Policy Manager – Physical Activity

Contract Type: Fixed Term

Location: Home Worker - England and Wales

Salary: £41,585 - £46,725 actual per annum (depending on skills and experience)

Working Hours: 35 per week

Closing Date: 04 February 2021

Interview Date: TBC

Contact: Gavin Terry - gavin.terry@alzheimers.org.uk

Policy Manager – Physical Activity

Reference number:  VAC1942

Office Location: Flexible within England

Contract type: Fixed Term – 2 years

Please note the deadline for submitting applications for this role is 23:59 on the closing date. 

About Alzheimer’s Society

Dementia devastates lives. By 2021, 1 million people will be living with the condition. But dementia won't win. Until the day we find a cure, Alzheimer's Society will be here for anyone affected by dementia - wherever they are, whatever they're going through. Everything we do is informed and inspired by them.

We are the UK's leading dementia charity. Every day, we work tirelessly to find new treatments and, ultimately, a cure for dementia. We provide expert information, training, and support services to all those who need our help. And we are creating a more dementia-friendly society so people with the condition can live without fear and prejudice.

About the role

Alzheimer’s Society, in partnership with Sport England, is looking for an experienced Physical Activity manager to lead, manage and develop our approach to enabling people with dementia to use physical activity as an effective management tool, in addition to other forms of day to day support.

This exciting, new national level role will focus on the strategic development of Alzheimer’s Society’s physical activity programme of work and the creation of a Physical Activity Strategy.

This will include working closely with people affected by dementia, senior developmental conversations internally to lead the agenda, engagement with a range of key external stakeholders including across policy, research, health and the sport and physical activity sector, and delivering against a complex insight programme, which has been highlighted as the key starting point for the programme of work.

Working within Alzheimer’s Society’s Policy Team, this role will lead a two-year strategic partnership and programme of work, supported by Sport England with funding from the National Lottery, to:

  • Oversee a strategic insight gathering programme to build a strong evidence base to build the foundations of future work in developing a physical activity strategy for the organisation
  • Develop strategic plans based on the insight and innovation activities, working in conjunction with the Head of Policy, Head of Research, Development and Evaluation and Sport England
  • Act as the strategic liaison with colleagues at all levels across the Society to improve understanding of the internal and external physical activity landscape for people affected by dementia; including Innovation, Dementia Voice, Policy and Campaigns, Operations, Fundraising and Corporate Partnerships
  • Oversee the delivery of research innovations and accelerator projects to develop solutions to engage more people with dementia in physical activity

The role will line manage the Physical Activity Senior Officer and work across both the Policy and Research teams in the wider Research and Influencing directorate, and with other members of the directorate and other teams in Alzheimer’s Society that work with similar external stakeholders, including the Fundraising and the Strategic Change Team.

This role also includes working with the Richmond Group of charities’ Movement for All programme funded by Sport England, proactively engaging with Richmond Group partners on the developmental work as a collective and with individual input.

About you

We are looking for someone to lead this exciting two-year project, building the insight and evidence for physical activity for people with dementia and embarking on the delivery of campaign outputs and solutions through effective strategic partnership working and influencing.

You will be an experienced manager, a clear communicator with strategic leadership and strong relationship management skills across all levels of an organisation, particularly with senior leaders; developing communication plans to gather and share learnings across the duration of the project a specialist, chairing and leading internal steering groups and external expert groups.

You will also have experience in influencing sectors, people and systems to help shape and drive the ambitious plans and, in conjunction with knowledge of physical activity,  an understanding of dementia and/or other long terms conditions, and how they and their current systems of support can create barriers to being active.

The role also requires a high level of attention to detail, excellent project management and interpersonal, presentation and communication skills, across a diverse range of key contacts and subjects.


Our employees work hard every day to make a true difference in people's lives. We are proud to support them with a range of benefits, recognition and many options for working agilely, all contributing to a strong work life balance. We also have various learning programmes to support you in your development and help you grow to realise your potential and shape a career with Alzheimer's Society. 

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