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Policy and Influencing Officer

Soil Association
Spear House, Victoria Street, Bristol BS1 3NX

Posted: 28/07/2020

Deadline: 10/08/2020

Compensation: £23,254 pro rata (£9,302 actual per annum)

Paid Part-time Fixed term / contract Remote working

Job description

Salary: £23,254 pro rata (£9,302 actual per annum) Contract: 12 month fixed term contract Hours: Part-time, 15 hours per week Location: Home-based

About our organisation

The Soil Association, formed in 1946, is the only UK charity which works across the spectrum of human health, the environment and animal welfare. That’s because we cannot tackle these issues in isolation.

We campaign for change, we support farming innovation, we serve healthy food in communities, we support and grow the organic market and we protect forests.

We couldn't do any of this without our supporters, partners, donors and dedicated staff. We make a difference in the world where it’s needed the most.

About the opportunity

The Policy and Influencing Officer will work closely with Food for Life Get Togethers (FFLGT) regional teams in the programme’s test and learn regions (Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland, North of England, the Midlands) to complete a distinct piece of work to define the scope, focus and reach of the programme’s policy and influencing plan which will embeds FFLGT’s approach at a devolved nation, regional and local authority level.

About you

Above all we are looking for:

Experience of developing and implementing impactful policy / influencing activities at a devolved nation, regional, local authority or institutional level

Experience of consultation and insight gathering at a strategic level

Experience of writing external and internal facing communications and marketing pieces

Commitment to Safeguarding

The Soil Association and FFL are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children and young people that we work with. In accordance with this commitment we ensure that we follow a thorough and safe recruitment and selection process for all roles that work with children. This includes checking against the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) where appropriate. Please ensure that you completed the attached self-disclosure form to apply for this position and please note that if you are successful in your application to the role any offer of employment will be subject to a satisfactory DBS check.

Our employee benefits

Working with us you will have a range of financial and lifestyle benefits, including 27 days annual holiday plus bank holidays, increasing to 30 days with service (pro rata for part-time). For more information on our benefits please visit our website.

Application information

Important dates: Closing date for applications: 9am, Monday 10th August 2020 Interviews are expected to take place: Monday 24th August via video conferencing

To Apply: Please visit our website to read our full job description for this role.

Please submit your CV with a covering letter (both in Microsoft Word format) to Your covering letter must cover the “essential” criteria listed in the Job Description. Failure to submit a covering letter may mean your application is removed from the shortlisting process.

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Please note we look at applications on arrival and reserve the right to close this vacancy early. All vacancies will remain open for a minimum of one calendar week.

Soil Association is committed to providing equal opportunities for all applicants regardless of their background. We value diversity whilst also acknowledging that people from certain backgrounds are underrepresented in our organisation. If you’re not sure about applying, please get in touch with us for a chat.

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About Soil Association

Our organisation started in 1946 to pioneer a better world – one where we can all farm, eat and live healthily in balance with the environment. Our team of around 250 employees have been working with this vision for positive change ever since. We’re farming, growing, buying, cooking and eating. We’re campaigning, lobbying and certifying. We’re running research programmes that pave the way for change. And we’re inspiring millions of people to take their own step towards a sustainable future.