Job: NSA seeks new policy manager

Written by Michelle Martin from Agriland

The National Sheep Association (NSA) is seeking to appoint a new policy manager to its team.

The successful applicant will join NSA’s UK-wide team from March 2021, full-time, either office-based from NSA’s headquarters in Malvern, Worcestershire, or home-based at a location that allows travel to Malvern on a semi-regular basis.

Applicants must be willing/able to occasionally travel to represent NSA at meetings and have flexibility for very occasional evening events.

The salary is in the region of £32k, depending on experience, plus expenses in line with the NSA’s expenses policy.

The two focus aims of the role are to maximise opportunities to integrate policy work into all NSA communication, including the NSA sheep farmer magazine, and to have oversight of all NSA policy work and work closely with the NSA chief executive to ensure consistent representation of the NSA, and the views of UK sheep farmers.

These will be achieved through the management and coordination of NSA policy work, being content manager for the Sheep Farmer magazine, and coordinating and sharing key information between NSA staff and officeholders, the NSA network of regions and grassroots members.

To the NSA, the ideal candidate will be “an enthusiastic and organised individual with an eye for detail”.

The ideal candidate will also have excellent written communication skills and preferably some experience in producing printed material, i.e. a magazine; knowledge of and experience within British agricultural policy, as well as interest in the sheep sector; and will be confident in representing an agreed position within various written and oral forums.

Applications close on Monday, January 24, with first-round interviews to be conducted by video on Thursday, January 27.

Interested applicants must submit a cover letter, CV and completed application form to Joanne Briggs, NSA operations director.

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