Independent Age

Public Affairs Officer

W14 8RR, London (Greater)
£27,000 per annum
12 Mar 2018
02 Apr 2018
Full Time
Contract Type

To ensure that Independent Age’s policy positions and campaigns are effectively communicated to government and parliamentarians. To secure support for these campaigns across a wider group of stakeholders, in particular local decision makers. To ensure that older people have a voice in Parliament.

Main Duties

Parliamentary work

  1. Deliver Independent Age’s public affairs activities, ensuring we have an effective presence and profile in Parliament, across Whitehall and with local decision makers
  2. Support the charity to build effective relationships with parliamentarians, senior civil servants, special advisers and MPs’ researchers Manage and oversee Independent Age’s involvement in party political conferences and other policy and campaigns events Help draft and input into Select Committee submissions Manage relationships with key suppliers to ensure relevant parliamentary work is effectively monitored


  1. Deliver Independent Age’s local influencing activity including planning constituency-based events and building relationships with local authorities and NHS trusts, working closely with campaigns and services colleagues
  2. Contribute to Independent Age’s wide ranging external affairs work, representing the charity at conferences and meetings
  3. Identify opportunities for getting Independent Age’s policy and campaigns work addressed in legislation or parliamentary debates that affect older people
  4. Establish and maintain an effective network of contacts with key stakeholders as a way of intelligence gathering, using customer relationship management processes to help target communications
  5. Work with colleagues to help build a successful programme of campaigning activities that secure the support of influential stakeholders
  6. Respond to media enquiries, working with colleagues to help communicate Independent Age positions in response to key political and policy developments

Involving older people 1. Work with colleagues to ensure that older people have a voice in our public affairs work, identifying opportunities for them to take part in influencing activities

Other Duties

  1. Support the work of colleagues across the organisation including supporting strategic goals and other cross divisional objectives required.
  2. To observe and comply with all Independent Age Policies, including the key policies and procedures on Confidentiality, Data Protection, Health and Safety and Information Technology Policies and Procedures.
  3. To undertake specific safety responsibilities relevant to individual roles.
  4. Some requirement to travel which may involve overnight stays.

Job descriptions cannot be exhaustive and so the post-holder may be required to undertake other duties which are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.

Independent Age is committed to equality of opportunity and of eliminating discrimination. All employees are expected to adhere to the principles set out in its Equal Opportunities Policy and all other relevant guidance/practice frameworks.



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