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Public Affairs Manager - UK/Westminster Political Affairs [Temporary Cover]

University of Cambridge - Office of External Affairs and Communications

Location: Cambridge
Salary: £38,592 to £51,805
Hours: Full Time, Part Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 1st December 2022
Closes: 11th December 2022
Job Ref: AR34471

The University of Cambridge's Office of External Affairs and Communications (OEAC) is looking for a talented, motivated and proactive Public Affairs expert to help manage the University's UK/Westminster public affairs engagement.

The role holder will be part of the Public Affairs team within OEAC and will report to the acting Head of Public Affairs. They will help deliver the University's strategic communications objectives by maintaining and managing a programme of engagement with Ministers and MPs, organisations and public bodies on all issues related to higher education, and will ensure the University's views are properly represented among UK decision-makers.

This role will develop the University's reputation among both policymakers and public audiences across the UK, informing public and political attitudes about the value of the University, and facilitating enhanced working relationships between the University and its partners. It will leverage access to decision-makers in Westminster. 

The role-holder will act as a project manager for political campaigns and communications projects, enhancing the University's public visibility and political influence and impact. The role will manage proactive and reactive forms of (largely UK) political engagement and lead on related advocacy programmes in Westminster.

The role will support the Senior Leadership, the Director of Communications and the Head of Public Affairs in delivering the University's policy and political priorities related to teaching, education and research. The role-holder will be expected to be inward as well as outward facing, advising on related internal working groups as well as representing the University on external groups as necessary.

The role-holder will be expected to monitor political, policy and legislative developments and will support the drafting of stakeholder correspondence and responses to parliamentary inquiries or calls for evidence. Prior experience in education policy and public affairs is highly desirable.

Temporary cover: This post is fixed-term for 7 months or the return of the post holder, whichever is the earlier.

Applications are welcome from internal candidates who would like to apply for the role on the basis of a secondment from their current role in the University.

We welcome applications from individuals who wish to be considered for part-time working or other flexible working arrangements. 

If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact Anne-Cecile Larribau on Anne-Cecile.Larribau@admin.cam.ac.uk

Please quote reference AR34471 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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