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Policy Officer

Closing date
15 Jun 2022

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Independent Age works to ensure that as we grow older, we all have the opportunity to live well with dignity, choice and purpose. To achieve this we provide information, advice and connection services for older people; campaign on the issues that matter most to them around health and care, poverty and loneliness and provide capacity building support to others working in the sector.

This is an exciting time to join Independent Age as we work to increase our profile, impact and reach so more people can live a happy, connected and purposeful later life. We want to find talented individuals from diverse backgrounds to join us on this journey.

This role is situated in a department that brings together policy, campaigns and public affairs professionals. The Policy Officer will provide vital support on our policy and research activities, ensuring our work delivers the maximum possible impact for older people.

The postholder will be responsible for developing policy activity, research and analysis to influence change on key areas of work for Independent Age. Specific responsibilities include providing summaries and analysis of relevant policy developments, writing detailed policy content for reports, briefings, consultation responses, blogs and social media, and developing the charity's policy positions. We are also looking for someone who can conduct qualitative and quantitative research on older people's experiences, including sourcing and analysing relevant data and speaking to older people directly.

You should have strong writing skills, and experience of desk-based or field research and producing written analysis. You will have an understanding of how policy, public affairs and campaigns activity interacts to create positive change. You will have experience of building working relationships with a variety of stakeholders and collaborating both within a team and across different teams. Organisational skills, with a proven ability to work independently and meet strict deadlines, a high level of attention to detail, and strong IT skills are also important. Finally, you will have a demonstrable passion for, and affinity with, our cause, and an ability to speak to people compassionately and empathetically when discussing sensitive subjects.

At Independent Age we live by our values. We are Purpose-driven; compassionate; expert; collaborative; accountable; inclusive.

We champion inclusion and celebrate diversity within and outside our charity to create a culture where everyone knows that they belong and can bring their whole self to work. We hire from a variety of backgrounds as we know this makes our charity stronger.

If you are passionate about our cause, share our values and believe you have the skills for this role, then we'd love to meet you.

We offer two incremental salary increases for everyone joining us, one at successful completion of probation and the second on the first anniversary of starting with us.

We know that a good work life balance helps us perform at our best, so we provide support to attain this with flexible working hours and regular remote working opportunities. We also offer great benefits including 28 days annual leave plus public holidays, a generous pension scheme with life assurance and fantastic learning and development opportunities.

Independent Age is committed to safeguarding and follow Safer Recruitment practices to ensure we are safeguarding those we work with. We therefore ask that you supply your full work history with explanations for any gaps in the application documents you submit and if offered the post, we will require two employment references including your current or most recent employer.

To apply, please visit our website to submit a cover letter detailing how your skills and experience meet the criteria within the Job Description and Person Specification, along with your CV.

Interviews will be held on Wednesday 8 June
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