Policy Manager - Ireland

Department: IOP Ireland
Location: Home Based/Hybrid
Salary: Up to 43,702 euros per annum - pro rata (dependent on relevant skills and experience)
Job Advert Description:

We are looking for two Part-Time Policy managers (each working 17.5 hours per week), one focused on Ireland and one focused on Northern Ireland (while mutually assisting each other), to support us in our mission to transform the physics landscape for the UK and Ireland and ensure a thriving physics ecosystem that contributes to innovation, discovery, research, growth and debate in the UK, Ireland and beyond. We are very proud of our innovative strategy and you can watch this film for more information about our work.

What is it like working at the IOP?

The IOP is a friendly and ambitious organisation. Inclusion and diversity are central to our work and we have a ‘work anywhere’ policy to make working at the IOP as flexible as possible. Looking after our colleagues and supporting them in life and work is our priority, ensuring they can live their best lives, with competitive salaries and generous benefits.

What will I be doing?

These are new roles, reporting to the Head of Ireland and Northern Ireland (Job Share) and working closely with the wider IOP Policy Team including the Head of Policy, and Policy Managers in Scotland and Wales.

The post holders will: lead, develop and manage complex and impactful policy programmes and projects at a national level; creating and supporting high level external engagement through an established network of policy contacts and an understanding of key priorities within the community.

Projects you work on may include:

They will contribute to IOP’s strategic interventions such as:

  • Productivity Programme – To unlock the powerful potential of physics so that the UK and Ireland can realise the full societal and economic benefits of the new industrial era.
  • Limit Less Campaign – To support young people to change the world, we need to limit less and support them more.  To break down the barriers and including under-represented groups to ensure no young person should be made to feel locked out of physics.
  • Learning & Skills Programme – working on topics as diverse as teacher training and retention to apprenticeships and skills programme.

Who will I work with?

They will need to build and maintain high level relationships within policy, business and academic sectors, to secure influence for the IOP’s policy work in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Excellent communication skills are vital as the incumbent will advise senior management, the Head of IOP Ireland and Northern Ireland (Job Share) and policy colleagues in IOP on policy. They will also require significant experience of writing policy documentation as well as ensuring key messages are delivered clearly with impact to relevant audiences internally and externally. Knowledge of the political system in Ireland and Northern Ireland, as well as science, education, funding and governance structures is therefore a must.

Ideally, we hope you’ll apply if your skills include:

We are seeking candidates who are dependable, strategic thinkers with proven experience in the sector and excellent attention to detail.  They must be dedicated to meeting the expectations and needs of members, colleagues, partners and other stakeholders.

These are influential roles, requiring the experience and confidence to work with a high degree of autonomy, but also the ability to work with colleagues across the organisation. As these are key roles within a new team, the ability to manage the ambiguity that comes from a changing environment is essential, as is the ability to work methodically and establish processes and procedures where needed. 

We are looking for candidates who have first rate communication skills, experience of leading and delivering successful policy projects, and a track record of building and maintaining relationships with senior internal and external stakeholders.

A demonstrable understanding of the social and economic importance of science, education, research and innovation and familiarity with relevant political strategies across Ireland and Northern Ireland would be advantageous. We welcome candidates with backgrounds in science, politics, economics or industry/business.

How will I be working?

The Institute of Physics is an inclusive employer and our people are at the heart of our approach to delivery. Following the impact of COVID-19, we have developed a new, innovative and exciting trust-based model of flexible working called How We Work. This empowers our staff to choose both individually and as a team how, when and where they work to deliver the goals of the organisation, acknowledging that there will be occasions where in-person meetings, collaborations and events will help generate greater impact. The How We Work initiative is based on the principles of collaboration, trust, flexibility and agility. You will be allocated a ‘base’ office which can also be a chosen place of work. 

Why should I want to work for the IOP?

The Institute of Physics (IOP) is the professional body and learned society for physics in the UK and Ireland - we seek to raise public awareness and understanding of physics and support the development of a diverse and inclusive physics community. As a charity, we’re here to ensure that physics delivers on its exceptional potential to benefit society. 

We have an ambitious new corporate strategy and you’ll play a part in helping us to deliver it.  There’s never been a more exciting time to join the IOP - watch our film to find out more about our work. 

As well as a competitive salary and professional development opportunities, we offer employees a comprehensive benefits package.

To apply for this role please click the link below, best of luck with your applications! 

The Institute of Physics is an open and inclusive organisation that welcomes and celebrates diversity.


Employment Type: Part time
Employment Basis: Permanent
Closing date for applications: Tuesday 13 December 2022 Interviews to be held: 20th and 21st December via teams

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