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External Affairs Manager

National Housing Federation
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2 May 2021

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External Affairs Manager
Salary: London- £43,795 per annum + Excellent Benefits National- £39,900 per annum + Excellent Benefits
Location: Office based in London or Home based in South East with national travel
Contract type: FTC until 31 March 2022

The National Housing Federation (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.

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.

Many housing associations are also developers in their own right, building around a quarter of new homes every year, and build almost all new social housing. Our sector is not-for-profit, investing its revenues into the people and communities we serve.

Could you be our new External Affairs Manager working with our members in the South East and with rural housing specialists nationally? You may already have a strong understanding of housing, or related policy areas but more importantly, you will be a skilled relationship manager, with fantastic communication and influencing skills. Youwill be confident working in a political environment and at the most senior level, including with housing associations' chief executives, board members and directors.

In this role, you will be the NHF's relationship manager for a cohort of housing associations within our membership who provid housing in rural areas, supporting them through challenging times, enabling collaboration and innovation across the sector and championing the role of housing associations with stakeholders. You will also lead our member engagement on key sector issues nationally making sure that our wider policy, lobbying and campaigns work reflects our members' priorities and our members are at the heart of everything the NHF does.

This is a great opportunity to join an organisation making a real impact. If you would like to have an informal discussion about the role, please email Sarah Finnegan

The NHF has recently published its equality, diversity and inclusion strategy, which was co-created with staff - We are proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and we value the contribution each individual makes to our work. The NHF is committed to ensuring our workforce reflects the diversity of the society in which we live and encourage applications from people of all different backgrounds, regardless of all protected characteristics or social background.

We are a disability confident employer and if you are a disabled person who demonstrates you meet the skills and experience we consider essential for the role, we will offer you an interview.
Closing date for applications:

Interview date: 6 and 7 May 2021

Please note: if we receive a high number of applications, we reserve the right to close the advert, before the closing date of 30 April 2021
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