Position: Policy and Communications Officer – London Fairness

Position: Policy and Communications Officer – London Fairness Commission
21 hours per week
Responsible to:
Chief Executive
Responsible for:
£30,000 per annum pro rata plus 3% employer pension
Length of contract:
Fixed term to 30 April 2016
Toynbee Hall
Toynbee Hall is a charity where people come for excellent local services and where they can
share ideas and experience, gather information and knowledge that we use together to take
action to change lives and eradicate poverty. Our programmes include free advice services,
financial inclusion services, wellbeing services, including work with older people and support
to women in prostitution and community learning services supporting young people and
new migrants.
Job Description and purpose of the job
To provide research, communications and secretariat support to the London Fairness
Commission and to ensure that the Commission successfully completes its evidence based
enquiry and reporting to timetable and communicating its work effectively to a diverse
group of stakeholders.
Main Duties and Responsibilities
Key tasks & responsibilities
To produce, organise and manage the London Fairness Commission's workplan
ensuring deadlines are set and met
To organise all meetings of the London Fairness Commission including those for the
Chair and sub-groups including agenda planning, venue management, briefing
preparation, minute taking, reporting and action planning
To provide effective support to, and relationship management with the Chair and
other Commissioners including organising meetings, diary management, providing
briefings and update reports, dealing with routine correspondence and enquiries
To ensure effective information management and reporting of the Commission’s
evidence and enquiry
To maintain effective records relating to all aspects of the Commission’s work
including contact and stakeholder database management
To coordinate and support the commissioning and procurement of research or other
services undertaken on behalf of the Commission, ensuring best practice standards
are set and maintained
To develop and implement a communications plan and ensure information on the
work of the Commission is disseminated to key stakeholders and partners
To recruit, manage and support volunteers in line with Toynbee Hall volunteer
management practice
To provide regular reports on the work of the Commission to funders and other
To ensure effective budget management, control and reporting of the Commission’s
budget including reports to funders
Managing Yourself
Work to an agreed annual work-plan meeting targets and milestones
Prioritise and manage your own workload
Take responsibility for your personal development and seek out opportunities
for support and development
Ensure that all services comply with equal opportunities and other relevant policies and
good practice.
Person Specification
& awareness
Policy and research experience in a
related field such as economic
policy, social policy and an interest
in the work of a Fairness
 Project management skills
 Highly organised with strong
administrative support skills
including agenda planning, minutetaking, diary management
 Strong interpersonal and
relationship management skills,
able to quickly build trust and
develop effective working
relationships with those operating
at the highest levels
 Communications and marketing
 Information and records
management skills
 Research and writing skills
 ICT skills
Knowledge of policy issues on income and
wealth inequality
Providing secretariat
support to a
Commitment to tackling inequality and
creating a fairer London
Learning and Development
Toynbee Hall provides all necessary induction training where necessary, and encourages
and, where possible, supports other learning and development opportunities. All employees
will receive regular support and supervision to facilitate their learning and development.
Volunteers are at the heart of Toynbee Hall’s work .The organisation is committed to
involving volunteers in its continuous development and to offering volunteers the best of
experiences. All Toynbee Hall staff members will be expected to support the volunteering
ethos and to work alongside the volunteer team to promote and facilitate the involvement
of volunteers wherever appropriate.
Location and Working Hours
This post is office based at 28 Commercial Street, London E1. It should be noted that this site
is due to close in summer 2015 and therefore this role will be relocated ahead of this
closure. Working hours will be 21 hours per week over 3 days, plus 1 hour for lunch each