Public Affairs Officer | Breast Cancer UK

Public Affairs Officer

Breast Cancer UK is known for its campaigns and research on the links between certain environmental chemicals and breast cancer. We have grown in size and impact over the last 5 years and we have ambitious plans to do even more. As well as tackling the environmental causes of breast cancer, we aim to promote awareness and understanding of the preventable lifestyle risk factors too.

The Public Affairs Officer will play a key role in developing and delivering a public affairs programme that will deliver real impact in the area of breast cancer prevention. We’re looking for a creative, confident and self-motivated public affairs professional who can use his or her public affairs skills to achieve inspiring campaigns that bring about change for good.

Salary and benefits

  • £25k – £28k depending on experience (plus London weighting)
  • 2 year fixed term contract (with potential to extend)
  • 25 days holiday per year plus public holidays, plus three days when the office is closed over the Christmas period (when holiday time must be taken).
  • Supportive and positive working environment.
  • Good opportunities for learning and development.
  • Up to 4% matched funded contributory pension scheme
  • Flexible working hours and home working.

Key Responsibilities

  • The Public Affairs Officer will contribute to the development and implementation of Breast Cancer UK’s policy and advocacy campaigns which aim to reduce breast cancer incidence rates through the promotion of policy change at national and local level
  • The role will work closely with the Head of Communications and Campaigns to raise awareness of Breast Cancer UK’s key campaign and advocacy message across Whitehall, Westminster, local and devolved governments and the EU in order to encourage a preventative approach to breast cancer via improved public health policies and EU or UK wide legislation.
  • Breast Cancer affects all people and we welcome applications from all genders.

A full job description and break down of responsibilities can be found here

Person Specification

Essential experience

  • Demonstrable experience in policy development, advocacy or public affairs preferably within the third sector or similar
  • Demonstrable experience of leading or developing policy positions for an NGO or similar organisation.
  • Demonstrable experience of dealing with politicians, civil servants, press and advocacy audiences with a view to influencing policy and legislation.

Preferable experience

  • Experience of environmental or health policy, including experience of policy analysis and policy development

Knowledge and qualifications

  • Be educated to degree level  
  • Knowledge of UK and EU policy making and legislative processes is essential
  • Knowledge of current public health policies and/or environmental health policy
  • Some knowledge of the links between exposure to harmful chemicals and the risk of breast cancer would be an advantage
  • A good understanding of current party-political thinking and policy making in public health is desirable.


  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Good research skills and ability to analyse information
  • Ability to use a comprehensive range of IT software and social media
  • Be flexible in working with and able to quickly understand and communicate scientifically complex issues.


  • Have an affinity with environmental, health or cancer NGOs  - an interest or affinity with breast cancer prevention would be an advantage;
  • Strong team worker
  • Sound judgement and the ability to make effective decisions
  • Hard-working and reliable
  • Well organised and self-motivated
  • Able to combine strategic overview with consistent attention to detail
  • Able to work to tight timeframes
  • Empathy with Breast Cancer UK’s aims, values and objectives
  • Be able to work from home or on their own initiative where appropriate. 

Other Information

This job description helps the post holder to understand her/his main duties.

It is not exhaustive and the role’s duties may change from time to time, in discussion with the post holder and consistent with the level of responsibility of the post.

Breast Cancer UK is committed to providing equal opportunities for everyone, regardless of background.  Please help us monitor the effectiveness of our equal opportunities policy by completing our Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form.  This will be separated from your application on receipt and any information gathered anonymised and used only for statistical purposes. 

Breast Cancer UK has no head office and all staff are expected to be able to work from home.

The post holder will be required to travel within the UK and occasionally to the EU, for example to attend meetings or conferences in other parts of the country. This may occasionally require overnight stays. The post holder may also be required to undertake occasional evening and weekend work where, for example, we hold events or conferences.

Please forward a completed application form with covering letter explaining how you meet the above person specification, why you would like to work for Breast Cancer UK and what you would bring to the organisation, to by the 29 October 2018.

Please note CVs will not be accepted. (Interviews are expected to be held sometime between 8-13 November). 

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