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Teenage Cancer Trust seeks Policy and Public Affairs Executive

Teenage Cancer Trust  London, England, United Kingdom 3 Jul 2018

Job Description

Policy and Public Affairs Executive

Salary: £ 26,853.00 – £28,601.00
Location: Head Office – London
Contract type: Permanent
Hours: 35 per week

About the role

We are excited to be recruiting for a highly professional and self-motivated Policy and Public Affairs Executive with extensive experience in policy, public affairs or campaigns. You’ll develop effective and significant relationships with key stakeholders including the young people we support, their families and high-profile influencers and decision-makers.

You’ll maintain up to date knowledge on relevant public affairs development and work closely with the policy and Public Affairs Manager to shape and implement a public affairs strategy. You’ll be skilled at multi-tasking, with excellent influencing skills and have the ability to communicate technical information to a range of audiences keeping them fully engaged.

Main purpose of the job

The Policy and Public Affairs Executive will work closely with the Policy and Public Affairs Manager on a range of initiatives across health, education policy and public affairs, engaging with national and regional political figures who can influence cancer policy that will ultimately lead to an improvement in services for teenagers and young adults with cancer and their families.

Role Focus

  • Policy and Political Engagement
  • Maintain up to date knowledge of relevant policy areas and monitor developments
  • Maintain up to date knowledge of political developments
  • Produce responses to public consultation and coordinate input from stakeholders
  • Undertake research and analysis to inform policy and political work
  • Work proactively on policy initiatives impacting on young people with cancer, covering UK and health and education policy
  • Take an active role in policy groups and working groups whose work impacts on young people with cancer
  • Support work to engage with national figures involved with cancer policy and regional representatives in key areas of service development
  • Support work to engage with national and regional political figures

Stakeholder Engagement and Collaboration

  • Be a key contact for the policy team
  • Gather and use insight gained from consultation with young people and their families to inform policy projects
  • Promote Teenage Cancer Trust’s position as an expert and key player in the sector
  • Assist in delivering contact programme with key opinion formers, patient groups, think tanks and decision makers
  • Work closely with other teams to deliver Teenage Cancer Trust’s policy objectives
  • Work with other organisations and charities in partnership, when appropriate
  • Assist in supervision of volunteers and interns, where appropriate

Communication and Information

  • Represent Teenage Cancer Trust and communicate the charity’s positions and vision
  • Produce high quality policy outputs including briefings, consultation responses, reports and other policy documents, as agreed with Manager, in consultation with staff from other departments where appropriate
  • Contribute to the wider work of the policy team and communicate our work to internal audiences
  • Support rapid responses to external developments and demands, such as Government announcements, media enquiries and requests for briefings from MPs

Other Duties

  • Undertake any other duties that are commensurate with the post as requested by the Manager.
  • Carry out the duties of post in accordance with the Trust’s policies and procedures on Health and Safety and take responsibility for ensuring personal health and safety.
  • Work flexibility, prioritise workload and work as part of a team.
  • This role has full access to the care database and will have some supervised and unsupervised access to children and vulnerable adults. It is therefore subject to a standard DBS check.

Disclosure and barring checks

This role will require a Standard DBS check.

Key Relationsships

  • Internal: Services
  • External: Press and members of the Parliament and local MPs

Person Specification


  • Engaging stakeholders, particularly government departments, politicians and policy makers
  • Involving supporters in policy and political processes
  • Experience of working with UK political systems
  • Analysing complex information including research, policy and legislation
  • Researching policy issues with solution-based outputs
  • Communicating policy issues to internal and external audiences


  • Team working
  • Ability to undertake work on specific policy issues using own initiative
  • Aptitude for working independently to deliver consistent, high quality work to tight deadlines
  • Confident using a computer in a networked office environment and be experienced in using Microsoft
  • Office software, in particular MS Outlook and Word

Knowledge and know how

  • Knowledge of policy relating to cancer
  • Knowledge of the inner workings of the UK political systems

Personal Qualities

  • Ability to communicate technical information to a range of audiences
  • Motivated to achieve change through policy and political processes


Commitment to the philosophy and ethos of Teenage Cancer Trust


Please click the ‘apply now’ button below. You will need to upload your CV and a supporting statement which explains how you think you meet the essential criteria listed in the person specification.

Closing date: 12th July 2018
First interview: 19th July 2018
Second interview: 25th July 2018


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