Local recruitment: Policy and Research Manager

Surfers Against Sewage (SAS)

Cornwall, UK 🇬🇧

Policy and research Manager

St. Agnes, Cornwall – home working considered

12 Month Fixed Term contract

Starting salary ÂŁ30,000 pa depending on experience

Are you on the pulse with environmental policies, and do you know how change-making works in politics?

Do you have the confidence to build relationships and influence decision-makers in UK government and the devolved administrations?

This may be the role for you…

The Policy Manager will lead a small team to continue growing our political influence. You will continue the development and implementation of SAS’s political advocacy work across water quality, the ocean and climate emergency, plastic pollution, and ocean recovery.

You will coordinate the charity’s science and research work that provides the evidence base for much of SAS’s political advocacy and campaign work.

We need this role to develop and maintain good working relationships with politicians from all parties as well as academics and experts from a range of institutions to advocate policies and political change for thriving oceans and thriving people.

You will work closely with teams across the organisation to inform our campaign work, actions and support our communities in driving local change.

You will bring 

Experience in developing political advocacy strategies, as well as project management experience.
Knowledge and understanding of environmental and water quality policy and legislation;
Excellent understanding of political and parliamentary processes across all UK governments.
Experience of working with political decision makers and civil service.
Experience in analysing and drafting policy documents and technical consultations.
Experience in managing both primary and secondary research projects and ability to critically analyse information.
A track record of taking complex issues (ideally in policy but other backgrounds welcome) and developing compelling messages for non-technical audiences.
An awareness of the need for our Policy work to be inclusive and accessible diverse range of audiences.

You should have

Commitment and passion for our cause
An experimental attitude and willingness to make mistakes
Can do attitude, getting involved with any other duties within the scope, spirit and purpose of the post.
A full, clean UK driving licence and willingness to travel within the UK, with occasional overnight stays

Don’t meet every single requirement and don’t surf?

We are committed to building a diverse, inclusive and equitable workplace, so if you like the look of this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with everything in the job description, we would still like to hear from you!

You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles.

The benefits to working at SAS

5 flexible working hours
Full time, part time, job share or consultancy considered
25 days of annual leave, increasing each January up to 28 days, plus Bank Holidays.
Time Off in Lieu
On Site Parking
Staff socials and team events
Training and Development
Access to confidential advice on mental health and wellbeing, as part of our Employee Assistance Programme.
Membership to Head Space wellbeing.
Four wellbeing days a year

To apply

To apply, please submit your CV and cover letter explaining how your skills and experience meet the requirements of the role to recruitment@sas.org.uk.

Closing Date:  Sunday 05 March 2023

Interview Date: Interviews expected to be held week commencing 20th March 2023.  We will work with you to accommodate any reasonable interview requirements.




IHE Delft MSc in Water and Sustainable Development