Public Affairs and Policy Advisor

Key Information

  • Title: Public Affairs and Policy Advisor
  • Reporting to: CEO
  • Payment rate: £200 per day
  • Hours: 1 day (8 hours) per week
  • Location: Remote occasional travel to London may be required
  • Contract type: Freelance

Background Information

We’re looking for an energetic and experienced Public Affairs and Policy Advisor to join our team, to ensure we build and maintain relationships with decision-makers and influencers, and bring about the change needed for the young people we support.

It’s an exciting time to join Our Time. We are featuring in a high profile programme on national television; we’re collaborating with the highly respected Pro Bono Economics on an upcoming advocacy report; our podcast My Family, Mental Illness and Me,  launched last year, made it into the top 5% of downloads worldwide and was featured in the national press; we were included as an example of best practice in a recent Lords Public Services Committee report; and we have exciting opportunities coming up to expand our network of KidsTime Workshops and Our Time Schools.

Now we need to build on these successes by increasing our influence even further, so we can help more young people living with parental mental illness.


You will lead on public affairs influencing and policy work for Our Time, reporting directly to the CEO. This will include but is not limited to:

  • Building relationships with key parliamentary and government stakeholders to raise the profile of the charity and our cause
  • Using these relationships to influence decisions and deliver policy change
  • Provide political and policy insight for the team
  • Identifying other key stakeholders within the charitable, mental health and public sectors, and building and maintaining relationships
  • Ensuring our evidence base is kept up to date, and keeping across all relevant policy and political developments
  • Continuing to refine our policy position and campaigns including our parliamentary petition
  • Report writing and evidence submissions
  • Identifying opportunities for, and project managing, political events and visits
  • Connecting with relevant public policy organisations and forums and attending networks and events to promote our public policy agenda
  • Working alongside our Marketing and Communications Manager to ensure alignment of messaging across all public affairs and policy output, and that our position is included in our organisational communications
  • Providing content and guidance to our Social Media Content Creator when necessary to state our position on policy or political matters on social media

Person Specification

Essential experience and qualifications

  • Experience of working with parliament to influence policy
  • Proven track record of building relationships with parliamentarians, civil servants and other political stakeholders
  • Strong understanding of the policy making process, and creating a clear policy position
  • Experience running political and influencing campaigns
  • Accustomed to working across a number of different projects and with a range of stakeholders
  • Experience of writing for external audiences to a high standard and on complex topics

Desirable experience and qualifications

  • Experience working in the children and young people’s mental health or families charitable sector
  • Understanding of local government and NHS structures

Essential skills

  • High level written and spoken communication
  • Ability to assimilate and analyse large amounts of complex information quickly, including data and statistics
  • Proactive self-starter, willing to act on your own initiative
  • Able to work independently and remotely, but also as part of a small team alongside colleagues
  • Confident at dealing with stakeholders at all levels and in many roles
  • Highly organised and comfortable working at pace across a number of projects
  • Attention to detail

Desirable skills

  • Interest in children’s mental health and wellbeing
  • Project management skills
  • Event organising skills

Application process

Please submit a CV and a cover letter to by 1st June 2022