Job Title: Policy Officer
Location: London, Sheffield or Bristol offices or from home with travel to London
Reporting to: Policy & Public Affairs Manager
Contract: Permanent, Full-time
Salary: £32,252 (£35,752 if resident in Greater London)
Date closes:Tuesday, 9th August 2022 at 5pm
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Role Purpose

We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced Policy Officer to join our team who will be responsible for providing a high level of support in ensuring we have well-informed and developed policy positions and strong relationships with central and local government.  They will monitor the policy landscape and relevant parliamentary proceedings relating to our policy priorities and produce written outputs such as consultation responses and submissions.

You will be working closely with other like-minded passionate professionals in our organisation to build the profile of a movement that will change the face of the country.

Power to Change backs people to grow community businesses that directly benefit their local area. In just six years, we’ve helped double the number of community businesses in England to over 11,000 through innovative funding, support programmes and research.

No one understands a community better than the people that live there. Run by local people, trading for the benefit of local people, community businesses provide the services that neighbourhoods need to make them thrive.

Our vision and mission
Our overall vision is ‘powerful communities, better places,’ which we will deliver by pursuing our mission to ‘strengthen the community business sector’. Our 2021-25 strategy sets out how we will go about pursuing this vision and mission.

Our Objectives
To harness opportunities Growing and diversifying the community business movement is critical to its survival. We want to create the conditions and work with community businesses themselves to ensure a more diverse base of people can be involved in community business in different ways, from being board members and employees to volunteers, shareholders and customers. In particular, we want to ensure that we lower barriers for disadvantaged communities to develop community business ideas so that together we can build a more equitable movement.

To increase engagement The world is changing, and community business can be at the heart of local solutions. We need to continue to build the case for the positive economic, social and environmental impacts of community business, and act as a catalyst to unlock the resources of government, the wider public sector, other funders and the private sector to grow the community business movement and deepen its impact. We will build the exemplars and evidence that can give others confidence to invest in community business.

To build capacity Community business leaders need the skills, knowledge and capabilities to thrive for the long term and build up their power. We will build their capacity to do so now and in the future. We also want to identify new market opportunities and routes to market such as digital that can support income generation and diversification for community businesses, building resilience over time.

Our values
Bold: We experiment, take risks and test new ideas. We move quickly to take advantage of opportunities.

Informed: We learn from research and from our delivery. We are responsive and adapt to what we have learned.

Open: We are transparent about our decision-making. We share knowledge and learning including what has not worked.

Collaborative: We work across sectors and respect others’ knowledge and experience. We encourage others who share our vision to bring about change.

Authentic: We integrate the priorities that we have for the community business sector into our own practice. We embody our values in all facets of our work.

Key Responsibilities

Role Responsibilities

  • Provide high level support to the Policy and Public Affairs Manager across our policy priorities.
  • Monitor the policy landscape and relevant parliamentary proceedings relating to our policy priorities.
  • Produce written outputs such as consultation responses and submissions on behalf of Power to Change.
  • Project management of discrete projects such as policy-related pilots and think tank research projects.
  • Assist with policy development work through engagement with policymakers, academics and think tanks.
  • Assist with delivering policy-focused events throughout the year and at Party Conferences (drawing on support from our Communications Team).
  • Ensure that all stakeholder interactions are maintained on Salesforce, working with the Data team.
  • Provide support on specific day to day tasks on the management of our policy activity including monitoring the policy landscape and relevant parliamentary proceedings relating to our policy priorities.
  • Produce written content that is concise and draws on our evidence base. This may include writing consultation responses or press articles and preparing PowerPoint presentations (e.g. for the Leadership Team or CEO).
  • Keep abreast of important media stories and of the work of key opinion formers with whom we work, or who we would like to influence.
  • Assist with delivering events and key meetings for key partners and stakeholders, including networking events.

Organisation Responsibilities

  • Embed and continue to review diversity, equity, and inclusion into our work.
  • Work with delivery partners and colleagues to ensure that our activities achieve their key objectives. This will include ongoing delivery and reporting.
  • Be an active and engaged colleague, taking part in support, and learning activities.
  • Provide ad hoc administration and support to the Policy team.
  • Provide ad hoc assistance to other team members as required.

Skills and Experience

  • Be able to demonstrate previous experience of policymaking and a knowledge of the UK policy landscape.
  • Be able to demonstrate political awareness and an ability to tailor messages for different political audiences.
  • Ability to write to a high standard and to communicate with a wide variety of stakeholders.
  • Excellent time management and ability to work on multiple projects effectively.
  • Proficient at building and maintaining good working relationships internally and externally.
  • Proven ability to influence a wide range of stakeholders.
  • Good levels of accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Willing to work flexibly and fluidly.
  • Good understanding of and experience of working in the social enterprise, community business or think tank sectors.
  • Proven ability and motivation to mentor and develop high performing teams.
  • Demonstrable ability to produce published outputs to the highest written standards.

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