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Policy & Communications Officer

Project Policy & Communications Officer
Employer Society for the Environment (SocEnv)
Job Description

Overview:

The Society for the Environment (SocEnv) is the body responsible for the registration of environmental professionals. We have an exciting opportunity for a Policy and Communications Officer to play a key role in taking forward the Society’s policy programme.

You will manage a variety of policy and communications activities, including facilitation of the Environmental Policy Forum, production of well written communique and the development and execution of communication strategies to champion the expertise of registered environmental professionals.

We are:

The Society for the Environment is the body responsible for the registration of environmental professionals. We are the custodian of the Chartered Environmentalist and Registered Environmental Technician registers, and since 2004 have established a sound platform as the body tasked with championing and registering the expertise of environmental professionals.

Working under the mandate of our Royal Charter as a partnership of Professional Bodies, we are in a unique position, bringing together a range of disciplines and sectors to reflect the multi-disciplinary practice of environmental professionals. The Society uses this unique position to advance environmental good practice bringing together expert input from our registered environmental professionals and like-minded organisations to facilitate credible and balanced input to environmental policy and decision making.

Both individually and as part of the Environmental Policy Forum (EPF), the Society utilises the expertise and reputation of its registrants to provide thought leadership on topical environmental issues. This may be through consultation responses, parliamentary briefings or other pieces of work conveying the position of our registrants and partners.

We value:

Sustainability through environmental professionalism. We exist to promote the advancement of, the dissemination of, knowledge of, and education in good environmental practice for the public benefit.

The Society aspires to be the leading and co-ordinating professional body in environmental matters and a pre-eminent champion of a sustainable environment. We aim to achieve this by nurturing and harnessing the combined resources, knowledge, expertise and achievements of the professional and learned bodies which are its Members.

We need:

We need someone who is able to analyse complex information and present this in a clear and engaging way. You’ll be responsible for collecting views and insight from our registrants and partners, feeding into consultation responses and creating policy-related communications on behalf of the Society. You will be responsible for effective public affairs monitoring, responding to news stories where appropriate as well as researching and highlighting the broader work of registered environmental professionals.

Experience in policy/public affairs and communications is essential for this role, together with strong critical thinking ability and excellent organisational skills.

You are:

  • Highly organised with excellent administrative skills.

  • Accurate with an eye for detail.

  • An excellent communicator with interpersonal skills, including the ability to use a variety of styles to reach diverse audiences.

  • Able to build and manage stakeholder relationships.

  • Experienced in policy and/or public affairs.

  • ICT literate in all Office applications - knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook required.

  • Able to use social media as a communication tool.

  • Experienced updating/editing a website.

In an ideal world, you are also:

  • Knowledgeable of Government environmental and sustainability policies.

  • Aware of Data Protection / GDPR and how it relates to communications.

What’s in it for you?

You will play a key role in taking forward the Society’s policy programme. Working closely with colleagues and the Society’s Constituent Bodies, you will help deliver the Society’s programme to support and engage our partners and registrants in feeding into key policy issues relating to the environment and the importance of our profession.

You will manage a variety of policy and communications activities, including facilitation of the Environmental Policy Forum, production of well written communique and the development and execution of communication strategies to champion the expertise of registered environmental professionals. You will also have the opportunity to work with external speakers to deliver sections of our webinar programme, edit and add to website content, utilise social media platforms and develop relationships with our registrants.

Day in the Life / Key Responsibilities:

  • Engaging registered environmental professionals with key policy issues and feeding their views into policy activities;

  • Leading the Society’s work with the Environmental Policy Forum (EPF) and other collaborations;

  • Writing policy communications by consulting with our partners and registrants;

  • Managing a series of webinars on behalf of the Society;

  • Developing and delivering communication strategies including social media;

  • Providing timely and appropriate briefings and reports to staff and committees as required;

  • Scanning the media to identify and respond to relevant news stories, developing the Society’s public response and increasing the organisation’s profile relating to environmental policy developments;

  • Contributing policy-related articles to the Society’s newsletter and blog, as well as policy-related content for the website;

  • Representing the Society at relevant meetings and events.

Nitty Gritty Details:

Hours/Week: 35 hours

Annual leave: 25 days per annum pro rata plus one additional day per year of service up to 30 days

Work outside normal hours: The post will involve occasional evening and weekend work.

Deadlines:

Closing Date: 11th November 2018

Telephone Interview Date: w/c 12th November 2018

Interview Date: Tuesday, 20th November 2018

This recruitment is being managed by Change Agents UK, please direct all correspondence to contact@changeagents.org.uk or call 01572 723419

Project County Warwickshire
Location Coventry
Salary c£25,000
Application Deadline 2018-11-11
Interview Date 2018-11-20
Hours Per Week 35.00
Places Available 1
Status

Closed - no further applications permitted