Vacancy: Policy and Campaigns Officer

Full time: 35 hours a week

Location: Victoria and Queen’s Park

Salary: £28k pa plus pension

The Zacchaeus 2000 Trust (also known as Z2K) works to tackle the root causes of poverty and to address its impact on individuals.  We do this by combining campaigning and policy work, with casework advice and additional support services.  The communities that we work with face complex challenges, including low income, homelessness, mental health issues, learning and physical disabilities, immigration status issues, domestic violence, trafficking, addiction and debt.  The current focus of all our work is a fair and well functioning social security system that reduces the risk of destitution.

We are seeking to appoint a Campaigns and Policy Officer to work as part of a cross organisational team to develop and take forward our policy priorities.  You will work closely with the Director of Policy to develop a three year work plan to fit with the strategic aims and objectives of the organisation.  You will be expected to work closely with the casework staff, who offer individual clients specialist advice on welfare benefits and/or additional support with homelessness and wider social and economic challenges to identify policy trends and draw upon Z2K’s own evidence.

We been highly influential in challenging policy and practice at a parliamentary and local authority level.   The bulk of our funding comes from independent trusts and foundations as well as individual donations, and this allows for us to maintain an independent and authoritative voice.  Our reports on localised council tax charges, produced in partnership with the Child Poverty Action Group, have had notable influence in informing the approach to council tax charges in a number of local authorities.  Our recent work on changes in disability benefits has enabled up to influence the Parliamentary Select Committee on Work and Pensions.

Working as part of a small team, the role of Campaigns and Policy Officer is varied and includes taking a lead role in research, writing publications and briefing papers, presentations and oral evidence, and developing media strategies.  You will also have responsibility for maintaining our social media presence.  You will be committed to social justice and will have already gained some experience of policy work in relevant social policy areas, such as social security, housing and homelessness, low income families, child poverty and financial capability.  You will have a deep understanding and passion for addressing social and economic issues that put communities at risk of  a cycle of poverty.  You will be a self starter, confident speaker with excellent written skills.  In turn we are committed to supporting all our staff to develop their skills and experiences to make a significant difference to the lives and treatment of people on low income and welfare benefits.

If you are excited by the opportunity to work with the Zacchaeus 2000 Trust, you can download a job description and person specification here.  To apply please submit your CV and a letter of application to admin@z2k.org.  Please ensure your letter of application is no longer than two sides, addresses the requirements of the person specification and explains why you believe you are most suited to this role.  If you would like an informal discussion about the role, you can email our Director of Policy, marcfrancis@z2k.org

Deadline for applications: Monday 10th July at 10am

Interviews scheduled for Monday 17th July

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