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Policy Officer

13 month fixed term contract, 22.5 hours per week

Are you a meticulous, organised and flexible individual with impressive copy editing and interpersonal skills? Looking for an exciting new challenge? If so, the Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre (PEC), which is led by Nesta, is looking for a Policy Officer to work on a project called ‘Covid-19: Impacts on the cultural industries and implications for policy’ in partnership with the Centre for Cultural Value.

About the research project

This 15-month research project, funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Covid rolling call and issued through the Arts and Humanities Research Council, will bring together the Centre for Cultural Value, the PEC, and a national consortium of researchers and partners across the UK to explore the impacts of Covid-19 on the cultural sector and the implications for policy.

About the Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre (PEC)

The Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre (PEC) works to support the growth of the UK’s creative industries through the production of independent and authoritative evidence and policy advice. Led by Nesta and funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council as part of the UK Government’s Industrial Strategy, the PEC comprises a consortium of universities from across the UK (Birmingham, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Work Foundation at Lancaster University, LSE, Manchester, Newcastle, Sussex and Ulster). The PEC works with a diverse range of industry partners including the Creative Industries Federation.

About the Centre for Cultural Value

We are a national research centre based at the University of Leeds. Our core partners are The Audience Agency, The University of Liverpool, The University of Sheffield, The University of York and Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh. We are funded by the UKRI Arts and Humanities Research Council, Arts Council England and Paul Hamlyn Foundation over five years.

We work alongside cultural practitioners and organisations, academics, funders and policymakers to explore the timeliest questions of cultural value. We investigate what kinds of arts, cultural, heritage and screen activities create value for whom, how and why, and in which particular conditions and contexts.

About the role

Our Policy Officer will focus on mapping relevant policy stakeholders and distributing regular policy updates to the project consortium, plus communicating project outputs to external audiences. This will include crafting tweets and sourcing images for social media and the website, helping to edit and coordinate content for the website and disseminating research to key stakeholders, including policymakers and industry contacts. You will also:

  • Organise events, including research panels and at least one policy networking event
  • Work closely with the PEC’s policy unit and the CCV to coordinate timings/delivery of project outputs
  • Draw out key messages from research and turn them into policy briefings and blogs
  • Edit the PEC’s policy-focused project outputs and provide strategic editorial advice
  • Respond proactively to government enquiries

What we are looking for

A strong copy editor, you must be comfortable reading and digesting academic research and have strong attention to detail. You will have a proven record of working in project coordination and with policymakers or in a research communications role and experience of writing meeting notes/minutes. The ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines, as well as both independently and in a team, is vital as is an organised, adaptable and professional approach to your work.

How to Apply

Please complete the application form.

Closing date: 30 November 2020 at 8am.

At Nesta, we believe that a diverse workforce leads to an organisation that is more innovative, more creative and gets better results.

We want our workforce to represent the diversity of the people and communities we serve. We also want our workplace to be one where different experiences, expertise and perspectives are valued, and where everyone is encouraged to grow and develop.

This means that when we are recruiting, we actively seek to reach a diverse pool of candidates. It also means that we are happy to consider any reasonable adjustments that potential employees may need to in order to be successful.

We recognise the importance of a good balance between work and home life, so we do everything we can to accommodate flexible working, including working from home, compressed or part-time hours, job shares and other arrangements.

Please just let us know in your application or at any stage throughout the process (and beyond) if these are options you’d like to explore.

Please note: After the job advert closes, your answers will go through a sift process: randomising and anonymising answers for taking out individual information that biases hiring decisions and facilitating us to review each answer by more than one person so you can benefit from the wisdom of the crowds. People scoring the applications will not have seen your CV at this stage so please try your best to answer questions without rephrasing your CV, they will see this later! More about the principles behind the blind review process.

Find out more

Closing date - 30 Nov 2020

Location - London / Home Based

Salary - £31,000 - £41,000, plus excellent benefits