Policy Advisor

Alzheimer’s Research UK is the UK’s leading dementia research charity dedicated to diagnosis, prevention, treatment and cure. We are looking for a talented individual to join our dynamic and well-respected team as a Policy Advisor. You will be enthusiastic and proactive with knowledge and experience of policy development. Our team mission is to ensure people affected by dementia benefit from the progress in research, by providing evidence and insights to influence decision-makers. This ranges from making the case to increase investment in dementia research, embedding the concept of brain health within public health, supporting new ways to diagnose the diseases that cause dementia, through to preparing health systems to be ready for future dementia treatments. We work closely with key stakeholders, including government and other decision makers, to shape policy on these themes. For this particular role you’ll be working to build on our existing progress to embed the concept of brain health across the policy landscape. You will be developing insights and asks to influence policy makers on importance and potential to improve brain health and reduce dementia risk. You will report to a Policy Manager while working in a matrix fashion with colleagues in the wider Policy and Public Affairs Team and beyond across the charity.

  • Undertake comprehensive analysis and interpretation of relevant resources to position Alzheimer’s Research UK as a thought leader and enable us to effect positive change.
  • Co-ordinate and deliver assigned projects within the policy team;
  • Gather and synthesise necessary evidence, including statistical information, health policies, and scientific outputs to develop insights. This may include working with other ARUK colleagues to produce accurate, timely and insightful policy materials and briefings.
  • Use insights to develop a range of outputs, such as scoping activities, literature reviews, reports, summaries and presentations for internal and external audiences. These should identify areas of interest highlighting potential implications and proposing relevant actions or asks.
  • Develop relationships with internal and external stakeholders to help shape, deliver and help influence the outputs of the projects, ensuring ongoing constructive relationships.
  • Utilise public and patient involvement approaches to support insight development as appropriate.
  • Analyse, interpret and present data using both quantitative and qualitative techniques as appropriate.
  • Working with the Policy Manager, to help develop and maintain mechanisms to keep abreast of the policy environment.
  • Contribute to a range of submissions to government departments and their agencies, parliamentary committees, and other UK and international organisations as appropriate.
  • Help to develop and roll-out campaign and project ideas with key audiences that deliver against ARUK policy objectives.
  • Under guidance from the Policy Manager, to attend external working groups and help develop partnerships beneficial to ARUK.
  • Support the work of Public Affairs colleagues to strengthen existing and emerging relationships with political and other parliamentary stakeholders.

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Contribute to cross-cutting projects and activities to support the Policy and Public Affairs team and wider charity needs.
  • Undertake any other relevant duties and projects delegated by the Policy Manager in line with the responsibilities of the post.

What we are looking for:

  • Sound knowledge of the policy processes in the UK.
  • An analytical and evidence-based approach, with the ability to identify and solve a range of problems with minimal guidance.
  • Ability to work with a high level of accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Ability to analyse and interpret complex data to identify key messages.
  • Experience of building constructive relationships with stakeholders across multiple organisations, especially within a health, public health or health policy setting.
  • Ability to manage a broad programme of work with multiple projects and balance competing priorities.
  • Ability to write professionally, with the skills to adapt communications for different audiences.
  • Good organisational skills and the ability to prioritise a changing workload.
  • Excellent personal communication skills, with the ability to communicate and engage with people at all levels, in a range of face to face and online settings.
  • Strong negotiation skills.
  • A passionate, proactive and curious approach.
  • Professional and hard-working team player.
  • Outgoing, enthusiastic and able to remain calm under pressure.
  • Ability to show initiative and adaptability in a complex and changing policy environment.

Additional Information:

Ways of working: As part of our Agile ways of working you will be required to work approximately 2 days a week from the office, which is subject to the requirements of the role and the business needs. Flexibility on where you work can be split between working from home and our office.

Roles that are classed as part of the Agile ways of working are not able to claim any costs for Mileage/Travel on Public Transport, Accommodation and/or Meals.  This includes when attending the office for various meetings/events.

Our Office: Our office is at 3 Riverside, Granta Park, Great Abingdon, Cambridge, CB21 6AD. 

Salary: Circa £28,000 per annum, plus benefits

Please download the Vacancy Pack for more information.

The closing date for applications is the 5th June 2022, with interviews likely to be held week commencing the 13th June 2022. We would encourage you to submit your application at the earliest opportunity as the closing date may be brought forward at any time. Please indicate in your covering letter if you are unable to attend an interview on a certain date.

We value diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive culture where everyone is able to be themselves and reach their full potential. We actively encourage applications from people of all backgrounds and cultures.  Should you need any adjustments to the recruitment process, at either the application or interview stage, please contact us at recruitment@alzheimersresearchuk.org

How to apply:

Please create an online account using our Online Recruitment System which can be accessed through our Job Vacancies page. You will be able to attach your CV and covering letter to your application and track the status of your application.

About Alzheimer’s Research UK:

Alzheimer’s Research UK is the UK’s leading dementia research charity dedicated to diagnosis, prevention, treatment and cure. Backed by our passionate scientists and supporters, we’re challenging the way people think about dementia, bringing together the people and organisations who can speed up progress, and investing in research to make life-changing breakthroughs possible.

You will be part of an organisation that has been recognised nationally as an outstanding place to work. In 2021, we were listed 69th in the prestigious 100 Large Best Companies to Work For.  We were also awarded a 2-star accreditation by Best Companies, recognising outstanding levels of workplace engagement and were listed in the 75 Best Companies to Work for in the East of England and the Charity’s 30 Best Companies to Work For.

To view further details about working for us and the benefits we offer, please visit Alzheimer’s Research UK

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