Islington, Greater London
£25,072 + Inner London Allowance of £1,598 Per Annum.
Contract, Full-time
Job description

Who we are:

The National Autistic Society is the UK’s leading charity for autistic people. Since 1962, we’ve been transforming lives, changing attitudes and helping to create a society that works for autistic adults and children.

We transform lives by providing support, guidance and practical advice for the 700,000 autistic adults and children in the UK, as well as their three million family members and carers. Autistic people turn to us at key moments or challenging times in their lives, be it getting a diagnosis, going to school or finding work.

We change attitudes by improving public understanding of autism and the difficulties many autistic people face. We also work closely with businesses, local authorities and government to help them provide more autism-friendly spaces, deliver better services and improve laws.

We have come a long way but it is not good enough. There is still so much to do to increase opportunities, reduce social isolation and build a brighter future for people on the spectrum. With your help, we can make it happen.

What we can offer you:

  • Pension scheme
  • 25 days annual leave
  • Excellent induction, training and development programme including training about autism and opportunities to attend our conferences
  • Online staff discount scheme for a range of benefits (cycle to work scheme, season ticket loan)
  • Access to a 24-hour employee assistance programme

Who we are looking for:

This is an exciting 2 years fixed term opportunity to join a successful Policy and Public Affairs team to work on an exciting new project to improve access to mental health services for autistic people in England.

The successful candidate will have experience of working in a role engaging with stakeholders to develop policy positions and solutions. You will understand Government structures as well as how key bodies like the NHS work in England. Ideally, you will have had experience of mental health policy too.

You will understand autism and the barriers that autistic people can face in society.

A strong ability to communicate accessibly and for different audiences is essential.

You will work with the rest of the Policy and Public Affairs team, as well as the wider External Affairs Directorate and across the organisation to ensure that the project meets it objectives and timings. You will be responsible for briefing senior management and others on progress and experience of project management will be useful.

This is a fantastic job for someone who is determined to conduct research into real-life issues and find practical solutions for those issues. You will also be part of a fast-moving and exciting team, which works across several different policy areas to create a society that works for autistic people. We are looking for someone driven, collaborative and aware of the needs of stakeholders.

This project is funded by the Pears Foundation.

To view the job description please see our website.

Where you will be working:

Head Office – City Road, London

How to apply:

  • To apply for this role please apply directly thorugh our website.
  • When providing a supporting statement, please refer to the job description and person specification and include any information that shows your suitability for the role.

Applications for this job are sought from anyone who is suitably qualified and experienced for the role but particularly welcome from those with a diagnosis of autism.

The National Autistic Society is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children and adults who use our services and as such expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Successful applicants will be required to complete the relevant safeguarding checks.

We are an equal opportunities employer.

Refreshed on: 09 June 2020
Closed date: 14 June 2020
Job ref: Policy and Parliamentary Officer (Mental Health)
Tags: Policy/Research, Advocacy

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