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Job vacancy

Policy Communications Manager

Salary: £27,500 – £32,000
Pension: 5% employer’s pension contribution
Annual leave: 25 days pa, plus bank holidays
Location: Central London
Hours: 37.5 hours per week
Normal office hours are 9.00am to 5.30pm but this role will involve some agreed out of hours activity (occasionally at weekends) and working away from the office and home.

Applications deadline: 5pm, 21 August 2008
Interviews: 29 August 2008

Main purpose of the job

  1. To coordinate the Citizenship Foundation’s activities directed at influencing key stakeholder groups with our advocacy messages (media, parliamentarians, central government, local government, NGOs, think tanks, professional associations and membership bodies, trade unions).
  2. To create strategic relationships with key stakeholders in the media, parliamentarians, and partner organizations.

The purpose of this role is to help the Citizenship Foundation bring about changes in the way that Citizenship and participation is nationally understood, supported and delivered, and to build the reputation of the Citizenship Foundation as an authoritative and insightful leader in the field. In order to build the reputation of the Citizenship Foundation as a leading organisation it is anticipated that the Foundation will run on average three significant campaigns each year as well as respond to breaking news and emerging agendas. This role will create the campaign frameworks, advising programme leaders on target media and other stakeholders and campaign methodologies. The postholder will draw internally on the expertise of programme leaders across the organization; work with the Director of External Relations and the Chief Operating Officer to identify key messages arising from our programme delivery; and brief the Chief Executive and other senior managers on policy debates affecting our work.

Main duties & key responsibilities

  1. Develop, monitor and evaluate campaign plans
    • Working with the senior management team, identify key Citizenship Foundation advocacy messages, in line with the strategic plan, and develop campaign strategies to support them.
    • Work with lead officers from the senior management team or programme teams, to identify campaign outcomes, establish campaign plans, and supporting lead officers in the development of messages, briefings and campaign materials
    • Monitor progress of activities
    • Evaluate progress towards campaign outcomes.
    • To monitor a calendar of events, seminars and conferences and to ensure that the Citizenship Foundation is strategically represented
  2. Lead on establishment of relationships with the media
    • Drafting key news releases, other media material, Q&A documents etc
    • Develop relationships with key journalists, producers and other key media contacts in news and features
    • Write Foundation Update, the monthly e-newsletter of the Foundation
    • Work with programme staff to source case studies from programmes
    • Create a media centre on the Citizenship Foundation website
    • Monitor and evaluate media coverage
    • Analyse coverage and make recommendations about key target media
  3. Development of campaign materials and partnerships
    • To coordinate the writing of policy briefings by programme staff and the senior management team, and lead on the writing of agreed briefings.
    • Represent the Citizenship Foundation at meetings, conferences and events where appropriate.
    • Work with the website manager to ensure that campaign messages are clear and accessible on the website.
    • Create copy for the websites and ensure that the policy area of the website is up to date.
  4. Building organizational knowledge
    • Maintain a database of stakeholders and ensure that communications are coordinated.
    • Monitor stakeholder groups and advise the senior management team on evolving debates
    • Support the fundraising team through sharing of information about key stakeholders, and engagement of Citizenship Foundation funders with campaigns work where relevant.
    • Develop capacity in the organization to conduct policy dialogue with project participants, e.g. through focus groups, surveys, etc.

Organisation wide

  • Attendance on one or two working groups
  • Other reasonable tasks as agreed with Director, External Relations, Chief Operating Officer, or the Chief Executive.


The application from and related documents can be downloaded from the list on the right. Alternatively email us. (No telephone enquiries please.)

Deadline for applications is 5pm, 21 August 2008.
Interviews will be held on 29 August 2008.

At present, the Foundation has over 30 employees and is supported by several consultants and volunteers. It is lively and informal with a conscientious and diligent staff.

Citizenship Foundation, 63 Gee Street, London EC1V 3RS

The Citizenship Foundation is an independent charity (No. 801360) which encourages and enables young people to play an effective role in society.

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Job application documents

Job specification:
Policy Communications Manager
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Application notes
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Application form
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Equal Opportunities form
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