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Are you passionate about dogs and cats? Our people and animals make Battersea a great place to work. Your expertise will help increase our impact for dogs and cats everywhere.

We are looking for a Research and Public Affairs Officer to provide research support, policy evaluation and political engagement across the charity, ensuring accuracy and insight in our campaigning and Public Affairs at a critical time for animal welfare.

About us

Battersea is here for every dog and cat and has been since 1860. We are a leading animal welfare charity and over the last 150 years we’ve grown from one home in London to three rescuing and rehoming centres across the South East. With c500 staff and 1000 volunteers, we have cared for over three million vulnerable animals We also campaign tirelessly to make things better for dogs and cats; sharing our expertise and educating the public and policymakers about responsible pet ownership. Join us and make a difference for every dog and cat.

Our Communications Team

Battersea’s Communications and External Affairs department leads on managing and enhancing Battersea's reputation on a national and international scale. Our work involves everything from media relations, to engaging hard-to-reach communities, and influencing the Government and key decision makers to change the law and improve animal welfare. We also manage internal communications, ensuring that staff and volunteers are informed and engaged in the work of our organisation. Though our award-winning campaigning, we use our influence to affect change for dogs and cats within and beyond our gates.

Public Affairs Team

The Public Affairs team manages Battersea’s policy stances, research, campaigns and external political influence. The team does this through engagement with politicians, Government officials, partner organisations and the public. As well as the Home’s significant campaigning output, it is responsible for the further development of Battersea as an authoritative commentator on policy developments at national, local and devolved levels.

What we can offer you

Our dedicated people mean that we can be here for every dog and cat. Whether you are sharing an office with our dogs or directly caring for our cats, our animals show their appreciation every day. There is no better reward than seeing the difference you make to the lives of our dogs and cats first-hand; although we also provide a wide range of employee benefits, including:

  • 28 days of annual leave (plus 8 days paid public holidays) per year;
  • Generous pension contributions – up to 10% employer contribution;
  • Free healthcare cash plan, where you can claim for a range of treatment including dental (£120), optical (£120), physiotherapy, chiropody and acupuncture (£300) every year;
  • Annual interest-free season ticket loans;
  • Discounted gym memberships and cycle to work schemes;
  • Life insurance.

So, if you are passionate about dogs, cats and about our work, then we’d like to hear from you.

To Apply

Please click on the Apply button to download our recruitment pack and apply online. When applying please clearly state that you saw the role through the PubAffairs network.

Apply online

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

Closing date

The closing date for applications for this post is 11:59pm on Sunday 28th April 2019