Situations Vacant

Policy Officer (with a focus on Wales) – Natspec

Policy Officer (with a focus on Wales): providing advice and support to specialist FE colleges and partner organisations, influencing policy and undertaking research.

Salary: negotiable from £45,000 FTE dependent on experience

Part time or flexible working negotiable

Location: Home based, with ability to travel frequently to locations throughout the UK, particularly Cardiff, London and the Midlands. Natspec’s office base is Nottingham.

Are you passionate about improving further education for students with learning difficulties and disabilities, particularly those with complex needs? Do you have a good understanding of high-quality further education for students with additional learning needs, and the policy context for these students, particularly in Wales?

Natspec is the voice of specialist further education. We believe that all young people with learning difficulties and disabilities should have access to high quality further education and training, which meets their individual needs and supports their aspirations for skills, work and life.

We are looking for a skilled and experienced professional to join our team as a policy officer. The successful candidate will support the Senior Policy Manager and CEO on all UK work, and will specifically take the lead for Natspec on the implementation of the Welsh ALN reforms, assessing the effects on specialist provision and encouraging partnership working between specialist and mainstream providers, local authorities, the Welsh Government and other key stakeholders.

If you would like to be at the forefront of developments and undertake work that will make a real difference to students, staff and colleges in Wales, and are happy to travel across England and Wales with a range of specialist colleges, other FE providers, and partner organisations, this could be the role for you.

We are looking for someone with experience working at senior level within the sector and a thorough knowledge of the Welsh ALN reforms and policy. You will need to be adaptable and flexible, innovative and self-motivated, and comfortable and effective both working alone and as part of a small team.

You should have a knowledge of and passion for specialist disability education and FE sector organisations, and high-level research, project management and administrative skills. Your communication skills need to be excellent and you will need to be comfortable working under pressure. If you would like to join a small, busy team, are self-motivated and happy working in a range of settings, please download the full job description and apply by 3 April.

For an informal conversation about the role or to find out more, please contact clare.howard@natspec.org.uk or ruth.perry@natspec.org.uk

How to apply

Apply for the role by sending a CV, indicating your current or most recent salary, and a covering letter setting out why you would like this job, with examples of how you have met the job description and person specification in current or previous roles.

Closing date: 5pm 3 April

Interview date: Tuesday 21 April, Nottingham