Public Affairs Assistant (Graduate)

Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
09 Jun 2021
13 Jun 2021
Start Date
12-18 months

Job purpose:
The Public Affairs Assistant will work to help build UCAS’ profile with politicians, officials, and other stakeholders across the UK.
The Public Affairs Adviser will support the Public Affairs Adviser and wider Strategy, Policy and Public Affairs team in advising the Director of Strategy, Policy & Public Affairs on relevant policy and political developments, and the broad range of issues facing UCAS.
This position would be ideal for a new graduate looking to secure their first full-time role in policy or public affairs.

Key accountabilities:
Track the progress of relevant bills, select committee inquiries, and parliamentary activity, raising awareness internally of these developments, circulating regular reports and insight on parliamentary developments.
Draft a range of written materials for internal and external audiences, including briefing documents, letters and communications materials.
Assist the Public Affairs Adviser in the management of the external stakeholder contact database.
Support the delivery of UCAS’ public affairs activity across the UK through engagement with a range of stakeholders including Government departments, MPs and members of the devolved parliaments.
Support the development and publication of research and policy reports on a wide range of topics, including topic brainstorming, research, copywriting and stakeholder engagement.

Help organise both virtual and in person events, including panels, MP visits and roundtables.
Provide additional support across Strategy, Policy and Public Affairs team where needed.

Skills, qualifications, and experience:
• Educated to degree level or with an equivalent level of work experience.
• Excellent written communication skills, with the ability to tailor communications for a range of different audiences.
• Demonstrated knowledge, interest and understanding of politics, with a particular focus on education policy.
• Strong analytical and research skills.
• Organised, with excellent attention to detail and able to manage multiple projects and competing deadlines.
• An enthusiastic team player who is able to develop good working relationships with a variety of internal and external stakeholders.
• Willingness to learn and develop policy areas of interest.
• Previous experience is not required but is desirable. This could include work experience for a political party, local authority or an MP, or for a charity or business in a policy, public affairs or communications role.

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