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Nation Director Northern Ireland

Location: Belfast, Northern Ireland
Hours: Full-time, 35 hours per week
Salary: c£56k
Contract type: Permanent
Closing date: Wednesday 27 June 12 noon

Download the job description and person specification (Word 173KB)


We’re looking for a Nation Director to drive the strategic ambitions of Arthritis Care, now part of Arthritis Research UK within Northern Ireland. This role will lead and influence internally and externally within a context of UK goals, priorities and expectations. Developing and delivering an effective Nation team of volunteers and staff with strong external local partnerships, including through the Northern Ireland Assembly, that maintains Arthritis Research UK as a leading charity in the Nation.

About the role

You will lead an established and high performing team through the remaining merger enabling Northern Ireland to effectively engage and deliver within the programme of transformation toward our new charity. Building on the established portfolio of local services; network of branches and influencing / campaigning on policy you will shape the focus and activities to reflect the new merged charity including our broader portfolio such as research. As part of the Involvement and Services Directorate management team you will work on cross UK and cross Directorates work building effective relationships with peers.

For more information, take a look at our Northern Ireland Team Structure (Word 59KB)

Key requirements

Your commitment to involvement of people with the lived condition will underpin your leadership style and behaviour. A strong track record in flexible, collaborative and involving styles of working is key. In addition, you will have experience at a senior level of influencing health and social care structures and devolved government.

How to apply

To apply please submit:

  1. Completed application form (Word 166KB), clearly demonstrating how you meet the key requirements and competencies set out in the job description and person specification (Word 173KB)
  2. Completed Equality Monitoring form (Word 167KB) 

Email both your completed application and equality monitoring form by 12 noon on Wednesday 27 June to


First interviews expected: Friday 6 July in Belfast

Second interviews expected: Monday 16 July in Belfast

About us

Arthritis Care and Arthritis Research UK merged on 1 November 2017. We believe that together we can overcome the pain, isolation and fatigue of arthritis and have a greater positive impact on the lives of 10 million people across the UK who are currently living with the condition.

Our ambition is to invest in breakthrough treatments, change attitudes towards arthritis, reach many thousands more with the information and support they need, and influence the provision of services and more essential research into better treatments and cures.

Read more about our merged organisationworking for us and what we offer.

Promoting Equality in the workplace
Arthritis Research is a Registered Charity No: 207711 and in Scotland No. SC041156

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Arthritis Research UK fund research into the cause, treatment and cure of arthritis. You can support Arthritis Research UK by volunteering, donating or visiting our shops.