Interim Public Affairs Manager

Location: London & home based
Salary: £40,829 pro rata per annum
Contract: 15 months contract, part time (21 hours per week)

I CAN is looking for an exceptional Public Affairs Manager to build the charity’s public affairs profile. Reporting to the Head of Communications, this role will work with the Senior Management Team to raise awareness and understanding of the impact that poor speech, language, and communications skills can have on a child and young person’s life chances.  Your role will be to utilise this insight in Westminster and Whitehall to influence policy and, support and coordinate the development of I CAN’s Public Affairs and Influencing strategy.

We are keen to hear from you if you have:

  • Demonstrable experience of influencing government policy.
  • A track record of building strong relationships with influencers and decision-makers.
  • Demonstrable experience to support us to develop I CAN as a thought leader.
  • Strong analytical skills to be able to review key policies, consultations and research, and provide insights to senior audiences.
  • Demonstrable experience in drafting responses to Parliamentary, government and other consultations.

I CAN, the UK’s leading children’s communication charity, has an opportunity to make a bigger difference to the lives of children and young people in the UK.

I CAN believes that language is a fundamental life skill, essential for learning and building relationships. Good language at age five is the single most important factor in helping children escape poverty. 10% of children in the UK have long-term persistent speech, language and communication needs. I CAN is determined to lead on raising the profile of this issue. A recent survey conducted by mental health charity, Re-think, found that one third of children feel more anxious, sad and stressed now than before lockdown. The impact on the children we support is often magnified.

Through its training programmes, interventions and specialist schools, I CAN provides critical support to children of all ages and the children’s workforce. Thousands of nurseries and schools benefit from our evidence-based programmes. Our two special schools support children and young people with the most complex communication needs. 

I CAN has ambitious plans to grow awareness of the importance that speech, language and communication skills can have on a child’s life chances.  As part of our new strategic plan, our ten-year goal is to make speech, language and communication needs as well known, as well supported and as well understood as autism.

If you are interested in this role, please do download our recruitment information pack and apply with your up to date CV and a supporting statement of no more than two sides of A4 stating why you would like to work for I CAN and how you meet the criteria for the role outlined in the five bullet points above. Please email your application to by 09:00 on Wednesday 14th October 2020. First round interviews will be conducted over Zoom on Tuesday 20th October 2020 with second round interviews over Zoom on Friday 23rd October 2020.

Please note that we will not close applications before this time and date as we recognise that candidates put in a lot of time and effort into making an application and we want to give each of you the time and space to put in an application you feel proud of.

Please note that we will not shortlist candidates who do not submit a CV and a supporting statement.

I CAN works within the government’s Covid-19 guidelines.

I CAN is passionate about promoting equality, valuing diversity and working inclusively. We welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons particularly Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic applicants, as these groups are currently under-represented in our workforce.

Due to the volume of applications we receive, unfortunately, we are not always able to respond to every applicant. If you have not received a response within four weeks of application, you have not been successful on this occasion.


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