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    Policy Adviser - Social Impact Investing Team

    United Kingdom | Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport

    Job Details
    Category: Consulting & Corporate Strategy
    Posted Yesterday
    The Social Impact Investment Team within the Civil Society and Youth directorate is looking for a Policy Adviser to join an exciting and innovative team working at the forefront of impact investment policy.

    Social impact investing considers impact on people and the planet alongside financial returns. It is a vital source of investment for social enterprises and other businesses which are addressing social and environmental challenges. The UK is recognised as a world leader for social impact investing, with the UK Government playing a critical role in catalysing and supporting the growth of the UK social impact investing market.

    The Social Impact investment team leads on this policy area across HMG and has three key objectives: (1) facilitating access to investment finance for charities and social enterprises; (2) encouraging more mainstream (institutional) investors to engage with social impact investment; and (3) working across government to identify where social impact investment can address key policy priorities.

    Person specification

    We are looking for a candidate to support a programme of work to support these objectives. Responsibilities will include:
    • Building and managing strong, effective relationships in and out of government, including with social impact investment leaders.
    • Draft timely responses to cross-government commissions, write briefings and submissions for ministers on wide-ranging topic areas, and contribute to ministerial visits and speeches.
    • Conduct independent policy research on social impact investment capital into the UK market and develop policy proposals to improve the efficiency and scale of the market.
    • Work closely with partners, such as Big Society Capital and the Access Foundation, to increase external capital flows into socially impactful organisations.
    • Oversee and manage research to increase the amount of robust data and evidence available to support VCSEs to drive impact.
    Essential Requirements
    • Making Effective Decisions: Strong evidence-based analytical skills, with the ability to research and analyse information, data and a range of stakeholder views to make sound recommendations and decisions.
    • Communicating and Influencing: Great written and verbal communication and engagement skills, with the confidence to deliver complex and difficult messages to a variety of audiences.
    • Seeing the Big Picture : An ability to understand the strategic drivers for your area of work, and align activities to wider organisational priorities.
    • Working Together: Effective stakeholder management skills, with the ability to collaborate with and build influential relationships with internal and external partners.
    Desirable Skills
    • Previous experience of working in civil society sector, with some knowledge of charity and/or social enterprise policy
    • Previous experience of working in finance or social investment related fields
    • Knowledge and experience of government funding programmes and grant delivery
    • Experience of working in partnership with public bodies and senior private sector leaders
    • Knowledge and experience of government funding programmes and grant delivery

    Behaviours

    We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:
    • Making Effective Decisions
    • Communicating and Influencing
    • Seeing the Big Picture
    • Working Together

    Benefits

    DCMS values its staff and offers a wide range of benefits to everyone who works here. Were committed to developing talent, and supporting colleagues to have great careers in our department. To support with that, some of the benefits we offer include:
    • Flexible working arrangements and hybrid working - DCMS staff work on a flexible basis with time spent in offices, and time spent working from home.
    • 26.5 days annual leave on entry, increasing to 31.5 days after 5 years service.
    • A Civil Service pension with an average employer contribution of 27%
    • 3 days of paid volunteering leave.
    • Up to 9 months maternity leave on full pay + generous paternity and adoption leave.
    • Staff reward and recognition bonuses that operate throughout the year.
    • Occupational sick pay.
    • Active and engaged staff networks to join including the LGBT+, Ethnic Diversity, Mental Health and Wellbeing and Gender Equality Networks.
    • Exceptional learning and development opportunities that you can explore alongside your day to day work.
    • Season ticket loan, cycle to work scheme and much more!
    Terms and conditions at SCS grades will vary. Those applying for SCS roles should refer to the candidate information pack for more information on terms and conditions.

    Things you need to know

    Selection process details

    This vacancy is using Success Profiles , and will assess your Behaviours, Strengths and Experience.

    To apply for this post, please send us the following documents no later than 23:55 on Monday 12th December via the CS Jobs portal:
    • A CV setting out your career history, with key responsibilities and achievements. Please ensure you have provided reasons for any gaps within the last two years.
    • A Statement of Suitability (max 500 words) explaining how you consider your personal skills, qualities and experience provide evidence of your suitability for the role in reference to the essential requirements highlighted.
    For the shortlist , we will assess your experience and select applicants demonstrating the best fit for the role by considering the evidence provided in your application.

    In the event of a large number of applicants, applications will only be sifted on the Statement of Suitability.

    For indicative sift and interview dates please refer to the attached Candidate Information Pack.

    DCMS has a London and a National pay scale. For more information on this, including the circumstances in which each pay scale will apply, please see the Information for Applicants document .

    Interviews

    In most cases interviews will take place remotely via Google Meet video call. However please refer to the Candidate Information Pack to confirm the interview approach.

    Location

    This role can be based in Manchester, Darlington or Belfast .The hub locations are displayed on the job advert. Not all hub locations have confirmed office space yet - successful applicants will be expected to work remotely until this becomes available.

    Reasonable Adjustment

    We are committed to supporting candidates so they can perform at their best throughout the recruitment process. This includes making reasonable adjustments to our process.

    In order to request an adjustment, please:

    Complete the Assistance required section on the Additional requirements page of your application form to tell us what changes or help you might need further on in the recruitment process. For instance, you may need wheelchair access at interview, or a verbal test rather than a written one.

    Alternatively, contact the Government Recruitment Service via as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs.

    Accessibility

    If you are experiencing accessibility difficulties with any of the attachments, please contact us. Contact details can be found in the 'contact point for applicants' section of the job advert.

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    Further Information

    A reserve list may be held for a period of 6 months from which further appointments can be made.

    Any move to DCMS from another employer will mean you can no longer access childcare vouchers. This includes moves between government departments. You may however be eligible for other government schemes, including Tax Free Childcare. Determine your eligibility at

    If successful and transferring from another Government Department a criminal record check may be carried out.

    In order to process applications without delay, we will be sending a Criminal Record Check to Disclosure and Barring Service/Access NI on your behalf.

    However, we recognise in exceptional circumstances some candidates will want to send their completed forms direct. If you will be doing this, please advise Government Recruitment Service of your intention by emailing stating the job reference number in the subject heading.

    For further information on the Access NI confidential checking service telephone: the Access NI Helpline on and ask to speak to the operations manager in confidence, or email

    New entrants are expected to join on the minimum of the pay band.

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