We are looking for a skilled Public Affairs Officer to join our high-performing Policy and Public Affairs team. Help us to push back the limits of arthritis and make sure people get the support they need.
About the role
The Policy and Public Affairs team works to identify the policy changes that are needed to transform the lives of people with arthritis, influence decision-makers through our public affairs work, and mobilise people with arthritis who campaign with us.
This is an exciting time for our team as we introduce the newly merged charity to public affairs audiences and build on recent successes. This role is instrumental to the charity’s public affairs activities; the Public Affairs Officer will be responsible for delivering a programme of parliamentary events and coordinating our presence at party conferences. The successful candidate will be able to help shape our engagement with MPs, take forward our Arthritis Champions programme, and implement influencing strategies that aim to change the lives of people with arthritis across the country.
You will bring:
- Good experience of working in a public affairs and/or policy environment, including effective delivery of influencing strategies that encompass public affairs, policy, campaigns and/or social media;
- Strong experience of building productive working relationships with a variety of key stakeholders;
- Demonstrable ability to synthesise complex policy information into external-facing briefings and materials for public affairs audiences;
- Excellent organisational skills, with experience of planning and delivering events to a high standard;
- A flexible approach, with the ability to adapt to the needs of the organisation and unforeseen external developments;
- Good attention to detail; consistently produces accurate work and identifies errors;
- Excellent verbal communication skills, with the ability to adapt style and message for a variety of audiences;
- Good written communication skills; a clear writing style;
- Enthusiasm for the role and commitment to transforming the lives of people with arthritis.
Arthritis Care and Arthritis Research UK merged on 1 November 2017. We believe that together we can overcome the pain, isolation and fatigue of arthritis and have a greater impact on the lives of 10 million people across the UK who are currently living with the condition.
Our ambition is to invest in breakthrough treatments, change attitudes towards arthritis, reach many thousands more with the information and support they need, and influence the provision of services and essential research into better treatments and cures.