Head of Policy Advocacy & Campaigns

Join Britain’s biggest walking charity to help more people discover the joy of walking and protect the places we love to walk.  

The Ramblers is looking for an exceptional leader to develop and deliver an impactful programme of policy, public affairs, and advocacy campaigns to create a country where everyone has the freedom to enjoy the outdoors on foot. 

This is an exciting time to join the team and a great opportunity to play a major role in shaping the future direction of the Ramblers at a time when walking and access to nature has never been so important, helping us to influence change and reach out to a new and more diverse audience of walkers. 

Key responsibilities

  •    Lead on the Ramblers’ Policy, Public Affairs and Advocacy Campaigns programme.

  •    Ensure our advocacy campaigns have a clear focus, a strong and engaging narrative and respond to the external context. 

  •    Oversee our political affairs work in Westminster ensuring our campaigns are seen and heard by those in government and by other key decision makers. 

  •    Act as a lead spokesperson and develop key strategic external relationships. 

  •    Manage a high performing team with excellent levels of well-being and engagement. 

Are you up for the challenge? If you think you’ve got what it takes to be our new Head of Policy, Public Affairs and Campaigns, we’d love to hear from you.

Essential Requirements

  •    Substantial senior-level influencing and public campaigning experience with a track record of devising and delivering successful high-impact influencing campaigns.

  •    Excellent advocacy, negotiation, and communication skills with a proven ability to influence a range of stakeholders, particularly with government departments, politicians, and policy makers.

  •    A proven strategic leader, capable of building trust in teams and amongst colleagues. 

  •    Experience of representing an organisation at high-level meetings and as a media spokesperson. 

  •    Ability to work collaboratively and bring together partners around a common cause to effect change. 

  •    Solution-focused and practical, encourages teams across the organisation to work together. 

  •    Able to understand and process a wide range of views, whilst remaining focussed on the overall goal.

  •    Experience of the interface between policy, advocacy, and income generation.

  •    Experience of working with volunteers in a policy and advocacy context.

  •    Budget management experience.

  •    A clear commitment to the vision and values of the Ramblers.                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

The Ramblers are an equal opportunities employer. We promote diversity and warmly welcome applications from appropriately qualified people from all sections of the community.

The role profile (job description and person specification) can be found here: Head of Policy Advocacy and Campaigns

Please send us your CV and cover letter along with a completed EO form (here) sent by email to recruitment@ramblers.org.uk by 22nd September 2021.