Assistant Policy Officer

London EC1
£26,251-£27,206 pa plus excellent benefits
12 Mar 2018
25 Mar 2018
Full Time
Contract Type

Closing date: 25 March 2018 at 11.30pm

Shelter is looking for a proactive individual with some knowledge of social policy issues and policy development work to join us as an Assistant Policy Officer and play a key role in supporting our policy output.

Shelter helps millions of people every year struggling with bad housing or homelessness through our advice, support and legal services. And we campaign to make sure that, one day, no one will have to turn to us for help. We’re here so no one has to fight bad housing or homelessness on their own.

The Policy Team is part of Shelter’s Communication, Policy and Campaigns (CPC) Division and is responsible for developing policy on housing and homelessness issues. We also work closely with Shelter services and other teams within CPC such as Media, Campaigns, Public Affairs and Research in order to formulate proposals for policy change and respond to Government policy initiatives. Put simply, we shape policy that’s aimed at tackling the root causes of Britain’s housing crisis. And, we want you on our team.

About the role
Join us, and you could soon be contributing to Shelter’s policy development and helping the team to respond to Government initiatives across a range of cutting edge areas. A challenging and varied role, it will see you get involved in activities such as researching and writing internal reports, planning and managing events, providing policy support to cross divisional projects, leading team administration and managing some policy projects of your own. So, if you’re keen to play your part in developing policy on key housing and homelessness issues and come up with our responses to external events involving housing and homelessness issues, get in touch.

About you
We’ll expect you to have a basic knowledge of social policy issues and a proven ability to undertake policy development work on specific issues in a wider context. You’ll also need a flair for analysing evidence, assessing policy options and developing new ideas linked to communications activities and campaign objectives. Results-driven, customer-focused and comfortable working as part of a team, you’re not afraid to challenge the status quo and introduce new ideas when appropriate either. What’s more, you're proficient using Microsoft Office applications like Word, Excel and PowerPoint, while basic web skills (blogging, limited website maintenance) and/or experience of developing creative outputs would be useful. We would also be particularly interested to hear from applicants with an interest in housing supply and planning.

Benefits include 30 days’ annual leave, the possibility of flexible working, enhanced family friendly policies and significant opportunities for learning and development.

Safeguarding is everyone’s business. Shelter is committed to protecting the health, wellbeing and human rights of those we support, and enabling them to live free from harm, abuse and neglect. All our staff will be expected to observe professional standards of behaviour and conduct their work in line with our Safeguarding Policies.

At Shelter, we welcome and encourage applications from everyone regardless of age, disability, gender, ethnicity, religion and sexual orientation. We are facing diverse problems, so need diverse people to tackle them.

Shelter does not accept unsolicited CVs from external recruitment agencies nor accept the fees associated with them.

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