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Head of Policy, Public Affairs & Research

Sense
London, Greater London (On-site)
£62,892 per year
Full-time
Permanent
Job description

About the role: 

We believe everyone should be able to take part in life, no matter their disability.  
Our work helps thousands of people who are deafblind or who have complex disabilities to communicate, experience the world and fulfil their potential.  
To see a world where this happens, our campaigning and influencing needs to change hearts and minds. The Head of Policy, Public Affairs and Research will be part of an engagement team that will think big and deliver life-changing work. 
You’ll join our London-based colleagues working on a hybrid basis, and lead a high-performing Policy, Public Affairs and Research team. 

The role is responsible for: 

  • Playing a senior leadership role in Sense’s Leadership Team and Engagement directorate, planning ahead to our 70th anniversary year in 2025 and beyond 
  • Ensuring Sense is seen by national decision makers and stakeholders as the foremost and most authoritative voice on the issues facing people with complex disabilities and their families. 
  • Ensuring that public policy in England meets the needs of people with complex disabilities and their families, whilst supporting similar work in Wales and Northern Ireland  
  • Providing the expertise and evidence base on the lives of people with complex disabilities and the changes they need to see. 
  • Ensuring that the organisation is seen as credible, influential and accurate by external partners. 

To succeed in this role you will meet the following requirements: 

  • Relevant graduate level qualification, or equivalent experience  
  • Evidence of effective influencing of public policy  
  • Evidence of continuing development of relevant knowledge and skills in the field of public policy development and research 
  • Able to demonstrate a significant history of achievement at a senior management level  
  • Able to demonstrate significant achievement in influencing the development of public policy  
  • Able to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the way that public policy and new legislation is formulated and developed 
  • Track record of successfully influencing MPs, policy makers and opinion formers to achieve improvements on behalf of disadvantaged groups within society through the use of evidence, information and data gathered from a diverse range of stakeholders  
  • A passionate commitment to people with complex disabilities and Sense’s vision and values; a willingness to learn communication skills and how to make activities, opportunities and work accessible for people with complex disabilities. 
  • A demonstrable commitment to delivering positive change in the lives of people with complex disabilities and their families. 
  • Evidence of effective consultation with stakeholders using a range of methodologies to gather evidence to inform the development of policies. 
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to influence at a senior level. 

To Apply 

Please use the link below to complete your application.  
 
Managers will use your supporting statement to shortlist candidates for interview; in relation to the Personal Specification. Therefore, it is very important you complete this section thoroughly.  We would recommend that you read the candidate guidelines, job description and person specification (found at the base of this advert) before applying. 

Please note to avoid disappointment, we advise you to submit your application as soon as possible as we reserve the right to close posts at any time. 

No agency submissions please: any submissions without prior authorisation from the Sense Recruitment Team will be treated as our own and as such no fee will be payable. 

Sense is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable children and adults and expects all employees to share this commitment. Therefore, all offers of employment, where appropriate, are subject to an enhanced DBS check. 

For this role we particularly welcome applications from candidates from underrepresented ethnic minority backgrounds and candidates with disabilities. Sense is committed to equality of opportunity, and to promoting and celebrating the diversity of staff, volunteers and the people we work with. Everyone's contribution is valued and we ensure they're given the opportunity to realise their potential. We welcome applications from talented people from all sections of the community who share our values and belief that no one, no matter how complex their disabilities, should be isolated, left out, or unable to fulfil their potential.

Posted on: 15 April 2024
Closed date: 12 May 2024 at 23:59
Job ref: 240956CJEN
Tags: Policy/Research