The Royal British Legion – Head of Policy and Research


Location: London/ Hybrid

Directorate: Campaigns, Policy & Research

Contract: Permanent, full time

Salary: £49,002 – £53,952 (inclusive of London weighting)

The Role

The Head of Policy and Research is a critical role at the Royal British Legion, defining the influencing agenda for the organisation and providing the bedrock of evidence and analysis across the range of issues and experiences faced by the Armed Forces community.

The fundamental purpose of the role is to ensure that the Royal British Legion is positioned to secure policy change at a national, devolved and local level for the benefit of those we support and is the leading, respected and credible voice in understanding the needs and representing the views of the Armed Forces community.

For this exciting role, you will need to have excellent understanding of developing and delivering public policy work, of unlocking the value of strategically driven research to enable RBL to champion and advocate for the interests, welfare and contribution of the Armed Forces community.

The role is a key member of the Campaigns, Policy & Research team and central to one of RBL’s enduring functions, of ensuring that the needs and interests of the Armed Forces community are reflected in the policies and decisions that might affect them. Over the last century, RBL has achieved real, lasting change for those we support, from the fight for fair compensation, to improved access to social care support; from enshrining the principles of the Armed Forces Covenant in law, to including a question identifying veterans in the recent national census.

If successful, the main duties of your role will be:

  • To lead on the strategic planning, management and delivery of all aspects of RBL’s public policy and research activity at a national, regional and local level, ensuring that RBL has a consistent and evidence-based approach that effectively drives and underpins RBL’s campaigns, positioning and other activities as appropriate.
  • To ensure that the experiences and voices of those RBL supports are placed at the centre of RBL policy and research activity.
  • To ensure RBL has a programme of delivering high-quality policy reports, manifestos, and briefings, analysing issues affecting the Armed Forces community and formulating policy positions with clear, tangible and evidence-based recommendations for change in policy and delivery.
  • To be a lead spokesperson for RBL in the media, on event panels, at select committee hearings and on other occasions as appropriate on policy and research matters, coordinating with campaigns and with marketing on communications activity.
  • To represent RBL on relevant internal and external bodies, including but not limited to research advisory groups, cross-departmental working groups, the Central Advisory Committee, the Cabinet Office Covenant Reference Group, Service Charities Partnership Board, Cobseo working groups and Select Committee evidence panels.

This role will involve hybrid working, travelling on some days (minimum of 2 per week) to our Head Office which is located at Haig House, 199 Borough High Street, London SE1 1AA, and working from home on other days.

About the Royal British Legion

The Royal British Legion is the country’s largest Armed Forces charity, with 200,000 members, 50,000 volunteers and a network of partners and charities; helping us give support wherever and whenever it’s needed.

Across the country, in every city and on every street, RBL is there to support our Armed Forces community.

It’s this mission, this scale, this challenge and the values we all live by, that makes the RBL such a fulfilling place to thrive.

If you want to give your days meaning, put your passion into a role with real impact, support people and be supported yourself in an inclusive team that faces every challenge together, whatever your interests and ambitions, whatever your background, we think you’ll find a role here that works for you, with career opportunities right across the UK.

Diversity Statement

We believe that the compassion, understanding, and service we show each and every individual should be reflected in the way we all support, respect, and include every individual who works with us. We want everyone involved in our work or receiving our services, to feel proud to contribute to or be part of a diverse and inclusive organisation.

We recognise that we still have a long way to go to ensure that we make the RBL a truly great and inclusive organisation to work for and be part of, so we have set out our commitments to provide a clear path to deliver this ambition. We will keep listening, learning, and sharing our progress and impact.

How to Apply: please click here.

Closing date for this role is: Wednesday 14 September 2022

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