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Policy and Public Affairs Lead

Harris Hill
£45k per year
Closing date
6 May 2024

Job Details

Harris Hill are pleased to be working with an early years education charity to recruit a Policy and Public Affairs Lead. This is newly created position that will support the charity to develop and leverage key relationships with a range of senior external stakeholders to support regular engagement and ensure policy asks are included within policy, legislation and manifestos.

In recent years this charity have refocused their strategy to help children in the 0-7 age range from low-income families and vulnerable family backgrounds to become regular readers. The focus is now not only  on the books themselves, but also on the support required to help children become regular readers.

As Policy and Public Affairs Lead you will support, manage and deliver the implementation plan for the policy and public affairs objectives. You will also support our policy and public affairs work with current and future children’s laureates and other high-profile ambassadors.

Key responsibilities of this role will include;

 Building senior policy and political buy-in to the vital importance of early years shared reading for children aged 0-7

  • Increasing positive profile and visible support for the charity and for shared reading among early years, health, poverty reduction, arts and culture and children’s social care organisations – at senior stakeholder level
  • Supporting our partnerships team in their work to secure buy-in and support from local and regional delivery partners to enable continued delivery and growth in impact and reach
  • Building longer-term capacity and embed public affairs and policy activity within our existing staff team.

The ideal candidate will be an experienced policy and public affairs professional with an understanding of national, regional and local government. You will be able to demonstrate how you delivered a successful public affairs campaign or policy strategy in the past, and ideally have some experience of working on issues related to children, families and disadvantage.

This is a newly created position on an initial 18-month fixed term contract.

This position can be full-time or 4 days a week, and requires hybrid working from either their London or Leeds office.

For more information about this position and next steps please apply here now.

Harris Hill Charities Recruitment Specialists operates an equal opportunity policy and commits to treating all of our candidates and jobseekers fairly. We welcome and encourage applications from everyone regardless of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and marriage and civil partnerships.


Harris Hill has been providing the Charity and Not-for-Profit sector with high quality recruitment solutions for over 27 years. In the past year we have worked on more than 3,000 charity vacancies (approximately 2,000 permanent and 1,000 temporary) and are continuing to grow, developing new teams to respond to the strong demand for specialist charity professionals.

Our teams focus on specific functions within charities including Fundraising, Marketing/PR/Digital, Data Management & Business Support, Finance, Human Resources, Temporary and Executive-level roles.

We are committed to delivering a level of excellence to both candidates and clients alike and have an unrivalled reputation for finding talented people their ideal charity jobs within the UK's leading national and international charities and non-profit organisations.

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