Starting Salary: £28,000 pa

Post duration: Fixed-term contract of 18 months

Reports to: HNHCT Senior Policy Officer

Working conditions: 37.5 hours per week – Job share and flexible hours of working will be considered for the right candidate

Benefits: Pension, 25 days annual leave pro rata 

The Project

HOPE not hate Charitable Trust (HNHCT) are looking to hire a policy and partnership coordinator to work on a new project.

The HNHCT and Centre for Towns report, Fear, Hope and Loss, laid out some of the core drivers of hate: a feeling of loss, a lack of opportunity and economic decline, most profound in post-industrial and coastal towns across England and Wales. This new project will find policy solutions that can turn these communities around and bring hope to these places, in order to stem resentment, which is all too often channelled towards migrants and minorities. 

The project will :

  • Help us better understand the interaction between attitudes to immigration and multiculturalism and the changing social, economic and urban conditions of Britain's towns
  • Develop frameworks together with local authorities and key stakeholders in three pilot areas to create more inclusive communities based on how local people feel about identity issues, social and economic change, the issues facing their communities, and the strengths and assets of towns that give hope for the future
  • Assist in bringing these lessons to a national level
  • Build a network of leaders to implement change locally, to promote tools that empower local communities and improve integration

Press click here to see the Project outline 

Role of the Policy and Partnership Coordinator

Your role in this position will be to coordinate the community and stakeholder engagement work on the ground, to develop and nurture relationships, to build networks, to manage these networks and build sustainability, all of which will shape policy change.

You will liaise with stakeholders, local authorities, and community activists to establish and then build and manage steering groups in three pilot areas. You will work with these networks to facilitate locally-embedded change in policy and practice, to challenge hate and to work for greater inclusion across the three pilot areas. You will also work towards building a national towns leadership network and working with them to facilitate national change.

This is a perfect opportunity for someone who cares about making our communities inclusive for everyone. 

The role will be office-based in London but will require some travel to work with partners across three pilot areas in England and Wales.

Skills and Experience

You’ll be a self-starter with experience of multi-stakeholder engagement, with strong interpersonal, relationship building and organisational skills. You’ll also have strong research and written skills, be computer literate and have an interest in policy.

You will be a good fit for this role if you have experience or knowledge of working with local government. You will have a passion for challenging prejudice and racism, and building resilience in our towns and in communities facing a multiplicity of challenges. 

Core Responsibilities

-   To identify and build relationships, and liaise with key stakeholders and local authority leaders

-   To develop and maintain steering groups in three pilot areas

-   To develop a sustainable Towns Leadership Network at the national level

-   To organise meetings, events, workshops and community forums

-   To facilitate meetings, workshops and events

-   To lead the development of local inclusion frameworks with local steering groups and a national leadership network

-   To assist in writing reports relating to the project

-   To work with the Senior Policy Officer on research associated with the project

-   Associated administrative tasks, for example minute taking, collating frameworks, chasing action points etc.

-   To assist in the dissemination of project outputs

-   To support the process of project evaluation, together with regular reporting and tracking towards the overall project outcomes.

General Responsibilities

  •   Maintain and promote the mission of HNHCT
  •   Uphold HNHCT’s values when working with communities, stakeholders and colleagues.
  •   Participate in events and activities to showcase the work of HNHCT and the Centre for Towns
  •   Attend agreed supervision and review meetings with your line manager.
  •   Contribute creatively to the future development of HNHCT.
  •   Identify and undertake other duties as appropriate to this role. 

We believe that our work will be at its best if it is created by people with a range of backgrounds. We are keen to interview people who will add diversity to our team. We do not require degree level formal education.

To apply, submit your CV and cover letter, using “Policy and Partnership Coordinator Application” as your subject line and send it to [email protected]. Also please complete the diversity and monitoring form here

Your CV should be no longer than 2 pages and your cover letter should be no longer than 600 words, explaining how your experience and skills match the criteria we’re looking for. We welcome links to examples of your work, but this is not a requirement.

Applications will close at 11.00pm on Friday 27th September. Interviews will commence on the week of the 7th of October. 


Contact Rosie Carter if you have any questions regarding the role [email protected]