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Public Affairs Coordinator

Office of External Affairs and Communications, Cambridge

University of Cambridge, Trinity Ln, Cambridge, UK


  • Posted on: 28th May 2021
  • Salary: £30,942-£40,322
  • REF: AR26657
  • Closes: 02nd July 2021
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Hours: Full Time

The role is part of the Public Affairs team within the Office of External Affairs and Communications. The role will report to and be managed by the Head of Public Affairs.

The role holder will join a dynamic Public Affairs team in a fast-paced political environment and rapidly changing higher education landscape. He/she will monitor policy and political developments and provide the team and senior colleagues, including the Leadership Team, with regular and relevant information and analysis of policy and political developments of relevant to the University and the higher education sector.

The role holder will help draft policy positions and political briefings for senior internal audiences as well as external political stakeholders. He/she will support the team’s wider lobbying activities.

To be effective, the role holder must build strong relationships internally and externally with civil servants, policy advisers, counterparts in other HEIs and Members of Parliament.

The role holder will also work with others in the Office of External Affairs and Communications, including the Social Media, Digital, Research Communications and Public Engagement teams, to develop new and more effective channels of communication to brief political stakeholders.

The role holder will have excellent written and verbal communications skills as well as strong interpersonal skills to manage internal and external stakeholders. He/she will show great judgement under pressure and enjoy working collaboratively as part of a team.

MAIN DUTIES:- Monitor key parliamentary activities, debates and policy announcements at European, national and local levels in order to identify developments relevant to the University and its strategic goals- Produce regular monitoring bulletins, circulated across the University, to help keep internal stakeholders updated in relevant policy and political developments- Support the team in daily engagement with political stakeholders, including through keeping regular contact with relevant politicians on key University activities and operations- Develop and support the delivery of a detailed contact programme of local and national stakeholders to help increase the University’s reputation, influence and political capital – Work with colleagues across the communications office to relay political intelligence and support in the development of communications campaigns across different media channels- Strengthen the University’s relationship with sector organisations at officer level – Assist in the creation and maintenance of local, national and International positioning and briefing material, ensuring it is accurate and up-to-date

ABOUT YOU- An in-depth knowledge and understanding of the UK parliamentary system and political processes- Experience of working in a public affairs, public engagement or policy making environment- Ability to organise, process and present diverse forms of information so that they are accessible and understandable to non-expert audiences- Excellent written and verbal communications skills, with the confidence and ability to deal with people in very senior positions- Experience of working with officials and elected representatives- Highly motivated and proactive. Keen to work in a diverse and changing policy environment

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

Please quote reference AR26657 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.
Further information

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