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Director of Policy & Communications

Director of Policy & Communications

  • Sector:

    Communications, MarComms & Digital, Policy

  • Contract type:

    Permanent

  • Salary:

    £64,200

  • Contact:

    Mark Childs

  • Contact email:

    mark.childs@tpp.co.uk

  • Contact phone:

    020 7198 6030

  • Job ref:

    J78089MC

  • Published:

    15 days ago

  • Expiry date:

    2022-09-03

TPP are delighted to be working with the National Youth Agency, who are an educational charity that exists to professionalise, support & champion youth work in England & Wales. They are seeking to hire a Director of Policy & Communications. Reporting directly into the CEO, you will be responsible for leading two matrix connected teams which are focused on ensuring the voice of the NYA is heard and acted upon across government, local councils and important points of influence.

This is an excellent time to join the organisation at a time when our client has secured £368 million of funding from DCMS to improve youth services in underserved areas. Our client is based in Leicester, but this role is home based, with occasional travel into Leicester for meetings.

Your duties and responsibilities will include:

  • Member of the senior management team, and leader of the policy & communications directorate.

  • Work with the CEO to report to the board regarding progress towards strategic priorities.

  • Strategic lead for the policy and influencing strategy, working with parliamentarians, government officials and arm’s length bodies to secure greater prominence and investment in youth work.

  • Establish networks of policy advisors, Special Advisors, NYA Associates, officials and partners to support NYA’s goals.

  • National lead for Youth Work policy in England, developing campaigns and political engagement activities.

  • Delivering an ambitious new communications strategy to double the reach of NYA across England by 2025.

  • Defining key messages and positioning of NYA, enhancing their reputation and relationships.

  • Providing people management and leadership to a growing team of policy and communications professionals.


Your experience and skillsets and experience will include:

  • Experienced leader and influencer at a senior level with experience of influencing government and politicians.

  • Proven forward-thinking, and dynamic individual who can provide proactive leadership to evolve an innovative programme.

  • Demonstrable experience setting strategies and plans.

  • Demonstrable track record of engaging with decision makers and key influencers.

  • Proven experience in building effective relationships with a wide range of stakeholders.

  • Experience of working across all communications disciplines including media, PR, internal communications, brand, stakeholder engagement, partnership development and digital.

  • A strong track record of positioning an organisation to achieve tangible outcomes in a competitive communications environment.