Head of Government Affairs
Working across much of the country and across many different issues, the National Trust is often affected by government policy. To meet and address these policies we are building a new team to work alongside government departments to make sure that they are aware of the impact of their decisions on our properties and land.
What you'll be doing
As Head of Government Affairs you will be responsible for managing a sub team within the Government Affairs and Advocacy department. The new team will be built of two Public Policy Officers with the collective goal to improve the Trust's influence with policy makers.
In order to achieve this you will provide expert advice to internal stakeholders on current government bodies and policies, briefing them on potential risks and opportunities, strategies and operations. Keeping senior National Trust staff abreast of any changes or concerns prior to meetings with senior ministers will be a big part of your role.
You'll need to know who to build trusting and long term relationships with within the departments such as Defra, DCLG and DCMS to help improve the Trust's intelligence and insight and promote the Trust's agenda.
Who we're looking for
In order to be help the National Trust respond to big governmental issues such as housing policies or the effects of Brexit on our natural environment, you'll be able to demonstrate the following:
- An excellent knowledge of the UK political system, how decisions are made and the relationship between government departments
- Competent knowledge of heritage and environmental issues
- A strong influencer and negotiator who can demonstrate the reasoning / facts behind the issue
- A natural leader