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Policy and Influence Manager

Epsom, Surrey (Hybrid)
£37,000 - £40,000 per year
Job description

We’re looking for an experienced Policy and Influencing Manager, with passion and determination to drive forward our mission to reduce suicide.​

You will have experience working in a policy or public affairs environment and be passionate about influencing change. You’ll be insightful and up to date on developments in the public policy environment, ideally with knowledge of the suicide prevention field. Highly organised and a good communicator, with resilience and the ability to translate insights to meaningful messages, to contribute energy and enthusiasm to best influence our policy agenda and strategy.  ​

Your role will be a challenging and rewarding one; You’ll be warm, engaging and passionate, with motivational strengths which will enable you to lead and motivate your team and inspire our wider colleagues across Samaritans, external stakeholders, and people who want to stand alongside in pushing for change. You’ll play a key role in ensuring we influence with one voice and help drive change to support suicide prevention.​

This is a brilliant time to join Samaritans with a new government suicide prevention strategy in place and suicide prevention firmly on the agenda. You will support us to make a positive impact and deliver our strategic and operational priorities.​

Samaritans is one of the UK and Ireland’s best known and respected charities. Our vision is that fewer people die by suicide – with your help we can make change that saves lives. Samaritans is needed more than ever. If you want to make a real difference to people’s lives – this is the role for you.

Outline of this great opportunity;​

  • Permanent contract
  • Full time, 35 hours per week with flexible working practices
  • Part time option considered (28 hours minimum)
  • £40,000 per annum
  • Comprehensive and competitive benefits
  • Hybrid working – Linked to our central office (Ewell, Surrey), with blended working between the office and home to meet your needs 
  • Samaritans will provide you with use of a laptop and mobile phone.
  • Occasional attendance at out of hours meetings 

A full outline of the Role available in the Job description here. 


Employee Benefits ​

Samaritans offers an excellent range of benefits including; flexible working and family-friendly policies, a structured induction and ongoing training and development. 28 days holiday, plus bank holidays each year, rising to 33 days over 5 years of service.  Matched Pension contributions of up to 5%. A health Cash plan to cover the cost of medical and alternative health treatments. We also provide a free subscription to Headspace and Perk Box for expert meditation, fitness programmes and shopping discounts. Please visit our careers website for further information. ​

Samaritans recognises the enormous benefits and the social justice imperatives of ensuring diversity at every level of our organisation. Samaritans is wholly committed to inclusion and diversity and to building a culture and environment where everyone is appreciated for the unique person they are. To ensure Samaritans is representative of those we support and who support us, we particularly welcome applications from Disabled, BAME and LGBTQ+ candidates, as these people are under-represented in our organisation. ​

We are committed to making our recruitment processes accessible to everyone and are flexible in how we receive information. If you would like to apply via a different format or let us know how we can support you to be the best you can be, please contact the People team at Samaritans and we will try our best to accommodate your needs.​

If this sounds like the opportunity for you, please apply. You’ll be asked to upload your CV and to answer a few specific questions relating to what makes you the best candidate for this role. ​

This role will close for applications on 18th February 2024, with interviews scheduled to take place on the 26th February 2024.​

If you’re interested in applying or would just like to find out more, then we'd love to hear from you.

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Posted on: 31 January 2024
Closed date: 18 February 2024 at 23:59
Tags: Communications, PR, Policy/Research

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