• Head of Policy & Public Affairs
  • Permanent
  • London
  • £64943 - £68230 per annum + Regional weighting USD / Year
  • Salary: £64943 - £68230 per annum + Regional weighting
  • Consultant: Jen D'Souza
  • Contact Number: 020 7939 7439
  • Expiry Date: 2024-06-25

Head of Policy and Public Affairs
Home-based with regular travel and meetings in London
Full time with part time and job
share options considered (4 days/28 hours)
£64,943 – £68,230 plus Regional Weighting (up to £4,454 in London)
Benefits including 20 days of annual leave, increasing by a day each year (to a maximum of 25 days), 3 days leave between Christmas and New Year, home working allowance, 6% pension, 2 days volunteering, season ticket and bicycle loan

Charity People are delighted to be supporting AdviceUK, a small charity which improves the lives of people in need of advice through support to its members, to recruit a Head of Policy and Public Affairs.

AdviceUK makes a big impact. Its stakeholder, policy and advocacy work is across devolved nations as well as the UK. They support members, so it is easier for them to help their clients, and by directly influencing policy-makers, decision-makers and funders. There are currently 700 AdviceUK members and 1.7m people were offered free advice by members on a diverse range of issues including debt, housing, benefits and immigration problems.

This is an exciting time to join AdviceUK’s growing team as they launch a new three-year strategy. The organisation will be making a significant investment in capacity, new support services and innovation to deliver the support and advice that members, the wider advice sector and their communities need.

The Head of Policy and Public Affairs will lead and have oversight of all policy and public affairs activities; developing the function; establishing policy positions; delivering evidence-driven campaigns and effective stakeholder engagement; to secure policy change and funding to benefit people seeking advice and the communities served by members.

Key responsibilities

  • Strategic Leadership: Develop and implement effective strategies for policy and funder influence, ensuring alignment with AdviceUK’s strategic objectives. Provide ongoing strategic oversight of political and sector trends to inform decision-making.
  • Policy Development and Advocacy: Lead the creation and coordination of clear policy positions, identify influencing goals, and overseeing responses to government consultations. Represent AdviceUK at external events.
  • Public Affairs Management: Oversee a proactive public affairs strategy, build relationships with key government contacts, manage stakeholder engagement, ensure effective public affairs leadership, and amplify influencing work.
  • Campaign and Media Leadership: Oversee the development of effective campaigns, mobilising support and leveraging media opportunities to raise awareness and drive action on priority issues for AdviceUK.
  • Research and Evidence: Oversee research and analysis to support policy and campaign objectives, ensuring evidence-based insights inform advocacy efforts.
  • Leadership and Management: Provide effective leadership to the Policy and Public Affairs Department as well as other staff, line managing the department, ensuring strong performance and supporting learning and development.
  • Funding and Financial Management: Foster funder relationships to secure income for AdviceUK, manage departmental finances, and ensure efficient programme management of grant-funded initiatives.

The Head of Policy and Public Affairs will have at least 3 years’ experience of working in a similar role and experience and/or an understanding of the social welfare advice sector, the issues faced by advice providers and the communities they serve. The successful candidate will have developed and delivered impactful policy and public affairs strategies that have led to demonstrable change either directly or by working in coalitions and partnerships. You will have experience of acting as a spokesperson including to the media, at events, to select committees and other government or funder-led working groups. You will be a strategic leader with the ability to build strong working relationships and manage and motivate a team. You will have strong analytical, organisational and prioritisation skills.

This role is home-based. You will need to attend meetings and events in London as part of the role and quarterly SMT meetings and all staff meetings with some travel across the UK and overnight stays. There may be out of hours work for which TOIL is granted.

How to apply

The application process is CV and Supporting Statement. For more information and for the full Job Pack, please send a copy of your CV to Jen D’Souza at Charity People as the first step: jen@charitypeople.co.uk. The closing date is 9am on Tuesday 25 June. Interviews will take place Friday 6 July in person in London. Travel costs will be reimbursed.

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