to roles with fixed shift patterns)
  • 2 Days TOIL in recognition of fixed shift patterns (pro-rata for part-time)
  • Discounts on gym membership
  • Employee assistance programme to give you support on any issues that come up in life  
  • Annual season ticket loan* (on completion of your probation period and if contract is permanent or longer than 12 months)
  • Very active social scene including sport teams, gardening and other activities 
  • Generous pension provision, life assurance and income protection insurance
  • Cycle to work scheme* (eligible for scheme if contract is permanent or longer than 12 months)

*Some benefits aren't available until you've passed your probation period and are dependent on the length of contract.

About the Company

For nearly 5 million people with diabetes in the UK, there’s no day off. At Diabetes UK, we fight day in, day out for better care, treatment and support. We won’t stop until diabetes can do no harm.

With more people than ever living with diabetes and millions more at risk of developing type 2, our work has never been more needed. We make sure they get the care and support needed to live well with diabetes and avoid devastating complications.

We fund critical research, which has led to life-changing discoveries – like the first insulin pen and programmes to put type 2 diabetes into remission. Now, we want to do this for everyone and find a cure.

We can’t do any of this without you. Our staff are passionate and determined about helping everyone affected by diabetes. For over 85 years, they’ve been behind vital policy changes, as well as new treatments and technologies to make living with diabetes easier every day.

But there’s more to do. And you can be part of it.

We’re a really diverse bunch and we recognise and respect your value as an individual. As well as helping people with diabetes, you’ll be part of one of the top 30 Best UK Charities to Work For, and one of the top 75 Best Large Companies in London.

We’re committed to protecting and promoting the welfare of children and adults at risk, and we need our staff and volunteers to support this.

Our vision is a world where diabetes can do no harm. Join us today, and together, we can make that a reality.

To find out more about what we do, check out our website.


Diabetes UK

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