Public Affairs Officer

National Housing Federation
Greater London
£35,850 – £40,975
Thursday, 8th November 2018
Closing Date:
Sunday, 25th November 2018
Full Time
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Job Description

The National Housing Federation is the trade body for housing associations in England. Our members provide 2.6m homes for more than six million people. We are the voice of affordable housing in England, and believe that everyone should have the home they need at a price they can afford. We work at the forefront of the political debate not only on housing but on a wide range of other policy issues including welfare, homelessness and devolution. Our work affects the lives of millions of people across the country.

Effective lobbying is key to everything we do. We have built close working relationships at the most senior levels of politics and have established ourselves as the ‘go-to’ body on housing issues for Ministers and Shadow Ministers. We have proven our ability to shape policy decisions. Most recently we secured an additional £2bn for new social and affordable homes. This summer we also succeeded in placing the future funding of supported housing on a stable footing.

We need you to play a crucial role in that work, leading on public affairs strategies to influence the main political parties on the topics that matter the most to our members. You will work in a focussed and driven team to help ensure housing maintains its political saliency, and housing associations are positioned as the solution to the country’s housing crisis.

We don’t need you to be a housing expert. But you will understand how the British political system works, have a good grasp of parliamentary procedure, and have experience of delivering public affairs strategies that have real impact. You will be committed to working collaboratively; have excellent organisational skills; demonstrate exceptional written and oral communication; be able to build strong relationships internally and externally; and feel confident communicating your ideas appropriately at all levels of the organisations that we engage with.

This is an exciting role with the potential to make a real difference. If you’re up for the challenge, then we would very much like to hear from you.

The Federation is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and we value the contribution each individual makes to our work.  We are committed to ensuring our workforce reflects the diversity of the society in which we live and encourage applications from people of all different backgrounds, regardless of all protected characteristics or social background.

We are a disability confident employer and if you are a disabled person who meets the skills and experience we consider essential for the role, we will offer you an interview.

Interview Date: 7 or 11 December 2018

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