Higher Education Policy Analyst/ Higher Education Senior Policy Analyst

The Russell Group

The Russell Group, which represents 24 leading UK universities, are currently seeking a Higher Education Policy Analyst or Higher Education Senior Policy Analyst to strengthen their team. This is a permanent full-time post.

The successful candidate will:

  • Lead and manage research projects, carrying out analysis and research relating to policy development, collaborating with colleagues at our universities

  • Write and contribute to high-quality, persuasive and evidence-based briefing papers, consultation inputs, and publications on relevant issues for a variety of audiences including Government, member universities, and policymakers

  • Pro-actively monitor relevant policy developments to identify potential issues, opportunities, and challenges to inform the development of the Russell Group work programme

  • Maintain information about key activities and developments within Russell Group institutions which relate to UK/international political and policy priorities

  • Represent Russell Group interests externally at events and meetings with stakeholders and policymakers.

Candidates must demonstrate they can manage and prioritise a challenging and varied portfolio of work, meet tight deadlines, pick up several topics quickly and with authority, and work cooperatively and flexibly as part of a team. Candidates must be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Experience of working in policy analysis and development
  • Good understanding of HE policy issues in the UK
  • Project management skills and experience of leading and owning projects/policy areas
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Ability to write clearly and concisely for different audiences
  • Critical analysis skills, able to think creatively about policy issues
  • Ability to process and manage new information and policy areas rapidly
  • Good level of numeracy and data handling skills
  • Political sensitivity and diplomacy

For the HE Senior Policy Analyst role we expect candidates to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of higher education policy. Candidates should:

  • Have a good track record in policy analysis and development, strong project management skills
  • Require less oversight
  • Have direct experience of networking and influencing diverse groups of stakeholders as they will directly engage with Vice-Chancellors and senior academics, parliamentarians, business leaders and policymakers.
  • Communicate diplomatically in person as well as in writing.

A full vacancy description is available to download from the Russell Group website: http://russellgroup.ac.uk/about/vacancies/

Starting salary will be £36,000-£46,000 depending on the post applied for and on knowledge and skills. A higher starting salary may be available for an exceptional candidate. The post is based in Central London. Benefits include generous career average pension, subsidised canteen, cycle scheme and interest-free travelcard loan scheme.

Closing date for applications: 5pm, Monday 23rd October 2017

Only applicants invited to interview will be contacted. If you have not heard by 10/11/2017 your application will not have been successful.

To apply, please submit the following to nileshlad@claytondesant.com by the deadline:

1) Up-to-date CV including:

  1. details of current and past employment, including current salary and salary expectations
  2. degree and A-Level qualifications, including subjects and grades
  3. two references, including current/most recent employer and a former line manager who could be contacted during the process            

2) Supporting statement (maximum 500 words) addressing the following points:

  1. which role you are applying for and how your knowledge, skills and experience meet our requirements
  2. your experience of managing competing priorities with tight deadlines
  3. why you are interested in working for the Russell Group

For a confidential discussion, please contact Nilesh Lad on 0203 463 8685.

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