Job Title: Public Affairs Officer
Location: Accessible to London, Bristol or Sheffield office, or from home
Reporting to: Policy and Public Affairs Manager
Contract: 35 hours per week (would consider 28 hours) , flexible working practices
Salary: £31,645 (£35,145 for residents in Greater London)
Date closes:27th August 2021, 10am
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Role Purpose

This is an excellent opportunity to support Power To Change to engage key policy and political audiences in central, regional and local government, as a new member of their expanded Policy and Communications Team. The focus will be on mapping and cultivating allies in Westminster and Whitehall, as well as engaging with the wider policy environment of think tanks, partners and funders.

The Public Affairs Officer will monitor the policy landscape and relevant parliamentary proceedings relating to Power to Change policy priorities and produce written outputs such as briefings, consultation responses, submissions, and press articles. They will also support with the organisation of policy- focused events, such as at the Party Conferences.

Power to Change is an independent charitable trust that supports community businesses in England, endowed by the National Lottery Community Fund (previously the Big Lottery Fund). Our vision is ‘powerful communities, better places’. We want to back people to build successful community businesses for the benefit of their local places.

We work to make the case for community power – for communities to make decisions about what happens where they live, for communities to own assets such as buildings or land and to run community businesses that revive these assets and make a positive contribution to their local area. Our recent Impact Report sets out some of the fantastic examples of communities starting or taking on businesses and delivering economic and social benefits as a result. Power to Change has been supporting these businesses since our creation in 2015. For the next five years, our focus is on making the case to others and raising the profile of community business as part of a fairer economy.

Key Responsibilities

Key responsibilities:

  • Provide high level support to the Policy and Public Affairs Manager across our policy priorities.
  • Monitor the political landscape to identify opportunities to build alliances with new allies across the political spectrum.
  • Work with Policy and Public Affairs Manager and Policy Officer to produce written outputs such as briefings for the senior team or external stakeholders, consultation responses and submissions on behalf of Power to Change.
  • Assist with delivering policy-focused events throughout the year and at Party Conferences (drawing on support from our Communications Team).
  • Own our Public Affairs monitoring work, and work with colleagues across the organisation on stakeholder mapping and engagement.
  • Maintain our Public Affairs monitoring and work with our Head of Communications and the Policy Team to plan and deliver proactive stakeholder engagement.
  • Produce written content that is concise and draws on our evidence base. This may include writing consultation responses or press articles and preparing briefings or 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.
  • Ensure that all stakeholder interactions are maintained on Salesforce, working with the Data team in Impact & Learning.

Collaborative responsibilities:

  • Work with the Finance & Operations team to improve and embed operational processes in our activities.
  • Work with the Impact & Learning team to ensure our activities are evidence- based and aligned with Power to Change’s ambition to influence local and national policy.
  • Work with the Policy & Communications Team to support on policy priorities and assist with delivering policy-focused events.
  • Work with the Strategy & Programmes team to ensure that our activities meet the needs of the sector and, where appropriate, act as catalysts or market leaders for other funders.

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.
  • Providing ad hoc administration and support to the Policy and Communications team.

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.
  • Be able to demonstrate previous experience of stakeholder engagement approaches.
  • Excellent time management and ability to work on multiple projects effectively.
  • Proficient at building and maintaining good working relationships internally and externally.
  • Ability to write to a high standard and to communicate with a wide variety of stakeholders.
  • Good levels of accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Willing to work flexibly and fluidly.
  • Analytical in approach, able to quickly gain an understanding of complex work with confidence to ask for help.
  • Good understanding of and experience of working in the social enterprise, community business or think tank sectors.

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