Responsible to:         Head of Policy and Insight

Salary Range:             £37,300-41,100

Working Hours:        35 hours per week

Location:                       LI Head Office, 85 Tottenham Court Road, London, W1T 4TQ


Job Profile and Overview

We are looking for a Policy and Public Affairs Manager to support the work of our policy and research team. The post will work with the Head of Policy and Insight, the LI’s Policy and Communications Committee, and the wider membership to develop policy, influence decision-makers and stakeholders, produce briefings and reports, and represent the LI at external meetings. They will be responsible for ensuring that LI members are kept informed of government policy and regulation, and that they are able to feed in their views and expertise. The LI is looking to build its external presence and your work will develop our reputation for expert knowledge, through rigorous policy research and strategic external engagement.

To be successful, you will need to have extensive experience in a similar policy or public affairs role.  We are looking for candidates with a proven track record of coordinating and delivering policy responses, working with internal and external stakeholders in the development of policy and projects. You must have the ability to apprehend complex policy topics quickly, a solid understanding of political and policy processes, and excellent communication skills. Experience working for a membership body or relevant knowledge of built or natural environment issues is desirable.


Key responsibilities

  • Lead on the monitoring of emerging policy and political developments, respond to government consultations and inquiries, and brief colleagues and members as appropriate
  • Act as an in-house expert on landscape policy issues, and work with other staff and committees to understand industry concerns and practice issues which can be addressed through policy and research
  • Build long-term relationships with our key external stakeholders and with influential decision-makers to advance landscape policy, including representing the LI at external events
  • Develop the LI’s political and public affairs network, providing analysis on parliamentary and market activities, and knowledge management of key stakeholders and their concerns
  • Ensure that LI members are appropriately consulted on the LI’s policy positions, coordinating the LI’s Policy and Communications Committee, and by working closely with regional member groups to understand their priorities
  • Develop good working relationships with the LI’s many volunteers and facilitate member contribution to our policy work wherever possible
  • Develop and implement an external affairs strategy to ensure that the LI’s external work is targeted and prioritised, and that it is acting strategically to advance landscape concerns
  • Project manage planned policy and research projects, including managing working groups and committees, and directing external consultants on occasion
  • Be the point-of-contact on reactive Wales and Northern Ireland policy for the Institute, working with members to maintain a respected presence in those nations
  • Ensure that the LI’s policy work is well communicated externally, advising communications colleagues on key messaging, and authoring external blogs, briefings, etc.
  • Work with the LI’s events team to advise on policy-relevant events, providing thought leadership content, and linking to potential speakers and partners
  • Work with the senior team and Board to ensure that the LI’s external comms is ‘on-message’ and that the Institute speaks with a united policy voice.
  • Contribute to the wider success of the organisation, support cross-team initiatives, and undertake other ad hoc duties as required


Essential Criteria

  • Solid policy development experience, ideally within a professional/membership body or within the housing, construction, or environmental sector
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to plan and organize your time to complete work efficiently
  • Ability to establish strategic direction
  • Ability to drive execution and manage projects
  • Ability to build and maintain networks and partnerships with a diverse range of people
  • Ability to interpret and analyse complex issues and communicate key concepts clearly to expert and non-expert audiences
  • Ability to influence and persuade stakeholders and build consensus
  • Ability to take the initiative and to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Ability and willingness to quickly learn new policy areas, and to fill gaps in knowledge


Desirable Criteria

  • Awareness of the importance of evidence-based policy, and general familiarity with basic research concepts
  • Experience of working with volunteers


Who are we?

Do you want to transform the world?

The Landscape Institute (LI) represents a membership of over 5,000 landscape architects, landscape and parks managers, urban designers and more, who through their everyday work create and improve the places where we live, work, and relax.

From pocket parks to national parks, green streets to green cities, our members connect people, place and nature on every level, at every scale. Supporting them in this crucial work is our talented and dedicated staff team.

As a royal chartered body, the LI makes sure that landscape professionals in the UK exemplify the highest possible standards of practice. We oversee education and accreditation, provide vital learning and professional development services, connect our expert members with governments and policymakers, and work to grow the influence and profile of landscape. And, collaborating with similar bodies overseas, we contribute to a truly global profession – one that stands ready to address today’s most pressing challenges of climate change, biodiversity loss, health and wellbeing, and more.

We’re a small but growing team with big ambitions and tremendous enthusiasm for nature-led placemaking. Do you want to be part of our exciting mission? Join the LI staff team today, and help us inspire great places!


What are our Vision Mission & Values?

Vision:  To be a modern, relevant, expert and trusted voice for all landscape and placemaking professionals.

Mission: To promote the landscape profession for the benefit of society and the natural and built environment.

Values:  Caring & nurturing, Creative & playful, Socially aware.


What we offer?

Take care of your career

  • Develop Your Career – we are small and nimble; we are willing to finetune the roles to suit individual’s career aspirations.
  • Provide Tremendous Learning opportunities – We apply a customized and integrated three-pronged approach (10-20-70) to develop individual capability at work which accelerates your development and raises your market value!
  • Open door to Industry Networking –Facilitate colleagues to access to a network of professionals and experts in the field and to get in touch with and influence public policy makers.

Take care of your well being

  • Holidays – Start at 25 days and can increase up to 30 days based on years of service
  • Benchmarking Pay – Our pay is benchmarked against similar London based organisations.
  • Great Place to Work – we commit to build a work culture in which staff feel valued, supported and fulfilled.   We care about grooming staff’s right behaviours as well as our work objectives.
  • Employee Assistance Programme – Free access to professional advice on healthy living, counselling, financial and legal wellbeing

Take care of your needs

  • Enhanced Maternal & Adoption Pay – increase amount on statutory pay to facilitate
  • Life Assurance – cover 7/24/365 by paying up to 4 x annual salary
  • Income replacement – receives two thirds of salary during extended absence as a result of  ill health or accident
  • Discounts in food and shopping needs.
  • Flexible Working Arrangement – eligible employees could request for flexible working to support work life balance or other individual study commitments.

We are fair, respectful and want to add value to society

  • Volunteer Paid Leave – Being socially responsible is part of our values. We encourage staff to contribute to community through paid volunteer days.
  • Equality, Diversity, and inclusivity – We aim to incorporate EDI values in all we do.

Please send CV and Cover letter to human.resource@landscapeinstitute.org.   This job is open until the 5th May.  Interviews will follow in the following two weeks.

The Landscape Institute values and celebrates diversity and inclusion in all its forms. We can only change the world for the better if we reflect, represent and inspire the communities we serve.

We support applications from all suitably qualified people regardless of sex, sexuality, race, ethnicity, belief or disability. We particularly encourage applications from candidates from black and minority ethnic backgrounds, who are currently underrepresented in the landscape sector.

Please get in touch with us if you would like to discuss this.


To apply for this job email your details to human.resource@landscapeinstitute.org.