Senior Policy and Communications Officer job vacancy

The Brilliant Club

Overview: Senior Policy and Communications Officer job vacancy in London recruiting now

Ref: 838856
Employer: The Brilliant Club
Location: London, United Kingdom
Employment Type: Permanent

Job Details:

We are excited to be recruiting an experienced Senior Policy and Communications Officer to join our External Affairs department. You’ll work with your team to deliver the goals set out in Join the Club, our ambitious strategy for 2.

The successful candidate will deliver and develop our policy priorities. They will identify opportunities to engage in policy discussions, build relationships with sector stakeholders and education networks, identify conference speaking opportunities and write policy briefings. They will also lead on written submissions to government or sector consultations, working closely with senior members of the charity.

They will also be responsible for proactively building relationships with the press, and for responding to press and media enquiries. They will identify opportunities to raise awareness of the university access gap and create platforms for the young people we support to share their stories. The successful candidate will also support the Head of Communications and Marketing with charity publications, staff training on tone of voice and style and commissioning design and photography.

We think it is important that our charity reflects the lived experience of our beneficiaries, and we want to be an organisation where employees from any background can thrive. We particularly welcome applications from disabled, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME), Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans including non-binary (LGBTQ+) candidates, and candidates from low-income families. These groups are currently underrepresented at The Brilliant Club, and we are committed to increasing representation and diversity at the charity.

Person Specification

External Stakeholder Knowledge and Management

Identifies opportunities to proactively engage with external stakeholders that benefit the stakeholder and the charity
Understands complex external stakeholders as individuals and as part of the wider sector


Confidently adapts content, tone and delivery of written and oral communications to the needs of the audience and is aware of their impact
Explains complicated concepts or information in a clear, understandable way

Initiative and Problem Solving

Proactively identifies new and emerging risks and – where possible – resolves internal conflict and gives advice from a position of expertise
Seeks buy-in from relevant stakeholders at the beginning of projects

Time and Resource Management

Autonomous in allocation of own time to best effect
Innovates processes and delivers on plans
Accountable for the management of major projects, using appropriate project management tools

Developing Self and Others

Understands own strengths and weaknesses, and how these fit into a wider team
Stretches self and team members to develop through provision of internal and external development opportunities

Technical Skills

Confident in using digital systems for delivery
Capable of adapting quickly to new systems and interfaces

Role Specific Knowledge and Skills

Essential – Experience in a policy or public affairs role
Essential – Experience of working with press or media
Essential – Experience of creating engaging communications content for a variety of audiences
Essential – Excellent written and verbal communication
Desirable – Experience of working in the education sector
Desirable – Experience of briefing work to a designer
Desirable – Project management experience



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