Senior Public Affairs Officer

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Any of our hubs - UK
Marketing and communications
From £35,000 to £40,000 per annum depending on experience
Full Time
35 hours

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Senior Public Affairs Officer – Further Education & Skills
Salary: from £35,000 to £40,000 per annum depending on experience
Working hours: 9 – 5pm Monday to Friday (35 hours a week)
Contract: Permanent
Location: Hybrid or at any of our hubs, London preferred

About Jisc

We’re looking for amazing people to help us drive a digital revolution for the benefit of society.
We believe in ‘Technology for Good’ – in improving lives through education and research. Our people want to make a real change – at Jisc, everyone plays a key role and gets the chance to feel part of it, that to us is the definition of a meaningful career. Being a social enterprise means that no matter how small our individual actions are, the positive impact on our collective is huge.

We’re a place unlike any other, where the best of education fuses with the best of technology to create a unique model with unique opportunities and interesting problems to solve in a diverse and inclusive environment. It’s what keeps our work varied, original and surprising – and that’s why we love it.
Join Jisc. A social enterprise unlike any other.

The External Relations & Public Affairs Team:

The External Relations and Public affairs team is a busy team who thrive on ensuring the value of the organisation is well understood by a wide range of influential stakeholder - from Government ministers to national sector bodies. We are incredibly passionate about showing how Jisc delivers its mission ‘technology for good’ via the world-leading digital connectivity, services and thought leadership that Jisc offers to the education and research sectors, while helping shape national policies to meet the needs of our members and customers. We are now looking for our Senior Public Affairs officer, who will be a pivotal addition to our team.

About you:

We know that sometimes people can be put off applying for a job if they think they can’t tick every box. But we realise the ‘perfect candidate’ doesn’t exist. If you're excited about working for us and can do most of what we are looking for, go ahead and apply. You could be exactly what we need!

We’re ideally looking for someone with:
• Extensive experience working on further education and skills policy or communications arena and/or within an FES organisation.
• Experience of working with politicians, civil servants and across complex stakeholder groups.
• Significant experience of campaigning; policy development and influencing at a high level.
• Demonstrated effectiveness in face-to-face interactions with staff both internally and externally and with external political stakeholder groups.
• Developing consultation/inquiry responses and gathering evidence to help inform and shape policy development
• Thorough understanding of the FE and Skills sector and affiliated government policies and issues affecting colleges and skills providers.
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills with the ability to advise and negotiate with tact and diplomacy at all levels.
• Knowledge of the political systems with the UK, devolved nations and the EU parliament

About the role:

• This fantastic role will have responsibility for public affairs and policy development in the Further Education and Skills (FES) sector.
• As a key member of our Public Affairs team, you’ll identify opportunities to meet and work with Ministers, politicians and civil servants across the UK administrations, often interacting at board level.
• You will develop our policy position and affiliated public affairs activity on key FES sector issues and ensure this translates into valuable thought leadership and exciting campaigns
• You’ll plan, oversee and deliver the FES aspects of our public affairs strategy and manage key partnerships with think tanks and policy partners of Jisc.
• In addition, you will be expected to take a lead in coordinating our responses to consultations and inquiries from governments across the UK.
• You’ll look for opportunities to collaborate with sector stakeholders on thought leadership, campaigns and policy events, ensuring Jisc is positioned as the major digital body for tertiary education.
• As part of the team that includes media relations, you will also convey public affairs activity into newsworthy material and opportunities for Jisc to play a role in public debates across the full range of external communications channels.

Why work at Jisc:

We want to make sure our people have the flexibility they need to balance their personal lives and do well at work. So, we focus on outputs rather than presenteeism and are open to a whole range of ways of working including flexible hours and working from home.

We are always learning and developing. All our people have access to a huge variety of learning resources to help them achieve this.

Our benefits are great too, We offer:
• 25 days holiday (plus bank holidays and 3 additional days Christmas closure) and flexible agile working
• A range of health & wellbeing benefits, including cash plan, and access to wellbeing support
• You have the option to join a generous pension scheme
• We offer a wide range of discounts, a cycle to work scheme, financial wellbeing savings and season ticket loans as well as a range of other benefits
• We also offer generous parental leave arrangements, career breaks and volunteer leave

Connecting with each other is a doddle, thanks to our technology, but getting face to face is something we value and find time for when we can, our main offices are Bristol, London, Harwell and Manchester so you may need to travel on occasion.

Other stuff you need to know
At Jisc we celebrate diversity and know that it is critical for our success. We work hard to make sure we’re inclusive. So, if you are great at what you do and share our values, we want to hear from you.

If you need any adjustments made to the application or selection process so you can do your best, let us know. We will be happy to help.
We are aiming to hold interviews w/c 25th October and 1st November 2021, so please apply as soon as possible in order to be considered for this great opportunity.

Just so you know, we review CV’s as we receive them, and interview as soon as we have applications that look like a good match, we don’t use closing dates. We advertised this role on 18/10/2021.