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Public Affairs Manager

Employer: Electoral Commission, The

  • Reference: COM/MED/10
  • Published on: Fri 11/08/2017 13:14 PM
  • Closing on: Mon 11/09/2017 23:45 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time, Permanent
  • Hours: 36 hours per week. excluding breaks .
  • Salary: £46,442
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: London

Public Affairs Manager

Directorate: Communications and Research

Permanent, full time

Salary: 46442

Location: London

Are you interested in joining an organisation playing a vital role in the democratic process at an historic time for voters in the UK?

We are currently seeking an outstanding professional communicator to join our team as Public Affairs Manager, a broad and challenging role which is central to the successful delivery of the Commission’s objectives. This is a new position which is being created in order to drive a more positive, proactive, energetic and campaigning approach to our public affairs activity.

The Electoral Commission is the independent body which oversees elections and regulates political finance in the UK. We work to promote public confidence in the democratic process and to ensure its integrity.

A modern regulator, operating within a unique and changing political environment, the Commission has a broad and challenging remit to improve fairness, transparency and efficiency in the UK’s democratic processes. In this context, the Public Affairs Manager will oversee the delivery of the full range of the Commission’s public affairs functions including stakeholder management, government relations and parliamentary engagement. They will work with the Head of External Communications to develop and manage the Commission’s public affairs strategy and projects, taking an innovative approach to strengthening links with a range of stakeholders in order to raise the profile of our work.

Reacting to fast-moving issues – such as political finance investigations or electoral administration matters – will be combined with a need to develop long-term plans to build relationships and protect and enhance the Commission’s reputation. The person in this role will need to use their initiative and excellent judgement to solve problems and achieve outcomes that meet the Commission’s objectives.

The successful candidate will manage and develop a team of two but work closely and flexibly with the wider External Communications team which includes media relations and public information functions. As part of the management team, they will also contribute to the direction of the Commission as a whole, with significant exposure to the Commission’s chairman, board members and senior leaders.

The role will be based in London but requires a strong understanding of how devolution is changing politics across the UK. It offers significant opportunities to join and lead other projects and programmes beyond communications activity, enabling the further development of the post holder’s skills and experience.

A talented and ambitious professional communicator and public affairs specialist, the successful candidate will have a track record in developing and delivering stakeholder management activity, building relationships across wide networks to deliver measurable results. They will have significant experience of advising senior individuals and acting as a representative and ambassador for their organisation. They must have demonstrable experience of team, project and budget management and a good understanding of media relations principles. Their background in communications, which may have involved agency or in-house roles, should include experience of working either for or with the public sector. Regulatory experience would be beneficial.

This is an exciting time to join the Commission and to be part of driving a new agenda to support our democracy. The Electoral Commission offers excellent terms and conditions, including flexible working hours and the opportunity to join the Civil Service pension arrangements (dependent on scheme rules) which include a valuable range of benefits.

To discover more about the role and the Commission, please visit http://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/jobs. To arrange a confidential discussion about the role with the Head of External Communications, please contact Cary Mitchell on 020 7271 0555.

The closing date for applications is 11 September. Interviews for successful applicants are likely to be held on 25 September.

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