• Policy & Public Affairs Manager
  • Permanent
  • London
  • £31819 - £41639 per annum + Regional Weighting USD / Year
  • Salary: £39633 - £41639 per annum + Regional Weighting
  • Consultant: Jen D'Souza
  • Contact Number: 020 7939 7439
  • Expiry Date: 2024-06-28

Policy and Public Affairs Manager
AdviceUK
Home-based with regular travel and meetings in London
Permanent
Full time with part time options considered (3 days/21 hours, 4 days/28 hours, job share)
£39,633 – £41,639 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 Policy and Public Affairs Manager.

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 Policy and Public Affairs Manager will manage policy and public affairs activities, ensuring AdviceUK has a strong voice, and messages are heard at a national and regional level across England, Scotland and Wales, leading to policy change for the benefit of people seeking advice and the communities served by members. The post holder will develop policy solutions, a strong evidence base and effective stakeholder engagement, working collaboratively with AdviceUK colleagues to grow understanding of what members want, what is important to them and how AdviceUK responds.

Key responsibilities

  • Policy Development: Collaborate with stakeholders to create authoritative policy positions, produce evidence-based policy materials, provide policy input for communications, stay informed on political trends, and represent at policy meetings.
  • Public Affairs: Implement a proactive public affairs strategy, build relationships with government and other stakeholders, champion evidence-based advocacy, communicate public affairs work, and maintain an overview of political trends.
  • Evidence and Insight: Champion an evidence-based approach to all AdviceUK’s advocacy and external relations work, drawing on research and insight to inform our messages and policy recommendations.
  • Management: Effectively manage and support team members, ensuring strong performance and professional development, while promoting values and behaviours.

The Policy and Public Affairs Manager will have at least 2 years’ experience of delivering impactful policy and public affairs activities 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 experience of delivering proactive stakeholder management and working with partners to deliver policy goals and/or research activity. You will have experience of commissioning or delivering research and insight products and effective communication of research and insight activity to raise profile and amplify policy and advocacy goals. You will have experience of managing and motivating staff.

You will have the ability to build strong working relationships with peers, managers, members, partners and suppliers, with strong analytical, decision-making and organisational skills. You will have strong communication skills including using online forums, communities and events as an engagement tool. You will be able to use online reporting tools and CRMs and embrace new technologies and ways of working.

This role is home-based. You will need to attend meetings/events in London and there will be some travel across the UK. 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 Friday 28 June. Interviews will take place Tuesday 9 July in person in London. Travel costs will be reimbursed.

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