About the role
Now is a time of fast-paced change in the technology sector. The introduction of the Online Safety Bill and new media literacy strategies from DCMS and Ofcom means there is a real opportunity to shape important decisions being made which will affect the online lives of children and families for many years to come.
Against this backdrop, Internet Matters is recruiting a Policy Manager to ensure that our voice is heard in these conversations. This wide-ranging role will include:
- Delivering policy projects (e.g. reports, roundtable events) – and supporting projects from other teams which have policy components.
- Stakeholder engagement – maintaining and developing a network of contacts across Government, academia, the third sector and industry. Assisting with the successful running of our Expert Advisory Panel.
- Reactive policy work – e.g. monitoring the policy landscape, writing blogs, producing briefings, representing Internet Matters at sector meetings, responding to consultations.
The Policy Team also leads the organisation’s Vulnerability Programme which focuses on the online safety and wellbeing needs of children with special educational needs, looked after status, mental health challenges and other vulnerabilities. The Policy Manager will assist in shaping the strategic direction of this programme of work, deliver projects under this theme and provide support to the UKCIS Vulnerable Users Working Group (chaired by Internet Matters).
We’re a small but ambitious organisation, so being able and willing to turn your hand to anything and everything is important. This means no two days are the same, and we absolutely need a team player who can power through a diverse workload.
While prior knowledge of tech policy would be beneficial, it is not a requirement.
Skills, knowledge and experience
- Educated to degree level, or equivalent professional experience in a relevant field.
- Knowledge of the policymaking process.
- Some experience of policy and/or public affairs work
- Excellent analytical skills – ability to read and dissect complex information.
- Experience of producing high quality written outputs at speed, including articles, briefings, reports and blogs.
- Ability to collaborate effectively with internal and external stakeholders.
- Willingness to take the initiative and be flexible.
- Experience of working in tech policy and/or children’s policy.
- Experience of presenting at high-level meetings/events.
- Project management experience.
- Experience of conducting qualitative research.
Please note that the post holder may be required to attend occasional evening events.
All applicants must have legal authorisation to work in the UK.
What else you should know
We offer all employees:
- 28 days holiday per annum plus all UK Bank Holidays.
- Extra holiday with length of service up to a maximum of 33 days.
- Hybrid working – 3 days in the office, 2 days remote.
- Option to take two volunteering days each year.
- Quarterly team events (subject to Covid restrictions).
- Season ticket loan scheme.
How to apply
Please submit a cover letter (max 2 sides) setting out how you meet the skills, knowledge and experience criteria set out above, along with your CV, to [email protected], with ‘Policy Manager’ in the subject line.
When you submit your application, please can you also provide the following information:
- Where you heard about this vacancy.
- Your current notice period (if applicable).
- Confirmation that you have legal authorisation to work in the UK.
The deadline for applications is Sunday 5 June.
Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an interview wb 13 June.