Job Vacancy: Policy Officer (part-time or full-time)

July 17, 2018

The Academy of Social Sciences and its Campaign for Social Science are seeking a Policy Officer to undertake research and help with policy advice for both organisations. You will play a vital and exciting part in our work for, and on behalf of, social science and be a key member of our small, friendly team.

Start date: September/ October 2018

Responsibilities

  • Working with and under the direction of the Head of Policy:
    • Undertake research and background intelligence gathering relevant to current areas of policy interest, undertake policy analysis and help develop policy positions on behalf of the Academy/ Campaign. This is in consultation with the Academy’s Policy Working Group (PWG), Campaign Board, Learned Societies and others as appropriate, to gain input and in some cases approval for policy responses, especially in the case of new policies.
    • Draft written submissions and responses to consultations, inquiries and calls for evidence by government, Parliament, the EU, research and funding councils and other related consultative bodies.
    • Communicate the Academy and Campaign’s research and policy agenda on our own website or elsewhere, for instance through articles, opinion-pieces and commentaries for external blogs and other platforms. Work with the Communications Manager to maximise coverage, in styles appropriate to the intended audience.
    • Coordinate research projects undertaken by volunteers, donors-in-kind and contractors for the Academy/Campaign, ensuring their smooth-running and quality.
    • Compile the Academy’s Policy Monitor circulated to Learned Societies and other members.
    • Maintain a watching brief for news, reports, blog pieces, events and policy developments relevant to the Academy and Campaign’s research and policy agenda, keeping team members and other relevant stakeholders informed.
    • Represent the Academy/Campaign at external events, including public speaking and presentations.
    • Perform other tasks supporting our work, as agreed with the Head of Policy and Executive Director.

Skills required:

Essential

  • Broad knowledge and understanding of the social science disciplines, demonstrable either through appropriate undergraduate or post-graduate degree or employment
  • Ability to distinguish rigorous research from less robust evidence
  • Understanding and experience of presenting evidence and policy recommendations within at least one of government, think tanks, learned societies, subject associations, academe or campaigning bodies
  • Evidence of experience of, or contacts and networks with, one or more of research, higher education, government and practice.
  • Fluent and clear written English
  • Strong analytical skills and experience
  • Good communication skills, including public speaking and presentation
  • Consultative and collaborative
  • IT proficiency
  • Self-motivated and able to work independently
  • Willing and able to work flexibly as the role requires (including occasional early evening events, though always with advance notice)

Desirable

  • Hands-on research experience of some sort
  • Understanding of higher education or secondary education landscape in the UK
  • Understanding of parliamentary process
  • High-level IT skills or social media skills would be a plus

Terms

  • The post is available on a full-time or part-time basis (for at least 4 days a week).
  • For a full-time post, the successful candidate is likely to have at least one of the ‘desirable’ skills listed above
  • Location: 33 Finsbury Square, London EC2A, with flexibility as agreed for home working for research or drafting, and attendance at meetings at various locations.
  • Rate: FTE salary £30,000

 To apply

Please supply a CV and a covering letter highlighting relevant experience and skills to Marta Kask, Campaign Manager ([email protected]) by 10am on 10 August.

 Timetable

  • Short-listing: will take place during week of 14 August.
  • Interviews:   successful candidates will be asked for interview during weeks beginning 27 August or 3 September.
  • If you are not available during either of those weeks: please say so clearly in your covering email.

Background

The policy team at the Academy/ Campaign is headed by Sharon Witherspoon, and Dr Ashley Thomas Lenihan, Senior Policy Advisor works on a range of projects for us. Read more about the Academy and the Campaign and what they do can be found here and here.

Recent policy projects and consultations may be found on: