Newham is a unique and vibrant place to work. The borough is one of the most diverse places in the world, and has the youngest population in the country. The council is working to transform lives with a focus on building the resilience of residents, our community and the local economy. Through this agenda we are aiming to close the gap in life chances between our residents and those in more affluent parts of the Capital. The Council delivers a host of different services, from housing to social care to early education. We also do things no other local authority does – we were the first in England to introduce a borough-wide Landlord Licensing scheme; our local employment service Workplace has helped local residents into more than 31,000 jobs; and Newham’s Every Child Programme ensures our young people have access a range of cultural and sporting opportunities that would otherwise be out of reach. The Public Affairs Team plays a central role in the Council and is now expanding to include a senior officer who will lead their own campaign and support senior representatives.
Senior Public Affairs Officer £34,935 - £40,620 pa 12 month fixed term The role is part of a multidisciplinary team of public policy analysts, social researchers and public affairs staff who inform strategic planning and our service provision and promote Newham’s vision locally, regionally and nationally. Reporting to the Public Affairs Manager, you will proactively promote the borough’s vision and specific campaigns in parliament and beyond and build a network of key stakeholders to champion Newham’s calls and advocate our policy positions. As well as providing strategic and creative advice on Newham’s public affairs campaigns, you will have the opportunity to lead campaigns and ensure that Newham is at the forefront of political debate. You will be monitoring parliamentary business, interpreting how legislative developments impact the borough and proactively promoting Newham to politicians and senior stakeholders. You will contribute to the articulation of Newham policy and support the Mayor and Elected Members by providing engaging briefings and speeches for internal and external publications. This is a fantastic opportunity to apply your knowledge of the political landscape to campaigns which will make a real difference to the lives of people in one of London’s most dynamic, diverse, and deprived neighbourhoods.
We are looking for a talented candidate to take on the role of Senior Public Affairs Officer. It is essential that you can work in a multidisciplinary team, are aware of the national and local political landscape and the context in which local government operates. You will have an ability to communicate complex information from a range of sources into a meaningful brief for senior stakeholders. You will have knowledge or experience of working within parliamentary processes, be able to interpret research and confidently communicate Newham’s position externally. Ideally you’ll have a experience in public affairs, campaigning or come from a local government background. You will be a creative thinker who wants to engage with difficult problems and challenge the way we do ‘business as usual’.
If you are interested in joining our dynamic and committed team to work towards real change for Newham’s residents, then we would love to hear from you. If you would like to discuss these opportunities, please contact Hannah Clifton, Parliamentary and Public Affairs Manager:
IMPORTANT: If you are an LBN member of staff and applying for this role as a secondment you should note that secondments are subject to the agreement of your current employing service. Please ensure that you inform your line manager of your intention to apply for the post in the first instance.
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