Girlguiding is the leading charity for girls and young women in the UK, incorporating Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and Rangers. Our vision is an equal world where all girls can make a positive difference, be happy, safe and fulfil their potential.
We are looking for a Policy and Public Affairs Lead to join our PR and Advocacy team to help us deliver our ambitious Strategic Plan. We want to broaden our appeal so we can grow and enable even more girls to benefit from the fantastic opportunities Girlguiding offers. We want to make sure girls’ voices are heard on the issues that really matter to them and empower girls to make positive change. And we want to cement our position as the expert on girls’ and young women’s views in the UK through developing our innovative policy and public affairs programme.
The Policy and Public Affairs Lead will lead Girlguiding’s policy and influencing work to help position Girlguiding as the UK expert on what girls and young women think. They will also lead our public affairs strategy generating evidence-based policy positions and putting girls’ voices at the heart of how we influence decision makers.
The post holder will be required to identify and analyse relevant trends in public policy relevant to Girlguiding, communicate across teams on the impact of such developments and on key projects and make quick decisions in a responsive environment. They will need excellent written skills to produce high quality briefings, reports and consultation responses; and strong, persuasive spoken communications skills. The post holder will have experience of leading public affairs and stakeholder engagement strategies and have knowledge of the public policy context relevant to Girlguiding.
Girlguiding values the differences that a diverse workforce brings and is committed to inclusivity, and to employing and supporting a diverse workforce. Girlguiding is proud to be part of the Stonewall Diversity Champions programme, a member of the Business Disability Forum, and a member of Time to Change – improving attitudes towards mental health. While Girlguiding’s young members may be girl only, our staff team is mixed gender. We welcome applicants from all backgrounds and do not discriminate on the basis of age, disability (physical or mental), gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion and belief, sex, and sexual orientation.