British Lung Foundation seeks two Policy and Public Affairs Officers
Policy and Public Affairs Officers (2 posts)
One person in five in the UK is affected by lung disease. As the only UK charity for people affected by all lung and respiratory disease – from mild asthma through to lung cancer – the British Lung Foundation (BLF) is here for every one of them. We are leading the fight against lung disease by providing support, funding vital research, and campaigning for better prevention, treatment and care.
The BLF is looking for two policy and public affairs officers to join our small but ambitious team and lead a programme of work on our air pollution and health campaigns:
Role 1: Our vision is for everyone to breathe clean air with healthy lungs; to achieve this we need to tackle the country’s toxic air that puts all our health at risk.
Role 2: We would like to see the Government and NHS England take a more strategic approach to improving the care people with lung conditions receive; to achieve this, we need to ensure the recommendations of our new Taskforce for lung health are taken forward by key decision makers.
In both of these roles you’ll lead on the development of policy positions and devise plans to influence government policy. In a fast paced policy area, you’ll need to stay abreast of developments and respond quickly to announcements and developments. You’ll be working alongside other charities, think tanks and industry groups to work in coalition to drive change.
We are looking for two people who have experience of successfully influencing policy and working with politicians to make things happen. In particular, you should have a strong understanding of the political environment and how parliament works. Ideally you’ll have some knowledge of air pollution and/or health policy, but more importantly you’ll be able to get to grips with new, complex policy areas quickly.
You should be able to build relationships and work effectively with a wide range of stakeholders, including BLF colleagues, politicians, civil servants, academics and other charities.
Lastly, you will have the ability to collate, analyse and order information from stakeholders and from your own research, to produce policies that are insightful, evidence-based and robust.
As well as a competitive salary you can enjoy a range of competitive benefits including our cycle-to-work scheme, interest-free annual season Travelcard loan, 30 days annual leave (plus Bank Holidays), pension scheme and much more.
This is a fantastic opportunity to contribute to an organisation committed to supporting everyone whose lives are changed by lung disease.
If you have been inspired by what you have read so far and want to find out more about the BLF and to apply for these exciting jobs please visit our website and complete our short application process.
We would love to hear from you
Closing date for applications is 4 February 2018