Role: Policy Manager, Power To Change

Based: London with occasional travel to Sheffield & Bristol and occasional working from home

Salary: £46,000-£48,000

Reporting to: Head of Research & Policy

Closing date for applications: 15th January, 2020 (10.00am)

Please send your CV and Cover Letter to

This is an excellent opportunity to support Power To Change in their endeavours to create a legacy where community business is understood and valued for the opportunities it brings to local communities.

Power to Change is an independent charitable trust that supports community businesses in England, endowed by the National Lottery Community Fund (previously the Big Lottery Fund). Our vision is better places through community business. We want to back people to build successful community businesses for the benefit of their local places.

Power to Change was established in 2015 as a charitable Trust with a spend-down endowment. We plan to close by the end of 2022. We have three strategic priorities over the next three years: growing the community business sector, transforming places (through the work of local community businesses), and making the case for community business to those who matter. You can read more about these priorities in our 2019-2022 strategy.

The Policy Manager will be core to our priority of ‘making the case’. They will work with our CEO and across the organisation to develop and oversee our policy thinking and research to make sure we leave behind an environment where community business is valued and supported.

Role Purpose:

A key element of our 2019-2022 strategy is to make the case for community business – so that we can leave a legacy of a stronger sector that is well-understood and supported. The role of Policy Manager is crucial to this goal. The Policy Manager will oversee our engagement with central and local government and key stakeholders, building on our established reputation and relationships.

Key responsibilities:

Policy development

  • Work with the CEO and the wider team to develop new policy thinking that is credible and influential, and that draws on our robust evidence base
  • Identify and agree policy priorities for Power to Change. Develop organisational policy positions and communicate these internally and externally through blogs, social media, and other writing and speaking opportunities. Support the wider PtC staff team to do the same
  • Commission and manage policy-relevant research
  • Monitor the policy landscape and relevant parliamentary proceedings – relating to our policy priorities
  • Respond to relevant consultations and calls for evidence
  • Deliver policy-focused events throughout the year and at Party Conferences (drawing on support from our Events Officer and Comms Team)

Public affairs

  • Work with the Head of Research and Policy to develop and implement our public affairs engagement strategy
  • Establish regular contact with key external stakeholders such as local Government officials, MPs, Government ministers, SMT of other important funders in the social sector, political advisers and civil servants to keep them informed about Power to Change’s work and policy concerns
  • Organise or attend regular meetings with these stakeholders, representing Power to Change and forging contacts with key decision-makers
  • Keep abreast of important media stories and of the work of key opinion formers with whom we work, or who we would like to influence

Supporting our CEO and senior team

  • Support our CEO to engage with key stakeholders, in particular in Westminster and Whitehall, by preparing briefing and speaking notes and PowerPoint presentations
  • Provide ad-hoc assistance to other team members as required

This job description is issued as a guideline to assist you in your duties, it is not exhaustive.  Because of the evolving nature and changing demands of our work this job description may be subject to change.  You may, on occasions, be required to undertake additional or other duties within the context of this job description.

 Skills & experience:

  • Significant experience in a policy and advocacy role and a strong understanding of the policy context in England, relevant to community business
  • Proven experience of using critical thinking skills to analyse policy and data to produce relevant reports and position papers
  • Experience of managing policy-related research projects, or collaborations with e.g. think tanks, would be desirable
  • Ability to structure, substantiate and draft compelling policy positions
  • Excellent, high-level writing skills adaptable for different audiences; very strong general communication skills
  • Great inter-personal and relationship-building skills with external contacts and internal colleagues
  • Confidence in using IT systems including MS Office

 Living Our Values:


  • You will be flexible in your thinking and open to being challenged about change.
  • You will take calculated risks and have the courage to stand by decisions despite resistance.
  • You will actively seek connections between information and results to bring a wider view to the organisation.


  • You will actively look to collaborate with others on all areas of your work, and you will encourage others in the organisation to collaborate.
  • You will help people understand the value of their contribution to our vision and mission.
  • You will actively seek out feedback about how you build relationships and adapt your behaviour and language as necessary.


  • You will take part in relevant professional networks to pro-actively develop your skills and experience.
  • You will use your knowledge and insights to develop a comprehensive understanding of issues


  • You will confidently raise sensitive matters with others with specific examples of what’s happened in a timely manner and the impact it has had.
  • You will motivate, inspire and encourage others despite your own concerns or disappointments.
  • You will proactively seek contributions from others to ensure our work reflects the needs of diverse communities

We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all candidates irrespective of race, age, disability, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion or belief, or marital or civil partnership status. We will assess all applications against the requirements for this post as detailed in the job description and person specification and ask for names and education history to be removed from applications.

We are Disability Confident Committed, we welcome and respond positively to applications from disabled people. We will meet individual needs throughout the recruitment process, including making any appropriate reasonable adjustments during the interview stage and to our workplace if selected into post to support colleagues with any form of disability. If you meet the minimum requirements for the role and would like a guaranteed interview please email our Head of HR, Nicola Fuschillo. You do not need to share any details about your disability at this stage.

As a Mindful Employer, we recognise that in the UK, people experiencing mental ill health continue to report stigma and discrimination. We are committed to creating a supportive and open culture, where colleagues are able to talk about mental health. We are also committed to ensuring that our employees feel safe in disclosing any mental health conditions and confident that they will be properly supported and offered reasonable adjustments when required.

If you have any questions about how Power to Change is an equal opportunities employer please contact our Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator, Edward Walden.