The Policy, Public Affairs and Campaigns Manager – Live Independently & Well helps people with sight loss to live the life they choose by managing political engagement and campaigns work. The role is responsible for developing strong relationships with key political opinion formers, Ministers, Secretary of States, select committees and relevant decision-makers in Westminster and Whitehall to promote Guide Dogs policy and Campaigns. Working with the Senior Policy, Public Affairs and Campaigns Manager in their team, the role holder manages the development and delivery of current and new campaigns. The role will also manage the activities or our campaigners – both e-campaigners and campaigns volunteers to ensure they are taking meaningful actions that further Guide Dogs’ campaigns.
This role is 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, 35 hours per week, with 26 days paid holiday (excluding bank holidays) a year. As a charity, we’re always keen to support flexible working as best we can. 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.
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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.
To be able to fulfil this role, the skills and experience we are looking for in a potential candidate include;
- Significant and in-depth experience of achieving impact in public affairs or campaigns when targeting national government.
- Demonstrable experience managing campaigns or communications at a national level.
- Significant experience of crafting policy positions that can be used for public affairs or campaigns work.
- Proven experience participating in or running complex partnership groups.
- Experience of working for a charity in a similar role, or working for an MP in their Westminster office.
- While experience in one of the disciplines of policy, public affairs or campaigns is essential, experience in all three is desirable.
- Use of online and social media to further campaigns.
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.
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
Applications need to be made using the online application form, accessed using the ‘apply’ button above.
As part of your application ensure you provide to 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.
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