We are a national network supporting community organisations to be strong and successful. This is our reason for being, but to support others Locality itself needs to be a strong and successful organisation.
About the role
Locality are looking for a policy officer to support our work creating a better policy and funding environment for community organisations. If you are interested in developing creative solutions to complex problems and working with our members, policymakers and partners to create a fairer society where every community thrives, then we want to hear from you.
The role is part of a small policy team, within a wider Policy and Engagement Directorate. This team brings together Locality’s policy, public affairs and campaigning work with our membership services. The post holder will also work closely with colleagues across Locality, including with the communications and marketing team and with staff who deliver a range of programmes and support to our member network and communities across England.
Our commitment to diversity and inclusion
The sector in which Locality works is often dominated by people from White British and/or people with privileged backgrounds. We are looking for people that bring a different perspective so that we better reflect the communities we serve.
We particularly welcome applications from those who are significantly underrepresented in our organisation and sector, such as Disabled people and people from Black, Asian and minoritized ethnic communities. Where we have candidates of equal merit, we will prioritise selection and appointment of people who are from such backgrounds.
You will need:
- At least one year’s experience in a policy role or similar, and of using qualitative and quantitative sources to develop evidence-based policy work.
- Effective collaboration and communication skills, able to quickly develop an understanding of current and emerging themes and ideas in relevant policy contexts and draft a range of policy materials.
- To use your organisational skills to manage a complex workload and meet deadlines
- Be able to model our values – Ambitious, respectful, and fearless; and our principles of equality, diversity and inclusion in the way you work and the work you do
Key responsibilities include:
Contributing to the development of Locality’s public policy programme, effectively project managing key policy focussed work, ensuring that our members are involved and represented in our policy and influencing work.
Analysing policy documents from government and other organisations, preparing summaries and advising on their implications for Locality and our members
Drafting responses to relevant national, regional and local government consultations and other public policy initiatives and monitoring the outcomes and impact on our members; writing and contributing to parliamentary briefings and supporting our public affairs work
Speaking publicly on Locality’s behalf, representing the organisation at external meetings and events, and working effectively with other organisations in relation to public policy work.
We expect the role to be full time, however, in line with our flexible working policies, if you would like to suggest alternative arrangements, just let us know.
Locality have recently been awarded Investors In People Gold accreditation backing up our own survey where all staff felt that Locality was a great employer. The comment “Great leadership, intelligent proactive colleagues, inspiring members and trust and flexibility to do the job” summed up the feedback received.
How to apply
We strongly encourage you to look carefully at our website and find out about our work and our projects; Visit our policy and influencing pages for examples of our key campaigns.
If you have any further questions not answered on our website or in the job description, call Ruth Breidenbach‑Roe, Locality’s Policy Manager, on 07813 543 129 for an informal chat, Monday to Friday between 10am and 4pm.
When you are ready to make your application, you will need to answer some questions through a web form and upload your CV. These key questions will be your opportunity to show us how you will fit into Locality as an organisation and into the team. Ideally your answers for each question will be around 300 words. If the questions are not answered your application will not be considered.
The application form is quite short, but you will not be able to save your progress. We recommend that you look at the questions in the form, write your answers in a document first, then copy and paste them into the application when you are ready to apply.
Online Interviews are scheduled for 2 & 3 November 2020. You will need to have access to a computer with a camera and microphone and internet access.
If you have any queries on the application process – please email Sheila on email@example.com