RAF Families Federation – Policy Advisor (Childcare and Education)


£21375 – £22500 PRO RATA FOR 30 HOURS PER WEEK

Blended working between home and office with a requirement for occasional travel (subject to COVID restrictions)

A driving license and access to a vehicle are an essential requirement for this role 

About us

The Royal Air Force Families Federation (RAFFF) exists to improve the quality of life for the RAF family around the world – at work or at home. We provide an independent voice for serving personnel and their families. It is a confidential service that relies upon the integrity, and professionalism of its staff to deliver a Federation that is both credible and respected by all parties.  We provide practical support and advice as well as lobbying for change with politicians, the Chain of Command and policy makers in the British Government across Scotland, Wales and NI. We are a supportive, friendly team and are passionate in our support for military personnel and family members whilst retaining a keen eye on work/life balance for all team members.

About You

This is a role where issues you raise may be important in shaping government policy. Ideally, you will have a sound understanding of the RAF lifestyle and its impact on serving member’s and their families. Previous experience that would be a good ‘fit’ for this role would be in an education/childcare role, or someone who has served in the RAF.  Vitally, as an advocate for RAF children and families, you will be a confident and effective networker with excellent communication skills (written and verbal) to engage with a wide variety of stakeholders – sometimes senior ones. You will have previous experience in collecting and analysing data and can present reports in a clear and succinct style,  and confidently represent RAFFF at meetings, with the occasional requirement to deliver presentations to a range of audiences. Integral to the role are excellent people skills demonstrating warmth, trust, empathy and a ‘can do’ attitude to the task in hand. Working flexibly, you will be required to occasionally travel to meetings throughout the UK to represent the Federation (within COVID restrictions) for which we will reimburse travel costs.

About the job

The RAFFF Policy Adviser is responsible for liaising with government departments, local authorities, RAF units, schools, personnel and families on education and childcare policy, identifying and sharing best practice and reporting issues and concerns. You will be engaged with all policy developments affecting service children’s education across England, Devolved Administrations and across the world to support our overseas families. Whilst a key part of your role will be engagement with various education bodies (eg DfE, DCYP, CEAS and other MOD departments) you will advise on the development and promotion of support networks and tools by external groups (eg SCiP).

As subject lead in your policy area, you will provide input to research and surveys in collaboration with the Evidence and Issues Manager. Along with developing written content and resources to inform and support families in the areas of policy, you will ensure the wider team is kept informed of developments that come under the auspices of the Armed Forces Covenant.

If you would like to know more about the role then please contact Louise Briggs (the current post holder) who will be happy to have an informal chat louise.briggs@raf-ff.org.uk.  If wished, you are also welcome to speak to the RAFFF Director to understand more about the team and ways of working: maria.lyle@raf-ff.org.uk

The job description is available to download on our website www.rafa.org.uk

To apply, please send your CV and supporting statement to jobs@rafa.org.uk

Closing Date: 8am Monday 10 May 2021

Interviews Date: 14 May via online interview on Microsoft Teams

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