Public Affairs Manager

13/07/2017 4:00 pm

The Catholic Education Service (CES) is seeking to appoint a Public Affairs Manager to support the CES's work with the Parliament and other external communications. The CES is the agency which represents and promotes the national education policy of the Bishops in relation to the 2,300 Catholic schools, colleges and university colleges which the Church is responsible for across England and Wales.

Salary: £35,000

Location: Victoria, London SW1

Hours of work:  35 Hours per week excluding lunch breaks.

Key Responsibilities

Public Affairs

  • To liaise with parliamentarians and officials (for the Westminster and Welsh Governments) to raise the profile of Catholic education and work with them to influence Government policy relating to Catholic education
  • To draft responses to consultations, briefings and policy papers as required
  • To support and coordinate CES national campaigns
  • To assist in events organisation, including conferences, seminars and receptions as appropriate for the needs of the organisation
  • To represent the CES at conferences, seminars and meetings
  • To draft speaking notes and correspondence
  • To work closely with other public affairs staff of the Bishops’ Conference and its agencies, particularly CSAN and CAFOD.

Monitoring and briefing

  • To monitor developments in Parliament and national education policies which are of relevance to Catholic education
  • To research and provide briefings on relevant policy issues to senior colleagues
  • To support and offer advice to senior colleagues on parliament process
  • To produce resources and guidance for dioceses and schools when appropriate.


  • To work with the Assistant Director (Public Affairs) to devise a programme of training to support the post-holder’s professional development
  • To be responsible for his/her own record-keeping
  • To undertake other duties appropriate to the role of the post-holder as directed by the Assistant Director (Public Affairs).

Skills and Experience

  • Demonstrable interest in politics and current affairs.
  • Sound knowledge of parliamentary, political and legislative processes
  • Substantial experience of dealing with MPs and Peers, advisers and officials
  • Understanding of education policy
  • Sympathetic to the teachings of the Catholic Church
  • Ability to assimilate and summarise complex information
  • Excellent interpersonal and verbal skills
  • Excellent and accurate written English, with the ability to write for different audiences.
  • Excellent research skills.
  • Ability to manage time effectively and to prioritise work to meet deadlines.
  • Able to establish good professional relationships with people from a range of groups and to work well as part of a team.
  • Hold a good honours degree or equivalent.
  • Good ICT skills, including competence with all Microsoft Office programmes.


To apply for this role please send a copy of your CV and covering letter to Marie Southall, Assistant Director - Public Affairs.

Closing date: Monday 7 August

Interview date: Wednesday 16 August

Additional Information

  • The normal place of work will be the CES offices in London but some travel within the UK, including occasional overnight stays, will be required.
  • Holidays 25 days per annum, some to be taken at the direction of the service, public holidays and possible additional privilege days.
  • Contributory pension scheme.
  • Interest-free season ticket loan after qualifying period.