Campaigning for a cause is at the heart of the charity sector: whether building grassroots movements, political influencing or highlighting injustice through social media, campaigners are the driving force behind social change.
As specialists in this area we view ourselves as an extension of the sector, actively seeking to facilitate the work of campaigning organisations by bringing them together with the right people.
Who we work with
We've already recruited for (and continue to partner with) a wide variety of organisations of all shapes and sizes in this arena, from large national organisations like the National Lottery Community Fund and Barnardo’s, major NGOs and INGOs such as Liberty, ActionAid and World Animal Protection to smaller thinktanks like the International Longevity Centre and Future Advocacy.
Our Policy, External Affairs, Advocacy and Campaigns (PEAC) function
As with every area we specialise in, recruitment for these roles is handled by a dedicated consultant with first-hand understanding of the field.
Harry Marven is our resident policy specialist having been actively engaged with organisations and individuals in this arena for several years already and with a background in youth engagement for a national human rights charity.
For job-seekers and employers alike, that means you'll have a consultant who genuinely understands what you do and appreciates the skills and qualities required for each role; and, as specialists in your field, you can rely on us to have extensive knowledge of the market: who else is out there, who you're competing with, all the opportunities on offer, and much more.
News and updates
If you've ever wondered how to really make a difference, or you're seeking inspiration for campaigns of your own, we think you'll enjoy this great podcast from Steve Tibbett of The Advocacy Hub, available via the links below.
Examining social and political campaigns that have made an impact, 100 Campaigns That Changed The World has recently covered the Hillsborough campaign for justice, the battle to protect the ozone layer, and in the latest episode, Steve talks to Kirsty McNeill and Simon Wright of Save the Children UK about their experience of (successfully) campaigning for free access to HIV medication worldwide in the 2000s.
A great opportunity has arisen for a Campaigns Officer for a health related charity in order to support the campaigns team to achieve their strategic objectives of ensuring everyone affected by illness can access the care and support they need to develop, maintain and grow the charity s campaigning community, producing tailored communications to increase the impact of the charity campaigns. This will be a 3 months contract. Please apply ASAP. Key Responsibilities will include: To support the development of e-campaigning tools and offline campaigning tools Monitor and maintain the campaigns pages on the charity s internal and external website, email inbox and social media channels. To support the campaigns team to build an effective team of volunteers to campaign on behalf of people affected by illness. To support the campaigns team to engage with national and local elections To support the delivery of campaigning events To manage and maintain databases for contact management purposes To undertake any other tasks commensurate to the job purpose In order to apply you should have the following skills and experience: An understanding of the role of voluntary organisations and volunteers in campaigning Demonstrable campaigns experience within a voluntary organisation Experience of running campaigns in England, Wales and Northern Ireland Experience of working with Parliamentarians, and managing/supporting volunteers in campaigning activities Experience of working with digital and social media The ability to communicate with people at all levels from senior politicians to local volunteers Good team player Excellent written and verbal communications skills, including experience of writing for range of audiences Experience of planning and coordinating events Computer literate, including database management
£30,253 per year
Head of Communications
A fantastic opportunity to shape and deliver communications activities for a fund giving charity that helps people re-build their lives. The charity proudly currently support 720 small and medium-sized charities across England and Wales. They help charities become more sustainable, and look at other ways to receive funding, not just through grants. In this role you will lead on the strategy and mission to partner charities tackling complex social issues externally, internally and across the charity. You will gain great exposure to the wider organisation, working closely with colleagues across Policy, Communications and Research. You will attract, engage, inform and celebrate current and prospective grantees. Key Responsibilities in this role: Develop and deliver strategies to promote the work of the Foundation, our programmes and the grantees we support across the spectrum of comms disciplines including: media, social media, website, brand, marketing, internal comms and the production of materials Develop and utilise proactive and reactive opportunities to promote the work of the charity and the charities we support Develop and execute media strategies and develop relationships with target media representatives Increase the organisation’s profile across platforms, and with relevant influencers and organisations Oversee the writing of releases, articles and statements The ideal candidate: Will have developed experience of working in a busy communications function including specific experience of leading and management Experience of developing and implementing strategies across the full range of media and of securing impact and coverage as a result Excellent written and verbal communication skills Experience of managing staff and volunteers (You will lead a team of 5) Professional manner, excellent negotiating skills and experience in developing effective working relationships, internally and externally. Experience of managing budgets and working with a range of suppliers Experience of managing the development and implementation of a brand Experience of effective use of all forms of web, online and social media Charity sector experience Based in London Salary £46-47,000 Please get in touch ASAP to discuss the role in more detail! Please note only a small number of candidates will be shortlisted, so only suitable candidates will be contacted. Please e-mail Hannah.firstname.lastname@example.org
£46k - 47k per year
Stakeholder Engagement and Events Officer
Harris Hill is excited to be working with the National Lottery Community Fund in it search for a new Stakeholder Engagement and Events Officer, with a strong focus on Public Affairs. In this particular role, you'll support the Policy and Public Affairs team with development and delivery of the Fund's Stakeholder Engagement strategy. This will include managing a programme of stakeholder events and presence at key sector external conferences, and meaningful and effective engagement with the Fund's key stakeholders. You will be expected to support external events and engagements on behalf of the Fund and support the fund to have a strong network of relevant key contacts and stakeholder. This will also include supporting the development of briefings on behalf of the CEO, Board Members and other Senior Managers within the fund that are strategic, clear and consistent and help to enhance the Fund's reputation and communicate key messages to our stakeholders. The successful candidate will demonstrate an ability to source key external opportunities for the Fund to engage through, and an ability to source speaking opportunities for key Fund staff to deliver to new audiences. Moreover, you'll have a strong grasp of the political and policy environment, developing issues and themes, and an understanding and interest in the key challenges society faces and the solutions to tackle them. This is a brilliant opportunity for a junior events and public affairs professional to get their teeth stuck into a broad and in-depth variety of policy areas and events and develop their career, working with one of the UK's most prominent and influential voices in the charity sector. This is a full-time, permanent position paying 25,000 - 30,000 p.a. Application process is a CV and covering letter to email@example.com, working to a deadline of 21st July. Please note that only suitable candidates will be contacted.
£25k - 30k per year
Policy and Briefings Officer
Harris Hill is excited to be working with the National Lottery Community Fund in its search for a new Policy and Briefings Officer. Working closely with the Fund's Policy Managers, you'll be supporting with the development and delivery of the Fund's policy work. By nature of the Fund, which is the largest funder of charities in the UK, you'll be working on a wide variety of policy issues, including but not limited to youth development, education and health. As well as the expected responsibilities of research, analysis and stakeholder engagement, you'll also be drafting correspondence, speeches, presentations and briefings on behalf of the CEO, Board Members and other Senior Managers within the fund. As a Policy and Briefings Officer, you'll be expected to demonstrate your experience of briefing colleagues and/or external audiences, ideally at a senior level, excellent content writing skills, and an ability to simultaneously deal with a wide and in-depth. Moreover, you'll display a genuine interest in current affairs and society more broadly, both in terms of the challenges it faces and how those challenges might be tackled. This is a brilliant opportunity for a junior policy professional to get their teeth stuck into a broad and in-depth variety of policy areas and develop their career, working with one of the UK's most prominent and influential voices in the charity sector. This is a full-time, permanent position paying 25,000 - 30,000 p.a. Application process is a CV and covering letter to firstname.lastname@example.org, working to a deadline of 21st July. Please note that only suitable candidates will be contacted.
£25k - 30k per year + Benefits
Harris Hill is excited to be working with Purpose PBC in its search for a new Strategy Director to join its growing and diverse Strategy Team. Purpose is a home for public mobilization and storytelling on the world's biggest issues. The world is changing and we need to change the way we think about changing the world. To do this, Purpose brings together world-class talent from the world of creatives, content development, storytelling, campaigning, grassroots organizing, and political strategy to build new creative campaigning models. Guided by smart political strategy and powered by new technologies for participation, Purpose's work reframes issues, engages new audiences, shifts public discourse, and ultimately drives targeted action that shifts decision-makers and creates lasting impact. Directors play a leadership role on Purpose's Strategy Team, leading international and domestic strategy projects, collaborating with its creative campaigning team, managing clients, proactively seeking out new ways to grow the organisation, and overseeing the development of the wider Strategy Team. You should have approximately 10 years work experience, including several years managing multidisciplinary teams and complex projects, and serving as a lead representative with clients and stakeholders, including senior leadership of major foundations, NGOs, and corporations. Ideal candidates will have a strategy background from a leading consultancy/agency or non-profit advocacy organization, a demonstrated track record leading complex projects with multidisciplinary teams in a deadline-driven environment, strong client-facing and relationship-building experience, a high bar for quality and rigor in your own work as well as your colleagues', and you should have a demonstrated track record and/or interest in social sector organizing and advocacy. Purpose is looking for team players with passion, a sharp mind, high integrity, a hands-on attitude, and an entrepreneurial, problem-solving spirit. This is a full-time, permanent position paying between 65,000 - 85,000 p.a. Application process is a CV initially to email@example.com, and will also include a tailored cover letter. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, rather than working to a set deadline. Purpose PBC is an equal opportunities employer and people from a BAME background are particularly encouraged to apply. Please note that only suitable applicants will be contacted.
£65k - 85k per year + Benefits
Welcome to the 2019 Salary Report, your definitive guide to salaries in the UK charity sector. With huge appreciation for all the enquiries we've already had about this year's release (and genuinely delighted by the demand!) we’re exceptionally pleased to bring you this brand new report. It's the 14th annual salary survey from Harris Hill, based on the thousands of charity vacancies we’ve worked on during the year: but this time that’s only half the story. To reflect the wider sector as accurately as possible we wanted to cover an even broader selection of roles, advertised by charities directly and recruiters like ourselves. So who better to ask than the experts at the UK’s largest specialist job board for not for profit, NGO, social enterprise, CIC and voluntary jobs, home to thousands of charity jobs every year? Happily they agreed, so we've been delighted to collaborate with CharityJob on this year’s report, bringing fresh perspective and insight, and a wealth of information that's helped to build our biggest, most accurate and comprehensive salary guide to date, based on no fewer than 45,000 genuine UK charity and not for profit vacancies from the past financial year. ____________________ What's new? ► In a forthcoming post we'll look at how the new approach has informed the final figures (for those who'd like to know more) and highlight some of the other key new features in this year's report. ► Look out too for the launch of a full digital version over at CharityJob, and here as part of our brand new Harris Hill Salary Centre, under construction as we speak to create a home for all things salary-related, all launching within the next few weeks! Read the new report We didn't want to keep you waiting a moment longer though, so with no further delay - except to sincerely thank the team at CharityJob (in particular content & SEO lead Stephanie Dotto and marketing manager Jade Phillips) for their tremendous help - we're delighted to bring you the full report to view or download in pdf format from the links below. ► In this year's 24-page report, you'll find candidate insights, market developments and recruitment trends, and salaries for charity and not for profit positions at all levels in: Admin & Support Events Policy & Research Advocacy Finance PR Campaigns General Fundraising Projects & Programmes Communications Human Resources Prospect Research Community Fundraising IT Supporter Services Corporate Fundraising Legacies Trust & Statutory Fundraising Data Management Major Donor Fundraising Volunteer Management Digital Marketing ...plus updates from our specialists on current rates for temporary, interim and senior executive roles. Direct Marketing Operations Click below for your preferred file size (screen resolution will suit most uses), or alternatively contact our consultants on 020 7820 7300 if you have any queries on salaries in these areas, who may also be able to send you a print copy of the booklet, subject to availability. We hope you'll find it a valuable and informative resource, and for more information you can also contact CharityJob on 020 8939 8430, our consultants on the number above or send us an email - and look out for the full digital editions coming very soon! ► Back to the Harris Hill blog homepage ► Check out the latest jobs in your field
International affairs and advocacy expert Andreea Petre-Goncalves moved to the UK in 1997, attracted by its culture of openness and diversity. But as she tells our policy specialist Harry Marven, recent events have necessitated a major rethink - and relocation - of her family's plans for the future. We’ve barely mentioned the ‘B’ word here at the Harris Hill blog, because we’re too busy recruiting for charities, and with such a colourful range of opinions widely available elsewhere (particularly at the puce end of the market), you probably don't need ours too. We aim to be impartial, so for example it's not for us to question that what people thought three years ago is obviously more important than what they think now. That's just not how we roll. And you'd certainly never catch us querying the wisdom of trashing your biggest trade partnerships and international standing for such undeniable benefits as…… well, we’re sure somebody will think of one eventually. But this week, as our established work in the area of Policy, Advocacy & Campaigns expands to keep up with growing demand (check out our new page here!) in what could yet be our last week in the EU (again), there's no ignoring the giant Brexit in the room. So we're very pleased to bring you an enlightening and thought-provoking read from someone who understands both the bigger picture and the personal consequences only too well... Meet Andreea Petre-Goncalves Over recent years in the UK we’ve heard a lot of statistics about EU citizens and ‘migrants’, but rather less of the real effects on people's everyday lives. To that end we're delighted to introduce international affairs and advocacy expert Andreea Petre-Goncalves, who has kindly shared her story in conversation with our resident policy specialist Harry Marven, eloquently explaining how the 2016 referendum has affected many EU citizens, why she and her family have taken the difficult decision to leave the country that's been home for over 20 years, and why she's establishing a new and potentially highly-influential NGO to step up the fight for global change. Andreea Petre-Goncalves is an international affairs and advocacy expert with two decades of experience in the non-profit, public and private sectors. She has worked in sustainability, food security, international development, public health, gender and human rights among many other topics. She has driven global policy developments, built international partnerships and connected power and knowledge brokers to promote the greater good. She believes people at all levels are driven by the same instincts, fears and desires and that the best in all of us can be harnessed through respectful and purposeful collaboration. She also believes that our future security and prosperity on our planet depend on our ability to see beyond our myriad of individual interests with a sense of common purpose.ee. Harry Marven joined Harris Hill in 2017 and is our specialist for all Policy, Public Affairs, Advocacy and Campaigns vacancies, recruiting both domestically and internationally. He’s lived and worked in both France and Germany (graduating in French and German) and has first-hand experience of the field having previously worked in social media and youth engagement for a national human rights charity. Harry is passionate about the not-for-profit sector using its profile and resources to effect positive social change and effectively represent its grassroots supporters, and understands both the rewards and what it takes to make change happen. As such he’s able to draw on a wide network of both national and internationally-based contacts. ► Harry: So, to jump straight into things: you, with your family, will be leaving the UK this year. Why do you want to leave, and is it definite that you’ll be leaving? ► Andreea: Yes, my family are leaving the UK this year. It’s not been an easy decision. I arrived in the UK in 1997 and my husband in 2002. Our daughter was born here in 2014. We did not doubt this was our forever home until the 2016 Brexit referendum. That particular moment crystallised for us concerns which had been bubbling under the surface for a few years, particularly around nativist trends in the UK and what we saw as a backlash against multiculturalism. For us, this struck at the heart of why we were here in the first place. We didn’t necessarily choose the UK for economic reasons, but for cultural ones. It was precisely the UK’s culture of openness and respect for differences that appealed to us. We loved the idea of growing roots and raising a family in a country where ethnicity, culture and identity were not barriers to belonging, where the rich tapestry of human differences was embraced and cherished. We are ourselves a multicultural family, with heritage in Portugal, Romania and France, and have always seen our journey in the UK as an illustration of the richness of our wonderful, interconnected world. It was and is heart-breaking to see these values rejected so vocally in public discourse. In 2016, we suddenly became EU migrants, a distinct category that 'othered' us. It marked a sharp change of tone and hardening of attitudes towards us as a group – something we had not really seen ourselves as until then. The very word 'migrant' was rarely present in public discourse 10 years ago. Nowadays it is a frequent feature, even replacing 'refugee', alarmingly. For me it has such negative connotations. We are not an invasion, nor an infection. We are friends, colleagues, family - and until the 12th of April, whatever the UK’s final trajectory, we are your equals as fellow EU citizens. You’ve been in the UK for several decades now and have held predominantly internationally-focused jobs. Why did you come to the UK in the first place, and were there any standout factors that made you want to stay? I came to the UK aged 16 with an Open Society Foundation scholarship which shaped who I am and defined my life journey. A few scholarships later, with financial and moral support from my family and dear friends, I obtained my first degree. I embarked on a career that for many years was driven mostly by a loose sense of wanting to do good in the world. This is how I ended up working on sustainability, international development, gender, agriculture and food security. My Brussels stint, about 10 years ago, was career-defining in that it taught me how to navigate politics and the decision-making environment and be effective. Idealism and good intentions are worth so much more if you also understand the real world. Interestingly, this is something that is stubbornly ignored by the non-profit sector in the UK, where we take too much comfort in surrounding ourselves with like-minded individuals and work on the assumption that we will be heard purely because we mean well. As for the second part of your question, I touched on this a bit earlier. The UK always felt like home culturally, and for me that includes a working culture that is earnest and professional. The only aspects where I felt Europe compared favourably career-wise are work-life balance and the employer-employee dynamic, where in Europe we have a more equal, revolutionary tradition, whereas in the UK the relationship often feels more deferent and feudal. I hope for everyone’s sake that this dynamic will not be further affected by any loss of worker protections as a result of Brexit. Why did you choose to work in the charity sector, given your experience in the EU Parliament? It would have been very easy to walk straight into a well-remunerated corporate lobbying job after my stint in EU politics. That is a common-sense career path for many former political staffers and civil servants. There is absolutely nothing wrong with it, but I always knew that for me it wouldn’t be enough. I grew up in a family where politics and the good society were talked about passionately around the dinner table. My parents dedicated their entire careers to public service. I worked in the non-profit sector both before and after Brussels for the simple reason that it felt like a place where doing right by people and planet was the top priority. So, after all that time, you’re now leaving the UK to pastures new. Given that you have decided to leave, rather than having it as just an option, would you say Brexit has, in an ironic way, given you the motivation and freedom to flexibly look for a new position, wherever you settle? To play devil’s advocate: has Brexit potentially been beneficial to you and your family? Well, there’s the famous adage that every cloud has a silver lining. I don’t really think that’s true. Some things are plain stupid, pointless and thoroughly negative. There’s no bright side to climate change, war or hunger, except for the truly cynical. All we can do is learn from every hurdle, hiccup or failure. For my family, the learning in Brexit is that we are free, that our sense of belonging doesn’t come from a place but from how we feel. That’s a phrase made for Private Eye’s Pseud’s Corner right there, but it’s true. We feel like citizens of the world, which means we are at home everywhere, irrespectively of mean-spirited high-level statements to the contrary (ahem). We will always love Britain, and no one can legislate against that. Two questions in one: what advice would you give to EU nationals living in the UK who are facing similar problems to the ones you have faced; and what advice would you give to UK nationals to assure EU nationals that the UK is still OK to live and work in? (although I appreciate the irony of the latter point!) Well, I don’t have a piece of advice for all EU folk in the UK, we are all different and our own individual realities shape the decisions we make. For me, the idea of becoming a sort of 'tolerated', lesser citizen with permission rather than the right to live here was more than I could accept. I know so many others like me, who have built lives and careers in the UK and find the prospect of asking for permission to continue living here profoundly offensive. However, I also understand those friends who do not feel it fair to throw away the lives they have built for themselves. They have no choice but to jump through the hoops, albeit reluctantly. As for all of our UK friends, I am sure of one thing. Our friendship and love for each other will endure whatever history throws at us. British wisdom, decency and fairness will prevail and if they don’t, you will always be welcome in our homes on the old continent. Thanks for sharing yours with us. Finally, what’s next for you? I feel grateful that for us this otherwise strange time is the beginning of a new adventure, rather than just a painful rupture. We are relocating to Brussels, feeling more European than we have ever done, funnily enough. We’re clearly not immune from Brexit tribalism! Together with a brilliant friend and skilled political expert, I am setting up a new organisation to broker and catalyse powerful, impactful dialogue on the burning issues at the top of the global agenda: climate change, food system reform, protecting democracy and strengthening the rules-based international system, among others. With decades of experience at the highest levels of power and a lot of influential contacts, we are better placed than most to bring together those who can make change happen, from all sectors and walks of life. We will help key actors create solutions so that we can all enjoy the safe and sustainable future we want. The time has come for powerful action – and our new organisation will focus on doing just this. None of us can really afford to stand by and watch our existing systems fail when so many grave dangers threaten our world. We would very much like to be a voice and advocate for our UK friends in Europe and beyond, to ensure Brexit does not diminish your input when urgent global challenges require it most. Look out for Flare in the coming weeks and please reach out to us and remain connected to those who, like you, are fighting for a better world, on whichever side of the Channel we might find ourselves. Andreea Petre-Goncalves Connect with Andreea on LinkedIn We certainly will: our sincere thanks to Andreea for sharing her story with us, and we wish her the very best of luck! Look out for more insight and experience from our network in this field coming soon; meanwhile if you'd like to know more about our work and opportunities in political campaigning, advocacy, human rights and more, visit our Policy, Advocacy & Campaigns page or contact Harry Marven via email or on 020 7820 7324. More billboards from Led By Donkeys @ByDonkeys More from the Harris Hill blog text ► Don't go! 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