London, Greater London
SE1, London
Up to £35,000 per year
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

Policy and Communications Manager
Up to £35,000 per annum
Full-time and Permanent
Office base Southwark, London SE1 – currently Covid required home based working with some longer-term flexible work from home options available.

Commonweal is an independent charity working to investigate, pilot and champion housing based solutions to social injustice.  Using our charitable resources we provide experts and partner organisations with the opportunity to trial and test new approaches designed to enhance housing equality and justice. Independently evaluating each of our projects we share our experiences, using this learning to inspire new thinking. Through the replication of what works and the lessons from what doesn’t, we influence changes in policy and practice.

As Policy and Communications Manager, working as part of and alongside our project leads, you will formulate our policy messages.  You will help lead on stakeholder engagement and growing the understanding across our sector of who Commonweal are and what we can offer.  You will shape, then develop and deliver the strategy for effectively communicating our growing range of positive project findings and aligning our PR to public policy research initiatives. In short your role will be to put comms in to action!

You will need to have a good understanding of the voluntary and community sector as well public policy, the political environment and its current and potential implications for the charity.  You will be regularly presenting to Trustee Board meetings, ensuring Trustees and colleagues are involved and updated on external affairs activities to embed support for communications activities.  You will be supported in this role by a Communications Officer therefore experience of staff management would be desirable but not necessarily essential.

You will possess experience of working in a communications or PR environment, with strong written skills and design skills along with demonstrable knowledge of a range of communication channels (including print, broadcast and online media). Experience of liaison with the press and media securing the take up of press releases, opinion pieces or other outputs would be helpful.

Ideally you will have experience in the field of housing, homelessness or the wider charitable sector, but certainly a demonstrable interest in the positive role for housing whether professionally, personally or through lived experience.  However, more important is demonstrable experience of policy research and stakeholder engagement, along with an understanding of the parliamentary, voluntary sector and public service environment.  A track record of building successful working relationships with a range of internal and external stakeholders, strong organisational skills and the ability to work on your own initiative are all a must.

Closing date for applications: Monday 22nd March 2021
Proposed interview date: Wednesday 7th April 2021 – via Zoom or Microsoft Teams video platforms

If you feel excited by the challenges posed by this role and would like to find out more about this position and to apply, please click the Apply button to be directed to our HR Partner's website, where you complete the application process.

Commonweal Housing is committed to equal opportunities and values diversity in its workforce. We welcome and encourage job applications from people of all backgrounds. We particularly welcome applications from women, disabled and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates as BAME and people with a disability are currently under-represented at Commonweal Housing.

You may have experience of the following: Policy & Communications Manager, Internal Communications Manager, External Communications, Policy Officer, Public Affairs, Senior Policy Officer, Housing, Charity, Charities, Third Sector, Policy Officer, Policy Planning, Researcher, Not for Profit, Public Affairs, Communications Manager, Marketing Communications Manager, Marketing Manager, Senior Communications Executive, Press Officer, PR, Public Relations, etc.

No agencies please. 

Posted on: 04 March 2021
Closed date: 22 March 2021
Job ref: 157284_HRCW
Tags: Communications, PR, Policy/Research