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Policy Manager / Policy Analyst

Closing date: 29 Sep 2021

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Website The Russell Group of Universities

The Russell Group represents 24 leading UK universities. We provide strategy, policy development, intelligence, communications and advocacy for our member institutions focussing on the following higher education policy areas: sustainable funding, research, innovation, immigration, access, international partnerships, and environment. We are a small team (20 staff) based in central London.

The Russell Group, which represents 24 leading universities in the UK, is seeking a Policy professional to work within their Higher Education Policy team. This is a permanent full-time post – the opportunity is available at Policy Manager or at Policy Analyst 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 policy areas including each of the following:
    • Higher education funding including student finance
    • University finances, pensions and sector sustainability
    • Skills agenda, including lifelong learning
  • 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
  • Knowledge of the higher education funding environment and/or experience of working in higher education policy is desirable

A full vacancy description for the role at Policy Manager or Policy Analyst 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.

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.

To apply for this job please visit russellgroup.ac.uk.

Other benefits

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.

How to apply

Please specify if you are applying for the Policy Analyst or Policy Manager level and submit the following to [email protected] 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

3)    We ask all applicants to complete an Equal Opportunities Monitoring form which you can download from our Vacancies webpage – http://russellgroup.ac.uk/about/vacancies/

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

Closing date for all applications: 5pm, Wednesday 29th September 2021

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

Only applicants invited to interview will be contacted. If you have not heard by 11th October 2021 your application will not have been successful.

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Job Details

Organisation: The Russell Group of Universities

Location: Central London

Salary: £40,000+ (Starting salary of £45,000-£50,000 (Manager); or £36,000-£41,000 (Analyst))

Closing date: 29 Sep 2021 (5 PM)

Contract type: Permanent (12 Months)

Full-time/part-time: Full Time

Remote working: Temporarily due to Covid-19

About the Organisation

The Russell Group represents 24 leading UK universities. We provide strategy, policy development, intelligence, communications and advocacy for our member institutions focussing on the following higher education policy areas: sustainable funding, research, innovation, immigration, access, international partnerships, and environment. We are a small team (20 staff) based in central London.

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