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Communications, Policy and Public Affairs Officer

Communications, Policy and Public Affairs Officer

  • Location: Swindon Head Office, South West England
  • Salary: £25,421 - £36,720
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Ref: R001800229
  • Closing Date: 24 July 2019

Job description

The Nationwide Foundation is looking for someone to fill the new role of communications, policy and public affairs officer.

• A communications, policy and public affairs officer.
• Flexible location, with at least one day a week in Swindon.
• £25,421 - £36,720pa based 35 hours a week. Part-time hours may be possible (minimum of 21 hours per week) – we’re happy to talk about how you can work flexibly.
• Please send in your application by 24/07/2019

The Nationwide Foundation is a charitable foundation, funded by, but independent of, Nationwide Building Society. The Foundation is committed to improving the lives of people in need in the UK by funding charitable causes and influencing change. It was set up in 1997 by Nationwide Building Society and receives a percentage of its profits each year.

At the heart of the Nationwide Foundation’s approach is a commitment to tackling the root causes of the social issues that lead to disadvantage, poverty and inequality. Since 2013, its Decent Affordable Homes strategy has been guiding the Foundation towards its vision for everyone in the UK to have access to a decent home that they can afford.

The Nationwide Foundation is looking for someone to join its team who can use the power of language to change minds and who has a passion for social justice. The Foundation is a small funder, but it has huge ambitions. It wants to take on someone who can thrive in this new and exciting role. You’ll be working with a committed team to deliver the Foundation’s Decent Affordable Homes strategy and, if you share the team’s values, you’ll get the support you need to succeed and shine.

The Nationwide Foundation needs someone who can produce high quality communications and who can seek out new opportunities to engage with the right stakeholders and key decision-makers. You’ll need to be politically astute, have plenty of initiative and a real desire to make changes happen that will make the UK a better place to live. If that’s you, then your contribution will help the Foundation make positive, long-lasting, systemic change to housing.

Your role will be to deliver the communications, policy and public affairs work of the Nationwide Foundation. This is a diverse communications role and you’ll be expected to get stuck into a wide range of activities.

Who we're looking for

We'd love to hear from you if you have:

• An interest in and commitment to social justice issues
• Experience of working in, or closely with, the charity sector
• Political astuteness and awareness of housing policy
• Understanding of methods of campaigning and influencing for change
• Plenty of initiative, creativity and an eagerness to put ideas forward
• A talent for spotting opportunities and the flair to make them come alive
• A team player who is nevertheless happy to work independently
• Likely to be degree educated and have at least two years’ experience in a communications, policy or PR role.

What you'll be doing

Key accountabilities:

• Use a wide variety of communication styles to creatively deliver the Foundation’s communications.
• Support the delivery of the policy and public affairs strategy to develop the Foundation’s reputation and amplify its voice on key messages.
• Support the Foundation’s engagement with influential stakeholders, including politicians, civil servants, funders, industry bodies, charities and housing sector experts.
• Understand and interpret complex housing information into commonly understood language, to ensure the Foundation’s position is understood and recognised.
• Support the Foundation to monitor the outcomes and impact of the communications, policy and public affairs work and report this internally and externally.
• Contribute to the review and development of the Foundation’s communication and influencing strategy.
• Provide support to the Foundation’s grantees, including proofreading news releases and providing communications advice.
• Work with Nationwide to ensure its communications referring to the Foundation – both to internal audiences and members - are accurate and consistent with the Foundation’s message.
• Provide administrative support for communications activities, including managing events, arranging meetings and roundtables, and monitoring communications activity and outcomes.

The extras you'll get

While you’ll have contracted hours, the Nationwide Foundation offers a flexible environment. That might be working from home, logging on from other offices across the UK, or working part-time or compressed hours. We want to know how you like to work and we promise it won’t affect your chances at all.

In this role, you will be employed by Nationwide Building Society and seconded to the Nationwide Foundation on a permanent basis. As an employee of Nationwide, you’ll benefit from Nationwide’s employment package.

There are all sorts of benefits, including:

· a personal pension (most people put in 7% of their salary which will be topped up by a further 16%)
· up to two days of paid volunteering a year
· buying or selling holiday

Work with PRIDE

Princes Responsible Business Network
Stonewall Diversity Champion
Business Disability Forum Member
Woman Engaged

Why work for us?

We are committed to creating a culture that recognises and truly values our individual differences and identities. If you’d like to be a part of an inclusive workplace where you can be yourself, where your talents are nurtured and you feel empowered to contribute, then please apply.

What to do next

If you’d like to apply, just click the ‘Apply now’ button. You’ll need to attach your CV and answer a few questions, and you can attach a cover letter if you like.