Salary: circa. £30,000 per annum plus benefits
circa. £22,700 pro rata plus benefits
Location: Home-based - Northern Ireland
Hours: 4 days, 28 hours per week
Contract Type: Permanent
The Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Association have an exciting new opportunity for a Northern Ireland based Senior Policy & Public Affairs Adviser to join the team. This role will be home-based with travel requirements across Northern Ireland.
About the role
This is the MND Association's first Northern Ireland based policy role, it is an exciting time to join the team and a fantastic opportunity to develop the strategy for Northern Ireland, creating relationships and building on established links with those who have political influence to deliver change for people living with and affected by MND. As an influential and dynamic Senior Policy & Public Affairs Adviser, you will work with the Head of Regional Care Partnerships, Policy Manager, and the Public Affairs Manager to plan and deliver the Association's strategic ambitions.
Within this role you will work with key stakeholders to identify, research, and develop policy positions on a range of issues important to the MND Association, people living with MND, their carers and families in Northern Ireland.
Working closely with the Senior Campaigns Advisors, Northern Ireland Delivery Team, and the Public Affairs Manager, you will develop and support Campaign Volunteers and deliver the MND Association's influencing, campaigning and lobbying priorities to improve support and care for people living with and affected by MND.
As a Senior Policy & Public Affairs Adviser, you will engage with people with MND, their carers, and families to gather and share their experiences with key decision-makers ensuring the voice of those with lived experience is heard at every opportunity.
This role will see you successfully communicate the charity's position on policy issues to the Northern Ireland Assembly, All Party Groups and Government officials by leading high quality policy development including the production of policy papers, including briefings, submissions, speeches, and reports.
What are we looking for?
An excellent understanding of the political system in Northern Ireland, including Assembly processes and the mechanisms involved in developing legislation/guidance. Experience of responding to policy consultations, delivering campaigns and public affairs is essential.
This is a collaborative role where you will be representing the MND Association for Northern Ireland, you will need to develop and manage high level relationships with key decision-makers and policymakers together with allies and partners. Your key skills will include excellent communication, strong interpersonal, influencing and negotiation. The ability to work independently and with internal and external contacts at all levels is essential.
For full role responsibilities please view the job description.
How to apply?
We would love to hear from you and encourage early applications.
If this sounds like the perfect opportunity for you, apply online now and submit a supporting statement and CV.
The MND Association was founded in 1979. Our mission is to improve care and support for people with MND, their families and carers. We also fund and promote research that leads to new understanding and treatments and brings us closer to a cure for MND. The Association also campaigns and raises awareness so the needs of people with MND, and everyone who cares for them, are recognised, and addressed by wider society.
We operate a hybrid working environment within a flexible office space using the latest technology and digital infrastructure. This, together with a high level of trust and performance driven culture, gives staff the freedom and flexibility to work in the best way for them, the Association and, most importantly, people with MND.
We are committed to equality and value diversity. We are working hard to remove perceived and actual barriers to participation for people with and affected by MND, current and future staff, volunteers, and stakeholders.
The MND Association operates a hybrid working culture and therefore we are open to discussing the possibility of variable hours, remote or home working, flexible start, and finish times etc.
Please submit your application as soon as possible; due to the high volumes of applications we receive, we reserve the right to close any adverts before the closing date once we have received sufficient applications.
Our selection process will be multi-stage; this may include video call screening, and competency-based interview/s.
We request that recruitment agencies do not contact us in relation to this role. We work hard to fill our roles directly and if assistance is required, we operate a PSL, which currently closed for review. We do not accept speculative CVs from recruitment agencies/ head-hunters.