Greater London
£35,000 - £45,000 per year
Contract, Ending March 2023, Full-time
Job description

The Institute of Physics (IOP) is looking for an experienced, strategic Public Affairs Manager to join the Policy Team on a fixed term basis until March 2023. We are working on some very exciting projects to help transform physics in the UK: increasing diversity in education and the workplace, ensuring children have access to world-class physics education, and fostering investment in technical skills and STEM.

The role

The Public Affairs Manager role is a newly created and is critical to the success of our Strategy. Working with colleagues across the organisation, you will drive forward the development and delivery of our public affairs work to achieve long term, positive changes in government policy and practice.

Key Responsibilities include:

  • Developing and implementing a public affairs plan that reflects the IOP's strategic priorities and programmes.
  • Advising on the new opportunities and risks associated with the IOP’s external policy work, and make recommendations on how to engage with these in a timely and convincing manner.
  • Supporting the Head of Policy in other areas of policy engagement, analysis and dissemination.
  • Supporting other Heads in identifying influencing opportunities and developing public affairs plans.

The Person

The Public Affairs Manager will be an experienced professional who can lead the development and delivery of the IOP’s political influencing strategy and help us to drive forward our policy priorities.

Candidates will have a proven track record in political analysis and lobbying, influencing decision makers and working with colleagues to develop strategies that create real impact. In addition to this, we are looking for strong leadership, interpersonal skills and excellent communication skills.  

Future of work

The Institute of Physics is an equal opportunities employer, and our people are at the heart of our approach to delivery. Following the impact of COVID-19, we have developed a new, innovative, and exciting trust-based model of flexible working. This empowers our staff to choose both individually and as a team how, when and where they work to deliver the goals of the organisation, acknowledging that there will be occasions where in-person meetings, collaborations and events will help generate greater impact.

The Future of Work initiative is based on the principles of collaboration, trust, flexibility, and agility. You will be allocated a ‘base’ office which can also be a chosen place of work.


Alongside your CV, please ensure you include a cover letter stating how you meet the person specification. 

Why work with us?

The Institute of Physics (IOP) is the professional body and learned society for physics in the UK and Ireland, we seek to raise public awareness and understanding of physics and support the development of a diverse and inclusive physics community. As a charity, we’re here to ensure that physics delivers on its exceptional potential to benefit society.

We have an ambitious new corporate strategy, and you’ll play a part in helping us to deliver it.  There’s never been a more exciting time to join the IOP - watch our new film to find out more about our work.

As well as a competitive salary and professional development opportunities, we offer employees a comprehensive benefits package including an excellent pension scheme, private medical insurance and generous annual leave. We also offer a range of other benefits including childcare vouchers, gym membership and interest free season ticket loans.

The Institute of Physics is an open and inclusive organisation that welcomes and celebrates diversity.

The Institute of Physics is an equal opportunities employer.

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Posted on: 25 October 2021
Closed date: 15 November 2021
Tags: Advice, Information, Policy/Research

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