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Full Fact is an independent charity and team of campaigners and fact checkers. We are recruiting a Policy Manager to influence government legislation, regulation, policy and the action of internet companies to address misinformation online.
As Full Fact’s Policy Manager, you’ll play a central part in our work to stop the harm caused by bad information, improve the standard of public debate, and make sure people get the facts they deserve. Life-threatening misinformation during the pandemic has shown how this work has never been more important, and you’ll be joining the team at a pivotal and exciting time as the Online Safety Bill and wider debate open up windows of opportunity for positive policy change.
You’ll work in our Policy and Advocacy team with colleagues developing policy positions and campaigning for change on a set of issues that have public and political salience here in the UK and internationally around the information environment. Your work will contribute to the team’s wider advocacy agenda on tackling misinformation in public debate and online.
You will be a key team member in our campaign on the Online Safety Bill, making sure we have the relationships with the government and other relevant organisations, as well as building policy propositions to influence this key legislation and how the resulting new regime takes shape.
You will work to ensure Full Fact’s relationship with the UK government, particularly DCMS, is productive for our external change agenda, and that we have good relations with other key governments on online policy as the regulation landscape shifts in key countries.
The role will take forward our Framework for Information Incidents with stakeholders to drive improvements in the preparedness, response and accountability of actors around misinformation incidents and crises, focusing on the UK and other governments as well as the internet companies.
Full Fact has a strong record of making submissions to the inquiries of select committees and in being invited to give evidence. You will make sure we provide high-quality policy messages that are useful to parliamentarians as well as providing policy support to our Chief Executive in these sessions.
Full Fact’s work has an impact. We obtain corrections from Prime Ministers, other senior politicians and MPs. We influence policy and practice on online misinformation and related issues. We drive forward solutions to misinformation rooted in evidence, including from the fact checking process.
This is a chance to put your policy knowledge, engagement skills and strong judgement to work in a fast-moving campaigning, policy and political context. You’ll have responsibility and opportunities to grow. If you have a strong policy skillset, this is an exciting role working across new and emerging areas of politics, media, public debate and online policy.
The purpose of this role is to influence government legislation, regulation, policy and practice, and the action of internet companies, to ensure these entities tackle misinformation online effectively and reduce the harm bad information does, by securing changes to tackle its causes and consequences.
- Manage UK online policy work so that Full Fact has specific, credible, proportionate, evidence-based and timely proposals to reduce the harm caused by bad information and lead the associated influencing strategies, plans and campaigns to bring about change (working with the Head of Advocacy and Policy and the Chief Executive on policy development, coherence and sign off)
- Build Full Fact’s relationship with the UK Government, particularly DCMS, in relation to our external change agenda, and ensure good relations with other governments on online policy where relevant
- Ensure Full Fact has expertise on the policies internet companies have to tackle misinformation, has evidence-based asks to improve those policies, and have an overview of our relationships with the internet companies in relation to policy
- Represent Full Fact at external events relevant to online policy and mis/disinformation online and support spokespeople, particularly the Head of Policy and Advocacy and the Chief Executive, in external facing work that advances Full Fact’s policy influencing and relationship-building
- Drive forward the Framework for Information Incidents with UK stakeholders to drive improvements in the preparedness, response and accountability of actors around misinformation incidents and crises, focusing on governments and internet companies
- Ensure Full Fact has high-quality and timely policy outputs that take forward discourse and processes on online policy and misinformation along with robust policy messaging for media work, on our own channels and in supporter-facing communications
- Work with Full Fact’s fact checkers to stop the spread of specific unsubstantiated claims and take forward influencing for specific changes to counter specific causes of bad information.
- Contribute to Full Fact improving its capability to influence the policy and practice of others on our priority external change agenda, including our advocacy framework and systems for relationship management, policy outputs, policy audiences, supporter voice, and M&E and learning
- Support Full Fact's fundraising and income generation so that policy funders receive applications and pitches with strong propositions for future advocacy, campaigns, policy work and/or research
- Contribute to interventions from fact checks particularly those that seek to improve existing accountability systems or build the case for new systems that relate to government.
What we are looking for from you
- You are committed to the political neutrality of our work and have a good understanding of impartiality (please see the rules on our website https://fullfact.org/about/jobs/)
- A strong understanding of public debate, and political and government systems in the UK and sensitivity to the political context we work in
- A strong understanding of Full Fact's political context and institutional environment, including government, parliament, companies, and civil society
- Proven ability to be effective and persuasive with senior decision makers or policy makers such as MPs
- Strong analytical and research skills with a keen eye for detail
- Ability to express points of factual accuracy clearly and persuasively including when asking someone to correct their own public statements
- A creative mindset on ways to fix problems and/or develop compelling policy solutions and proposals
- Experience in (a) related/relevant policy area(s)
Communication and Advocacy
- Experience working with senior decision makers in government and civil society
- Experience or clear potential to develop plans to persuade senior decision makers and achieve policy or institutional change
- Ability to communicate persuasively in person and in writing, including on technical matters and on points of principle
- Ability to develop and maintain relationships with partner organisations in all sectors, including challenging them when necessary
If you are interested in applying but not sure you have all the skills, please do apply. We are open both to supporting learning on the job and to rearranging tasks within the team to suit the skillsets of the best applicant. We are happy to talk about flexible working, and we are open to part time or job share applications for this role as part of an ambitious and supportive team.
What we offer
- Starting salary of £42–48,000 (plus pension) depending on experience. We will consider a higher salary in the case of candidates with exceptional relevant experience.
- 25 days holiday plus bank holidays. We also close the office for a period between Christmas and New Year.
- Comfortable and attractive office by St James Park with very good transport links. We are currently all working remotely and are moving towards hybrid flexibility supporting office-based and remote work (the successful candidate will need to be based in or within reasonable reach of London).
- Employee Assistance Programme.
Upload your CV and cover letter here by 10am on Friday 29 October 2021.
Before applying please read the requirements we place on staff to protect Full Fact’s independence and non-partisanship https://fullfact.org/about/jobs/#standards. We recognise that candidates for this job may well have been involved in public campaigning before.
We prefer to sift applications anonymously. Please use your initials rather than your name and leave identifying details such as email addresses off your CV and covering letter, including the file names.
Our recruitment process aims to see you at your best and use your time well. This includes making reasonable adjustments when you need them.
Applications close at 10am on Friday 29 October 2021