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Assistant Director - Activism & Advocacy

Closing date
22 May 2022

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Contract Type
Full Time
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Shelter provides flexibility to allow home-based, Shelter Office-based, or a combination of the two although regular travel to London and other locations is expected

Closing date: 11:30pm on 15th May - We reserve the right to close this vacancy early if we receive sufficient applications for the role. Therefore, if you are interested, please submit your application as early as possible

Interview date: Rolling interviews

Are you a successful influencer? Do you have excellent leadership skills? Do you want to work with one of the UK's leading housing and homelessness charities?

About you

An experienced leader with a passion for delivering high quality, effective campaigns, you will also have:
  • Experience of working within a matrix management environment and holding responsibility for cross-organisational objectives
  • An ability to successfully deliver change management programmes as part of a senior leadership team
  • Expertise in developing and delivering high quality campaigning, policy, research or public affairs activities
  • Previous success with political influencing, working on campaigns to impact high-level policy decisions

About the role and team

Working as the Assistant Director of Activism and Advocacy, you'll be required to ensure the directorate's work is delivered at pace within a complex organisation, by using your campaigning expertise and political instincts to deliver against ambitious influencing goals. Responsible for producing policy and research for the organisation, you will be an essential spokesperson within the media, at meetings at external events.

You'll be an integral part of Shelter's Communications, Policy & Campaigns directorate, working closely with the other Assistant Directors to promote collaborative, cross-organisational working and break down silos. Managing the Heads of Community Organising, Policy, Research and Public Affairs, you will support their teams to drive continual development and improvement in order to meet Shelter's strategic goals, that have been set out in our ambitious 2022 strategy.

About Shelter

A home is a fundamental human need. Yet millions of people across Britain struggle daily with homelessness, bad housing conditions, soaring rents, discrimination and the threat of eviction. So, we are striving for change, with individuals, in communities, across society, and leading the way to a safe home. We need ambitious, motivated individuals who are passionate about our cause to join us at this exciting time.

At Shelter we are united by our purpose to defend the right to a safe home. Our enemy is the social injustice at the core of the escalating housing emergency. We believe that to win that fight, we must be representative of the people we are here to help and those who support our movement for change. In all our people decisions, we take pride in being inclusive, fair, equitable and transparent. We have committed to combat racism both within and outside Shelter and welcome you on our journey to becoming a truly anti-racist organisation.

We particularly welcome candidates from BAME backgrounds and / or other marginalised identities, including those with lived experience of the housing emergency.

Apply to be part of our team and be the change you want to see in society.


We offer a wide range of benefits, including 30 days of annual leave, enhanced family friendly policies, pension and interest free travel loans. We are committed to offering fully flexible working to help all employees maintain work-life balance. Our employees also have access to a tenancy deposit loan, payroll giving, cycle to work scheme and an employee assistance programme.

Shelter does not accept unsolicited CVs from external recruitment agencies nor accept the fees associated with them.
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