Head of Policy

Thursday 7 December 2017
Closing date:
Friday 12 January 2018

Role context

Over the last eighteen months, Creative Skillset, has under new leadership reshaped the organisation and refocused our strategy on the screen industries - clarifying our purpose and value. 

Our mission is to lead on building inclusive skills and talent to achieve a world beating UK screen industries sector.

We have a new industry Chair and our Board and Advisory Councils comprise committed senior industry leaders from across the screen sector – film, television, visual effects, animation and games – representing large and small organisations across the UK.

With significant changes in government vocational policies, and the need to build a competitive UK workforce in a post Brexit era, this is a critical time to influence the factors shaping screen industry skills priorities over the next three years. It is an exciting opportunity to lay a strong foundation for vocational entry routes into the screen industry by strengthening links between education and industry, bringing practical industry insight into the development of the new T levels, and working with DfES, and the IFA. It is key we find solutions so the new Apprenticeship levy works for our sector and enables social mobility and productivity. 

The Head of Policy is a senior level position that will suit someone who is passionate about screen, understands the significance of skills and talent and enjoys working with influential colleagues across the industry. The post will be pro-active and play a pivotal role in a practical shaping and articulation of policy to suit our sectors’ needs.

Role purpose

The Head of Policy will report directly to the Chief Executive and participate in the senior management team. They will also be expected to support the Board and our industry Councils providing verbal and written reports as needed.

They will generate policy and briefing papers, review and assess external research and flag potential  external changes and lobbying opportunities. There will be a need to analyse and provide a strong research and evidence base, recommend and lead on influencing tactics, whilst contributing to external policy representation, and representing the organisation at meetings with key external stakeholders.

Key responsibilities

  • To lead the development and articulation of Creative Skillset’s overall policy position, including researching and drafting written submissions and reports whilst working closely with the Chief Executive and the senior management team.
  • To identify and review a comprehensive range of relevant, current research and data from a variety of credible sources related to agreed policy areas – including T levels, new Apprenticeships, the industrial strategy and the Teaching Excellence Framework.
  • To develop policy proposals for testing with stakeholders.
  • To achieve alignment on policy proposals.
  • To support lobbying and influencing activities, helping achieve policy objectives.
  • To develop and maintain relationships with key officials in Whitehall and Westminster and other relevant bodies.
  • To participate in meetings, conferences and seminars, promoting Creative Skillset policies to a range of stakeholders including regulators, Government opinion-formers and  think tanks etc.
  • To oversee the Creative Skillset policy website content.
  • To ensure that the policy of Creative Skillset is available to industry partners as required.

This job description is not intended to be either prescriptive or exhaustive. It is issued as a framework to outline the main areas of responsibility at the time of writing.

Essential skills and experience

  •  Experience of advocacy and lobbying.
  • Experience of research and policy work in the areas of learning, skills and/or education. OR
  • Experience undertaking policy formulation in the communications sector, a consulting environment or a major communications sector company.
  • Understanding of the industrial skills agenda, ideally in the creative or related industries.
  • Experience of presenting complex arguments, advising senior managers, stakeholders, and engaging with government and regulatory authorities on a range of policy issues.
  • Experience of preparing briefing documents – both long (detailed information and analysis) and short (preparation for influencing/representation meetings with stakeholders).
  • Ability to contribute to the identification of priority skills needs across creative industry sectors over the next three-five years.
  • Experience of developing a project brief from senior stakeholders’ input and preparing senior stakeholders for meetings.
  • Experience of developing and maintaining a network of advisory contacts.
  • Experience of delivering project outcomes on time and in line with senior stakeholders’ expectations.
  • Experience of representing an organisation with key external stakeholders.at public events.
  • A passion for the screen sector.
  • Ability to identify and summarise relevant factors within complex information.
  • Accurate drafting and proofing skills.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent stakeholder management skills, including senior contacts.
  • Proven research and analytical skills.
  • Excellent policy advisory skills. 
  • Strong presentation skills.     
  • Good project management skills.    

Application Instructions

To discuss this opportunity further, or to apply with a CV and cover letter, explaining why you are interested in the post, why and how you fit the role requirements and what you feel you bring to the role, please email: jobs@creativeskillset.org

The application deadline is Friday 12 January 2018.



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