Head of Policy

London EC1
C £57,000 per annum plus excellent benefits
11 Apr 2018
23 Apr 2018
Full Time
Contract Type

Closing date: 23 April 2018 at 11.30pm

Interviews: Thursday 17th May 2018 in London

This is a rare opportunity for a talented policy leader to make their mark on one of the most high profile, complex and profound challenges of our time. We’re looking for experienced and ambitious Head of Policy with proven ability to lead a team, run substantial programmes of work and produce ground breaking ideas for publication.

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.

We pride ourselves on rooting our campaigning in deep expertise on housing and homelessness and a thorough understanding of what needs to change so that everyone can have a decent place to call home. We also have a reputation for bringing solutions, as well as raising awareness of problems. And, we are now bringing together two senior positions - Head of Policy and Head of Housing Development – into one substantial role. There could hardly be a better time to take on this challenge. With a brand new CEO and Director of Communications in place, we are busy developing our next strategy and looking for someone to help define the vision for the future of housing in England and Scotland.

About the Role
Not only is there a growing housing emergency affecting all sorts of people up and down the country, the Grenfell Tower fire was the most horrifying reminder of the consequences when people’s voices aren’t heard. Shelter has a huge responsibility to ensure that they are, and that this leads to change. You’ll play your part by providing expertise on housing and homelessness policy and taking the lead in developing new thinking and solutions on the issues involved. We’ll also look to you to develop, manage and deliver a substantial programme of high quality policy analysis and proposals. Seeing through, from conception to launch, groundbreaking policy publications that have significant impact will be key. And, when it comes to supporting media, campaigning, fundraising and services operations by providing ad hoc policy content and expertise, again we’ll count on you to deliver.

About you
We’re looking for someone with strong political nous, a genuine passion for ending the housing crisis and the intellectual capacity and curiosity to seek out and develop the best ideas for doing this. Used to influencing politicians and decision makers, you have a good understanding of Westminster, Whitehall and local and regional government and the communication and leadership necessary to work with a wider team to turn ideas into reality. Good knowledge of social policy and broader policy context, as well as a specific understanding of housing and homelessness issues are must haves, as is a track record in, and aptitude for, devising fresh, creative and workable policy solutions.

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.

For further information about the role and the benefits of working for Shelter please visit our website.

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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