The Board of Deputies is recruiting a Temporary Public Affairs Officer

Temporary Public Affairs Officer




The Board of Deputies of British Jews is looking for a highly motivated individual to support the work of its Public Affairs Team on a temporary basis.

The post is integral to the Board’s wider engagement with the devolved regions, Parliament, central government and stakeholders inside and outside the Jewish community.


The post-holder will be responsible for:

  • Developing the Board of Deputies’ engagement around the 2016 Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish elections;
  • Supporting the Board of Deputies’ engagement with Parliament, including the APPG on British Jews;
  • Supporting the Board’s work in interfaith relations and social action;
  • Supporting the wider work of the team through providing secretariat to internal committees of the Board, research and report writing, event-planning and running specific projects.


This is a temporary position running between (approximately) 29 February and 8 July 2016


Salary: £23,850-£26,500 per annum pro rata


External Relations

  • Supporting the Board’s engagement in the domestic public affairs work in the UK Parliament and devolved regions, including assisting in providing the secretariat to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on British Jews.
  • Working with relevant civil servants, faith partners, NGOs and Jewish community partners.
  • Preparing briefings for, and formal notes of, meetings with external parties.
  • Working with partner organisations on joint initiatives.



  • Providing policy, legislative, briefing support to relevant Board and external colleagues.



  • Research, writing briefing documents and publications on Jewish public policy issues.
  • Monitoring press and the public sphere on policy issues.
  • Updating and managing the website of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on British Jews.
  • Presenting on the relevant policy areas to stakeholders, and the wider work of the Board to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Assisting the PR & Communications Officer on related media enquiries and campaigns, with occasional support on social media and networking sites.
  • Assisting with reports of Board or Divisional activities and contribution to the weekly Community Briefing.
  • Handling parliamentary/governmental correspondence and community enquiries.



  • Administrative support, including organising meetings and minute-taking.
  • Maintaining a general familiarity with the work of the Board, and the Public Affairs roles in particular, in order to provide cover on urgent issues during colleagues’ absences.
  • Carrying out such other reasonable duties as may be requested from time to time.
  • This role will require some work on evenings/weekends, and some travel around the UK.


Person Specification:



  • Good knowledge of current affairs
  • A good understanding of UK political and parliamentary processes
  • A good working knowledge of the UK Jewish community’s institutions and priorities
  • Strong computer skills, including the ability to use social media



  • Knowledge of the politics of the devolved regions of the UK
  • Interest/experience in education, welfare and/or housing policy
  • Graduate or postgraduate degree in public policy, social policy or a related field




  • Advocacy and awareness-raising
  • Developing and maintaining strategic relationships
  • Events management and logistics



  • Stakeholder engagement, in particular parliamentary engagement in UK/devolved regions
  • Working with all-party parliamentary groups
  • Policy development
  • Producing resources
  • Managing WordPress websites


Personal Attributes

  • Strong research skills
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills, with an ability to deal with challenging customers
  • Well-organised with good time-management and an ability to work independently
  • Willing and able to develop new knowledge and skills quickly
  • A good team-player, able to support other colleagues where necessary


Closing Date: 14th February 2016

Interviews: Week beginning 22nd February 2016

Approximate Dates: 29 February 2016 – 8 July 2016

Location: Kentish Town – Applicants must have the right to live and work in the UK

How to Apply:  Please send a CV and a covering letter which should be a maximum of two sides of A4, outlining how you meet the requirements set out in the person specification and where you heard about the job. Please send this to with the subject heading ‘Temporary Public Affairs Officer’.


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