Public Affairs Manager

Marine Conservation Society


Paid • Full Time • Permanent 01989561574 Joanne O'Hagan

Sectors: marine conservation, environmental policy & campaigning

Closing date: Wednesday, 12th August 2020  

This is a crucial time for nature and climate. Our marine environment is facing some of its biggest challenges ever during a period of enormous political, economic and cultural change.

Our seas are under immense pressure: too many fish are being taken out, too much rubbish is being thrown in and too little is being done to protect the precious wildlife and habitats. On top of this, the vital role that our ocean plays in mitigating the impact of climate change is being overlooked.

New legislation across the UK post-Brexit needs to be as effective as possible to address these challenges. ‘Green recovery’ post Covid-19 also needs to bring blue recovery for our seas, and the climate change conference, COP 26, should include tangible commitments to manage the marine environment to maximise blue carbon.

We need your expertise to make our voice heard by those who can turn the tide on the ocean and coastal crisis.

We’re searching for a highly motivated and experienced Public Affairs Manager who will be able to develop effective and significant relationships with influential parliamentarians and Government representatives on marine policy and legislation. Your initial focus will be on the key legislation passing through Westminster at present (e.g. Fisheries Bill and Environment Bill), but also on increasing the marine focus at COP26.

About MCS and the role

MCS is the UK’s leading marine charity and our team work to ensure that our seas are healthy, pollution free and protected. Our reach is broad, which makes for an ambitious and challenging remit – being our advocate in Westminster will be inspiring and rewarding.

You’ll be based in our offices in London, with visits to our head-office in Ross-on-Wye. You will also link up with colleagues in the Devolved Administrations.

Day-to-day – your role:

  • You will be responsible for developing and implementing our parliamentary plans which support the delivery of the MCS strategy. As an engaging and influential communicator, you will lead our work to achieve our outcomes through dialogue with parliamentary and political stakeholders.
  • You will provide timely and insightful guidance to our teams on the current and emerging political landscape, advising on the most effective tools and communications strategies to ensure maximum influence.
  • You will act as a champion for our policies to Government and parliamentarians - responding to consultations and representing MCS in parliamentary and Government fora. Your role will focus on Westminster, but will take account of the growing importance of the devolved administrations.

What you'll need:

  • Experience in engaging with and capitalising upon parliamentary and government processes to deliver strategic outcomes. Firm understanding of parliamentary processes, including the passage of Bills.
  • A strong network of relevant contacts in parliament and Government.
  • Experience in developing strategic advocacy plans and ability to deliver these plans alone and in partnership with other organisations.
  • An understanding of marine/environmental policy issues and the organisations that make this field tick.

Key Skills:

  • An excellent verbal and written communicator – with skills to create rapport and engage readily with a range of people, from our internal teams, to parliamentarians.
  • A clear, strategic thinker, with advanced ability to translate complex information into briefings that are credible and compelling for a political audience.
  • An organised individual with an efficient approach to meeting deadlines, and identifying priorities.

How to Apply

Download the information pack for the full job description and the specifics around what we would like to see in your application.

Send your CV and a cover letter which sets out why you're best suited to this role and send it Please make sure it’s in an editable format – so no PDF or Pages formats.

For any enquiries email or telephone 01989 561574.

MCS is an equal opportunities employer welcoming applications from all sections of the community. Eligibility to work in the UK is required.

Registered Charity No: 1004005 (England & Wales) SCO37480 (Scotland)

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