Public Affairs and Campaigning Officer

Contract Type: Permanent

Location: Belfast

Salary: £25,300 - £27,682 (Depending on skills & experience)

Working Hours: 35 per week

Closing Date: 26 September 2019

Interview Date: Wednesday 9th October 2019 in Belfast


Public Affairs and Campaigning Officer

Reference number:  VAC16507

Office Location: Flexible within Northern Ireland

Area role covers: Northern Ireland

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

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

This role will play a crucial part in ensuring the delivery of the Society’s objectives by raising the importance of dementia in the political arena, among civil servants and opinion formers working in the health and social care field. This will be achieved in three key ways:

  • Providing specialist knowledge of the Northern Ireland Assembly to ensure Alzheimer’s Society maximises its influencing opportunities
  • Delivering the Society’s Political and Influencing strategy, which seeks to strengthen commitment among Ministers across all political parties, and by advising on tactics for targeting them in the new Assembly
  • By working with the Senior Public Affairs & Campaigning Officer and other members of the Campaigns & Partnerships team to devise integrated campaign strategies to ensure the effective communication to key opinion formers

About you

  • You will have an excellent knowledge of the Northern Ireland political system, parliamentary structures and the range of mechanisms for accessing Ministers and Assembly members. Significant experience in a campaigns/ policy / parliamentary related role and in a role that seeks to influence and persuade opinion formers, in particular Ministers and Assembly members. You will have experience in organising well focused events to achieve agreed public affairs objectives, ranging from parliamentary receptions to small-scale stakeholder seminars. Together with strong IT skills, excellent oral and written communication skills in order to communicate the work of the Society to different audiences. You will have the ability to build positive relationships and engage with staff across the Society. Proven experience of working with members of a network and experience of supporting volunteers and grassroots campaigners together with excellent organisational skills.

The Society’s ‘New Deal on Society’ pledges to change the public conversation on dementia and influence Government, health and social care to deliver information, support and care that will enable and empower people affected by dementia to feel fully accepted and supported. We are looking for someone who will unite with us to end the inequity faced by people affected by dementia.

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.  

You can also visit our Working for Us pages, which give you more information about what it’s like to be an employee at the Society.

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