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Policy and Public Affairs Manager

Rainbow Trust Children's Charity
Post date
9 March 2021
Closing date
26 March 2021
£33 - £36,000 per annum (£26,400 - £28,800 pro rata)
4 days/28 hours
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Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity enables families who have a child with a life-threatening or terminal illness to make the most of time together, providing expert, practical and emotional support, where they need it for as long as it is needed. For families living with childhood illness, time is everything. Right now, there are too many families coping alone with no support, no time to think, no time to make memories and no time for each other. We believe that no family should go through this alone, so we are here to change that.

About the role:

This Sunday Times Top 100 Not-For-Profit organisation is 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.

Reporting to the Director of Care Services and working closely with the Head of Care, you will help Rainbow Trust increase its relationships and influence with the Government, statutory bodies, policy and research bodies as well as within the voluntary sector.

Holding a good understanding of how government works, together with having worked in a health or social care environment, you will influence, monitor, understand and analyse policy initiatives and develop the organisational policy position to guide Rainbow Trust in its external affairs.


This role will be based at our Head Office in Leatherhead.

What we’re looking for:

  • An authoritative influencer who builds rapport and stimulates others into action – you have a persuasive, inspiring approach to achieving goals quickly by engaging the commitment of others, and work with a sense of urgency.
  • A confident and convincing 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.
  • Experienced in utilising a variety of campaigning tools (including e-campaigning) and having working in an SME – you’re an innovative and creative problem solver that delivers practical timely solutions, are confident in the use of MSOffice, and have an action-oriented working style.
  • A politically astute big picture thinker with the energy and passion for influencing change in children’s palliative care – you thrive on having ownership of projects and achieving organisational success 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. If you’d like to find out more about these benefits and working with us, please refer to our website –

How to apply:

For a full job description and person specification visit
Please send your CV and a covering letter highlighting why your application should be considered above others to

First interviews will take place via Zoom on 1 April 2021, with second interviews on 8/9 April 2021. We will only contact those applicants who have been successful.

Early application is encouraged as we will review applications throughout the advertising period and reserve the right to close the advert early.

An enhanced DBS disclosure will be required for this post.

Rainbow Trust is an equal opportunities employer and a Best Companies Two-Star rated organisation. Registered Charity No: 1070532

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

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