Policy and Public Affairs Advisor

Reference number: 45150

Title: Policy and Public Affairs Advisor

Location: King's Cross, London

Salary: Circa £34,200 per annum (Inc. London Allowance)

Hours: 37.5 hours per week, full time

Closing date: Monday 19 April 2021

Interview date: W/C 26th April 2021

Contract type: Permanent

Job advert:

About the role

Sense has an exciting opportunity for someone to join our impactful Policy, Public Affairs and Research team as our Policy and Public Affairs Advisor. This full time position will initially be homeworking, but will be based at our head office in King’s Cross, London, post pandemic. 

Our Policy and Public Affairs Advisor will be responsible for influencing policy in the area of Adult Social Care and Welfare benefits in the interest of people with complex disabilities. This will include:

  • Engaging with politicians, government departments, external partner organisations and campaign coalitions.
  • Establishing, developing and maintaining effective relationships with key Parliamentarians.
  • Seeking to influence relevant organisations and opinion-formers.
  • Contributing to the planning and delivery of influencing, engagement and campaign activities.

Key skills and experience

  • Demonstrable track record of successfully influencing the policy or practice of national organisations.
  • The ability to build strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
  • An in-depth understanding of the way that decisions are made within policy and parliamentary processes.
  • Significant evidence of working in partnership to effect change.

It's really important that you can demonstrate a commitment to people with complex disabilities and Sense’s vision and values; including a willingness to learn how to communicate with people with complex disabilities and identify the barriers to their participation in all aspects of the Sense’s work.

About Sense

For everyone living with complex disabilities. For everyone who is deafblind. Sense is here to help people communicate and experience the world.

We believe that no one, no matter how complex their disabilities, should be isolated, left out, or unable to fulfil their potential.

Working at Sense can be incredibly rewarding; we offer the opportunity to work in a large, diverse and successful charity where people can develop their skills, knowledge and careers in a supportive and flexible environment. In addition we have excellent training and development, the opportunity for you to join our Group Personal Pension scheme and a generous annual leave entitlement.

To apply

Please use the link below to complete your application. Hiring managers will use your application to shortlist candidates in relation to the Personal Specification; therefore it is very important you complete this section thoroughly.  We would recommend that you read the candidate guidelines and job description (found at the base of this advert) before applying.

If you are a disabled candidate and require a hard copy pack or a different format please contact the recruitment team on 0121 415 6735 or via recruitment@sense.org.uk.

Sense is an Equal Opportunities Employer and is committed to ensuring that all staff are motivated, skilled and rewarded by their work. Sense is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable children and adults and expects all employees to share this commitment. 


Job description: Download the job description

Candidate guidelines: Download the candidate guidelines

Related links

Who Sense supports

More about Sense, it's visions and values

Sense's People Strategy

Sense's People Strategy (Accessible)