Jisc is helping to ensure the UK remains at the forefront of innovation within UK education and research – by mobilising the very best people and technologies in the application of digital thinking, digital content and connectivity.
It’s our vision to enable the UK to become the most digitally-advanced education and research nation in the world. It’s a bold statement, but one that we’re determined to fulfil.
About the role
You will be responsible for Jisc’s public affairs and leading our public affairs strategy to secure profile and influence with members and stakeholders.
You will work closely with the chief executive to lead a programme of work designed to increase understanding of the work done by Jisc to support the higher education, further education and skills sectors among agreed audiences.
You will also lead on the delivery of a public and external affairs strategy. You will work closely with colleagues from across the organisation to develop and collate the underpinning information and evidence required for successful delivery of our influencing strategy.
You will also work with senior managers in the devolved nations and our membership and sales teams to ensure Jisc’s work meets the devolved agendas across England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.
We will look to you to provide intelligence and advice to senior colleagues from across Jisc on changes in the external environment and their implications and to identify opportunities.
Summary of responsibilities
Your responsibilities will include:
Supporting Jisc’s relationship with key influencers and government:
- Presenting and representing Jisc at conferences, speaker opportunities and with ministers
- Driving, building and growing our public affairs strategy to raise awareness and understanding of the work of Jisc among selected government and sector-strategic stakeholders to secure future funding
- Identifying new opportunities for Jisc to influence government and other selected stakeholders, and directly undertake action to respond to opportunities
- Leading and maintaining an up-to-date overview of Jisc’s interactions with influencers and government officials, including upcoming opportunities within our CRM system
- Leading and updating our public affairs strategy
- Directing the preparation of material for key influencers and policymakers (including case studies, evidence of impact, briefings, responses to consultations), often coordinating input from across the organisation, and escalating issues as required
- Overseeing and directing Jisc’s engagement with political stakeholders, working closely with the chief executive, Jisc’s executive leadership team and our strategy leads
- Ensuring Jisc is appropriately represented at relevant policy events, forums and meetings in Westminster, Whitehall and the devolved administrations, including occasionally representing Jisc personally
Building a better understanding of the external environment among Jisc staff:
- Work closely with other colleagues to enhance and improve Jisc’s understanding of the policy landscape and policy priorities, across the four UK nations
- Provide advice to Jisc staff on shifts in government policy – and any possible implications of changes for Jisc’s strategy and offer
- Provide advice to staff on upcoming interaction or communications with sector bodies or government officials
- Build capacity within the organisation through training, coaching and mentoring Jisc staff
Supporting Jisc’s leadership team in funder relationship activities:
- Gap analysis and identification of new opportunities. Working with appropriate Jisc colleagues, map Jisc’s portfolio of products and services to government interests, highlighting areas of opportunity, or gaps to the chief executive and the Jisc leadership team
- Work with relevant post-holders and teams across Jisc as necessary to support the chief operating officer and deputy chief executive in ensuring that Jisc meets its commitments to funders
- 28 days annual leave (including three closure days at Christmas) plus eight bank holidays
- Our generous USS contributory pension scheme (8% employee and 18% employer contribution) is a valuable part of our reward package
- Competitive maternity, adoption and paternity arrangements
- Several staff schemes including season ticket loans, childcare vouchers, cycle-to-work, eye care, employee assistance
- Opportunity for performance-related pay progression
- IT discounts with selected suppliers
This role can be based in Bristol or London.
Jisc is a geographically-distributed organisation and travel across the UK with occasional overnight stays may be required.
How to apply
Apply today by sending your CV to email@example.com and we’ll come back to you with some further details.
No agencies please.
Appointment will be made subject to receipt of satisfactory references and confirmation of right to work.
The current closing date for applications is 12 noon on Thursday 7 December 2017. However, this job advert will close as soon as sufficient applications have been received. So, if you are interested, please apply for this vacancy as soon as you can.
Jisc is committed to quality, equality and diversity and welcomes applications from all sections of the population.