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AQA seeks Policy and Public Affairs Manager

AQA 3-5y Mid Level  London, England, United Kingdom 7 Sep 2018

Job Description

Policy and Public Affairs Manager

We’re currently recruiting for a Policy and Public Affairs Manager based in our London office, reporting to the Head of Policy and Public Affairs. This is an excellent opportunity for someone to take the next step in their corporate affairs career in a role that combines policy analysis with public affairs activity spanning Westminster, Whitehall and a statutory regulator.

What you’ll be doing

Reporting to the Head of Policy and Public Affairs, you will play a key role in supporting the roll-out of AQA’s policy and public affairs strategy. This could see you building the organisation’s profile in Parliament, identifying and responding to emerging public affairs risks, coordinating consultation responses, researching and analysing policy ideas, as well as representing the organisation at external events.

You will also support the development and roll-out of policy positions for AQA on current and potential government policy relating to curriculum, assessment, qualifications and broader education policy developments.

This exciting role provides an opportunity to work:

  • at the heart of the education system with the largest provider of academic qualifications; an organisation that is a market leader but also has a charitable mission – to help students and teachers realise their potential
  • directly with the senior leadership team, in a responsive organisation where public affairs and policy are valued, and at a time when there is considerable change in the political and policy environment
  • independently and pro-actively, with considerable autonomy and potential for further progression.

What we are looking for

We’re looking for an energetic, self-starter with strong analytical and writing skills, creativity, as well as excellent interpersonal and stakeholder management ability.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Deep understanding of Westminster, Whitehall and policy-making process
  • Track record of building of rapport and support with stakeholders
  • Experience operating strategically – managing the day-to-day reactive work of public affairs, whilst remaining proactive and focused on overarching objectives
  • Confidence to advise senior leadership on the best course of action, including under pressure
  • Strong written skills, and experience drafting detailed position papers
  • Excellent communication skills and the confidence to represent AQA in high-level forums

It is desirable but not essential that the candidate has:

  • Experience working in Westminster or Whitehall, or policy environment (i.e. think tank)
  • Experience working in the education sector, or on assessment issues


Closing date for applications: 10:00 Monday 17 September 2018.


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