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Policy Officer

Organisation: Locality

Salary: £33,500 - £37,000 per annum (NB this includes £3,500 for London Weighting)

Closing date: 22/11/2017 Fixed-term contract to 31 October 2018

We’re looking for a policy professional to join us and help us achieve our vision of a fair society where every community thrives.

We have a strong track record of influencing the development of policy using the experience of our members and the expertise we have developed of running programmes and projects to support communities play more of an active role in their local area. We have built up strong relationships at national, regional and local levels with key decision makers and influencers, and have achieved clear policy goals in recent years, playing a key part in legislation and influencing funding for communities. So you’d be joining a strong and dedicated team.

Our members face huge challenges, and now more than ever we need to ensure that we have a strong voice on their behalf to defend against adverse policy developments and positively influence the climate they are working in.

We’re looking for someone passionate about making a difference to communities and tackling inequality and disadvantage. You will bring your passion and your experience to help us make the impact we need to make on behalf of our members.


This is a flexible role supporting all areas of Locality’s policy work and the post holder will be given the opportunity to develop expertise in Locality’s key policy areas.

The role is part of a small policy team, within a wider Engagement Team. This team brings together Locality’s policy, public affairs and campaigning work with our membership services and communication and media teams. The post holder will also work closely with colleagues across Locality who deliver a range of programmes and support to our member network and communities across England.

Main duties and responsibilities

  • To contribute to the development of Locality’s public policy programme, effectively project managing key policy focussed work
  • To develop case-studies, produce briefings and reports on key policy areas.
  • To work closely with colleagues across the organisation to support the development of our evidence-based public policy
  • To play an integral part in engaging, motivating and developing opportunities for members to develop Locality’s public policy, in particular through the management and development of member-led policy groups
  • To analyse policy documents from other agencies, prepare summaries and to advise on their implications for Locality and our members
  • To draft responses to government consultations and other public policy initiatives and monitor the outcome. Positively inform and influence decisions, practices and systems affecting Locality’s members
  • To revise and keep up to date Locality’s public policy statements and provide expert advice internally and externally
  • Write and contribute to parliamentary briefings for MPs and Peers and support our public affairs work
  • Support our media and communication teams by providing background information for press releases, material for our website and responsibility for ensuring a regular programme of policy blogs and updates
  • To represent Locality appropriately at meetings and work effectively with other organisations in relation to public policy work
  • Speak publicly on Locality’s behalf e.g. member meetings or events
  • To grow and maintain Locality’s credibility and reputation with key external influencers at all levels.

How to apply

For full details of the role and to download the candidate pack please visit our website.

Candidates should complete the application form and the diversity monitoring form and email them to:


Closing date for applications: 10.00am on 22 November 2017

Interviews: 29 November in our London office, 33 Corsham Street, N1 6DR

Please let us know if you have any access requirements so we can make appropriate adjustments for you to attend an interview.

Strictly no agencies.


For an informal conversation about the role please call or email:

Ed Wallis, Head of Policy & Public Affairs 07791 591098  

If you require any further information, please visit our website or contact us on 020 7336 9404.