Youth Access vacancy: Policy and Public Affairs Officer

Youth Access is recruiting a new Policy and Public Affairs Officer, who will play a vital role in the work of Youth Access in influencing national policy on youth services and mental health.

Reporting to the Policy and Campaigns Manager, the Policy and Public Affairs Officer will play an important role in making the case to decision-makers, funders and commissioners to invest in Youth Access’ member network of Youth Information Advice and Counselling Services (YIACS). They will work closely with our members and young people to co-produce our policy positions and influencing approaches, as well as to support them to deliver the highest quality service to young people from all walks of life.

This is a full time, permanent role, with scope for flexible and part time work. The salary will be £34,120-£35,642.

See the full job description and person specification in the job pack here.

If you’d like to know more before you apply, please email with any queries, or book a time for a quick chat here.

To submit an application, please complete an Equality and Diversity form (accessed here) and email by 9am on Monday 6th December with:

  • An anonymised CV, removing:
    - Your name
    - Your date of birth/age
    - The names and dates of where/when you went to school and/or university
    - Any photographs of yourself.
  • Your responses to the following questions (around 200-400 words each), using examples from your previous experience if applicable.
    • What interests you in this role and working at Youth Access?
    • Describe a time when you’ve tried to influence a decision. What was your approach? How did you prepare? Who did you involve? What was the outcome? How would you improve your approach next time? Be specific about your own role if you were working as part of a team.
    • Describe a time when you’ve had to communicate complex information to a range of different audiences. How did you make a compelling case? How did you adapt your approach? What was the outcome? Again, be specific about your role and anything you might improve if you did it again.
    • Which of our values – detailed below - do you feel describes your approach to influencing policy and why? Please give at least one example. 
  • Any examples of your work that can help to demonstrate your suitability for the role and/or tell us a bit about who you are (eg briefings or blogs you’ve written)