Senior Policy Officer

ShareAction London United Kingdom UK Policy

Company Description

ShareAction

We are at a pivotal moment: the climate and biodiversity crises are deepening, and inequalities are even more marked in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. The global investment system has an oversized impact on many of these global challenges. We want to make sure that impact is positive. At ShareAction we work with investors, policymakers and individuals to unleash the positive potential of the investment system. We aim to build a world where our financial system serves our planet and its people.

Team

ShareAction’s policy team, based in London and Brussels, has played an influential role in shaping UK and European sustainable finance policy development over the last decade. This is an exciting time for the team, which is currently growing from six members to eight. The team is responsible for driving forward ShareAction’s distinctive public interest agenda through successfully managing relationships in the UK and the EU with senior financial policy makers and their officials, politicians of all parties, financial supervisors and regulators, and other significant players in the policy-making eco-system.

Position

This is an exciting opportunity to work in ShareAction’s UK policy team on a new campaign to change the rules of the financial system. We are planning a campaign to properly embed sustainability into investors’ legal (“fiduciary”) duties. We are looking to appoint a Senior Policy Officer to make this happen. Pension schemes play a huge role in shaping the world around us through where, and how, they invest, but the rules of the system still require them to put profits over people and planet.

Working with different teams across ShareAction, you will help to build a campaign which galvanises investors, legal advisers, other industry practitioners, and the public to support bold reform of the law. You will then lead on taking this campaign to policy makers to advocate for legal and regulatory change that promotes genuinely sustainable and long-term investment.

If you are looking for a career in public policy or campaigning then this role is a fantastic opportunity to hone your advocacy, relationship building and communication skills. You will develop your understanding of, and engagement with, UK policy making processes and the financial system as well as social and environmental issues.

More information about our policy activities is available on our webpage at https://shareaction.org/policy-and-regulation/.

What you’ll do

  • You’ll be supporting us to build the case for public policy reform, particularly around the legal duties of pension schemes, to ensure the financial system properly takes account of the needs of our planet and its people.

  • You’ll be building relations with practitioners and policymakers to build interest in the campaign. Identifying and responding to key opportunities for influencing policymakers including through consultations, Parliamentary actitivity (e.g. Parliamentary questions and motions), meetings etc.

  • You’ll be supporting us to build a strategy to influence key policymakers on legal reform, under guidance from your line manager and others in the team. This may include drafting and disseminating Parliamentary questions, drafting amendments to legislation and using other parliamentary tools, drafting consultation responses and briefings.

  • You’ll be our key contact in communicating progress of our work to the broader team, media and funders.

  • You’ll be helping to organise events as well as speaking at events aimed at influencing practitioners and policymakers. 

  • You’ll be keeping up to date on any new legislation and relevant developments and feeding this back to the team where relevant.

  • You’ll be attending external events on behalf of ShareAction and sharing any learnings with the ShareAction team.

Requirements

What you’ll bring to the team

  • A passion for campaigning and making a difference in the policy space and an ability to evidence clear successes.

  • An ability to build and maintain relationships with a wide variety of industry and policy maker stakeholders.

  • Understanding of the UK Parliamentary and/or policymaking process.

  • Excellent communication skills, in both written and spoken English, including an ability to communicate complex issues in a clear and accessible way.

  • Organised and self-directed on work initiatives with a strong attention to detail.

  • Proven capacity to undertake varied tasks simultaneously and to tight deadlines.

  • Good interpersonal skills with ability to work as part of a team.

  • Willingness to work with politicians from a range of political parties;

Other information

What we will do for you

  • You’ll have plenty of opportunities to attend events, including in Parliament and the City.

  • We will provide ongoing training opportunities throughout the year to support in professional development.

  • We will support you with any learning and development you might need with our systems.

  • An integrated UK and EU policy team means you will be able to learn about and contribute to policy developments in the EU.

  • Information on our flexible working policy is outlined in the “Other information” section below.

Hours: Full time (35 hours a week)

Contract type: Permanent

Salary: £27,500 - £32,000 per annum plus 8 per cent pension (non-contributory) and benefits including a healthcare scheme

Closing date: 9am, Tuesday 19 July

Interviews: The first round interviews will take place the week beginning 25th July 2022. There will be two rounds of interviews.

ShareAction values and respects all differences in people (seen and unseen) and welcome applications from all backgrounds, communities and industries. We are committed to having a team that is made up of diverse skills, experiences and abilities and so if you are not 100 per cent sure that you meet all the requirements but believe you could excel in this role, we encourage you to apply and use the application questions to tell us about your experience and what you hope to bring to this role.

We also actively encourage staff to work in ways that best suit their needs and our flexible working policy outlines many of the options available- such as part-time and term-time working, job sharing, home working and working compressed hours. Please talk to us at the interview about the flexibility you need. We can’t promise to give you exactly what you want, but we do promise not to judge you for asking.

ShareAction’s London office is based in vibrant Bermondsey and a short walk from London Bridge underground and national rail. Remote working will remain the norm for many ShareAction staff as we continue to face the Covid-19 pandemic, with office space available in London for those who wish to use it.

Please note that to be considered for this post you must be legally eligible to work in the UK. Due to current restrictions we are unable to hire anyone that isn’t already living in the UK.
Due to our size we are unable to sponsor visas.

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What Personal data is collected?

We may collect personal information about you when:

  • You sign up to our mailing list(s),
  • You make a one-off donation or sign up to donate regularly,
  • You sign up to attend one of our events,
  • You become involved in one of our campaigns,
  • You fill out a survey or quiz we send you,
  • You apply for a paid or volunteering role with us.

The information we collect may include, among other details, your name, address, email address, telephone number, pension provider, Responsible Investment issues of particular interest to you, your involvement in ShareAction campaigns or activities, information as to whether you are a taxpayer, your employer or organisations in our network that you are affiliated to.

We may also collect information about you from publicly available sources from places like Companies House or information published in newspapers.

If you make a donation, we will collect the details necessary to process this payment e.g. bank account details to set up a Direct Debit and ask for consent to use your contact details to send you updates on our campaigns and occasional appeals. We do not store credit or debit card details and when making an online donation your payment details are processed by a third-party secure server payment gateway provided by PayPal.

We will not collect sensitive personal information or information classed as special category unless there is a clear reason as to why we need it. We will only collect this with your consent, and we will give clear notices so that you know why we need this data and how long we will keep it for.


Profiling

We might use profiling or screening methods to ensure that communications are relevant to you and we do this by using data that you provide us with, data from publicly available sources, and data that is processed automatically through the systems we use (for example, whether you have previously opened emails from us). Profiling also allows us to understand more about people that support us which helps us to make appropriate requests for involvement in our campaigns and fundraising appeals. We may use geographic and demographic information to build a profile. Under the General Data Protection Regulation you have the right to obtain an explanation of any profiling decisions we have made and challenge these decisions.


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Why is this data collected?

How we use your personal data will depend on the reason you are providing it and we will aim to make the reason clear when we collect the data. We will mainly use your data to:

  • Provide you with services or information that you have asked for, such as sending you a newsletter, inviting you to training, or sending you more information about our campaigns.
  • Keep you informed about our campaigns and movement and respond to questions you may have.
  • Process your donation, including processing any Gift Aid declaration.
  • Invite you to events we think might be of interest to you.
  • Invite you to participate in our campaigns.
  • Keep a record of how you prefer to be contacted.
  • Keep a record of your relationship with us.
  • Understand how we can improve our services, products and the information we provide.
  • Develop a better understanding of our supporters to help us make better decisions in order to deliver our mission.
  • Aggregate information for confidential reporting to project partners (see the Third Parties section below for more information on how your data is shared with project partners).


Our legal basis for processing personal data

The legal basis for processing your data depends on the reasons and circumstances we are collecting it.

Our legal basis for processing most personal data is because you have given us your consent to do so. You have the right to withdraw your consent for holding and processing your data and can do so by emailing us at info@shareaction.org or calling us on 020 7403 7800.

In some circumstances, the processing is necessary for the performance of a contract with you or necessary for us to comply with a legal obligation.


Legitimate Interests

Sometimes the legal basis for processing your data may be because it is in our legitimate interests to perform our operations. Before doing this, we will always carefully consider and balance any potential impact on you and your rights and we will not process any data if there is any risk of harm or potential conflict with your interests. Some examples of where we have a legitimate interest to process data are:

  • Managing our ongoing relationships with our professional contacts.
  • Researching new professional contacts at companies, investors and other NGOs that may be interested in our campaigns.
  • Using networking sites like LinkedIn to reach out to professional contacts who we think may be interested in our work.
  • Managing our financial transactions and preventing fraud.


How is my data protected?

We take good care to ensure that the information we store on our database is kept secure in order to prevent unauthorised access and comply with the General Data Protection Regulation. Our devices are encrypted and staff that work with data have received appropriate training.


Third parties

We will not sell, rent or swap your information with other organisations for them to use in their own marketing activities.


Service providers

Like most organisations, we use trusted service providers to help our operations to be more efficient. These include systems and software providers like EventBrite, Microsoft programmes and Salesforce. We may use third party providers that are located outside of Europe. For example, the database we use to store your data and some email platforms we use have servers located in the USA. We have taken steps to ensure that the services we use that are located outside of the EU have appropriate security measures in order to protect your information. All providers we use are well renowned for their data security and have the appropriate technical controls and policies in place to protect your personal details.


Legal Requirements

We may disclose your personal information when required to do so by law.


Project Partners

We work with other charities and NGOs on some of our campaigns to share knowledge and resources. We will never share personal information with them without your explicit and informed permission but we may aggregate information in order to share statistical information needed for analysis. We will not include any details that could identify a specific individual.


How can I access, update or ask ShareAction to stop using my personal information?

If your details change, please let us know and we will update them on our system.

You can also change your mind at any time about the ways in which we contact you or withdraw your consent for us to process your data. You can do this by emailing info@shareaction.org or calling us on 0207 4037 800. Most emails we send you will include a link you can click on to unsubscribe from that particular type of communication.


Removing data

If you tell us that you no longer would like us to contact you, we will keep limited amounts of information (usually just your name and email address) and add this to our suppression lists to ensure you do not receive communications from us in the future – we will not use it for any other purpose. In certain circumstances you also have the right to have your personal data erased from our databases completely and you can ask us to do this at any time.

We regularly monitor your engagement with our communications and will periodically send emails to ask if you still wish to receive updates about ShareActions work. We will continue to hold your personal data while you are actively engaged with us until you ask us not to. If you have not engaged (either opened, replied, taken the requested action, or clicked through) with any of our emails then we will remove your personal details from our database after three years.

Legally, we are required to hold some types of information to fulfil our statutory obligations. Details needed to claim Gift Aid is one example of this.


Subject access reports

To request a subject access report which details all of the information we hold about you, please make this request in writing to ShareAction, 163/66 Hatton Garden, Fifth Floor, Suite 23, London UK, EC1N 8LE. We will not charge you for this request and will provide this information within one month of receipt, if the request is reasonable.


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