As one of the world’s leading charities for disabled people, we believe disabled people should have the freedom to live their lives the way they choose – with the opportunity and support to live independently, to contribute economically and to participate fully in society. There is possibility with disability, and we fight for disabled people to thrive.
With 5,000 staff and 10,000 volunteers supporting nearly 70,000 people in the UK and around the world, we provide support to 2,500 people in a variety of UK living services. We also support 12,000 young people in the UK with skills, confidence, and employment programmes. Internationally, we are a specialist development NGO delivering inclusive education, youth leadership and access to livelihoods programmes to more than 50,000 people in 15 countries across Asia and Africa.
About the Role
You will be responsible for the successful development and delivery of our policy positions in the UK, working collaboratively with colleagues in the devolved nations.
You will develop strong networks and build relationships with external bodies including government departments, think tanks and disabled people’s organisations to strengthen our influencing role. You will contribute towards the leadership within the Policy and Influencing Team, and be an active member, offering advice and guidance about the wider team’s strategic direction, priorities and delivery and be jointly responsible for the team’s delivery and development.
You will work with other key internal teams including Operations, Marketing and Fundraising and Partnerships, to ensure our policy development is aligned.
You will bring demonstrable experience of developing and influencing policy that has successfully shaped national and/or local legislation, policy, or practice. You will be experienced at both using and communicating policy research for impactful campaigns and of involving end users in the co-creation and development of policy.
You will be highly motivated, have demonstrable experience of line management and staff development and bring a good understanding and experience of the workings of Government and Whitehall.
You will have excellent oral and written skills, be politically aware with the ability to anticipate and respond quickly to policy and political developments. You will be comfortable working with a wide range of stakeholders, using your influencing skills and tactics to deliver positive change.
As an effective project manager, you will be able to manage people and budgets, delivering positive outcomes for disabled people.
What we Offer
- A generous employer contribution to a company pension scheme with additional life cover
- Substantial annual leave, with the option to buy or sell leave
- Access to a cash health plan at favourable rates
- A comprehensive Employee Assistance Programme
Leonard Cheshire welcomes applications from all sections of the community. We actively encourage applications from people with a disability, supporting where possible, your requirements for reasonable adjustments.
Shortlisting for this role may take place as applications are received. We therefore reserve the right to close this vacancy once a suitable candidate has been appointed.
* No agencies please *