About the role
Switchback is an award-winning small charity enabling young Londoners to build stable, rewarding lives after release from prison. This exciting new position is not your average policy role: it’s a chance to meaningfully involve the young men we support (Switchback Trainees) in policymaking and draw on Switchback’s rich evidence base to drive real change in the justice system.
This is an exciting time of growth for Switchback as we are significantly expanding our influencing work. The Policy and Involvement Officer will be at the heart of that shift, responsible for a variety of policy, research, public affairs and Trainee involvement activity. This will include writing compelling content like briefings, reports and consultation responses targeted at different audiences. You'll carry out research including gathering evidence and ideas from Switchback’s Trainees and frontline staff, helping to develop our policy strategy and messaging. You’ll monitor and analyse new policy developments, while helping to engage stakeholders like government officials and MPs to influence change. And you will enhance the involvement of Switchback Trainees in our policy work, including managing an intern and coordinating Switchback’s Experts by Experience (EBE) Board of former Switchback Trainees.
This is a rare chance to join a leading small charity in a policy role deeply connected to real lives and, crucially, help to ensure that systemic change is driven by young people too often excluded from debate.
We are looking for someone with at least two years’ experience in a policy-related role and a clear motivation to amplify the role of lived experience in changing the system. Experience of user research/involvement or work with young people would be beneficial, but not essential: more important is a good understanding of effective policy activity, strong writing skills, a proactive attitude and the skills needed to successfully engage young men from a variety of backgrounds.
At Switchback we aim to build a team representative of London’s diverse population, celebrating the differences that people bring with them as a vital resource to achieve our ambition and purpose. At such, at this time we’re especially keen to hear from men, people from Asian backgrounds, and/or people with lived experience of the criminal justice system.
Above all, you’ll be passionate about Switchback’s purpose and values, and keen to get stuck into a wide range of policy and research activity in a small team with big ambitions to transform the system.
Application deadline: 10am on Monday 23rd August
Interviews: First round: Fri 27th August; Second round: Thu 2nd September
Please download and read the full job description (PDF) and follow the application process set out in there. Applications which do not follow the application process will not be considered. We regret that as a small team we will be unable to provide feedback to candidates not shortlisted for interview.
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