Head of Policy and Public Affairs

University of Leicester - Division of External Relations

Together our staff and students are discovering innovative ways to change the world for the better and there has never been a more exciting time for you to join us. We are ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide and have an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research. We are led by discovery and innovation, with the synergy between research and learning at the core of our activity.

We have a superb career opportunity that has become available in our External Relations department for a new Head of Policy and Public Affairs to join the team on a permanent basis. Your focus will be to develop, support and implement stakeholder engagement strategies in support of the University’s strategic objectives. This will involve working closely with senior staff across the University to support effective co-ordination of stakeholder engagement for senior policy, alumni, political, funder, community, civic and business audiences.

It will be your responsibility to co-ordinate and directly support the Vice-Chancellor’s major external engagement activities, including the preparation of briefings, presentations and speeches, and will also lead on specific stakeholder engagement projects, in part through the Corporate Events Team and working closely with the Head of the President & Vice-Chancellor’s Office, under the direction of the Director of External Relations.

As the new Head of Policy and Public Affairs, you will join our team with a first degree (or equivalent) with demonstrable experience of planning and delivering effective stakeholder engagement activity with senior audiences around influencing goals. You will be able to showcase your experience of managing a range of complex projects and tasks simultaneously and have the ability to create and deliver integrated communications plans/strategies, whilst also being able to identify and exploit opportunities as they arise.

It is important that you have a track record of successful delivery of public affairs programmes, and experience of dealing with national politicians and civil servants. This role would be ideal for an individual who has outstanding written and oral communication skills, with the ability to produce and present high quality material such as papers, speeches, reports, presentations and briefings for a range of internal and external audiences. We look forward to receiving your application.

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We anticipate that interviews will take place w/c 4th December 2017.

Informal enquiries are welcome and should be made to Alison Brumwell at ab906@leicester.ac.uk.

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