Vacancy: Policy and Public Affairs Manager

Type of contract: Permanent

Hours: 37.5 hours per week

Location: Our office is in Tavistock Square London. As with many organisations during the pandemic, our colleagues have been mainly working from home. Moving forward, we're adopting a hybrid working model so successful applicants will be able to choose whether they’d prefer work at home and/or in our office in Tavistock Square, London but will be expected to attend some meetings in the office.

Salary: £37,000 - 45,000 per annum

Deadline for Applications: 9am Monday June 6 

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About Resuscitation Council UK

Resuscitation Council UK is saving lives by developing guidelines, influencing policy, delivering courses and supporting cutting-edge research. Through education, training, and research, we’re working towards the day when everyone in the country has the skills, they need to save a life. We are the UK experts in clinical guidelines, standards, and education for resuscitation practice for those working in healthcare and in the public space.

We're looking for a brilliant communicator and strategic thinker, with an excellent understanding of the parliamentary and policy process. 
Saving lives underpins everything we do. As Policy and Public Affairs Manager at Resuscitation Council UK (RCUK) you'll be responsible for taking the voices of survivors of cardiac arrest and their families to policy makers, elected representatives, and other decision-makers in each nation of the UK. 

You'll have an exceptional understanding of how to build support for legislative and public policy change in Westminster and beyond. You'll lead the development of persuasive, evidence-based, policy arguments that cement our four strategic goals.  
We ensure that resuscitation continues to be seen as a priority area for decision-makers in government, the NHS and the wider stakeholder community.  

The successful candidate will provide in-depth expertise to shape policy asks and wider influencing plans. You'll ensure our influencing work is credible and has maximum impact.  

To help us make a compelling case for change, you'll be confident in building strong networks and have a grasp of often complex subject matter. 

The successful candidate will manage RCUK’s policy and public affairs activities, including developing influencing strategies and stakeholder engagement plans. 

You will oversee a portfolio that raises the profile of RCUK in Westminster and beyond. Your day-to-day work will be varied. From leading the development of evidence-based policy recommendations that improve people’s chances of surviving a cardiac arrest, wherever they are, to supporting our media and campaigning activity. The role involves cross-team working with a focus on providing support across a range of key campaigning areas while also taking the lead on report writing. 

You’ll monitor parliamentary activity and identify opportunities to influence policy development, legislation and service provision in line with RCUK’s strategic goals. You’ll produce accessible and concise briefings to ensure RCUK’s research is presented clearly, in a way that makes it useful to policy and decision makers at a local and national level. 

You’ll build new partnerships and strengthen existing relationships with likeminded organisations in line with our strategic plan, so we can broaden our reach. You'll lead and facilitate high level influence and interaction with the wider statutory sector across all four nations, as that’s where decisions on training and commissioning are made that will have a crucial impact on RCUK’s work.

We’ll give you autonomy, variety and loads of opportunities to lead projects and develop your career.

Skills and experience (Essential (E) and Desirable (D) attributes) 

Knowledge and Experience

  • Experience of working in a political, policy or public affairs environment. (E)
  • Preparation of accessible high-quality reports on complex issues - for example policy positions, national consultations, blogs or newsletters. (E) 
  • Knowledge of public policy procedures and parliamentary processes. (E)
  • Experience of developing and managing relationships with stakeholders. (E)
  • Experience of monitoring the political landscape and identifying influencing opportunities. (D)
  • Experience of health inequalities, in healthcare or another sector. (D) 
  • Knowledge of the health sector. (D)

Skills and abilities  

  • Excellent written communication skills with the ability to write professionally and tailor to different audiences e.g. letters, briefings, policy reports. (E) 
  • The ability to communicate technical concepts to non-technical audiences, and develop evidence-based positions on complex issues. (E) 
  • Ability to establish strategic direction. (E)
  • Strong interpersonal skills able to build relationships, consensus and effectively influence external stakeholders. (E)
  • Ability to build and maintain networks and partnerships with a diverse range of people. (E)
  • Ability to manage multiple projects, to prioritise and deliver key outputs within agreed timelines. (E)
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team. (E)
  • Ability to work with a high level of accuracy and attention to detail. (E) 
  • Flexible in approach – adapting to changing circumstances robust, resilient and confident. (E)

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TPP are handling the application process for this role. To apply, visit the TPP website or to find out more about the role and for more details on how to apply, contact Mark Childs at TPP by emailing

We welcome and will accept applications using an alternative process (such as video or audio applications). If you need assistance with, or adaption to the application and interview process, please discuss this with Mark Childs when contacting him about the role.  

The deadline for applications is 9am on 6 June 2022. 

Why join RCUK? 

At Resuscitation Council UK, we offer competitive salaries, generous annual leave, and opportunities for professional development. All staff benefit from flexible working hours, and ensuring staff are able to balance their work and personal life is important to us. 

We pride ourselves on our inclusive, friendly staff team, who use their compassion and expertise to support each other. Teamwork and partnership working is at the centre of our mission to save lives. 

When you apply to a job with us, we aim to provide appropriate support every step of the way. Here are some of the ways we can support applicants and potential staff members: 

  • Working location: Our office is in Tavistock Square London. As with many organisations during the pandemic, our colleagues have been mainly working from home. Moving forward, we're adopting a hybrid working model so successful applicants will be able to choose whether they’d prefer work at home and/or in our office in Tavistock Square, London but will be expected to attend some meetings in the office.
  • Supporting travel requirements: Some travel to the office or other locations will be required as part of the role, but reasonable adjustments, such as enabling the postholder’s participation through digital technology, will be made for the successful applicant where this is required. 
  • Access to work: If you would like to make an Access to Work application for a grant to pay for support tailored to your individual needs, such as a support worker, adaptations to the equipment you use, special equipment, taxi fares to and from work if public transport is not accessible to you, we will support you in this process. 
  • Alternative application processes: We are asking for CVs and covering letters so you can tell us how your skills and experience can support and add value to Resuscitation Council UK. However, if an alternative method of applying – such as sending us a video or audio clip about yourself – works better for you, we welcome your application. We want our applicants to shine, so we’re flexible to your needs. 
  • Equity for all applicants: When we receive applications, those who shortlist candidates for each role will not have access to your name, age or date of birth. In addition, we ask you to submit a diversity monitoring form. We won’t use the information in the diversity monitoring forms during the recruitment process itself, but the information we receive will help us to understand whether our job advertisements are successfully attracting a diverse range of applicants.
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