We are looking for someone who is passionate about making a difference, and who wants to be part of a growing team that works across the UK.
You will support the development and delivery of the Charity's policy and public affairs programme and work across the Charity so that policy informs and supports all aspects of our work.
Supporting the development and delivery of the Charity's policy and public affairs programme and working across the Charity so that policy informs and supports all aspects of our work. The Parliamentary Officer will be responsible for all assemblies across the UK.
1.1 Key Responsibilities
To develop and maintain a good knowledge of political and policy issues, and service developments, relating to elder abuse spanning all four UK nations and internationally, with a particular focus on ageism.
To represent the charity in alliances, working and advisory groups, providing advice and information on the nature, extent and issues associated with elder abuse.
To evaluate the effectiveness of policies to protect older people from abuse, collaborating with statutory and Third Sector colleagues to establish a UK perspective, and propose methods by which such policies could be improved, contributing to the development of more holistic and integrated services for victims across the UK.
To deliver key aspects of AEA's parliamentary activity, including proactively building contact with parliamentarians, identifying political opportunities for AEA to have influence, lobbying on relevant Bills, drafting briefing materials and responding to incoming parliamentary enquiries.
To provide direct advice, guidance and information to social policy makers, including appropriate Members of Parliament, responding to demands for information and calls for evidence along with identifying gaps in knowledge and existing service provision.
1.2 Financial Responsibility
To work within authorised spending and purchasing limits, monitoring and controlling individual budgets as required.
1.3 Policy Activity
To influence and provide direct advice, guidance and information to social policy makers, including appropriate members of parliaments, on the nature, extent and issues associated with elder abuse.
To represent the charity at key external meetings and to take strategic decisions at those meetings in order to further the charity's strategies. This may involve advising staff and volunteers on social and health care policy and campaigns.
To draft policy briefings, newsletters, and other public documents, coordinating and producing robust evidence-based material for submission to Government, parliamentarians, the civil service and other statutory bodies, working to tight external deadlines.
To write policy resources, policy messages including reviews, positions, briefings and blogs for a variety of stakeholders using our website and social media platforms.
In conjunction with the Chief Executive and Director of Policy, to plan and lead on campaigning and lobbying strategy on policy areas, working with internal and external colleagues and volunteers.
1.4 Media Activity
To actively work with the communications agency, identifying opportunities for promotion of the charity, providing any necessary information or research, and acting as a spokesperson for the charity in newspapers, radio and television.
To represent and promote the work of the charity at events, conferences and seminars as required.
1.5 Trustee Board
To contribute to and produce reports for the Board of Trustees as required and to speak to them when requested.
To attend meetings of the Board as requested.
1.6 Human Resources
No direct line management responsibilities
To provide supervision and/or support to any volunteers working to the post.
To support our UK-wide Helpline by covering Helpline shifts for at least 4 hours per week, and record calls accordingly using our Customer Relationship Management System.
To respond appropriately to telephone, written and email enquiries, and maintain own diary (making travel/booking arrangements as necessary).
To travel as required. Meetings may be in different parts of the UK, and some meetings may be during evenings or at weekends.
To provide information and updates on a weekly basis to ensure that the AEA website is regularly updated, and to directly contribute to the social policy outlets of the charity.
Educated to degree level or equivalent, preferably in a relevant field
Experience of working with Board Directors/Trustees
Good experience in the voluntary sector or equivalent
Experience of working in Westminster Parliament, a devolved assembly or for a political party
Good understanding of legislative requirements applying to adult protection and domestic abuse
Experience of website content management systems
Effective communication skills both written and oral
Experience of issuing press releases
Proven ability to develop effective relationships with senior staff in statutory agencies, voluntary agencies, regulatory bodies
Knowledge of major developments in terms of adult care provision, adult protection, domestic abuse and care regulation
Ability to manage a complex and varied workload
Experience of disseminating research findings
Experience of working in partnership with other organisations and agencies
Ability to think and plan strategically
Excellent interpersonal skills, including diplomacy, sensitivity and negotiation skills
Excellent presentation skills
Skilled at developing and maintaining internal and external working relationships
Strong networking skills
Excellent project management skills
Innovative and creative, able to identify and act upon new opportunities
Proactive, and able to work on their own initiative as well as part of a team
An excellent communicator with strong persuasive skills
Inspirational to both internal staff and external supporters
Targets and results oriented
Thorough knowledge of charity law and parliamentary process, including GDPR.
Degree level education
Thorough working knowledge of MS office
Willingness and ability to operate in accordance with the values and policies of AEA and work flexibly in response to changing organisational requirements
An ability to demonstrate a positive attitude to older people and a demonstrable interest in challenging elder abuse, coupled with an ability to deal appropriately with sensitive issues
Flexibility and willingness to travel in the UK and to work some unsocial hours
Commitment to bring into the work the views and needs of people with direct experience of abuse