Executive Director Policy and Campaigns
Executive Director Policy & Campaigns with the National Deaf Children's Society
policy, campaigns and public affairs
About Our Client
The National Deaf Children's Society is the leading charity working directly with deaf children and young people, and their families both in the UK and internationally. We were founded in London on 15th December 1944 by a small group of parents concerned about the impact of the 1944 Education Act on the schooling of their deaf children. Our vision is a world without barriers for deaf children and young people; our mission: together we overcome the social and educational barriers that hold deaf children back.
Our UK wide policy and campaigning function has a formidable reputation and a track record of successfully influencing policy at a national and local level. Just some of our recent successes include working with Daniel Jillings, a deaf young person, to gain a commitment from the Department for Education to introduce a GCSE in British Sign Language; supporting deaf young people to give evidence to the Inquiry of the Education Committee in Westminster into Special Educational Needs - the first time deaf young people have had this opportunity to speak directly to a Committee; and successfully campaigning for the introduction of audiology standards in Northern Ireland, a managed clinical network in Scotland, and changes to the plans to revise the curriculum and system of additional support for learning in Wales. Our Deaf Works Everywhere campaign to get more deaf young people into work - and into jobs that inspire them - recently won the Best Not-For-Profit or Charity Content Marketing Campaign at The Drum Content Awards 2020. At a local level, our Local Engagement Team has campaigned alongside passionate parents to successfully challenge planned reductions to support for deaf children by local authorities.
We are proud of what we have achieved but there is still so much to do to achieve a world without barriers for deaf children and young people. We now need an experienced and creative campaigner, with a strong track record of influencing at the highest levels, a commitment to evidence based policy making, and a passion and energy for achieving impact to lead the Policy and Campaigns team to achieve our ambitions.
- Have overall responsibility for shaping public policy and statutory provision for deaf children and their families across the UK by providing leadership and oversight of the organisation's policy and campaigning function and activism agenda.
- Oversee the effective performance of the Policy and Campaigns division and be responsible for the measurement of impact across the division in line with the organisation's strategy.
- Work closely with the Executive Director, Services and Innovation to ensure that the organisation's campaigns reflect the needs of deaf children, young people and their families and our services are based on robust evidence and leading practice.
- Deliver an activist approach to campaigning, where our priorities and our influencing work is developed with deaf children, young people and their families, and is driven by their needs and wishes.
- Contribute as an active, engaged and highly effective member of the Executive Directors team, acting as a role model for best practice in leadership and management and share responsibility for the strategic leadership of the organisation.
The Successful Applicant
- Evidence of strong, resilient, energetic and inspirational leadership skills with the ability to instigate and champion change, make tough decisions when required; with extensive and commensurate experience of successfully managing diverse multi-disciplinary teams and subject specialists within a similar sized or a larger organisation.
- Demonstrable experience delivering impactful and imaginative large scale national and local campaigns and high level strategic management and project planning skills
- A detailed understanding of Westminster, local government and the wider health, education and social care policy and legislative context at a national and local level.
- A clear understanding of the impact of devolved governments on policy and campaigning in the four countries of the UK.
- Knowledge of developing campaigns networks and a track record of using social media and digital tools to achieve influencing objectives.
- Strong interpersonal skills with a powerful personal presence and strong persuasive/influencing skills along with the ability to build strong personal relationships with key political stakeholders built on a reputation for innovation, competence and knowledge.
What's on Offer
£65,000 - £72,000 per annum dependent on experience plus 30 days annual leave and pension.
- The closing date for applications is: Sunday 10th January 2021
- Should you have any queries or wish to have an informal discussion about these roles then please contact Kas Rothwell or 0207 269 2494
Please contact Kas Rothwell for more information on this role: [email protected]