Guardian Careers – Head of Campaigns

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About the job


Salary: c£59,000 (inclusive of Inner London Allowance).

Location: Holborn, London.

Contract/Hours: Permanent – Full Time 35 hours per week.

Benefits: 29 days annual leave PLUS bank holidays, professional qualifications, excellent training and development opportunities, flexible maternity, adoption, and paternity packages, up to 7% employer contribution pension, discount portal with your favourite brands. 

Closing Date: Sunday 23rd October 2023.

Interviews: Tuesday 1 November 2023.

Vulnerable children in the UK need your help

Wherever you work in the Action for Children family, you’ll be helping to change the lives of the most vulnerable children in the UK. 

Last year, we helped more than 670,000 children and families across the UK. From direct work in communities to national campaigning, we are focused on making sure every child has a safe and happy childhood, and the foundations they need to thrive. 

Why Action for Children?

Working here is more than a job. Everyone in the Action for Children family is passionate about protecting and supporting children. It’s the sense of purpose that drives us every single day. Because we know that, when we work together, we can make an enormous difference to bring lasting improvements to vulnerable children’s lives.

A Bit About The Role 

Reporting into the Director of Policy and Campaigns your remit will be to provide leadership and expertise to drive forward an ambitious and challenging campaigning agenda to deliver Action for Children’s policy change campaigns and public affairs activity.

You will lead your team to use our policy and frontline evidence to engage campaigners and influence decision-makers, to directly improve the lives of disadvantaged children, while ensuring the voice of children remains at the heart of what we do.

How you’ll help to create brighter futures

  • Work collaboratively and engagingly with the senior leadership team to deliver the Policy & Campaigns strategy.
  • Provide expert advice to Action for Children’s strategic and executive leadership teams, in particular the Chief Executive by advising on political issues, disseminating relevant political developments.
  • Lead, manage, and develop the Campaigns and Public Affairs and Participation teams, to develop and deliver work plans that lead to changes in policy and embed a culture of participation, so children and young people help shape decisions about how Action for Children delivers services, makes decisions and campaigns.
  • Build, manage and motivate a team to achieve high performance, also to prioritise and deliver on effective cross-organisational working as a key element of high performance.
  • Lead and being accountable for the success of effective externally focused national campaigns.
  • Lead a significant increase in Action for Children’s campaign supporter engagement, to deliver an active, integrated, and powerful online and offline campaigning community.
  • Establish and nurture high level relationships with government ministers, politicians, civil servants, and special advisers, representing effectively and with high-level political judgement.

Let’s talk about you

  • Expert-level experience of influencing in Westminster and Whitehall, whilst developing and delivering impactful integrated campaigns.
  • Significant experience of integrated working: leading and managing complex cross-organisational projects and communicating effectively with colleagues across the charity.
  • Strong commitment to enabling the voices of children and young people to shape Action for Children’s activities.
  • Ability to develop, manage and motivate a high performing team, prioritising effective cross organisational working as a key element of high performance. 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to lead a team, drive forward integrated working and deliver successful cross-organisational projects.
  • High level political judgement and news sense to determine our response to fast moving political, policy and media developments.

Contact: David Simpson, Recruitment Partner on 01923 361732 or email [email protected]

Diversity, equality, and inclusion

At Action for Children, we’re dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive, and authentic workplace. We actively encourage applications from Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic, and disabled candidates as they are under-represented within Action for Children. We want to take deliberate and purposeful action to ensure equal opportunity to all groups in society and for Action for Children. 

Don’t meet every single requirement?

Studies show that women and Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic people are less likely to apply for a job unless they meet every qualification. So, if you’re excited about this role but your experience doesn’t align perfectly with the job description, we’d love you to apply anyway. You might just be the perfect person for this role, or another role within the Action for Children family. 

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  • Action for Children Employee Benefits.pdf (3.46 MB)
  • Head of Campaigns and Public Affairs JDPS.pdf (0.58 MB)

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