Political advisor job description

Job title: Political advisor

Reports to: Political strategy manager

Location: Here East, Stratford, London preferred with flexibility to travel

Department: Strategy, Impact and Social Change

Team: Political Strategy

Role purpose

Create, maintain and develop Scope’s political and parliamentary relationships.

To support the delivery of Scope’s political influencing and profile building work, drafting correspondence, briefings and communications to key stakeholders.

To provide monitoring, administrative and logistical support for Scope’s political influencing and profile building work.

Main responsibilities and accountabilities

  • Deliver Scope’s political strategy and political engagement programme, working with others in the Political Strategy team
  • Identify and pursue opportunities to further Scope’s influencing priorities within parliamentary business, including through debates, legislation and Select Committee enquiries.
  • Contribute to the development, delivery, monitoring and evaluation of Scope’s influencing strategies, and play an active role in campaign working groups and in the delivery of other major projects across Scope as required
  • Manage Scope’s political monitoring, disseminating relevant information to colleagues within the Policy and Research department and across Scope, including updating digital and web content.
  • Draft correspondence, briefings and communications to key political stakeholders on Scope’s influencing and wider corporate priorities, working with colleagues in the Stakeholder Engagement team, and maintain accurate records through Raiser’s Edge
  • Draft written briefings on Scope’s influencing priorities for the Chief Executive (CEO) and other senior colleagues
  • Draft political blogs and comment on behalf of Scope for publication on third party websites
  • Create, maintain and develop Scope’s relationships with MPs, Peers, researchers, diary secretaries, Select Committee clerks and other relevant individuals as appropriate.
  • Liaise and work in partnership with other organisations on issues of shared concern and represent Scope where appropriate.
  • Coordinate Scope’s presence at the annual party political conferences and other relevant events, providing logistical support as required.
  • Work closely with the CEOs office, Scope’s campaigners, services and customers to coordinate visits and meetings with key political influencers, including Ministers, local MPs and peers.

Key contacts

Internal

  • Strategy, Impact and Social Change directorate, all other relevant teams
  • Volunteers
  • Influencing and Campaigns managers
  • Executive Leadership Team

External

  • Political parties, politicians and their staff
  • Disabled people and their families
  • Disabled People’s Organisations
  • Civil servants, politicians and other policy-makers
  • Politicians’ staff and Special Advisers
  • Think tanks, membership bodies and trade associations, Other charities and not-for-profit organisations

Person specification

Knowledge and experience

Relevant experience

  • Clarity about the contribution of political influencing to achieving social change
  • Demonstrates a facilitative working style, able to broker internal and external relationships to ensure effective business solutions and resolve conflict where necessary
  • Demonstrates excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to be flexible, respond positively to change, and work effectively under pressure and deal with conflicting priorities
  • Demonstrates effective interpersonal skills
  • Evidence of excellent IT skills particularly Microsoft Office

Desirable:

  • Demonstrable understanding of the social model of disability and clarity about the input that influencing and public affairs can make to empowerment and social change

Wider knowledge

  • Challenge Events market
  • Social Model of Disability
  • Marketing
  • Innovation principles

Skills and competencies

  • Experience of writing policy briefings for Parliamentarians, including for legislative debates
  • Experience of drafting briefing material for the Chief Executive and senior staff on public policy issues
  • An excellent understanding of UK Parliamentary procedures and political decision-making mechanisms and how to influence these
  • Ability to assimilate and summarise complex information in a clear and concise manner across a number of policy areas
  • Demonstrable experience of Parliamentary lobbying; liaising with MPs, Peers, researchers, diary secretaries, Select Committee clerks and other relevant individuals as appropriate
  • Experience of successfully organising events involving senior political and internal stakeholders
  • Ability to identify and capitalise on political opportunities to influence policy change
  • Excellent attention to detail Proven project management skills including working with multiple stakeholders across departments and ability to prioritise and schedule a range of short-term, strategic and ongoing tasks
  • Good interpersonal skills including diplomacy, negotiation and the ability to motivate others

Desirable:

  • Demonstrable understanding of the social model of disability
  • Experience of organising political events

 

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