Senior Policy and Information officer

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Birmingham City Centre, West Midlands
£26,000 - £30,000 (depending on experience)
02 Nov 2020
30 Nov 2020
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We have an opportunity for a Senior Policy and Information Officer to join the team based in Birmingham (currently working remotely). You will join us on a full time, permanent basis and in return, you will receive a competitive starting salary range of £26,000 - £30,000 per annum depending on experience.

Benefits of joining us:

- 25 days annual leave + bank holidays
- Holiday entitlement increases after 3 years’ service
- 7% employer contribution pension

As our Senior Policy and Information Officer, you will provide high level support for the effective delivery of NGA’s policy and information service. You will help to drive forward the organisations aim of improving school and trust governance by assisting in the development of NGA policy positions and publications to influence the external education policy environment and managing the weekly newsletter for members.

Key responsibilities of our Senior Policy and Information Officer will include:

- Line managing the Policy and Information Officer
- Keeping yourself and the wider team up to date with education policy and research as it affects schools in England and in particular governance of schools (both maintained schools and academy trusts)
- Monitoring and determining content for the weekly e-newsletter, enhancing user journey by developing an improved newsletter system and experience
- Supporting the Policy and Information officer in the allocation of content to authors in the NGA staff team and contributing weekly articles directly
- Editing the newsletter, ensuring all content is high quality and relevant to the audience
- Using your specific knowledge and expertise to contribute to the production and improvement of NGA communications
- Directly contributing to Governing Matters magazine, writing articles, and deputising in the coordination process
- Being responsible for leading on allocated policy areas and/or managing projects
- Working with the Knowledge Centre Manager to identify and develop new guidance content relating to your policy areas that meets the needs of NGA members
- Producing new guidance as required and review and update existing NGA guidance as required
- Representing NGA at internal and external events and meetings
- As required, contributing to the organisation and planning of NGA events
- Participating in Policy, Research, and Information team meetings with the aim of continuously improving standards of service

What we’re looking for in our ideal Senior Policy and Information Officer:


- Experience of working effectively in a policy or education environment
- Experience of influencing policy making through use of campaigns
- A sound understanding of the education sector In England
- Experience of writing in a variety of channels: such as policy reports; newsletter; magazine; blogs
- Experience of delivering projects
- Educated to degree level or relevant industry experience
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills with the ability to tailor communication clearly and appropriately to the audience
- Strong analytical and report writing skills, with an ability to translate complex policy issues into a succinct and easy-to-read format
- Ability to quickly develop an understanding of current and emerging themes relevant to school governance, and to apply that knowledge to improve governance practice
- Ability to engage with stakeholders of all levels
- Excellent interpersonal skills, including relationship building
- Positive attitude and ‘can do’ approach, working calmly under pressure
-Energetic, engaging, confident, creative, and enthusiastic
- A commitment to NGA’s charitable objectives, ethos, and values
- Willingness to travel in the UK
- Willingness to continue to volunteer as a school governor or trustee


- In-depth understanding of the state school sector In England, including some knowledge of curriculum and qualifications
- Experience of line managing a member of staff

Closing Date: 9.00 am on Monday 30th November 2020

Interview Date: Wednesday 9th/Thursday 10th December 2020

If you feel that you are the right candidate for the role as our Senior Policy and Information Officer  or would like to find out more information about the role, we'd love to hear from you.