Buckingham, Buckinghamshire
£32115 per annum
Job description
Regional Campaigns Officer

The Regional Campaigns Officer will lead RNIB's campaign activity across the South East, deliver local campaigns and empower blind and partially sighted people to achieve change in their local area.

The individual will have an exciting and challenging role within our Policy and Campaigns team, joining our network of Regional Campaigns Officers across England. They will be a highly effective team player and influencer, able to work and develop projects alongside local politicians and other key stakeholders such as local authorities, local health and social care bodies and voluntary sector partners.

Regional Campaigns Officer Responsibilities:

• Roll out local elements of RNIB’s nationally coordinated influencing work, engaging with local stakeholders, in line with organisational priorities.
• Recruit, support, train, and provide day-to-day management for RNIB campaign volunteers in the region, working with the national Policy and Campaigns team and regional Community Connection team to create skilled and empowered campaign leaders and participants.
• Support campaign volunteers to secure influential roles at local and regional levels, e.g. on NHS committees and transport access forums.
• Recruit supporters from across the region, working with the national Policy and Campaigns team and regional Community Connection team to grow campaign capacity, or direct to other RNIB services or departments as appropriate.
• Coordinate with the public affairs team and other RNIB regional staff to develop positive working relationships with local MPs and local authority elected members and officers to deliver RNIB's objectives. To facilitate contact between MPs and local authorities and RNIB campaign supporters.
• Develop positive working relationships with customer forums and local groups representing blind and partially sighted people and to identify local priorities, feeding intelligence to RNIB colleagues.
• Develop positive relationships and close links with RNIB regionally based staff, RCOs based in other regions and the central Policy and Campaigns team.
• Identify and pursue opportunities for RNIB’s regional and local campaigning activity, in collaboration with colleagues and a range of stakeholders.
• Co-ordinate the production of influencing briefings and materials, feed into the development of national materials as appropriate, and organise engagement events at local and regional levels.
• Be an RNIB spokesperson, representing the charity as appropriate in local media, develop a strong regional campaigning presence on social media and write articles and contribute stories to a range of RNIB and non-RNIB channels.

Regional Campaigns Officer Requirements:

• Experience of campaigning or influencing to secure change in policy and practice
• Understanding of disability issues and the social model of disability and knowledge of issues affecting blind and partially sighted people.
• Experience of working with groups of campaigners, and/or with working with people affected by an issue to make change.
• Ability to produce campaign plans and write campaign reports, briefings and submissions for a variety of audiences.
• Ability to provide effective line management to campaign volunteers: setting objectives, developing and training volunteers, and monitoring performance.
• Exceptional team working skills and the ability to work collaboratively with others.
• Ability to quickly build rapport and establish relationships with supporters, volunteers and service users as well as a wide range of external stakeholders.
• Ability to plan and organise own time and volunteer time effectively, by prioritising and creating work schedules in order to manage workload and meet deadlines.
• Ability to think creatively and develop new ideas, identify potential difficulties and generate workable solutions.
• Effective verbal and written communication skills, and knowledge of how to adapt style to suit the audience.
• Ability to represent RNIB in local media and to make internal/external presentations to a range of stakeholders.
• Ability to secure the effective engagement of colleagues and partners at external meetings.
• Knowledge of how to effectively use social media and other communications to support and enhance campaign activity.
• Ability to understand and demonstrate commitment to RNIB's Equal Opportunities Policy and to ensure all activities are consistent with the Equal Opportunities Policy. This includes all staff activities and their interface with the general public.


• Knowledge of statutory provider structures and decision making processes including NHS and local authorities..

About RNIB:

We’re the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) and we’re here for everyone affected by sight loss. Working for us means working for one of the UK’s biggest charities, supporting almost two million people living with sight loss in the UK.

RNIB is committed to being led by our customers (blind and partially sighted people), and one of the ways we do this is through active involvement and engagement in many of our work activities, including the recruitment of new members of staff.

Please be aware that blind and partially sighted volunteers may be involved in the recruitment and selection process for this vacancy; including reviewing job applications and CV’s, shortlisting and interviews and selection tests.

RNIB is committed to being an Equal Opportunities organisation and we welcome applications from people with sight loss.

Location: Home-based within the South East: location is flexible but the ideal candidate would be based in the South East region e.g. home counties, Surrey, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire etc.
Salary: £32,115 per annum
Contract Type: Permanent
Hours: 36 per week

In exchange we a stimulating and supportive working environment and a benefits package including:

• 26 days holiday per year (plus bank holidays), which increase with service.
• Excellent pension schemes
• Flexible Working

You may have experience of the following: Regional Campaigns Officer, Campaigns Officer, Charity, Charities, Third Sector, Policy and Campaigns, Not for Profit, NFP etc.

Ref: 103 289
Posted on: 04 October 2021
Closed date: 01 November 2021
Job ref: 103 289
Tags: Fundraising