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Public Affairs Lead

Lead the Centre’s engagement in Scotland and support its public affairs work across the United Kingdom.

Lead the Centre’s engagement in Scotland and support its public affairs work across the United Kingdom.


IN A NUTSHELL:

We’re looking for a talented, creative and experienced Public Affairs Lead, to maintain and develop strong relationships with the Scottish Government, politicians and decision-makers in Scotland, and support the Centre’s wider public engagement work.


WHY IS THIS ROLE IMPORTANT FOR THE CENTRE’S WORK?

The Centre for Homelessness Impact is the UK’s What Works Centre for Homelessness. We want evidence to become the new normal in the homelessness sector, just as it is in public health and education and. After the successful launch of our book, Using Evidence to End Homelessness, we are on the precipice of a new and decisive movement to end homelessness with evidence. We need an experienced public affairs professional to work with the team to engage key audiences in Scotland.

 

WE’RE LOOKING FOR SOMEONE WHO CAN: 

  • Bring a deep understanding of politics and public affairs in Scotland 
  • Develop relationships across the United Kingdom including in Wales and Northern Ireland 
  • Understand policies that impact on homelessness in Scotland and elsewhere in the UK and engage with decision-makers who influence these
  • Write briefing papers summarising research evidence into clear, concise prose
  • Generate political support and engagement with our End It With Evidence campaign to use evidence and data to end homelessness for good 


THE PUBLIC AFFAIRS LEAD IS RESPONSIBLE FOR:

  • Developing and delivering effective public affairs and engagement strategies for the Scottish Government, elected representatives and local authorities in Scotland
  • Supporting our public affairs work across the United Kingdom including in Wales and Northern Ireland to advance our mission
  • Working closely with our research and practice teams to get insights to inform our public affairs work
  • Ensuring that the Centre is fully informed of and engaged with policy developments in Scotland and elsewhere in the UK that impact on homelessness 
  • Coordinating our End It With Evidence campaign, working with our Ambassadors to build support for using evidence to end homelessness and identifying and building relationships with new supporters
  • Identifying grassroots organisations in Scotland and elsewhere that are committed to working with the Centre and others to bring an end homelessness


RELEVANT EXPERIENCE AND BEHAVIOURS

You will:
  • Have a proven track record of public affairs engagement in Scotland
  • Be willing to support our engagement work across the United Kingdom
  • Have excellent in-person and written presentation skills to engage with a variety of audiences
  • Be able to manage competing priorities and be comfortable working within a self-directed culture and navigating ambiguity 
  • Be committed to the aims of the Centre and understand the importance of an evidence-led culture and the requirements of representing a charity
Nice to Have:
  • In-depth knowledge of homelessness and related policy areas 
  • Knowledge or insights into politics or public affairs in Wales, Northern Ireland or Westminster 
  • Relationships with organisations we work with to support our public affairs strategy



TERMS OF APPOINTMENT

Permanent. Full or part time. Location: Edinburgh or Glasgow preferred. Some travel required including to London, Cardiff and Belfast.

Start date: Immediately.

Salary: £31,000 - £40,000 depending on experience.


CLOSING DATE

Midday Thursday 6 October 2021

Interviews will take place on Wednesday, 13 October 2021 via video call. (Please note this has been changed from the original date of Friday, 15 October) 



If you are interested in applying please send your CV and cover letter to careers@homelessnessimpact.org, detailing why you think you are qualified for this role and why you want to work at the Centre in up to two sides of A4. We would also like to see an example of your recent written work. We encourage applications from people of all backgrounds, and particularly welcome applications from people with experiences of homelessness. For a brief discussion about the role please contact Greg Hurst - greg@homelessnessimpact.org We value optimism, diversity, collaboration, sense of ownership, the ability to embrace ambiguity, a talk-less-do-more attitude, learning from failure, and making each other successful. If you identify with our values and want to help us end homelessness faster, we’d love to have you in. We encourage applications from people of all backgrounds, and particularly welcome applications from people with experiences of homelessness.

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General information

Who we are

We’re a social startup in the homelessness sector. Our mission is to end homelessness by helping charities, local authorities and policy-makers understand which programmes and strategies work best. We’re big believers in the power of evidence and human-centred design when it comes to solving complex social problems like homelessness – and we’re looking to build a small, agile team to deliver content, training and platforms that make a real difference to those affected, as well as people working towards a future without homelessness.

Joining a relatively small team you’ll be a big part of shaping the way we work, collaborate and deliver impact. You’ll also have a great opportunity to assert your aesthetic and personality on the centre and its work in a meaningful way.

Our values

We value optimism, diversity, collaboration, sense of ownership, the ability to embrace ambiguity, a talk-less-do-more attitude, learning from failure, and making each other successful. If you identify with our values and want to help us end homelessness, we’d love to have you in. We encourage applications from people of all backgrounds, and particularly welcome applications from people with lived experiences of homelessness.

Location

Flexible

How to apply

Read our job descriptions above and apply by emailing a cover letter and CV to careers@homelessnessimpact.org and reference the job title.

In your cover letter, please address the points outlined in the person specification section of the role you are interested in. 

For any queries you can email careers@homelessnessimpact.org and a member of the team will respond.

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