Senior Policy Officer – Water (RSPB)

Senior Policy Officer – Water

Reference: APR20229997

Location: Flexible in UK

Salary: £33,600.00 – £37,275.00 Per Annum

Benefits: Pension, Life Assurance, Annual Leave


Further role details

This is a Permanent, Full-Time role; however we are open to applications from candidates who would look to conduct this role on a part-time, pro-rata basis. The successful candidate can be based flexibly, however regular travel to London and Bedfordshire will be required.

Key aspects of the role include:

  • Developing credible policy positions based on sound science and evidence;
  • Developing influencing strategies that will achieve results;
  • Undertaking advocacy and communicating persuasively to target decision makers;
  • Coalition campaigning and communications;
  • Building and maintaining relationships with key stakeholders; and helping to plan and coordinate work across different teams and disciplines to ensure we influence policy decisions in each of the four UK countries.

Essential skills, knowledge, and experience:

  • You will be able to demonstrate a good knowledge of water policy in the UK or wider, with relevant academic or professional qualifications
  • You will be an experienced policy advocate, with knowledge of freshwater and coastal policy and practice in the UK or wider.
  • You will be able to lead and coordinate work with others to develop policy positions, associated influencing strategies and lead their implementation effectively
  • You will have an excellent understanding of the role of public facing communications/campaigns/engagement in supporting policy advocacy.
  • You will be able to analyse complex issues in a fast-paced environment.
  • You will have well-developed negotiating and influencing skills and be able to engage with a wide range of individuals and organisations, including at very senior levels.
  • You will understand how public institution decision-making occurs and have good political instincts.
  • You will have written and verbal communication skills to a very high standard, professional and persuasive.
  • You will be confident and capable of being a public face for RSPB policy and advocacy to the media and through the use of social media.
  • You will bring with you an extensive network of contacts and relationships in government, agencies, business, and NGOs, relevant to water policy and related sectors.

Closing date: 23:59, Wed, 25th May 2022

We are looking to conduct interviews for this position from 6th June 2022.

If you would like to apply and find out more about this position, please click the apply button to be directed to our website.