Policy and Public Affairs Manager

Policy and Public Affairs Manager

I am delighted to be working alongside a community organisation is search of a part-time (2 days a week) Policy and Public Affairs Manager. You will play a crucial role in determining the charity's policy goals and how best to achieve them. You will work closely and collaboratively with colleagues from across the organisation, and in close consultation with the Policy Advisory Group and the charity's wider community networks, you will develop policy, research and campaigning projects to meet the organisations' policy goals.

Key Responsibilities and duties
Policy, research and campaigning:
Working with the charity's new strategic plan, develop of an overarching programme of work, prioritising the policy, research and campaigning goals of the charity.
Within the annual policy work plan develop and programme manage targeted and impactful policy research projects that provide an evidence base to support the development of policy recommendations to bring about change.
Conduct qualitative and quantitative research utilising community contacts, government statistics and other data sources.
Produce clear, concise and authoritative policy materials, including reports, briefings and responses to Government consultations.
Lead team and colleagues to develop and implement high profile campaigns on key issues affecting the community.
Support the wider team by providing/sharing robust evidence and policy data for possible legal challenges.
Ensure a fully inclusive assets-based community model of social change through co-production and peer research to ensure community voice is strengthened and developed in all aspects of delivery.
Coordinate and/or delegate chairing of quarterly meetings of the community led Policy Advisory Group and liaise/consult with the charity's wider community networks.
Strengthen and further develop and manage relationships with key policy stakeholders including politicians, civil servants and partner organisations.
To represent the organisation at external meetings including departmental stakeholder groups and advisory groups effectively communicating our work, values and policy priorities.
Keep abreast of political and policy activity and proactively identify and share opportunities with colleagues to influence key stakeholders to achieve their strategic objectives.
Communicate the charity's work externally to influence change, including developing relationships with media and policy contacts, briefing journalists, writing articles, blogs, press releases, quarterly newsletter articles, and using social media to reach appropriate audiences.

Event management:
With colleagues lead the coordination of high-profile parliamentary events such as parliamentary receptions and thought-provoking policy seminars, round tables and conferences ensuring participation with key stakeholders, policy makers and influencers.
Support partner organisations to organise local campaigning events, and to take a full part in national events.
Take lead responsibility for organising annual policy conferences and assist and support other ad hoc events.

Line Management duties:
Lead and manage a small team of policy/research/campaigns officers and on occasions the work of consultants, volunteers and interns.
Ensure team members have work plans, clear targets and work is delivered to a high standard and on time.

In partnership with the CEO produce timely monitoring reports for funders and commissioners.
Identify funding opportunities and draft funding applications in consultation with the team/ CEO to develop, expand and sustain the charity's policy, research and campaigning team.
Attend team meetings and update and support team members; work closely with the partnerships team.
Ensure advisors and networks are kept up to date with policy developments and opportunities for influence through bulletins, briefings, articles, and speaking opportunities.
Ensure monitoring and evaluation tools are in place to capture and manage data flow.

If you have the above skills and experience and are immediately available, please apply online today!