Vacancy: Policy Officer
Central London, hybrid working.
£32-33k pa.
Deadline: 2 February 2022

We are committed to CaSE being a diverse and inclusive workplace, where everyone can thrive. We welcome applications from all individuals and aim to make our recruitment processes as inclusive as possible.  

ABOUT THE ROLE

As a member of CaSE’s small but high-impact team, the Policy Officer is central to CaSE’s policy and public affairs work. This role is an opportunity to be closely involved in policy analysis and development, across topics such as immigration, diversity, R&D investment, and STEM education.

The role reports to the Assistant Director who leads on CaSE’s policy work, and will involve working closely with wider members of the CaSE team involved in membership engagement, media work, and other areas. It offers a chance to develop new skills and build personal profile within the sector, by authoring key reports and online content, engaging with political stakeholders, and representing CaSE at external events.

ABOUT CaSE

The Campaign for Science and Engineering (CaSE) is the UK’s leading independent advocate for science and engineering. Our mission is to ensure that the UK has the skills, funding and policies to enable science and engineering to thrive. CaSE represents over 115 organisations including industry, universities, professional bodies, and research charities, as well as individual scientists and engineers. CaSE is an independent, non-partisan charity funded entirely by our membership.

MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Undertaking research and data analysis to support the development of CaSE policy positions, including desk-based analysis, evidence synthesis and consultation & engagement with members.
  • Producing written outputs on behalf of CaSE such as briefings, reports, consultation responses, and articles for the CaSE website and articles for external organisations.
  • Actively working with other organisations across the research and innovation sector to inform and strengthen CaSE’s policy agenda
  • Contributing to external stakeholder engagement and relationships with members, collaborators and government, including speaking at meetings, forums and events about CaSE’s work.
  • Work with the Assistant Director and Executive Director to cultivate new and maintain existing relationships with civil servants across Westminster and devolved administrations
  • Be a trusted point of contact for help or advice for members.
  • Monitoring relevant political and policy activity and flagging relevant political activity with the team at weekly team meetings.
  • Use political intelligence monitoring to identify relevant Parliamentarians to connect with, beyond regular contacts.

Other responsibilities include:

  • Leading and supporting CaSE events and roundtables
  • Representing CaSE at sector-wide meetings and forums
  • Prepare briefs for other members of staff on CaSE’s latest policy work

PERSON SPECIFICATION

Excellent written and oral communication skills

Essential

Confident in handling, analysing and presenting data

Essential

Proven project managements skills - from conception through to completion

Essential

Ability to take initiative and work independently

Essential

Willingness to contribute to the smooth running of a small team

Essential

Highly organised and able to prioritise competing demands

Essential

Strong relationship-building and ambassadorial skills

Essential

Demonstrable passion for improving the health of UK science and engineering

Essential

Willingness to work flexibly when required

Essential

2 years’ experience of working in science policy (or related) sector

Desirable

A degree or equivalent experience - ideally in STEM, economics or related area

Desirable

Awareness of UK science and engineering policy, and CaSE’s role in helping to shape that policy agenda

Desirable

Good political awareness

Desirable

HOW TO APPLY

To apply for the role, please share with us:

  • Your CV
  • A covering letter (one page maximum) that sets out how your qualities, skills and experience are relevant to the responsibilities of the role and the person specification.

These should be sent to [email protected] by Wednesday 2 February 2022. Please state in the email subject line that you are applying for the Policy Officer role.

Interviews will be held remotely via Microsoft Teams on Monday 14 and Tuesday 15 February 2022. If you are selected for interview, we will let you know by the end of Tuesday 8 February.

For an informal conversation about the role, contact Daniel Rathbone ([email protected]).

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Salary: £32,000-33,000 per annum, depending on experience.

Hours: The post is advertised as full time at 35 hours a week, Monday to Friday, with options for flexible working. We will consider requests for part-time working.

Holidays: Holiday entitlement is 25 days paid leave per year, plus public holidays. In addition, the CaSE office closes for 3 days each year between Christmas and New Year.

Pension: CaSE will provide an annual pension contribution equal to 11% of gross salary.

Location: CaSE has a hybrid working arrangement with both home working and office working at CaSE's office in 1 Naoroji Street, London, WC1X 0GB.

Eligibility: Applicants must have right to work in the UK.

CaSE is also recruiting for an Advocacy and Engagement Officer.