Communications, policy and public affairs officer

The Nationwide Foundation

Location Swindon

Position Full time 35 hours per week

Salary 25,421 – £36,720pa

Application deadline 24 July 2019
The application deadline for this role has passed

The Nationwide Foundation is a charitable foundation, funded by, but independent of, Nationwide Building Society. The Foundation is committed to improving the lives of people in need in the UK by funding charitable causes and influencing change. It was set up in 1997 by Nationwide Building Society and receives a percentage of its profits each year.

At the heart of the Nationwide Foundation’s approach is a commitment to tackling the root causes of the social issues that lead to disadvantage, poverty and inequality. Since 2013, its Decent Affordable Homes strategy has been guiding the Foundation towards its vision for everyone in the UK to have access to a decent home that they can afford. 

The Nationwide Foundation needs someone who can produce high quality communications and who can seek out new opportunities to engage with the right stakeholders and key decision-makers. You’ll need to be politically astute, have plenty of initiative and a real desire to make changes happen that will make the UK a better place to live. If that’s you, then your contribution will help the Foundation make positive, long-lasting, systemic change to housing.

Your role will be to deliver the communications, policy and public affairs work of the Nationwide Foundation. This is a diverse communications role and you’ll be expected to get stuck into a wide range of activities.

We’d love to hear from you if you have:

  • An interest in and commitment to social justice issues
  • Experience of working in, or closely with, the charity sector
  • Political astuteness and awareness of housing policy
  • Understanding of methods of campaigning and influencing for change
  • Plenty of initiative, creativity and an eagerness to put ideas forward
  • A talent for spotting opportunities and the flair to make them come alive
  • A team player who is nevertheless happy to work independently
  • Likely to be degree educated and have at least two years’ experience in a communications, policy or PR role.

What you’ll be doing – the key accountables

  • Use a wide variety of communication styles to creatively deliver the Foundation’s communications
  • Support the delivery of the policy and public affairs strategy to develop the Foundation’s reputation and amplify its voice on key messages
  • Support the Foundation’s engagement with influential stakeholders, including politicians, civil servants, funders, industry bodies, charities and housing sector experts
  • Understand and interpret complex housing information into commonly understood language, to ensure the Foundation’s position is understood and recognised
  • Support the Foundation to monitor the outcomes and impact of the communications, policy and public affairs work and report this internally and externally
  • Contribute to the review and development of the Foundation’s communication and influencing strategy
  • Provide support to the Foundation’s grantees, including proofreading news releases and providing communications advice
  • Work with Nationwide to ensure its communications referring to the Foundation – both to internal audiences and members – are accurate and consistent with the Foundation’s message
  • Provide administrative support for communications activities, including managing events, arranging meetings and roundtables, and monitoring communications activity and outcomes.
To apply

If, you’d like to apply, just click  You’ll need to attach your CV and answer a few questions, and you can attach a cover letter if you like.

If you need any help with your application, you can contact Natalie Tate, Communications, Policy and Public Affairs Manager at the Nationwide Foundation

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