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Reporting to the Head of Government Affairs, the Government Affairs Officer will help to monitor policy and implement campaigning activities that meet the needs of the charity and its members.

The role is a superb development opportunity for someone wishing to start out their career in public affairs, working at a highly respected charity that operates in a fast-moving and exciting policy environment.

In addition to helping to monitor and respond to the charity’s numerous policy interests and undertake administrative tasks associated with the Government Affairs function, the Government Affairs Officer will also be expected to lead on specific policy areas and projects (agreed by the Head of Government Affairs).

NRAS offers a stimulating and supportive work environment and the successful applicant can expect to receive an induction programme and a dedicated training budget to support them in the performance of this role.

Main responsibilities include:

  • Drafting briefing papers, consultation responses and campaign materials on aspects of health, social care and disabilities policy;
  • Monitoring the political environment and disseminating relevant information to the Head of Government Affairs, the charity’s Senior Management Team and other members of the charity;
  • Assisting in drafting parliamentary questions and Freedom of Information requests that support campaigning activities;
  • Organising and delivering some of the charity’s set piece political events;
  • Representing the charity at external stakeholder meetings when required;
  • Assisting in PR activity including the publication of press releases in relation to Government Affairs activity;
  • Helping to organise regular one to one meetings with politicians, ministers, civil servants, key opinion leaders and NHS figures;
  • Ensuring the campaigning section of the NRAS website is kept regularly updated and contributing campaigning articles to our Members’ magazine as required;
  • Providing administrative support through updating online campaign information on the website, updating the database and maintaining Government Affairs filing systems.

Essential experience:

  • Educated to degree level;
  • A keen interest in campaigning and a basic understanding of parliamentary processes;
  • Good written and oral communication skills;
  • Good knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

Closing date

Applications for this post closed 11:59pm on Saturday 30th November 2013