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Policy Adviser

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  • Organisation: Sport and Recreation Alliance
  • Salary: Starting range of £23,000 to £30,000 (per annum)
  • Contract: Full Time
  • Closing Date: 03 September 2017 | Policy

Policy Adviser (with a focus on children and young people, mental health, informal physical activity and outdoor recreation)

Salary: Starting range of £23,000 to £30,000 (per annum)

Location: Sport and Recreation Alliance, Burwood House, 14-16 Caxton Street, London, SW1H 0QT

Role Summary

The Sport and Recreation Alliance believes that the power of sport and recreation can change lives and bring communities together. Together with our members and in partnership with the wider sector, we make the most of opportunities and tackle the areas that provide a challenge. We do this by providing advice, support and guidance and by being the voice of the sector. Working with Government, policy makers and the media, we help grassroots sport and recreation grow and thrive. Having an active nation is important as it delivers huge benefits to society and the millions of participants, volunteers, staff and spectators.

One of the ways we support our members to thrive is by providing guidance and advice on key sport and recreation policy issues. The Policy Adviser is responsible for leading and developing our policy work on children and young people, physical and mental health and outdoor recreation. 

Main Tasks and Responsibilities

· Working with the Director of Policy, Governance and External Affairs, the Alliance senior team and our Board to develop our new strategy around the role of sport and recreation in relation to children and young people; 

· Scrutinising emerging policy and legislative proposals and monitoring developments which impact on people’s ability to access sport and recreation opportunities in both urban and rural areas;

· Working with the team’s Director on the Alliance’s programme of policy work on public health;

· Leading the Alliance’s policy work on mental health including coordination of the work under the Mental Health Charter for Sport and Recreation

· Drafting documents including briefings, reports, ministerial correspondence, Select Committee submissions and consultation responses, including on the above issues;

· Managing specific projects related to this area of policy work; 

· Working with the Policy Manager on cross-cutting policy and regulatory issues and wider policy team activity

· Developing and maintaining effective political and policy contacts in appropriate government departments and amongst parliamentarians, civil servants, agencies and member sport and recreation organisations;

· Working with colleagues to provide strong and relevant content to the Alliance’s Outdoor Pursuits and Water Recreation members and taking forward the policy work which matters to these groups;

· Line managing the Policy Support Officer 

· Any other duties as reasonably required by Line Manager.

Person Specification


It would be helpful for the successful candidate to have some knowledge and understanding of at least one of the following areas:

· Children and young people

· Outdoor recreation

· The role of sport and recreation in promoting good physical and mental health

· The role of a membership organisation and the role and remit of national governing bodies (NGBs) of sport and recreation


The candidate must demonstrate the ability to

· Read and understand complex documents (e.g. Parliamentary Bills and Acts, governmental strategies and action plans) and distil from these the key implications for Alliance members;

· Draft concise, accurate and convincing documents (e.g. briefings, reports, Select Committee submissions and consultation responses) for a range of audiences including Alliance members, parliamentarians, civil servants and agency colleagues;

· Communicate effectively in face to face situations with a wide range of people including Alliance members and external stakeholders;

· Provide an effective secretariat to volunteer led technical committees and working groups, preparing agendas and working papers, and taking minutes as required;

· Critically analyse policy proposals and identify challenges and opportunities for the Alliance and its members;

· Manage a range of tasks effectively, meeting tight deadlines where necessary with high quality work, including when working with external partners.

Desirable Attributes

· An active interest in sport and recreation and issues relating to children and young people. 

Job Description

How to apply

Please complete an Application Form Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form and enclose a copy of your CV and return to Alternatively, telephone 020 7976 3920 for full details or email Please also include a CV.

For an informal discussion about the role, please contact who will organise a discussion with the relevant member of staff.  

The closing date for applications is 11.59pm on Sunday 3 September.

Interviews will be held on Monday 11 September 2017 and candidates are expected to make themselves available

Equal Opportunities

The Sport and Recreation Alliance is committed to equal opportunities for all staff and applications from individuals are encouraged regardless of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, marriage and civil partnerships. 

We appreciate the range of skills and experience our staff have to offer. In return for your enthusiasm and commitment, we commit to actively developing and supporting you.  We also offer a very generous range of benefits including: pension, season ticket loan, cycle to work scheme, employee assistance programme, childcare voucher scheme, gym contributions, private healthcare, volunteering days plus generous holiday entitlement.

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