London, Greater London
£33,093 - £45516 per year + benefits
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

Starting salary: £28,988 - £35,199 + £4,105 London Weighting

Earning potential: Up to £41,411 + £4,105 London Weighting


This is a fantastic opportunity to join the charity Guide Dogs as a Policy, Public Affairs and Campaigns Advisor known to Guide Dogs as a Policy, Public Affairs and Campaigns Officer.


Our award-winning team campaigns to break down barriers and end discrimination against people with sight loss. Our consistent campaigning has led to a shift in Government thinking and policy on a number of key issues, and we are consistently rated as one of the top 5 most effective influencing charities by MPs.


In this role you will have the opportunity to shape and develop evidenced-based policy positions, lobby key politicians and officials; draft consultation responses and policy briefings; monitor and respond to parliamentary activity; support the development and implementation of the public affairs strategy; shape campaign plans and mobilise the public and our campaigns supporters and volunteers.


This role is 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, 35 hours per week, with 26 days paid holiday (excluding bank holidays) a year.


We recognise that the world looks a little bit different since the pandemic. Therefore, we’re committed to enabling our staff to work where best suits the needs of the individual, their team and the organisation. For this role, there will be opportunities to work from home as well as the office. We want our staff to flourish and work in environments which maximises their potential and best serves our stakeholders.


We offer a generous pension scheme, life assurance and enhanced pay for parenting and sickness leave. In addition, we provide an Employee Assistance Programme, flexible benefits package and discounts and cashback scheme to care for our people.


More details about this role, the Organisation and the recruitment process can be found in the attached candidate pack and job description.


We reserve the right to close adverts earlier than the closing date.



Guide Dogs welcomes applications from all sections of the community and actively encourages diversity to maximise achievements, creativity and good practice. We positively welcome and seek to ensure we achieve diversity in our workforce and that all job applicants and employees receive equal and fair treatment, regardless of age, race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, disability or nationality. We encourage applications from people with disabilities as they are currently under-represented in the organisation and guarantee an invitation to interview for all applicants with disabilities who demonstrate, within their application form, sufficient evidence to meet the essential criteria for the job.



Guide Dogs is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children, young people and adults at risk of harm with whom we work. We expect all our employees and volunteers to fully share this commitment.


Candidate requirements

To be able to fulfil this role, and provide help to those with sight loss, the skills and experience we are looking for in a potential candidate include;



  • Experience in policy, public affairs or campaigns work with a track record of working effectively with a wide range of partners and stakeholders.
  • Detailed knowledge of the UK political framework and environment and current public affairs and campaigning techniques.
  • Knowledge of advocacy-based campaigning.
  • Knowledge of event organisation and how to communicate with a range of political audiences.


For the complete list of essential and desirable criteria necessary to be successful in this role please see the Person Specification within the Job Description below. The candidate pack contains more information about this role & the recruitment process at Guide Dogs.


For an informal conversation about the role, please contact our Recruitment Team.


If you are successful you will need to provide evidence of your right to work in the UK. We cannot provide sponsorship for this role.


How to apply

If you have any accessibility issues, please contact our Recruitment Team.


Applications need to be made using the online application form, accessed using the ‘apply’ button above.


As part of your application ensure you provide evidence and examples of how your skills & experience meet the criteria as set out in the attached job description.


The system has a one-hour time limit. We would advise you to prepare your answers separately and then copy and paste into the online form once finalised.

If any mandatory fields are missed, a pop-up box will appear at the top of the page advising which sections require completion.


Please note that you’ll have to upload a CV as this is a mandatory requirement as part of our Safer Recruitment Policy.


Guide Dogs follow Safer Recruitment practices to ensure we are safeguarding the vulnerable people we work with. As part of this, we require a full work history with any gaps accounted for & a minimum of 2 professional referee details fully covering the past 5 years. If there is not enough space in your application form to provide this information, please ensure you upload additional documentation containing the additional detail.


Please contact our Recruitment Team if you require any support with your application.


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Refreshed on: 26 October 2021
Closed date: 02 November 2021
Job ref: 000077
Tags: Campaigning, Advocacy

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