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Campaigns Officer

Job description and person specification


Job title Campaigns Officer
Reporting to Campaigns and Communications Manager
Job location London, N1
Salary £24,200

Purpose of the post

The Howard League for Penal Reform is the world’s oldest penal reform charity, with a proven record of delivering change. Our successful campaigns have led to the abolition of capital punishment, an end to the ban on sending books to prisoners and a massive reduction in arrests of children. Our legal team provides expert advice and support to children and young people in prison. We want to do even more, so we are looking for a Campaigns Officer who can help us achieve our goals of less crime, safer communities and fewer people in prison.

This post forms part of the campaigns team. The role involves working for positive change through policy development and public affairs work to help disseminate our ideas and influence the government agenda. The campaigns officer will monitor and report on external publications and statistical information, while also writing briefings and consultation responses as required. The campaigns officer will play a key role in a major project focused on improving conditions and upholding justice and fairness in men’s prisons.

Duties and responsibilities

  • Monitoring and advising on penal and prison policy and practice
  • Writing reports with clear objectives for change, in line with the organisation’s strategic objectives
  • Monitoring parliamentary activity, maintaining public affairs contacts and supporting the charity’s lobbying
  • Responding to consultations and preparing briefings as required
  • Maintaining statistical data and updating the website accordingly
  • Maintaining the campaigns team’s filing of publications
  • Developing and nurturing links with relevant agencies and opinion formers
  • Attending meetings, conferences and seminars as appropriate
  • Must work as part of the whole office team
  • Working within the political and structural framework to achieve change

Person specification

  • Qualification to degree standard or higher and proven intellectual capability
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and a proven track record of writing and producing materials to publication standard
  • Excellent organisational skills, ability to keep a clear timetable and achieve agreed targets to timetables with a short turnaround
  • Sound analytical skills and the ability to understand and identify key issues
  • Knowledge of criminal justice issues and the penal system
  • Experience of working in a public affairs environment would be desirable
  • Ability to network effectively with relevant practitioners, academics, policy advisors, politicians, civil servants, voluntary and community sector organisations
  • Flexibility and willingness to take on new projects
  • Ability to work as a member of a team
  • The post is self-servicing and requires good IT skills with experience of Microsoft Office
  • You should be committed to undertaking all tasks in accordance with the equal opportunities policy
  • Commitment to social justice, human rights and penal reform

Conditions of Service

The post is full time and permanent but subject to a six-month probationary period.

The terms and conditions are as laid out in the contract of employment and the office handbook and include 30 days paid leave plus statutory days and 10% contribution to the Howard League workplace pension scheme.

 Candidates must be eligible to work in the UK.

Applying for the post

Email the completed application form to: or by hand or post to: HR Department, The Howard League for Penal Reform, 1 Ardleigh Road, London N1 4HS.

Closing date: 5pm Monday 28 January 2019

The shortlisted applicants will be invited to an interview. Please note that if you haven’t heard from us by the date of the first interview, it means that you haven’t been shortlisted.

First interviews will be held on Thursday 7 February 2019, successful candidates will be invited for a second interview on Monday 11 February 2019.

How we will use the information on your job application form

As part of any recruitment process, the Howard League collects and processes personal data relating to job applicants. The information about how we collect and use the data is specified in the Job Applicant Privacy Notice.

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