Senior Policy Manger

The Mental Health Foundation is recruiting for a Senior Policy Manger to support our Policy team.

The starting salary is £40,000 rising to £46,000 + LW £1642.50, increasing to £3,285 from 1st November 2020.

The Mental Health Foundation is the UK’s leading charity for everyone’s mental health.  We are home to Mental Health Awareness Week and, with prevention at the heart of what we do, we aim to find and address the sources of mental health problems so that people and communities can thrive.

Our focus is on three key areas:

1. Impact

We systematically consider how to scale ideas informed by evidence.  We build partnerships and alliances that increase the impact and reach of our work.

2. Influence

We harness evidence and the voice of lived experience to advocate for preventive approaches and create campaigns which tackle the root causes of poor mental health. 

3. Integrity

We continue to build a strong organisation that lives its values - that is open, kind, outward-looking and sustainable.

We have pioneered change for 70 years and we are not afraid to challenge the status quo. Come join us!

This exciting Senior Policy Manager role will work closely with the Head of Policy and the policy team to deliver policy analysis and development across the Foundation, ensuring it informs and supports our work across the Research, Programmes and Policy directorate. The post-holder will also work with external stakeholders to represent the Foundation and promote our policy agenda, as well as working closely with the Media and Communications team to maximise the impact of our policy advocacy and campaigns.  The post holder will also be a key player in influencing policy-makers and opinion formers across local and national government.

What will the role involve?

  • Deputising for the Head of Policy by supporting on delivering the Foundation’s strategy around policy and public affairs, along with the development of evidence-based policy-related programmes, projects and initiatives;
  • Overseeing the delivery of operational policy development tasks and contributing to our work in Parliament and party conferences, working with other teams as necessary;
  • Managing policy and public affairs ethically and professionally and line managing junior staff in the Foundation’s policy team;
  • Leading on communicating the Foundation’s policy and public affairs priorities to external audiences, working with the Media and Communications team to develop high-profile campaigns and acting as a media spokesperson when required.

What skills, knowledge and experience are we looking for?

  • Experience in a senior policy role in a relevant field;
  • Experience of undertaking substantial and influential policy and public affairs work;
  • Experience of developing strong partnerships with key stakeholder groups, including across media and communications;
  • Strong intellectual and critical analysis skills that can be applied across new policy, research and political agendas;
  • Excellent planning and organisational skills and ability to work diplomatically and proactively with a wide range of teams and contacts.

Why should you join the Mental Health Foundation?

  • 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays, rising to 27 after 5 years’ service
  • 3 closure days between Christmas and New Year
  • Up to 3 wellbeing days per annum
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Generous non-contributory pension scheme, 8% at 3 months service, rising to 10% at 6 months service employer contribution
  • Life Assurance Scheme at four times annual salary
  • Flexible working
  • Season Ticket Loan
  • Cycle to work scheme

Please note that for safeguarding purposes, all our roles require an enhanced DBS check.  Also, we are unable to provide sponsorship for this post, you must be able to demonstrate your eligibility to work in the UK. 

How to apply

If you think your skills match and you’d like to be part of a dynamic and growing organisation, please complete and send your application form to our recruitment partners Society here. Please note that all sections of the application form should be completed as CVs will not be accepted. 

Applications will close at midnight on Friday 6th November. 

Diversity is greatly valued at the Foundation.  Applications from all sections of the community are actively encouraged.  If you require any additional support or have any questions regarding the role, please contact Shehrazade Zafar-Arif at [email protected].

Due to Covid-19 and until further notice, we are operating digital recruitment (including interviews via video conferencing) and on-boarding processes.  We are blending office and homeworking until further notice.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Equal opportunities information

As an equal opportunities employer, we encourage applications from all sections of the community, whatever your background.

We value each and every person in our team and are very good at working with people. Our workforce is made up of talented individuals from all sections of the community and we are committed to providing a working environment that encourages, and is supportive of, workers with mental health problems. We therefore welcome applications from anyone with personal experience of mental distress or learning disabilities, and positively encourage people with experience of using mental health services to apply.

We believe the way in which we effectively work together will enable our charity to fulfil its mission.

This commitment to equality and diversity means that we benefit from the widest range of experience and talent, and are fully representative of the world in which we live. We aim to create a working environment in which everyone is treated in a non-discriminatory manner.

Recruitment agencies may be employed as appropriate. We ensure that all such agencies operate an equal opportunities policy comparable to that used by us.

Employment Benefits

Pension (non-contributory)

The Mental Health Foundation considers it is important to encourage staff to save for their retirement and as such provides staff with an 8% contribution as part of auto-enrolment from 3 months service. After successful completion of the probation period this contribution increases to 10% - all non-contributory.

Employee Assistance Service

At times staff members may face and need help with a variety of issues throughout their lives and as part of the commitment to staff members the Foundation provides an independent and confidential counselling and information telephone service. Support is available on a range of issues including legal, financial, emotional, health issues and work related concerns. Free to contact, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on 0800 030 5182.

Wellbeing Days

Staff may take up to 3 days per annum for their personal mental health needs.

Annual leave

Staff receive 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays, pro rata when part-time, rising to 27 days after 5 years’ service.

Christmas leave

Staff receive an additional 3 days leave at Christmas when the office closes between Christmas Day and re-opens after New Year’s Day. This is in addition to the annual leave entitlement.

Life Assurance Scheme

Staff receive death in service life cover at four times their annual salary.

Flexible working

The right to request flexible working is available to all staff. There are a number of different flexible working arrangements available throughout the organisation, which can be arranged by mutual consent.

Season ticket loan

Interest free loans are available to purchase season tickets for the journey between home and work.

After successful completion of the probation period.

Cycle to Work Scheme

The Cycle to Work scheme is a UK Government tax exemption initiative introduced to promote healthier journeys to work and to reduce environmental pollution. Staff will be able to purchase a bike of a value of up to £1,111 tax free. After successful completion of the probation period.