Director of Communications & Policy

Charity Commission


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  • Salary/Remuneration

    Attractive package

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  • Expiry date

    30 November 2019

  • Client

    Charity Commission

Ref: GSe60159

The Charity Commission has set out our ambitious five year strategy, being clear that we will be driven by our purpose to ensure that charity can thrive and inspire trust so that people can improve lives and strengthen society. Our purpose is bold, confident and so is our proud commitment to represent the public interest.  We need a talented individual to lead our Communications and Policy Directorate, to bring our purpose and strategy to life by helping us drive change within the Commission and across the sector so that Charity delivers maximum benefit to society in a way that upholds its reputation in the eyes of the public.   

We have only just begun our five year journey and there is much for us to achieve, but our first priority is demonstrating to the public that we understand their expectations of charity and improving our operational performance to support charities in doing so.  We are looking to change culturally and operationally to ensure we can deliver on behalf of the public, the Director of Policy and Communications will help to lead this exciting next stage of our journey. 

I am looking for a talented individual who will lead the development and delivery of a comprehensive communications plan and campaign to bring the corporate strategy to life across all our stakeholders.  You will be responsible for around 40 staff and accountable for an annual spend of £2.6 million. The role is responsible for strategic and digital communications, media relations, internal communications, and guidance to trustees as well as strategic policy. This is an exciting role at the heart of our organisation and you will work together with me, and a small group of Directors, to lead the organisation.

I am looking for the right person with the vision and drive to lead this crucial part of the Commission, helping me to embed the cultural and operational changes so that we can deliver, on behalf of the public. Experienced in leading a busy and fast-paced communications or strategic campaigns team with high levels of media and political interest, I am looking for a talented leader, who together with the senior leadership team, has the resilience and self-confidence to drive change.  If that sounds like you, then I would be delighted to receive your application.

With a clear purpose and an ambitious strategy, there has never been such an exciting time to join the Charity Commission.

Closing dateFriday 29 November 2019
Longlist MeetingEarly w/c 9 December 2019
Final Panel17 or 18 December 2019
How to Apply

You must submit:

  • A CV setting out your career history, with key responsibilities and achievements. Please ensure you have provided reasons for any gaps
  • A Statement of Suitability (no longer than three pages) providing evidence and detailed examples of achievements to demonstrate how you can address the Experience and skills criteria in the Person Specification explaining how you can address these. You should also include your motivation for applying.

Failure to submit both documents (CV and Statement of Suitability) will mean the panel only have limited information on which to assess your application against the criteria in the person specification. 

Please ensure that both documents contain your full name and the details of two referees who can comment on your ability to do the job. Please note, no referees will be contacted without your prior permission.

As part of the online application process, you will be asked a number of diversity-related questions. If you do not wish to provide a declaration on any of the particular characteristics, you will have the option to select 'prefer not to say'. The information you provide when submitting your application will help us monitor our progress towards becoming an inclusive employer and will not be provided to the panel.

Applications must be received by 5pm Friday 29 November.  Late applications will not be accepted

Contact details
Duncan Ewart: 0113 205 6092