Head of Public Affairs

Organisation Swim England

Location Loughborough

Hours of Work 35 hours per week

Salary & Benefits £45,083 - £48,210 dependent on experience

Closing Date 08 January

JOB DESCRIPTION

Role: Head of Public Affairs
Hours: 35 Hours per week 
Location: SportPark and/or Homebased in the London area
Salary: £45,083 - £48,210 dependent on experience 

Swim England is the national governing body for swimming in England. 
We help people learn how to swim, enjoy the water, and compete in our sports of swimming, diving, water polo and synchronised swimming.

We are seeking a Head of Public Affairs to join our team on a permanent basis.

This is an exciting opportunity working within the Operations department, you will engage and work with the APPG, Swim Group and Patron Group to help develop Swim England's relationship with key decision-makers, and proactively spotting opportunities to advance the reach of Swim England.  You will network with key government contacts including politicians, political advisors, civil servants, non-departmental public bodies or regulators, to deliver the Swim England's public affairs agenda and will encourage engagement from our patron to positively impact on the reputation of the sport 

About you:

You'll have a sound knowledge of the national and local parliamentary practices and lobbying as well as an excellent knowledge and understanding of key safeguarding issues within sport. You will also have experience in the UK Parliament or via a public affairs agency or in-house public affairs team. 

With an interest in and understanding of the external political environment and political developments as they affect Swim England, you'll have an understanding of the political and healthcare environment and the ability to use this knowledge to devise creative ways to influence decision-makers.

With previous experience of successfully influencing political stakeholders to agreed objectives you'll have excellent communication skills able to develop strong working relationships with key stakeholders with ease. You'll have strong organisational skills and will be able to keep up to date with work and ensure key contacts are kept up to date.

You'll have proven ability to write clearly, concisely and persuasively for political audiences in a variety of formats. You'll be able to summarise complex information swiftly and accurately for a variety of audiences and be able to understand and interpret complex policy issues and express them effectively to a range of audiences.

This is an opportunity to make a profound impact on the work we do and the people we work with.

Find out more about us – the Swim England family - and what we do here: http://www.swimming.org

So if you feel you have the suitable skills and attributes for this position then we would like to hear from you.


This organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We are committed to inclusion and embrace the spirit of all equalities legislation. Where possible we will always make reasonable adjustments for accessibility to anyone who requires it. 

Please be advised that we cannot offer visa sponsorship and that you must have right to work status to apply or be considered for this role. If you are a non UK/EU National, you must have an appropriate working Visa to undertake employment. 

To apply for this role please:
•       Click here (https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/6S6Y8YG) to complete our Application statement. 
•       Send your CV and cover letter outlining the skills and experience you can bring to this role referring to the advert, person specification and job description to careers@swimming.org
This should include any personal interests and unpaid activities. Include as much detail as possible to support your application, we receive hundreds of applications so make yours stand out! (We would recommend at least 300 words.) 

Applications received without all elements above will not be considered for shortlisting.

Closing date: midnight 8th January 2019
Applications after this time will not be considered
Interview date: w/c 21st January 2019

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