Public Affairs and Campaigns Advisor

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£41414 - £48422 per annum Flexible hours

Managing this Role


Stuart Milliner

Head of Hunter Merrifield 0207 759 7929

As Head of Hunter Merrifield, it's my role to lead the team as NFP specialist recruiters for charities and memberships. We cover roles from Director to Junior in Fundraising, HR/Office Support, Marketing and Comms.

My personal background before becoming a recruiter was a 6-year period working in the charity sector. Based in Cornwall, I worked for two South West charities as an Engagement worker and Manager. The charities focused their efforts on working with children and young people from disaffected and vulnerable backgrounds on a one-to-one basis.

As a recruiter, I have spent the vast proportion of my time as a Fundraising specialist. With my background in the sector, I had an immediate connection to the charities I have worked with and understood the demands on them. Charities and Memberships are no different to the largest corporates where they need and desire the best talent available. My favourite part of the job is checking in with people I have placed into a job after a period, and finding out how much of an impact they have made to their charity. Given the roles I recruit, this usually mean they are impacting lives in a positive way and their efforts are helping others who need the support.

Hunter Merrifield are pleased to support a fantastic health focused membership body, to find a Public Affairs and Campaign Adviser to promote the membership body through parliamentary, public affairs and campaigning activity. The post holder will join at a unique time as they campaign for recovery and rebuild of services.

Job Title: Public Affairs and Campaigns Adviser
Organisation: Health Membership body
Salary: £41,414 - £48,422 per annum
Location: London (1-2 days a week in the office)
Contract: Permanent, Full time
Closing date: Wednesday 10th August 2022
Required: CV and Cover Letter

This is a fantastic opportunity for someone with great understanding of production of targeted briefings, arranging meetings at Westminster, and coordinating activities with key healthcare, trade union and sector partners.

Main responsibilities:

  • Maintain and develop constructive relationships with politicians, researchers and other stakeholders.
  • Responsible for day-to-day monitoring of parliamentary and policy activity across the UK to identify opportunities for lobbying and provide intelligence to colleagues and officers.
  • Work with the Public Affairs Manager on the design and delivery of campaigning activities that serve to develop relationships with political stakeholders and to engage the membership in lobbying work, leading on specific campaigns as required.
  • Develop policy plans for engaging with stakeholders in Westminster, Cardiff, Holyrood and Stormont, engaging elected officers and Association members in their formulation and local and national lobbying work to accompany their development.
  • Identify opportunities to mobilise members to enhance public affairs activity, while communicating the value of the work undertaken by the post-holder in communications to members.
  • Ensure that the needs of political audiences are clearly reflected in the work undertaken by colleagues engaged in work on media, policy, research, etc.

Person Specification:

  • Experience of working in Parliament (or one of the devolved nation's assemblies) or in a parliamentary or public affairs role.
  • Understanding of and interest in the contemporary political environment and the workings and decision-making structures of government and UK policymaking processes.
  • Confidence engaging directly with political stakeholders at a range of levels, on a cross party basis.
  • Experience of coordinating briefings, meetings and other activity at Westminster including running events.
  • Excellent relationship-building and communications skills, including strong writing and editing for a range of audiences.
  • Ability to quickly synthesise information from a variety of sources identifying key issues, and present complex and technical ideas to lay audiences.

To find out more and apply for the role, please contact Stuart Milliner at Hunter Merrifield.

We practice a diverse and inclusive recruitment process that ensures equal opportunity for all we work with, irrespective of race, sexual orientation, mental or physical disability, age or gender. As an organisation, we encourage applications from all backgrounds and will ensure measures are met when required, to allow a fair process throughout.