· Manage the organisation’s public affairs activities, ensuring Independent Age plays a meaningful role in shaping future legislation, policy and practice.
· Develop and co-implement strong and engaging influencing strategies across our key policy themes, ensuring these are integrated with policy and campaigning.
· Identify, and assess the effectiveness of, opportunities and mechanisms to increase political stakeholder engagement and persuade decision makers to take positive action.
· Support a senior stakeholder engagement strategy to enable and empower the CEO and Head of Policy and Influencing to effectively build that charity’s profile.
· Lead the creation of briefings for political stakeholders, committee evidence submissions, parliamentary questions and take advantage of other opportunities presented through the parliamentary system. Always ensuring the voice and experience of people in later life is amplified.
· Work closely with the other Managers in the department (3 x Policy and 1 x Campaigns) to ensure an integrated approach to policy and influencing activity, including playing an active part in cross department working groups.
· Input into the longer-term Policy and Influencing strategy, and business plans, so that all members of the Public Affairs team know what they are working towards and why.
· Lead a programme of events to raise the charity’s profile primarily in Westminster, at party conferences, and if appropriate in key local constituencies.
· Ensure functioning systems are in place to keep abreast of the political environments and horizon scan effectively.
· Line manage and professionally develop the Public Affairs team.
· Jointly manage the Influencing team budget, ensuring activity is costed, reported on and that we get good value for money.
· Support the organisations long term policy and influencing strategy development, including by feeding in ideas and expertise on influencing in the four nations of the UK.
· Have fun and challenge yourself at work, model the charity’s values and abide by our policies and practices.
EXPERIENCE & KNOWLEDGE
· Significant experience of developing successful strategies to influence legislation or government policy.
· Demonstrable working knowledge of the UK political system and the mechanisms and tactics that can be used to secure change.
· A good understanding of how public affairs interacts with policy and campaigning to make positive change happen, including a strong understanding of Westminster, Whitehall and local government.
· Proven ability to write professionally, and tailor written language to different audiences e.g. when writing MP/Peer briefings, evidence submissions and formal letters.
· An understanding of the issues faced by older people.
· Experience of building good working relationships with a variety of internal and external stakeholders, including a proven ability to influence politicians and decision makers.
· Strong verbal communication skills, with the ability to speak to people at all levels in person, by phone and email.
· Experience of working independently and proactively to meet strict deadlines on a number of concurrent tasks.
· Ability to work with a high level of accuracy and attention to detail.
· Strong IT skills including use of Microsoft Office packages.
· Willingness to work outside of regular office hours and overtime during busy spells.
Job descriptions are not exhaustive and the post-holder will be required to undertake other duties commensurate with the level of the role.
Independent Age is committed to equality of opportunity and to eliminating discrimination and all employees are expected to adhere to the principles set out in our Equal Opportunities Policy.
Independent Age is committed to safeguarding and we expect all colleagues to share in this commitment. As part of our recruitment and selection process, we require a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check for all individuals who work with our service users.
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