Job Title: Senior Policy and Campaigns Officer
Salary and Pay Band: Band F, level 2
Hours: Full time
Job Holder: Vacant
Team (Directorate/ Policy and Research
Location: Policy and Campaigns
Manager: Laura Weir
Direct Reports: Policy and Campaigns Researcher
Part 1: JOB PROFILE
MAIN PURPOSE OF JOB:
The post holder is responsible for leading on high profile policy issues
affecting people with MS, project planning national campaigns and
contributing to the overall P&C strategy.
POSITION IN ORGANISATION:
Head of Policy &
Campaigns Assistant (3 months)
Senior Public Senior Policy & Senior Policy &
Affairs Officer Campaigns Campaigns
Campaigns Officer Policy and Policy and
The Senior Policy and Campaigns Officer reports directly to the Head of
Policy and Campaigns and works across the Society; particularly with
the Head of Service Development, the Service Development Programme
Leads, the Research team and Communications.
SCOPE OF JOB:
1. Influence social care, welfare and disability related policy
2. Work with external stakeholders
3. Monitor, analyse and communicate Government policy
4. Develop MS Society social care, welfare and disability policy
5. Support local and national campaigns
6. Management responsibilities
DECISION MAKING AUTHORITY:
To propose policy position and strategy framework
QUALIFICATIONS & SKILLS LEVEL: Person Specification
Educated to degree level or equivalent experience
Substantial experience in a lobbying or campaigning role or
working in a busy political environment
Experience of supervising others (desirable)
Proven track record of influencing others
Experience of conducting primary and secondary research
Proven experience of producing excellent written and oral
communications, including clear and concise policy briefings and
reports, and effective presentations
An in depth knowledge of Government social care, welfare and
disability policies, and knowledge of health policy and cross
governmental policies affecting disabled people.
A detailed understanding of the policy making process within
An understanding of e-campaigning tools and the use of new
media in campaigning work.
Ability to present complex information at senior levels.
Excellent analytical skills including the ability to grasp issues
quickly and to proactively analyse and communicate political
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills including the
ability to use a variety of styles to reach diverse audiences.
Skilled at building and developing partnerships with a wide range
of people (internally and externally) at all levels
First rate organisation and planning skills
Ability to manage competing priorities and work to a number of
tight external deadlines.
A proven ability to manage confidential issues and demonstrate
tack and diplomacy.
Uses advanced level IT skills including Excel, Word, PowerPoint
A team player who is able to build good working relationships both
internally within the MS Society and externally to provide the best
platform for the Society’s work.
A self-starter, able to take the initiative and work independently in
The confidence to contribute to an authoritative policy and
campaigns strategy development programme across the MS
A genuine interest in and commitment to the work of the MS
Part 2: MAIN DUTIES & KEY RESPONSIBILITIES
Influence social care, welfare and disability related policy (35%)
To lead on the MS Society’s policy development work on high
profile issues such as social care, welfare, employment and
disability issues and in doing so, actively support, contribute to and
shape the development of the policy and campaigns strategy.
To plan and lead on national campaigning strategy on these policy
areas, working with internal and external colleagues and
To proactively identify and take opportunities to further the MS
Society’s goals in these policy areas.
To influence policy-makers, including local and national
Government and civil servants, through evidence based policy
work and personal interaction.
To coordinate and produce robust evidence-based material for
submissions to Government, parliamentarians, the civil service and
other statutory bodies, working to tight external deadlines. This
includes, but is not limited to, responding to government
To work with MS Society staff and volunteers to research the
views and experiences of people with MS, using quantitative and
To make research recommendations to the Head of Policy and
To coordinate external communications around the MS Society’s
policy positions, including working with the press team to draft
press releases and statements in rapid response to major
Government policy announcements.
Work with external stakeholders (20%)
To develop and maintain the MS Society’s relationships with and
lead on work with existing influential coalitions and alliances. This
includes being the Society’s policy lead for the Disability Benefits
Consortium and the Care and Support Alliance.
To proactively identify opportunities, develop and lead on ad hoc
collaborative work with other organisations to further the MS
Society’s policy goals.
To develop and maintain good working relationships with civil
servants and other officials including senior officials at the
Department for Work and Pensions and Department of Health (as
To represent the Society at meetings with external organisations
and stakeholders at all levels.
Monitor, analyse and communicate Government policy (20%)
To proactively follow developments in public policy through official
and informal networks, and to analyse their impact on people
affected by MS.
To disseminate policy briefings, updates, information, and advice
on policy issues and work to inform and assist colleagues,
volunteers and supporters.
To inform, engage and advise colleagues and volunteers at all
levels in policy and campaigns work through briefings,
presentations and training.
To work with communications to draft and disseminate articles,
blogs and press releases as appropriate.
To work with the Policy and Campaigns Researcher to ensure the
P&C web pages are relevant and up to date.
To support policy and campaigns staff in the national offices
relating to devolved policy areas, by sharing information and best
Develop MS Society social care, welfare and disability policy (15%)
To research and author MS Society policy positions and strategy
for approval by the Trustees, Chief Executive or Director of Policy
and Research (as appropriate).
To advise and make recommendations to the Trustees and
Directors on any policy proposals made, taking responsibility for
the identification of any potentially contentious issues.
To communicate the MS Society’s policy positions internally and
advise staff and volunteers at all levels throughout the
organisation, including senior management and Trustees, on
issues related to social care, welfare and disability policy and
Management responsibilities (5%)
To line manage and review the performance and development of
the P&C Researcher and Administrator
To manage the recruitment, induction and work of an intern as
To be responsible for signing off relevant staff and volunteer
Support local and national campaigns (5%)
To work with Branches and other volunteers in local and national
campaigns, working closely with area teams.
To contribute to the Campaigns Network, including via its
newsletter, public policy forums and the website.
To attend and present at local branch and regional meetings and
other events to discuss policy and campaigning with people living
with MS and to proactively identify and act upon opportunities to
engage with volunteers
To work with the Policy and Campaigns Researcher and
Administrator to monitor and evaluate the impact of campaigns.
To author and contribute to the development of campaigns guides.
The post holder should be prepared to attend MS Society meetings
in different parts of the country including MS National Centre.
Some meetings may be during evenings or weekends.
The post holder will be working in a developing environment and
he/she will therefore be expected to undertake other appropriate
duties as required for the effective operation of the MS Society.
Health and Safety:
Responsibility for health and safety in the area under his/her control
and ensure that he/she is familiar with the Society’s policy statement
on health and safety at work.
Equality and Diversity:
Respect the unique contribution of every individual and work
positively in an equal opportunity and diverse environment
Job Holder’s Date:
Line Manager’s Date:
Print Name: Laura Weir