Advocacy and Government Relations Officer

Cats Protection
Haywards Heath, West Sussex
£31,728.83 per annum (starting salary subject to experience), plus excellent benefits
30 May 2019
26 Jun 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Advocacy and Government Relations Officer  
National Cat Centre, Chelwood Gate, Sussex  
£31,728.83 per annum (starting salary subject to experience), plus excellent benefits  
Full time, 35 hours per week, permanent  

This role will include UK travel, particularly to London and Edinburgh and the other devolved administrations with some overnight stays. A full valid UK driving licence is desirable. 

Cats Protection has built up a significant level of engagement with Ministers and Members of the Westminster and devolved Governments, locally elected politicians, professional organisations, stakeholder groups and other charities “speaking up for cats” on a range of issues affecting cat welfare. We are seeking an excellent communicator who is enthusiastic, innovative and highly motivated to join the charity’s team to deliver advocacy and campaigns across the UK. This is an opportunity to fulfil a highly visible role externally and within the charity. 

Cats Protection is the UK’s leading feline welfare charity. We now help around 193,000 cats and kittens through our network of over 250 volunteer-run branches and 36 adoption centres and homing centres. You will be based in our National Cat Centre (NCC) in the Ashdown Forest, which has a Visitor Centre, Shop, Café, nature walks, and our fantastic National Cat Adoption Centre. We have onsite parking and are located about a twenty minute drive from both Haywards Heath and East Grinstead. Whilst the role is NCC based there may be some flexibility to work from home. 

You will be a people person with lots of initiative who is able to work independently and collaboratively and with an ability to influence and inspire people from all levels e.g. industry, government agencies, politicians, other NGOs and volunteers. You will need to have excellent attention to detail; fantastic organisational and analytical skills; the ability to prioritise work and set and meet deadlines to achieve agreed performance targets. 

As an Advocacy and Government Relations Officer, you will help develop, support and implement an effective programme of reactive and proactive advocacy work across the UK to influence Central and Local Government and key stakeholders whose policies and practices impact on cat welfare. You will work within a small team alongside the charity’s Head of Advocacy and Government Relations, Executive Management Team, Trustees, volunteers and supporters to achieve realistic but challenging advocacy targets. 

Main responsibilities will include: 
- Daily parliamentary monitoring, online research and responding to external e-mails 
- Preparing position statements and responses to external policy developments 
- Drafting briefings for debates and responding to media enquiries 
- Assisting with the charity’s responses to Government consultations 
- Meeting with external stakeholders and influencers 
- Developing public facing charity campaigns including online resources 
- Organising events 
- Engaging volunteer and public support for advocacy activities locally and/or nationally. 

This role would suit someone who has a degree, or relevant experience, in political and/or public affairs, proven experience of influencing, policy analysis and research, organising campaigns and negotiating and who has a comprehensive understanding of government politics and the structure and processes of external agencies. 

If you are excited about “Speaking up for cats” then we’d love to hear from you! 

Closing Date: 26 June 2019 
Interview Date: 15 July 2019 – National Cat Centre, Chelwood Gate 

To reward you, we have a pay scheme which provides the opportunity to progress within your pay band, subject to satisfactory performance. We also offer a range of benefits which include a generous holiday entitlement, a competitive pension offering, a private medical scheme, and a death in service scheme. 

Cats Protection is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity. 

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Additional Keywords: Advocacy and Government Relations Officer, Advocacy Officer, Government & Advocacy Advisor, Animal Welfare Advocate, Animal Welfare Policy Officer, Feline Welfare Policy Advisor. 

Working Hours: 35 hours per week