Policy Officer/Lead

The Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES)

London, , GB

£25k-34k (dependent on experience)
17 February 2020

Adam Donnan, +44 (0)20 3862 7484

Send CV, cover letter (stating “why us and why you?”) & equal opportunities monitoring form by Noon on 17th February

The IES is a charitable organisation which promotes and raises public awareness of environmental science. We activate our global network of leading education institutions, researchers, professionals, and policy makers to stand up for science, scientist and for the natural world. You can learn more about us by exploring our website.

As a small but rapidly growing charity, we are currently recruiting for four positions to increase our headcount to ten.

Main Purpose of the Post
The Policy Officer is responsible for delivering and further developing policy for the IES and its sister organisations and managing the IES network of Communities.
You will be outgoing, personable and a proactive individual with a strong interest in environmental policy and an understanding of the role of science in policy.  You will have the ability to pick up complex information and quickly synthesis key points. Relishing the chance to engage with a wide range of environmental experts, you will need to be highly flexible, motivated and able to fit into the collaborative culture of the office.


Job Role

  • Create an annual policy plan that ensures the organisations are engaging with topics of strategic importance.
  • Monitor consultation topics and deadlines from relevant departments and organisations to ensure that the IES is responding to critical topics.
  • Develop processes to engage IES committees, Communities, Members and outside experts and organisations to producing high calibre policy and to increase the impact of policy work.
  • Seek to raise the profile of the IES within Central Government, Parliament the Devolved Administrations and Local Government.
  •  Develop a network of appropriate contacts within Parliament, government departments, arms-length bodies and local authorities and ensure that these are available to the whole organisation.
  •  Devise methods to measure the impact of your work and report these on a quarterly basis to Council.
  •  Ensure that policy statements produced by the IES and sister organisations are consistent and in line with the vision and strategy of the organisation. 
  •  Identify strategic opportunities to broaden our policy work, methods of engagement with policy decision makers and to challenge thinking within the organisation.​
  •  Work with other staff to ensure that they are aware of and engaged with upcoming policy and that appropriate links are maintained and built between your work and the marketing, publications and events functions. ​
  •  Develop and manage risk management tools around the policy process.

Person Specification
This is a multi-skilled position and we recognise that no candidate is likely to have all the desirable skills.

Essential (all IES roles)Desirable (all IES roles)
  • Undergraduate degree (or equivalent professional practice)
  • Office-based experience of at least 1 year
  • Demonstrable ability to quickly pick up new tasks and communicate complex or technical concepts effectively
  • Flexible approach with the ability to use own initiative and rapidly respond to varying stakeholder needs
  • Comfortable working within a small team as well as autonomously
  • Recognition of the importance of diversity and inclusion
  • Interest in the environment, sustainability and/or science
  • Experience in the environmental or NGO/charity sector
  • Masters degree or equivalent experience
  • Knowledge of CRM systems and databases



Essential (role-specific)Desirable (role-specific)
  • Policy experience of at least 1 year (Officer) or 3+ years (Lead)
  • Clear and confident communicator
  • Empathetic, persuasive & firm, both in person and on the telephone
  • Solid knowledge of the UK environmental policy landscape
  • A good understanding of the UK political system
  • Degree in environmental policy, environmental science, other science subject or similar
  • Experience with a think-tank, campaigning organisation, or other similar policy experience
  • Familiarity with the techniques required to write scientific briefings and reports
  • Experience of playing a substantive role in meetings
  • Experience of capturing outcomes of discussion in reports or papers.

About the Role
The position is full time. Interviews will take place on Thursday 27th February, with a view to the successful candidate starting as soon as possible.

How to Apply
Please send a CV, cover letter (stating “why us and why you?”) and equal opportunities monitoring form to Adam Donnan by Noon on Monday 17th February.  If you want to apply to more than one of the vacancies at the IES, you can do so with one application, but please address both sets of the role-specific competencies in your cover letter.

Why work for us?
At the IES, we know that the secret of a successful professional body is the quality of the people behind the membership services.

Our small, inclusive team work collaboratively with one another, as well as our fantastic trustees, members and partner organisations, to fulfil our mission of advocating for science and the environment.

With a good list of employee benefits and a social calendar connected to the office, we are sure you will enjoy the culture of working at the IES. We care about nurturing your career development with individualised professional development plans and a separate budget that you can spend on your learning.