Policy Analyst / Manager

Russell Group

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Job Description

The Russell Group, which represents 24 leading universities in the UK, is seeking a Policy professional to work within their Research and International Policy team. This is a new permanent full-time post – the opportunity is available at Policy Analyst or at Policy Manager level. 

The role involves, but is not limited to, the following:

Taking ownership of the development of Russell Group policy positions within a number of higher education policy areas in the research and international policy team
Carrying out analysis and research, including complex data analysis 
Managing research projects and outputs
Writing and contributing to high quality, persuasive and evidence-based papers for a variety of audiences including government, member universities, and policymakers
Taking ownership of their own areas of policy and contributing to the strategic vision of the Russell Group

Candidates will need to demonstrate that they can manage and prioritise a challenging and varied portfolio of work, meet tight deadlines, pick up a range of topics quickly and with authority, and work cooperatively and flexibly as part of a team. There are different competencies for the Policy Analyst and Policy Manager levels (these are set out in the Vacancy descriptions) but all applicants should be able to demonstrate the following:

Experience of working in policy analysis and development 
Project management skills and experience of owning projects and policy areas 
Ability to pick up and manage new policy areas quickly
Capability to respond effectively to rapidly changing policy environments including by showing sound judgement in re-prioritising workplans.
Ability to analyse policy issues and propose solutions - demonstrating political awareness and sensitivity to different viewpoints
A high degree of attention to detail in producing persuasive, evidence-based conclusions across complex policy issues and addressed to a range of audiences
Experience of using a range of data/information sources to inform evidence-based policy development
Experience of networking and influencing diverse and senior groups of stakeholders
Ability to communicate diplomatically in person and in writing, including representing organisations externally
Experience of working in higher education and/or research and innovation policy is desirable 

A full vacancy description for role at Policy Analyst or Policy Manager level (including a detailed list of key competencies for each level) and our Equal Opportunities Monitoring form are available to download from the Russell Group website: http://russellgroup.ac.uk/about/vacancies/ 

We welcome applications from people whatever their race, gender, disability, sexual orientation, religion and belief, or age. We are committed to equality, diversity and inclusion as a core part of our values, which are stated in the vacancy description document.

The starting salary will be:

Policy Analyst - £36,000-£41,000
Policy Manager - £45,000-£50,000 

This is dependent on skills and experience and a higher salary may be available for an exceptional candidate. The post is based in Central London (subject to national and local Covid-19 restrictions). Benefits include a generous career average pension, enhanced parental leave/pay and flexible working polices, an interest-free travelcard loan and a cycle scheme.

Closing date for all applications: 5pm, Wednesday 30th June 2021

First and second round interviews will be held remotely and are likely to be scheduled for the middle two weeks of July 2021.

Only applicants invited to interview will be contacted. If you have not heard by 12th July 2021 your application will not have been successful.

To apply, please specify if you are applying for the Policy Analyst or Policy Manager level and submit the following to rg.1@russellgroup.ac.uk by the application deadline:

1) An up-to-date curriculum vitae (max. 2 sides of A4) including:

a. details of your current and past employment 

b. your degree qualifications including subjects and grades

c. two references (your current/most recent employer and a former line manager) 

2) A cover letter no more than two sides of A4 addressing the following points:

a. how your knowledge, skills and experience meet the requirements of the role 

b. why you are interested in working for the Russell Group

 For a confidential discussion, please contact Paul Purcell on 020 3816 1314.

If you have a disability we will try our best to make reasonable adjustments to remove any barriers to this post in the application / interview process due to a disability.