Policy and Communications Officer

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1 October 2021

Could you be our next team member?

The Restorative Justice Council is the independent membership body for the field of restorative justice. We provide a national voice for advocating the widespread use of all forms of restorative practice and promote standards that will lead to safe, high-quality processes for participants. 

At an exciting time in the RJC’s development, we are seeking to appoint a Policy and Communications Officer to support us deliver our ambitious strategic plan.

Policy and Communications Officer

You will work closely with our Chief Executive Officer to create and nurture collaborative relationships with key policy makers, parliamentarians and stakeholders to promote and increase the application of restorative justice.

Our policy and communications officer will take a leading role on the RJC’s policy work relating to the promotion and increased application of restorative justice across a range of sectors. You will foster collaborative relationships to ensure our policy positions are informed by robust and up-to-date evidence and, where this test cannot be met, you will collaborate with sector experts and academics to remedy any research deficiencies. You will lead on the publication of evidence-based policy briefings and ensure these are effectively disseminated through external presentations, publications and social media.

You will co-ordinate our external communications including developing our website and social media content. This will include designing and delivering engaging public awareness campaigns utilising Google AdWords, Facebook and Twitter.

Main Responsibilities

Policy and Research

  • Monitor policy, political debates and emerging policy issues on restorative justice / practice issues to inform policy recommendations
  • Write policy and briefing reports for parliamentarians, policy makers, and other RJC stakeholders
  • Disseminate RJC policies and briefing papers through external presentations, publications or articles to a variety of audiences
  • Identify opportunities to input into and lead on writing the RJC’s responses to government enquiries, consultations or other relevant initiatives
  • Support the CEO to establish and embed an academic advisory board to support the work of the RJC
  • Develop opportunities to undertake or commission research on specific policy areas as required and manage that relationship and partnership work
  • Work with the CEO to secure grant funding and philanthropical support

Communications

  • Work in partnership with the CEO and board of trustees to develop the RJC’s annual strategic communications plan
  • Represent the RJC externally including at multi-stakeholder meetings with government departments and the media
  • Manage the organisation of RJC led stakeholder meetings as required
  • Work with the CEO to respond to media and other communication opportunities to promote the RJC’s work and policy messages
  • Co-ordinate the RJC’s external communications through the website, social media, events and other channels such as the members bulletin and Resolution magazine
  • Plan and deliver online public awareness campaigns utilising Google AdWords, Facebook and Twitter

Stakeholder, Membership and Public Engagement

  • Build and maintain relationships with key policy makers, parliamentarians and stakeholders, including Police & Crime Commissioners, the Victims Commissioner, HM Inspectorates, civil servants, academic institutions and other relevant bodies
  • Support the CEO to establish and run a strategic policymaker network group to inform our reactive and proactive policy work
  • Work with the Restorative Standards Officer to engage with RJC members and sector specific networks to harness their expertise and insights.
  • Contribute to the preparation and distribution of member and supporter mailings and the ongoing development of the RJC’s website

About this role

Location: Home based (you must reside in England or Wales)

Full time Salary: £30,000 - £40,000 (negotiable depending on experience)

Pension: 7% pension contribution after qualifying period

Contract Type: Permanent full time or part time

Hours: 37.5 hours per week (full time) or 18.75 hours per week (part time)

Application Process

You are welcome to contact Jim Simon (CEO), at james.simon@restorativejustice.org.uk to arrange a time to discuss the position informally.

Our application form and equal opportunities form can be downloaded below. 

Completed applications to be sent by email to: james.simon@restorativejustice.org.uk

Closing Date: 5pm - Sunday 31st October 2021 - applications arriving after this time will not be considered. 

Interview Date: Thursday 11th November 2021 (via Microsoft Teams)

Equal Opportunities Employer

The RJC are committed to reflecting and representing the diversity of the UK and to equal opportunities in employment. Our policies and practices aim to promote an environment that is free from all forms of unlawful or unfair discrimination and values the diversity of all people. At the heart of our policy, we seek to treat people fairly and with dignity and respect.

We are committed to equality of opportunity for all staff and applications from individuals are encouraged regardless of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and marriage and civil partnerships.

We value having a diverse range of perspectives, expertise and insights on our team.  We are particularly keen to receive applications from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic people.

Employment monitoring

We would like to encourage all applicants to complete the equality monitoring form so that we can assess our performance.

If you are concerned about how your data will be stored, accessed or shared, be reassured that it will be kept confidential at all times and in accordance with the Data Protection Act 2018. It will not be accessible to anyone outside of the designated authorised personnel and will be used to monitor the effectiveness of our employment policies so that we can improve where required. This information will be used for statistical purposes only and you will not be identified in any way.

Closing Date: 
Sunday, 31 October 2021