Policy communications manager (innovation policy)

Nesta Communication Manager
Location London, United Kingdom
Application deadline 15 October 2018
Contract type Fixed term
Hours Full-time
Salary GBP30,000-40,000 plus excellent benefits
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Nesta is a global innovation foundation. We back new ideas to tackle the big challenges of our time. Our mission is to spark and shape new ideas that improve how the world works for everyone. We use our knowledge, networks, funding and skills – working in partnership with others, including governments, businesses and charities. We are a UK charity but work all over the world, supported by a financial endowment.

You will be joining one of Europe’s leading innovation policy think tanks, responsible for researching and developing new and better ideas for understanding and supporting innovation in the economy for public benefit.

About the role

Reporting to the Head of Innovation Policy, your primary aim is to distil research and complex ideas into compelling messages and policy recommendations. This will see you focus on content and editorial, working closely with the innovation policy teams to hone arguments, messages and policy proposals from Nesta’s innovation policy research and analysis programme, plus devising communications plans and coordinating their delivery.

Key roles and responsibilities

You will also be expected to:

  • Lead the design and organisation of workshops and events aimed at policy, political or industry audiences
  • Proactively keep abreast of current innovation policy debates and trends and use judgement to target communications for greatest impact
  • Undertake research for blogs, op eds and other outputs
  • Develop the profile and brand of Nesta’s work on innovation policy and ensure it is well understood, both internally and externally

Experience and skills

We are looking for an outstanding writer and editor, you will have a flair for writing for the audiences relevant for this role developed in either think tanks, journalism, public affairs, academia or government. You will also have an impressive track record of distilling research and complex ideas into briefs, articles, recommendations and other targeted communications outputs.

Collaborative, entrepreneurial and proactive, strong cross-team project management experience is vital, as is a proven background of designing events and workshops and an interest in technology, innovation, public policy, politics, and economics.