Job Title: Policy Manager
Location: London
Reporting to: Head of Research and Policy
Contract: 18 months FTC with possibility of extension
Salary: £46,000 to £48,000
Date closes:11th September, 2020 at 10am
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Role Purpose

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 but are looking for additional funds to continue. 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  ‘making the case’  for community business. 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.

The Policy Manager will oversee our engagement with central and local government and key stakeholders, building on our established reputation and relationships.


Our policy priorities

Our policy priorities include supporting community ownership of assets (buildings or spaces), and a commitment to localism – so that local communities can take responsibility for things that matter to them and get involved in local economic development, such as in the regeneration of their local area or high street. We also believe that community business has a role to play in the public service supply chain and can deliver at least as well as traditional providers, whilst offering extra social value. The role of the Policy Manager will be to progress our work in these three areas.


Key Responsibilities

Policy development

  • Work with the CEO, Head of Policy & Research 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 / stakeholder engagement

  • Work with the Head of Research and Policy to deliver stakeholder engagement that is focused on Westminster and Whitehall
  • 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
  • Support our Leadership Team to engage with key stakeholders, in particular in Westminster and Whitehall, by preparing briefing and speaking notes and PowerPoint presentations

Skills and 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


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