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We’re looking for a good communicator with knowledge of housing and social policy to join us as a Policy Officer to creatively develop Shelter’s policy and influencing on housing and homelessness issues.

Shelter’s Communications, Policy and Campaigns division leads public campaigning, media, lobbying, research, policy development and online communications to achieve change for the thousands who don’t have a home. As you would expect, our work targets national and local government. Just as importantly however, we target business and consumer behaviour and public attitudes and beliefs too. We also use rigorous research and client experiences to develop policy positions that, if implemented, would help protect people impacted by the growing housing crisis. 

About the Role

As Policy Officer, you will develop high quality policy outputs and respond to Government initiatives across a range of areas, including the future of housing supply, the housing safety net, affordability and access to housing.

Maintaining your knowledge of significant policy developments and statistics in housing, homelessness and social policy to provide rapid responses to external developments and demands, you will help shape and implement strategies to deliver our policy and campaign objectives. Working closely with key corporate partners, you will build relationships with central and local government officials, other housing organisations, think tanks and stakeholders in the housing and social policy field, working together with colleagues and directly with people who are homeless or experiencing housing problems to develop policy solutions which directly address and alleviate bad housing and homelessness.

About you

We’re looking for someone with a proven ability to undertake creative policy development and work on specific social or economic issues in a wider political context. You will have strong communication skills, including a persuasive writing style, the ability to positively influence others and experience of analysing evidence, including statistical evidence. Proactive, results-driven with a commercially aware approach to projects, the ability to assess policy options and develop new ideas, you will have a collaborative way of working and linking policy outputs to communications activities and campaign objectives .

Benefits include 30 days’ annual leave, the possibility of flexible working, enhanced family friendly policies and significant opportunities for learning and development.

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.

To Apply

For further information about the role, the benefits of working for Shelter, and to apply, please click on the Apply button below.

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.

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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  • Fill out the short form below and upload your CV.

Closing date

The closing date for applications for this post is 11:30pm on Tuesday 22nd January 2019