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Policy & Public Affairs Officer

£31,700 - £35,222 per annum

As Policy & Public Affairs Officer, you'll play a key role in making sure that young people’s views are heard in parliament and in government, through both our policy and our public affairs work.

Key information

Policy & Public Affairs Officer
Permanent, 35 hours per week
£31,700 - £35,222 per annum
Application closing date
20 Jun 2024
Interview date
Working environment

We are currently working with a hybrid working model, where there is the option of working from home combined with 4-12 days a month of working in the office.

About this role

Young people’s mental health is one of the most urgent policy issues facing the UK today. At YoungMinds, we are leading the fight to make sure that all young people can get the mental health support they need, when they need it, no matter what. We are looking for a Policy & Public Affairs Officer to help us achieve this.

We’re looking for an enthusiastic and hard-working person with experience in public affairs and policy development to join our efforts to tackle the current crisis in children and young people’s mental health. You will develop relationships with parliamentarians, officials, and political parties to promote our policy calls and campaigns. Using your knowledge of parliamentary processes, you will spot opportunities to harness these relationships and make meaningful change for young people. You will apply your research skills to develop evidence-based policy materials. These will be based on external evidence as well as our own research and consultation with young people.

We are an ambitious and supportive team within an organisation that’s committed to putting young people front and centre of our advocacy work, and you will be pivotal to helping bring young people’s voices directly to Parliament.

If you’re as confident meeting with politicians as you are turning complex policy ideas into persuasive written pieces, then this is the job for you.

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About you

The successful candidate will have:

  • experience of engaging decision makers in Parliament and/or Whitehall or other levels of government
  • experience of preparing parliamentary briefings and maintaining oversight of parliamentary business to spot opportunities to further campaigns
  • ability to build relationships with internal and external stakeholders to achieve positive change
  • experience developing and delivering short reports to clearly communicate complex policy information and calls
  • ability to communicate clearly and effectively when writing reports, briefings, letters and consultation responses
  • ability to use face-to-face meetings with stakeholders to convey complex information clearly, accurately, and in an accessible way

We welcome applications from Black and minoritised, LGBTQIA+ groups and those with disabilities, as they are currently under-represented.

We hope that you would like to join us at a very exciting stage of our growth and development. You’ll be joining a bright, dynamic team who have a passion for supporting our ambitions.

Policy & Public Affairs Officer job pack

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One of our values is: “We celebrate what makes you you – whoever you are, we welcome you and encourage you to be true to yourself”. 

If you are excited about helping us to achieve our mission, passionate about working at an organisation that puts the lived experience of young people at the heart of everything we do and want to be part of our drive to become a truly anti-racist organisation we want to hear from you.

To apply, please fill in the application form - downloadable below - and send via email to recruitment@youngminds.org.uk.

Download our application form
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About YoungMinds

You’ll be part of a passionate, hardworking team that cares about the work they do and you’ll be part of making a real difference to the lives of children and young people. In addition to becoming part of the YoungMinds team, you’ll get:

  • 25 days paid holiday entitlement (plus Bank Holidays)
  • three days additional leave over Christmas and New Year
  • auto-enrolment onto pension scheme where YoungMinds will match your contribution up to five per cent
  • statutory benefits such as parental leave and sick pay
  • a wide range of other health, wellbeing and lifestyle benefits
  • a dedication to continued professional development, training and shared best practice
Find out more about working at YoungMinds

Our vision

  • A world where no young person feels alone with their mental health.

    We want to see a world where every young person who is struggling feels able to reach out, and has people and services around them who can really help.

More about who we are