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Public Affairs Officer- Board of Deputies

  • Location: Kentish Town, London
  • Sector: Community
  • Salary: £28,000-£34,000 depending on experience
Contract: Permanent / Full time (4 days per week would be considered)
Responsible to: Director of Public Affairs
Hours: 9.30 – 17.30 Monday to Wednesday; 9.00 – 17.00 Thursday; 9.00 – 13.30 Friday
Salary: £28,000 - £34,000 per annum Full Time Equivalent (pro rata) depending on experience
Location: Kentish Town
Holiday Entitlement: 20 days, plus Public Holidays and Jewish Festivals
Applicants must have the right to live and work in the UK

General Description:
The Board of Deputies of British Jews is looking for a highly motivated individual to work as its Public Affairs Officer and as the secretariat to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on British Jews. The post-holder is responsible for engaging with MPs, peers, the
parliamentary process and political stakeholders, developing policy, research and report writing, event planning and running specific projects. The post is integral to the Board’s wider engagement with Parliament, central government and stakeholders within the Jewish community.

Key Tasks and Responsibilities:
External Relations
• Developing relationships with key stakeholders, including MPs, peers, civil servants and Jewish community partners, including performing the role of Secretariat to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on British Jews.
• Developing seminars, events and tours on key Jewish issues for parliamentarians.
• Preparing briefings for, and formal notes of, meetings with external parties.
• Managing relationships with other external organisations, such as social media companies and sporting authorities.
Policy
• Developing policy and offering advice on policy initiatives and associated projects.
• Monitoring policy and political developments, including legislation, being the primary link between internal colleagues and the political process.
• Providing political, administrative and policy support to lay leaders and the Senior Management Team on related matters, including providing policy and secretariat support to the Board of Deputies’ Defence Division.
Communications
• Research, writing briefing documents and publications on Jewish public policy issues.
• Monitoring press and the public sphere on policy issues.
• Presenting on relevant policy areas to stakeholders, and the wider work of the Board of Deputies to internal and external stakeholders.
• Assisting the Communications Officer on related media enquiries and campaigns, with occasional support on social media.
• Handling parliamentary/governmental correspondence and community enquiries.

Person Specification:

Knowledge
Essential
• Good knowledge of current affairs and strong understanding of UK political and parliamentary processes
• Strong IT skills, including the ability to use social media
Desirable
• Knowledge in key policy areas, eg. racism/antisemitism, social media or welfare
• A good working knowledge of the UK Jewish community

Experience
Essential
• Stakeholder engagement, particularly with parliamentarians and their offices
• Developing and maintaining strategic relationships
• Advocacy and awareness raising
• Policy development
• Events management and logistics
Desirable
• Working with All Party Parliamentary Groups
• Producing written resources/briefings

Personal Attributes
• Excellent written and oral communication skills
• First-rate interpersonal skills, with the ability to connect with people from a wide range of backgrounds and to deal with challenging situations
• Strong research skills
• Well-organised with good time-management and an ability to work independently
• Willing and able to develop new knowledge and skills
• A good team player, able to support other colleagues where necessary
• Commitment to the aims of the Board of Deputies

Additional Information:
• This role will require some work on evenings and weekends, and some travel around the UK
• This job description and person specification is not prescriptive; it merely outlines the key tasks and responsibilities of the post. The Public Affairs Officer will be expected to carry out such reasonable duties as may be requested from time to time by the Board of Deputies’ Director of Public Affairs and Chief Executive. The key tasks and responsibilities are subject to change. Any changes will be made in consultation with the post holder. This Job Description is subject to alteration in response to changes in legislation or Board of Deputies operational procedures.

Information for Applicants:
Closing Date: 09.30 on Monday 16th September 2019
Interviews: Thursday 26th September 2019

For application details please contact yael@theworkavenue.org.uk