RSPCA: Public Affairs Adviser, Wales

Location: Hybrid Working (Primarily home-based and Cardiff-based)

Salary: circa £26,400

Hours: Full Time – 35

Closing date: Wed, 30 Jun 2021

Closing time: 10am

The RSPCA is looking to recruit a Public Affairs Adviser to join our Public Affairs Team in the RSPCA’s new Advocacy & Policy Directorate.

RSPCA Cymru’s advocacy and lobbying work in Wales includes:

  • Lobbying within the Senedd / Welsh Parliament, the Welsh Government, local government and other decision-makers for improvements in animal welfare standards and legislation
  • Helping to shape the future of animal welfare through education, awareness-raising and behaviour change – including seeking to influence Wales’ new national curriculum so it inspires the next generation to be kinder to animals
  • Public-facing campaigning to improve the lives of animals in Wales.
  • Working in partnership with other organisations – including through the Animal Welfare Network for Wales and other coalition groups

As Public Affairs Adviser, you’ll be supporting the RSPCA’s work in promoting the activities and profile of RSPCA Cymru within Welsh civic society, including with Welsh Government, within the Senedd / the Welsh Parliament, all Unitary Authorities and other key stakeholders related to animal welfare. 

Some of the things you’ll be doing: 

  • working with and advising Wales local authorities, housing associations, police, fire and rescue services and other public sector bodies to adopt protocols and processes that further animal welfare;
  • responding to casework, research and legislative enquiries from Members of the Senedd, unitary authorities and the Senedd’s Research Services regarding animal welfare and RSPCA matters;
  • working alongside the Senior Public & Media Affairs Manager (Wales) and Head of Public Affairs to conduct research, collate material for and draft political briefings, reports and consultation responses
  • providing the secretariat, and organisational and political support, to the Animal Welfare Network for Wales coalition of organisations, which is the sector council for animal welfare in Wales;
  • updating, maintaining and overseeing the RSPCA’s Political Animal website, ensuring content is accurate and regularly refreshed – including briefing documents and relevant legislative documentation; and promote use of this portal;
  • supporting and nurturing RSPCA relationships with key political stakeholders and decision-makers, including Members of the Senedd and Councillors;
  • creating and developing regular e-communications including for elected representatives in Wales;
  • developing partnerships and coalitions with stakeholders across Wales; including utilisation of the RSPCA’s membership of the Welsh Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA);
  • supporting the administration and delivery of the RSPCA’s annual flagship PawPrints award scheme in both England and Wales;
  • reviewing the success of existing animal welfare legislation and guidance in Wales, including those related to animal welfare establishments and dog breeding premises;
  • supporting the wider delivery of the RSPCA’s public affairs work across Wales, England and internationally as required.

Some of the qualities and skills we’re potentially looking for: 

  • Degree in politics or a social science subject; or equivalent experience working in the public affairs,  political or lobbying sector.
  • Prior experience of working for a politician, a public affairs agency, party political research office or an organisation with demonstrable relevant experience; or previous experience working in a public affairs or lobbying role.
  • Practical understanding of the Senedd’s legislative processes.
  • Knowledge of devolved policy-making process; and the impact devolution has had on the constitutional make-up of the modern UK. 
  • Ability to deal sensitively with politicians from all political parties.
  • Proficient in the use of the Google suite of applications.
  • Attention to detail and ability to work to tight deadlines.
  • Organised and good administrative and planning skills.
  • Ability to build rapport across a wide range of people.
  • Willingness to work on team projects outside of normal job duties.
  • Ability to work under own initiative and be flexible in their approach.
  • Willingness to travel to attend meetings, conferences, workshops and events relevant to the role.
  • Passionate advocate of the animal welfare cause.
  • Strong verbal and written Welsh language skills are highly desirable, though not an essential requirement

What’s in it for you:

You will have an opportunity to work for the largest animal welfare charity in England and Wales. We value and recognise our employees’ contribution and are proud to offer an extensive benefits package that includes:35 hours standard working week (with some flexible working and hybrid arrangements), 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays increasing to 30 days with service; a generous pension scheme with associated life assurance and group income protection scheme; access to private healthcare scheme; support for professional development after qualifying period and access to our employee assistance programme. We also offer free parking on site.

How to apply:

To apply, please complete the application form and email to resourcingteam@rspca.org.uk

All online information and documents are available in alternative formats, including Braille and large font, upon request from the Resourcing team. This advert is also available in Welsh language.

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