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Marine Conservation Society seeks Public Affairs Manager

Marine Conservation Society 2-3y Junior Level  London, England, United Kingdom 2 Nov 2017

Job Description

Public Affairs Manager

Our marine environment is facing some of its biggest challenges ever.

Our seas are under immense pressure: too many fish are being taken out, too much rubbish is being thrown in and too little is being done to protect the precious wildlife and habitats.We need your expertise to make our voice heard among the people who can have a hand on turning the tide of this ocean and coastal crisis.Could you make compelling cases to the right people at the right time in order to influence the changes we need for our seas to be full of life, where nature flourishes and people thrive?

We’re searching for a highly motivated and experienced Public Affairs Manager who will be able to develop effective and significant relationships with key influential parliamentarians and Government representatives on marine policy and legislation.

If this floats your boat then our seas need you – more now than ever.

MCS is the UK’s leading marine charity and our team work to ensure that our seas are healthy, pollution free and protected. Our reach is broad, which makes for an ambitious and challenging remit – being our advocate in Westminster will be inspiring and rewarding.

You’ll be based in our offices in London, with regular contact and visits to our head-office in Ross-on-Wye. You will also link up with colleagues in the Devolved Administrations.

Day-to-day – your role

  • You will be responsible for developing and implementing our parliamentary plans which support the delivery of the MCS strategy, and as an engaging and influential communicator, you will lead on promoting our conservation messages to parliamentarians and political and industry stakeholders;
  • You will provide timely and insightful guidance to our teams on the current and emerging political landscape, advising on the most effective tools and communications strategies to ensure maximum influence;
  • You will act as a champion for our policies to Government, industry and user groups – responding to consultations and representing MCS on national and international forums in partnership with other NGOs, government bodies and stakeholder user groups.

What you’ll need

  • Demonstrable evidence of partnership working, policy or advocacy, with evidence of influencing Government or party positions. An understanding of marine/environmental policy, issues and the organisations that make this field tick;
  • Advanced understanding of identifying and capitalising on opportunities to engage with parliamentary processes and policy development;
  • Ability to prepare presentations, briefings and impactful materials from complex information in a compelling and credible way to political audiences.

Who you’ll be

  • An excellent verbal and written communicator – with skills to create rapport and engage readily with a range of people, from our internal teams, to parliamentarians;
  • A clear thinker, with advanced ability to understand and translate complex, scientific information into briefings that are credible and compelling;
  • An organised individual with an efficient approach to meeting deadlines, and identifying priorities.


For any enquiries email or telephone 01989 561574.


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