Policy Officer

We are looking for a Policy Officer to support our work to influence current policy and practice locally and nationally to help achieve our vision that fewer people die by suicide

  • Full time (flexible working patterns can be explored)
  • 12-month FTC
  • £28,000 per annum 
  • Based in Ewell (Surrey) with a mix of home working and office work

Key Responsibilities:

  • Help to develop Samaritans organisation-wide position on public policy issues related to suicide prevention, working with the Policy Manager.
  • Contribute to producing internal and external briefings, consultation responses and reports to influence thinking and practice on relevant issues to Samaritans
  • Synthesise information from a range of sources, including academic and grey literature 
  • Keep up to date with developments in the external policy environment and update Samaritans’ policy papers accordingly 
  • Attend all-party parliamentary groups, policy events and seminars, and represent Samaritans views on public policy issues where requested
  • Assist the Media team in developing proactive and reactive press statements on policy issues
  • Work with colleagues in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and ROI to support the development of national specific public policy where necessary, helping to ensure that an organisation wide approach is taken to policy development, analysis and dissemination
  • Provide administration support to Samaritans’ Policy, Partnerships and Research Committee

Skills and Experience:

  • Experience of working in a policy or public affairs environment and working to influence change at a national or local level.
  • Proven ability to take complex and contrasting information and evidence to produce coherent policy briefings
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to effectively communicate and engage people at all levels, including specialist and non-specialist audiences
  • Strong project management skills and experience of managing reactive and planned work
  • Experience of working productively with a range of internal teams and developing and maintaining external stakeholder relationships 
  • Ability to understand current mental health and suicide prevention issues and research. Emotionally Resilient to sensitive information
  • Empathises with Samaritans’ values

At Samaritans, our vision is that fewer people die by suicide. We believe that suicide is preventable and that, together, we can make change that saves lives.

Samaritans is needed now more than ever. We answer a call for help every seven seconds and need to be able to reach and connect with a diverse range of people. Whether it’s through our life-saving helpline service, innovative partnerships or impactful campaigns, we work towards our vision in many different ways and our communications need to reflect this. 

Samaritans is wholly committed to inclusion and diversity and to building a culture and environment where everyone is appreciated for the unique person they are. We warmly welcome applications from a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences.

Full job description can be found here. The closing date for this role is Sunday 1st August 2021