Cast From Clay
Location London
Application deadline 10 April 2023
Contract type Permanent
Hours Full-time
Salary £30-35k dependent on experience (benefits see here:
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We’re a communications consultancy that helps public policy experts shape conversations that strengthen democracy.

We want to see robust democracies, with people better engaged with the decisions and policies that affect them. That’s why we use data, strategy and design to build powerful campaigns that give big ideas the impact they deserve.

We work with NGOs, think tanks, and university research centres to better connect policy expertise to the audiences that matter. We craft policy ideas into human-shaped stories, and breathe life into them.

We do high-quality research into policy questions and audiences, which means we can come up with compelling creative concepts for campaigns. That’s how we get results for our clients.

We’re on the hunt for a generalist rather than a specialist. You’ll be someone who feels at home engaging with policymakers, the people who support them, and the people who have their ear. You’ll be able to build relationships quickly with clients, colleagues and even interviewees. You’ll spot mistakes, ask difficult questions, and tell us and our clients how to improve things.

Key roles and responsibilities

One day you’ll be researching a new policy area, and how key decisionmakers think about it. The next, you’ll be shaping a creative route for a social media campaign. The day after you’ll be calling up MPs to get them to attend your event.

But you’ll also have ideas and a perspective to bring to the team. Whatever your political convictions, you’ll want to change the status quo. You’ll be hungry to change the way policy experts perceive their role in society. Indeed, you may have debated whether policy organisations themselves are part of the problem.

We’ve been described as the “think tank for think tanks”. You’ll enjoy spending time thinking, but you’ll also be ready to turn that thinking into impactful communications.

Experience and skills

We’re looking for someone who has:

  • A belief that the status quo isn’t good enough
  • At least 2 years’ experience in a public affairs agency
  • Political judgement and knowledge of Westminster norms and procedures
  • Strong research and analysis skills
  • An ability to create high-quality content (including for social media)
  • Diligence, with excellent attention to detail
  • A proactive approach and a strong work ethic
  • The ability to meet deadlines while not letting the ball drop on other projects

It helps if you have:

  • Experience of organising events
  • A track record of building relationships with journalists and placing stories
  • Knowledge of paid social
  • Skills in search engine optimisation and marketing
  • Experience of shooting and editing video
  • Knowledge of US or international politics

How to apply

If this sounds like you, please send an email to [email protected] with the subject line “Application: Consultant”. Please send us:

A short covering letter in the body of your email that includes the below (we don’t need any more than this):

  • 100 words on an idea you’ve heard recently that has stayed with you (it doesn’t have to be anything to do with politics or policy), and;
  • 100 words about a public affairs campaign you love and why
  • Your CV (no more than 2 pages)

We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and we are determined to ensure that no applicant or employee receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of gender, age, disability, religion, belief, sexual orientation, marital status, or race, or is disadvantaged by conditions or requirements which cannot be shown to be justifiable.

You need to have permission to work in the U.K. for this role.