Bristol, City of Bristol
£36,235 per year
Contract, Full-time
Job description

Public Affairs & Policy Manager

We are one of the largest learning disability charities in the UK, supporting over 2,500 people through our friendly, supportive, creative and diverse teams.

Are you passionate about politics? Do you have a thorough understanding and experience of working with all levels of Government to bring about change?

Salary: £36,235 per annum

Hours: Full time, Fixed Term Contract 18 Months - 35 Hours per week

Location: Emerson’s Green, Bristol

This is a fantastic opportunity to continue to build the public affairs and external policy function in a leading learning disability charity.

We’re looking for someone who is keen to use their policy and public affairs expertise to help us raise awareness of the issues that affect adults with learning disabilities, and the social care providers that support them.

You will be a highly motivated professional, who enjoys working flexibly across a range of projects and engaging with a variety of stakeholders. Your responsibilities will vary from; providing strategic advice and guidance to senior managers, developing position statements on critical issues, drafting formal responses to consultations, and cultivating relevant contacts across the social care sector.

This role reports directly into the Executive Director for People and Communications and will work closely with senior managers and the Communications and Marketing team.


Educated to degree standard or with an equivalent professional qualification you will have significant experience of working in the public affairs/policy field at a managerial level, preferably in the social care sector.

You will be able to quickly build effective relationships to communicate, influence and negotiate with a diverse range of people. With strong analytical skills you will be responsible for building Hft’s authoritative voice through championing and leading Hft’s annual Sector Pulse research. You will be confident in liaising with the media and taking on the role of spokesperson role for Hft’s policy campaigns and research.

What we Offer

Access to the Hft Plus benefits package, which includes a great number of discounts and rewards across shops, restaurants, gym membership and days out; but also, an Employee Assistance Programme, with telephone and face-to-face support options. Access to award winning training and development – Hft is one of only four charities to have achieved the Skills for Care ‘Centre of Excellence’ provider status. Annual staff award scheme – The Fusion Awards, and peer recognition through our GEM awards programme. 20 days holiday (plus 8 bank holidays). A contributory pension scheme & life assurance

Closing date: 22 July 2020
Interview date: 27 July 2020


You may have experience or an interest in the following: Public Affairs, Policy Manager, Public Affairs Officer, Policy Officer, PR Manager, Corporate Communications, Media Relations Officer, Public Relations Manager, Publicity Officer, Policy Manager, Policy Officer, Communications Advisor, Charity, Third Sector, Not for Profit, NFP etc.

Ref: 93499

Posted on: 08 July 2020
Closed date: 22 July 2020
Job ref: 93499
Tags: Policy/Research