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Communications, Policy and Public Affairs Officer (The Nationwide Foundation)

Communications, Policy and Public Affairs Officer (The Nationwide Foundation)

  • Location(s): UK Wide
  • Salary: £25,421 - £36,720
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Ref: R00AOR01163
  • Closing Date: 30 January 2022
  • We're happy to consider flexible working approaches for this role

The Nationwide Foundation is looking for someone to fill the role of Communications, Policy and Public Affairs Officer.

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 influencing for systemic change.

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 Nationwide 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 Nationwide Foundation is a small charity, but it has huge ambitions. It wants to take on someone who can thrive in this exciting role. You’ll be working with a committed and experienced team to deliver phase three of the Decent Affordable Homes strategy.

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.


What you’ll be doing

Key accountabilities:

  1. Use a wide variety of writing styles to creatively deliver the Foundation’s communications, including social media, blogs, websites, reports, consultation responses and letters.
  2. Identify and maximise opportunities to engage strategically and opportunistically with influential stakeholders, including politicians, civil servants, funders, industry bodies, charities and housing sector experts. This will include monitoring parliamentary and policy activities, trends and developments relevant to the housing and grant-making sector.
  3. Understand and interpret complex housing information into commonly understood language, to ensure the Foundation’s position is understood and recognised.
  4. Develop the Foundation’s reputation and amplify its voice on key messages with the right stakeholders.
  5. Monitor the outcomes and impact of the communications, policy and public affairs work and report this internally and externally.
  6. Provide support to the Foundation’s grant-holders, including proofreading news releases and providing communications advice.
  7. Work with Nationwide to ensure its communications referring to the Foundation are accurate and consistent.
  8. Provide administrative support for communications activities, including managing events, maintaining the stakeholder database, arranging meetings and roundtables, and monitoring communications activity and outcomes.

About you

We'd love to hear from you if you have worked in a communications role and can demonstrate:

  • Excellent written communication skills
  • Experience of creating high-quality, engaging content for websites and social media channels
  • Experience of identifying and building relationships with key decision-makers, or of supporting colleagues with stakeholder management
  • Experience of working in, or closely with, the charity sector, and a commitment to social justice issues
  • Understanding of methods of campaigning and influencing for change
  • Political astuteness, with experience of working in a policy role being highly desirable
  • 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


Full job description available on request


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 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 employee benefits available at Nationwide, including:

  • A personal pension – if you put in 7% of your salary, we’ll top up by a further 16%
  • Up to 2 days of paid volunteering a year
  • Life assurance worth 8x your salary
  • A great selection of additional benefits through our salary sacrifice scheme
  • Access to training to help you develop and progress your career
  • 25 days holiday, pro rata

Why work at Nationwide

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 this role is for you, please click the ‘Apply Now’ button. You’ll need to attach your CV and a cover letter, plus answer a few questions. 

We respond to everyone, so we will be in contact shortly after the closing date to let you know the outcome of your application.  

If you need any help with your application, you can contact Natalie Tate, Communications, Policy and Public Affairs Manager at the Nationwide Foundation (Monday-Thursday), or Niamh Hourican in Nationwide’s resourcing team.




Communications, Policy and Public Affairs Officer (The Nationwide Foundation)

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