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Policy and Public Affairs Manager

Rainbow Trust Children's Charity
Post date
22 November 2023
Closing date
21 December 2023
Leatherhead, Surrey
£33,000-£36,000 per annum + benefits (including 25 days annual leave and pension)
35 hours
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About the role

We are looking to appoint a Policy and Public Affairs Manager to develop and lead the implementation of Rainbow Trust’s influencing strategy and plans, ensuring that our policy activity is needs-led, evidence-based and targeted to where change can most effectively be realised, identifying the key stakeholders with whom it needs to build relationships and further influence.

Reporting to the Director of Care Services and working closely with the Head of Care, you will increase understanding, awareness and support for Rainbow Trust’s cause and work, and engage stakeholders including policy-makers and elected representatives at a UK-wide, national and regional level.

Holding a good understanding of how government works, together with having worked in a health or social care environment, you will ensure that Rainbow Trust remains a credible and authoritative voice on the impact of the diagnosis of life-threatening or terminal illness on the whole family and on the needs of our beneficiaries.

Please click here and visit our website to download the full description and persons specification.


This role is based at our Head Office in Leatherhead Surrey, however we offer the flexibility for some working from home

What we’re looking for:

A socially focused and enthusiastic individual who builds rapport and stimulates others into action – you have a collaborative, motivating approach to achieving goals quickly by engaging the commitment of others, and work with a sense of urgency.

A persuasive, detail-oriented and effective written and verbal communicator – you have experience writing for a range of audiences, from in-depth policy briefings to web pages and social media posts, and have the ability to interpret policy into meaningful operational language, working closely within established guidelines and procedures.

Experienced in utilising a variety of campaigning tools (including e-campaigning) and having working in an SME – you’re a proactive, people-focused problem solver that delivers practical timely solutions at a faster-than-average pace, are confident in the use of MSOffice, and have an action-oriented working style.

Politically astute and conscientious with the energy and passion for influencing change in children’s palliative care – you thrive on having ownership of a variety of projects simultaneously and achieving organisational success with and through people

Applications will be particularly welcome from those who have an understanding of issues regarding children’s palliative care, who have had previous success in influencing and lobbying key stakeholders.

What we offer:

We have a range of fantastic benefits that we offer our employees, this includes:

  • Flexible working hours to balance home and working life
  • Employee Assistance Programme with access to remote GP, counselling, physiotherapy, resources to support your mental health and financial wellbeing, as well as a 24/7 helpline via Help@Hand
  • Company car for front line care posts
  • Access to the Blue Light Card Scheme, and other rewards and discounts
    Bike to work, season ticket loan and payroll giving schemes, as well as a recommend a friend recruitment bonus
  • Family friendly policies, focused on employee wellbeing, and an active cross-organisational wellbeing group running a number of initiatives throughout the year
  • Pension scheme where we contribute 5% of your salary and you contribute at least 3%
  • The option to buy/sell annual leave, as well as additional leave for your birthday, wedding/civil ceremony and an extra half day off for Christmas shopping
  • Robust training and development programmes to support your learning and growth
  • We have a range of fantastic benefits that we offer our employees. If you’d like to find out more about these benefits and working with us, please visit our website –

More information can also be found in our Candidate Pack available on our website.

As part of our learning and development Anne Harris skills development programme, we aim to provide a high level of training and development opportunities for all staff, so you are able to perform to the best of your ability, achieve individual and team objectives aligned to Rainbow Trusts strategic plan, supporting staff to be the best they can be and feel a valued member of a high performing organisation.

Our Family Support Teams are given the opportunity to complete a number of diverse training courses in their first 12 months, including but not limited to: Mental Health First Aid, Makaton, counselling skills, introduction to play.

The programme aims to provide a building block for you to individually tailor your own learning and development needs.

How to apply:

Please send your CV and a covering letter highlighting why your application should be considered above others to

Interviews will either take place online or at our Head Office in Leatherhead, with the dates to be confirmed. We will only contact those applicants who have been successfully selected for interview. If you require any adjustments during the interview process, please let us know.

An enhanced DBS disclosure will be required for this post.

Rainbow Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all employees to share this commitment.

Rainbow Trust is an equal opportunities employer and a Best Companies One-Star rated organisation.

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