The Public Affairs Director is responsible for developing and executing on external strategies that protect and promote the ESC mission among key stakeholders. The Director functions across ESC committees and teams to ensure external and internal perspective is considered and leveraged in support of strategic objectives.

The Public Affairs Director will bring superior strategic policy knowledge and experience on European health systems, deep knowledge of the European policy making process, external relations, professional people management and budget management experience.


As the ESC Public Affairs Director, you will:

Serve as a primary advisor on health policy issues, policy development and implementation of strategy of engagement with a wide variety of public health stakeholders.

Lead the strategic direction of the Public Affairs Division to advance policy that protects and expands cardiovascular health care in Europe and maximizes the ability of the ESC National Cardiac Societies to deliver innovative and accessible cardiovascular health care to patients.

Identify and secure opportunities for significant policy changes that enhance the capability of cardiology professionals to serve patients, including but not limited to public health, health finance, research support and system transformation.

Serve as a strategic advisor and technical expert to senior members of the organisation, including the President, CEO, Board and relevant committees.

Manage a professional volunteer Committee & Patient Group, oversee the identification and development of spokespeople and prepare them for external speaking opportunities.

Demonstrate a thorough understanding of emerging communications & media trends to maximize external communications impact.

Apply strong media relations skills to ensure all engagements with reporters are strategic and position the ESC in a positive and balanced way. Proactively anticipate and mitigate issues that may present reputational risk to the ESC.

Manage a review process for external communications materials on Public Affairs (press releases, position statements, response documents, fact sheets, etc.).

Lead the development of Public Affairs plans to support the strategic objectives of the ESC Advocacy & Patient groups.

Obtain buy-in on strategy & tactics from leadership, prepare and secure budgets.

Oversee implementation of tactical programme elements and ensure deliverables are met on time and on budget.

Simplify complex issues through strong verbal and writing capabilities.


Requirements for role:

  • 10+ years’ experience of working with the EU institutions and other stakeholders in Brussels, with an excellent knowledge of EU processes, interactions and the dynamics of EU policymaking;
  • Strong understanding of the European healthcare and media environment to provide thoughtful counsel to a range of internal and external audiences as needed;
  • Knowledge of EU healthcare systems, market access & regulatory issues, consumer affairs issues, digital economy issues;
  • Proven ability to analyse, draft and develop positions, coordinating a range of views, mitigating, forging consensus and collating these as necessary into succinct and relevant points of view;
  • Experience in building collaborative working relationships with relevant & diverse stakeholders;
  • Experience in implementing public affairs campaigns, with clear goals and measurable outcomes;
  • A dynamic team leader, willing to take initiative and work pro-actively with the team of volunteer members and colleagues to achieve our goals;
  • Excellent presentation, communication and drafting skills, with a keen attention to detail; fluent spoken and written English.
  • Comfortable in ambiguity; able to create clarity and understanding;
  • Very strong verbal and interpersonal skills, including the ability to clearly articulate on cardiovascular health and related advocacy issues;
  • A nimble and flexible working style. Able to anticipate challenges, manage stressful situations in a fluid and fast-paced environment, and quickly implement course corrections when necessary;
  • Demonstrated track record of setting clear priorities and success in driving a strong, results-oriented agenda in public affairs;
  • Available in off-hours for rapid response and crisis communication
  • Availability for frequent, mainly European travel


SectorHealth, Science, Cardiology