Job vacancy: Policy and Public Affairs Manager
09 Jul 2019
Policy and Public Affairs Manager
Central London - £38,000 + Benefits, with some travel within the UK and potential for international travel. Flexible working available.
Interviews will be held on 12 August 2019 in the Society’s office in London.
Overall purpose of job
To lead the Society’s science Policy and Public Affairs engagement programme, devising overall strategy and operational approaches. This includes leading on proactive and responsive external policy engagements, as well as supporting Society members to boost their impact.
The Society for Applied Microbiology (SfAM) is one of the world's leading microbiology societies. It is recognised internationally for the support it provides the microbiological community, the scientific integrity and quality of its academic journals and its accurate and evidence-based communications.
SfAM is undergoing an exciting period in its science policy and public affairs engagement, with opportunities to engage with policy stakeholders on wide-ranging topics such as the environment, human and animal health, industry and food security. The Society’s Policy and Public Affairs Manager will be integral to coordinating and informing the activities of staff and other representatives of the Society, in order to strengthen the public voice of applied microbiology.
The Policy and Public Affairs manager will act as a central point of contact for all policy enquiries and activities, and lead the Society’s overall policy engagement by meeting responsibilities that include, but are not limited to:
- Developing the Society’s policy strategy as directed by the Chief Executive and in collaboration with the Chair of the Policy Subcommittee.
- Ensuring that SfAM’s Executive Committee, Policy Subcommittee and other subcommittees and ad hoc working groups are sufficiently advised on key areas of policy that are relevant to their functions and activities.
- Functioning as secretariat for the Society’s Policy Subcommittee, coordinating the preparation of relevant meeting materials and minutes.
- Effective monitoring of the science policy landscape to ensure that the Society is prepared to influence and engage with policymakers across the UK (and EU as appropriate) and is able to take advantage of opportunities as they arise.
- Ensuring that responses to policy consultations are prepared to a high standard, containing evidence-based solutions and recommendations, through research and liaison with the Policy Subcommittee, Executive Committee, Society Members and other stakeholders.
- Effective management of a variety of projects in parallel, ensuring the delivery of high quality, timely objectives, including (where appropriate)
- Organisation of meetings, workshops and roundtables for a diverse range of stakeholders
- Joint working with partner organisations and other relevant stakeholders
- Development of effective briefings and presentations
- Effective and concise communication of evidence-based recommendations to a range of different audiences and policy stakeholders
- Ensuring that all SfAM audiences are kept up to date with relevant policy developments, including contributions to the Society’s e-bulletin, website, membership publication and social media platforms.
- Ensuring that SfAM and its views are represented and promoted at meetings with external partners where appropriate, at external events and meetings including but not limited to, parliamentary receptions, conferences and workshops.
- Maintaining and expanding a broad and intricate network of working relationships with Society Members, Committee Members, industry representatives, academics, politicians, civil servants and all other relevant stakeholders.
- Managing the Society’s public affairs budget in liaison with the Chief Executive, ensuring value for money in all policy activities.
You will be able to demonstrate proficiency in the following:
- Degree-level qualification in science and/or policy/public affairs
- Three to five years’ experience working in policy and public affairs roles
- Excellent research and analytical skills, coupled with an ability to rapidly grasp unfamiliar subjects, translating large volumes of information into concise, evidence-based recommendations
- High proficiency in written and oral communication, with demonstrable ability to influence and inform a wide range of audiences.
- Strong organisation skills and the ability to manage multiple workloads in parallel to meet tight deadlines.
- Experience of organising and leading a variety of events including workshops, meetings and roundtables.
- Strong experience and knowledge of policy structures and processes at the UK-level and within the Devolved Administrations.
- Ability to take a collaborative and flexible approach to working within a dynamic team and with external partners, including the ability to take the lead and to work independently.
- Prior experience of managing people and budgets
- Postgraduate qualification
- Interest and/or knowledge relevant to microbiology
- Working knowledge of the function of learned societies and membership organisations
- Experience and/or knowledge of policy in relation to the European Union
- Awareness and/or prior involvement with activities relating to Diversity and Inclusion
We are committed to drawing on a wide range of knowledge and experience and strive to maintain diversity in all areas of our work (BAME, career level, disabilities, gender). For more information on the Society’s commitment to diversity and inclusion please see our position statement.
How to apply
Please apply by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject ‘SfAM Policy and Public Affairs Manager’ to Lucy Harper before 17.00 on 31 July 2019 with the following documents attached:
- a CV (2 sides of A4 maximum)
- a covering letter explaining your interest and suitability to the role
Please contact Chief Executive, Dr Lucy Harper with any particular queries relating to the role.
Assessment of applications is a two stage process: there will be an assessment of the written application and applicants successful at this stage will be invited to interview. Interviews will be held on 12 August 2019 in the Society’s office in London.
Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. If you do not hear from us within two weeks of the closing date, please assume that your application has not been unsuccessful on this occasion.
We are interested in every qualified candidate who is eligible to work in the United Kingdom. However, we are not able to sponsor visas.
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