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Head of Public Affairs

Published: 14 April 2016

Job Type: Permanent
Salary: Up to £53,000
Location: London, W1W 6JL
Closing Date: 4 May 2016

VS is the independent charity for people affected by crime and traumatic events in England and Wales. Our specialist teams provide individual, independent emotional and practical help, to enable people to cope and recover from the effects of crime. We’re not part of the police, the courts or any other criminal justice agency and our services are free and available to everyone, whether or not the crime has been reported.

We're looking for a public affairs professional with knowledge and experience of influencing at Westminster and across local government to join us as Head of Public Affairs, at a time of change and opportunity in our high profile sector. The successful candidate will be a hard-headed strategic thinker happy to take a hands-on approach to their work, by leading a high-performing policy team, providing top class advice to the senior management team and acting as an authoritative, passionate spokesperson. They will be an energetic, creative individual with a strong track record of influencing stakeholders and working collaboratively across a complex, busy service delivery organisation.

Knowledge or experience of the criminal justice sector is not essential.

The successful candidate will be joining as we step up our research programme and political engagement ahead of a new Victims' Law, build stronger relationships nationally and locally and raise awareness of issues affecting victims and witnesses of crime.

Key responsibilities:

  • Manage a dynamic, high-performing team as it implements a new policy, public affairs and research strategy in an issue-rich and high profile sector
  • Ensure our charity is recognised as the authoritative voice for victims and witnesses of crime
  • Ensure we proactively, effectively and positively influence legislation, policy and guidance affecting the treatment of victims and witnesses
  • Provide strategic counsel to the CEO and senior management team amid a time of significant change across the sector
  • Direct engagement with a wide range of local and national stakeholders and represent the charity externally with senior public affairs audiences
  • Ensure policy and research is aligned to the charity’s strategic objectives, including raising its profile and diversifying its income streams
  • Act as a regular spokesperson for the charity, including giving interviews across print and broadcast media.

The closing date for applications is 5pm on Wednesday 4 May 2016.

To apply for this role, please download the application form below and return the completed form to recruitment@victimsupport.org.uk by the closing date, along with your most up to date CV.

Victim Support welcomes calls from Textphone users via Text Relay.

Victim Support is proud to be a Stonewall Diversity Champion and a values driven charity. Diversity matters and we value it.

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