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The Board of Deputies is recruiting a Temporary Public Affairs Officer

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Temporary Public Affairs Officer

 

JOB DESCRIPTION

GENERAL DESCRIPTION

The Board of Deputies of British Jews is looking for a highly motivated individual to support the work of its Public Affairs Team on a temporary basis.

The post is integral to the Board’s wider engagement with the devolved regions, Parliament, central government and stakeholders inside and outside the Jewish community.

 

The post-holder will be responsible for:

  • Developing the Board of Deputies’ engagement around the 2016 Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish elections;
  • Supporting the Board of Deputies’ engagement with Parliament, including the APPG on British Jews;
  • Supporting the Board’s work in interfaith relations and social action;
  • Supporting the wider work of the team through providing secretariat to internal committees of the Board, research and report writing, event-planning and running specific projects.

 

This is a temporary position running between (approximately) 29 February and 8 July 2016

 

Salary: £23,850-£26,500 per annum pro rata

Responsibilities:

External Relations

  • Supporting the Board’s engagement in the domestic public affairs work in the UK Parliament and devolved regions, including assisting in providing the secretariat to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on British Jews.
  • Working with relevant civil servants, faith partners, NGOs and Jewish community partners.
  • Preparing briefings for, and formal notes of, meetings with external parties.
  • Working with partner organisations on joint initiatives.

 

Policy

  • Providing policy, legislative, briefing support to relevant Board and external colleagues.

 

Communications

  • Research, writing briefing documents and publications on Jewish public policy issues.
  • Monitoring press and the public sphere on policy issues.
  • Updating and managing the website of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on British Jews.
  • Presenting on the relevant policy areas to stakeholders, and the wider work of the Board to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Assisting the PR & Communications Officer on related media enquiries and campaigns, with occasional support on social media and networking sites.
  • Assisting with reports of Board or Divisional activities and contribution to the weekly Community Briefing.
  • Handling parliamentary/governmental correspondence and community enquiries.

 

Miscellaneous

  • Administrative support, including organising meetings and minute-taking.
  • Maintaining a general familiarity with the work of the Board, and the Public Affairs roles in particular, in order to provide cover on urgent issues during colleagues’ absences.
  • Carrying out such other reasonable duties as may be requested from time to time.
  • This role will require some work on evenings/weekends, and some travel around the UK.

 

Person Specification:

Knowledge

Essential

  • Good knowledge of current affairs
  • A good understanding of UK political and parliamentary processes
  • A good working knowledge of the UK Jewish community’s institutions and priorities
  • Strong computer skills, including the ability to use social media

 

Desirable

  • Knowledge of the politics of the devolved regions of the UK
  • Interest/experience in education, welfare and/or housing policy
  • Graduate or postgraduate degree in public policy, social policy or a related field

 

Experience

Essential

  • Advocacy and awareness-raising
  • Developing and maintaining strategic relationships
  • Events management and logistics

 

Desirable

  • Stakeholder engagement, in particular parliamentary engagement in UK/devolved regions
  • Working with all-party parliamentary groups
  • Policy development
  • Producing resources
  • Managing WordPress websites

 

Personal Attributes

  • Strong research skills
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills, with an ability to deal with challenging customers
  • Well-organised with good time-management and an ability to work independently
  • Willing and able to develop new knowledge and skills quickly
  • A good team-player, able to support other colleagues where necessary

 

Closing Date: 14th February 2016

Interviews: Week beginning 22nd February 2016

Approximate Dates: 29 February 2016 – 8 July 2016

Location: Kentish Town – Applicants must have the right to live and work in the UK

How to Apply:  Please send a CV and a covering letter which should be a maximum of two sides of A4, outlining how you meet the requirements set out in the person specification and where you heard about the job. Please send this to diane.gies@bod.org.uk with the subject heading ‘Temporary Public Affairs Officer’.

 

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