Senior Policy & Public Affairs Officer

  • Job Reference: ACBNG1104/PK
  • Date Posted: 19 March 2021
  • Recruiter: Macular Society
  • Location: Andover
  • Salary: £31,000
  • Sector: Marketing and Communications Manager
  • Job Type: Permanent

Job Description

Senior Policy & Public Affairs Officer


Full Time 37.5 Hours per week

Andover Office or Home Based. If based from home - regular travel to our Andover office will be required, at a minimum twice per month.


Are you somebody who is absolutely committed to progressive political change on human rights and would love to use your outstanding communication and policy analysis skills to help us Beat Macular Disease?


Every day, around 300 people are diagnosed with macular disease. It’s the biggest cause of sight loss in the UK. Macular disease is cruel and isolating. It steals your sight, your independence, and your ability to do the things you love. There is only one way to Beat Macular Disease for good. We must fund more research now, until we find a cure, or find treatments that stop it in its tracks.


The Macular Society is working to deliver our ultimate ambition – to Beat Macular Disease for the next generation. We are determined to end the fear and isolation of macular disease with world-class research and the best advice and support.


This is a new role for the organisation working closely with the CEO, Director of Services and Influencing and the new Governance and Public Policy working group, to address public policy decision makers at national and regional level. Raising the profile and addressing the unmet needs of people with macular conditions and highlighting the need for more investment in research.


We are looking for someone who is passionate and knowledgeable about the issues we work on. You don’t need to be an expert on our issues, but if you’re not, you’ll need to have the ability to rapidly become one – so you should already have an understanding of political economy, sharp political analysis and experience of policy and/or communications work in the not-for-profit sector.


We need someone who is equally comfortable working on a policy submission to government, advocating to an MP, writing an incisive comment article for publication in the media, or strategising how we can best achieve our aims.


This is a crucial, very busy, outward-facing role in a small organisation seeking to make big changes. This role is at the heart of our diverse network and our ongoing collaborative efforts to bring about fundamental changes for all those living with macular disease.


We are an equal opportunities employer and we welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons.


To find out more and to apply, please select the apply button and visit our website and careers pages.


For an informal and confidential discussion, please speak to Fliss Crump.


Closing date: 11 April 2021


Interviews: 28 April 2021 and 29 April 2021


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