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An exciting opportunity has arisen at the National Housing Federation (NHF) for a Public Affairs Officer. The NHF is the voice of housing associations in England. We are the trade body to almost 600 housing associations, who have grown from philanthropic roots to provide 2.6 million homes to around 6 million people.

The current political and economic situation in the country has further highlighted the need for good, quality, social and affordable housing.  Housing associations are social landlords, and are the largest providers of homes for social rents in the country. We and our members, believe that everyone should be able to live in a great quality home that they can afford.

We work at the forefront of the political debate not only on housing but also on a wide range of other policy issues including welfare, homelessness and climate change. Our work affects the lives of millions of people and diverse communities across the country.

Our dynamic Public Affairs team have built close working relationships at the most senior level of politics. We have established ourselves as the principal organisation on housing issues for the Government and Opposition. We have proven our ability to shape policy decisions. Our Public Affairs Officers independently lead on their own policy areas, creating influencing strategies designed to achieve impactful results for our members. We need you to play a crucial role in ensuring housing maintains its political saliency, and housing associations are positioned as the solution to the country’s housing crisis.

Key elements of the role:

  • Developing and leading public affairs strategies to influence the main political parties on topics that matter to our members;
  • Building effective relationships with parliamentarians, ministers and shadow ministers, researchers and political advisers;
  • Collaborating with colleagues through project groups and providing expert public affairs advice on a range of policy issues;
  • Monitoring Parliament and key political development to ensure NHF staff and our members are informed on key issues;
  • Drafting high-quality briefings, letters and other documents for national politicians;
  • Making the case for the NHF’s influencing asks in face-to-face meetings with key political stakeholders and presenting to internal and member groups.

The successful candidate:

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate:

  • A proven ability to develop and implement effective public affairs strategies;
  • Experience of building and maintaining strong relationships with parliamentarians;
  • Commitment to working collaboratively with colleagues across the organisation;
  • Exceptional written and oral communication;
  • A good understanding of the political environment and climate in the UK.


  • 27 days annual leave + statutory holidays + 3 closures days over the Christmas period;
  • Flexible working for all staff including working from home / hybrid working, and flexi-time/TOIL scheme;
  • Attractive family friendly policies;
  • Private healthcare cover;
  • Season ticket loans;
  • Employee awards, and training and development opportunities.

Closing date

Applications for this post closed 11:59pm on Tuesday 29th November 2022