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Rugby Football Union seeks Public Affairs Manager

Rugby Football Union 3-5y Mid Level  Twickenham, England, United Kingdom 17 Dec 2017

Job Description

Public Affairs Manager

Nature and Scope

The role of the Public Affairs Manager will be to support the delivery of the Public Affairs Strategy and manage the RFU’s engagement with political and policy stakeholders.  The Manager will work within the Strategy and Corporate Affairs Team, supporting on all activities relating to local and national engagement. The role will also lead on various public policy objectives.

The role requires a passionate and hardworking individual who is able to manage multiple initiatives and work with a variety of stakeholders. The role offers a lot of potential for development and would be ideally suited to someone who has an interest in sport.

Accountabilities

Engagement

  • Leading the RFU’s Parliamentary engagement strategy, this role will manage day to day engagement with Parliamentary stakeholders, maintaining and improving existing relationships, building a wider network of rugby advocates, and managing relations with the Rugby Union APPG and Commons and Lords Rugby Club.
  • Delivering the RFU’s Parliamentary Activity such as organising meetings and events in Westminster, at Party Conferences and elsewhere, to raise the profile of rugby amongst stakeholders.
  • Advising and supporting colleagues, volunteers and our member clubs on public affairs engagement
  • Maintaining a public affairs grid of activity, and coordinating this with colleagues across the business.

In addition, working with the Senior Policy Manager this role will support (and as appropriate lead) on:

Strategy

  • Working with the Senior Policy Manager to develop and deliver the RFU’s Public Affairs strategy.

Monitoring and briefing

  • Actively monitoring the political and public affairs landscape to ensure that the RFU is fully informed in relation to relevant political, policy and personnel developments;
  • Monitoring the Government’s legislative programme, ensuring the RFU is aware of any proposals with implications for the sport of rugby union and helping to draft responses to Government consultations, motions for resolutions and parliamentary questions;
  • Preparing briefings for RFU Executives and Non Executives and external briefings for Ministers and Officials on issues affecting rugby union.

Public Policy

  • Research to identify legislation / policies for the RFU to proactively influence
  • Managing the RFU response to various public policy issues, ensuring strategies and campaigns are developed to influence public policy debates and outcomes.
  • Developing strong relationships with key public policy stakeholders.

As an RFU employee you will

  • Actively collaborate with colleagues to contribute to the development and delivery of strategic, business and operational plans
  • Act as an ambassador for, and promote the best interests of the RFU at all times, including the promotion of the RFU Core Values
  • Undertake such other duties as maybe required from time to time as are consistent with the responsibilities of the post and the needs of the RFU
  • Act as an ambassador for, and promote the best interests of the RFU at all times, including the promotion of the RFU Core Values
  • Undertake such other duties as maybe required from time to time as are consistent with the responsibilities of the post and the needs of the RFU

Person Specification

Qualifications and Experience

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent
  • Must have a high level knowledge of UK parliamentary, political and policy making systems
  • Experience of working as part of a team towards high profile and complex projects with defined objectives in addition to demonstrating effective contacts across Westminster and Whitehall are also requirements of the post
  • An interest in rugby is desirable, as is knowledge of the British and international sporting landscapes.

Skills and Personal Attributes

  • Ability to clearly convey information and ideas through a variety of media to individuals or groups in a manner that engages the audience and helps them understand and retain the message;
  • Ability to develop and use collaborative relationships to facilitate the accomplishment of work goals;
  • Excellent negotiating and influencing skills required along with an ability to persuade and win the support and engagement of others;
  • Ability to build strategic working relationships, working collaboratively to facilitate the achievement of work goals;
  • Ability to persuade and win the support and engagement of others;
  • Personally champions a team culture where values such as excellence, hard work, honesty, integrity and achievement are paramount.

Additional Information

  • All Role Holders must maintain an appropriate standard of confidentiality.  Any disclosures of confidential information (including personal information kept on computer or other media) made unlawfully outside the proper course of duty will be treated as a serious disciplinary offence
  • Personal circumstances must allow the candidate to work extended hours on occasion during times of peak activity including evenings and weekends
  • Roles holders not based at the Twickenham headquarters must be available to work from there as and when required
  • The role description, person specification, role grade and role title may be subject to change at the discretion of the RFU and in accordance with business developments. Any changes will be communicated to the role holder as appropriate

Application

Clsoing date: 31th December 2017

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