Policy and Research Officer (part time)

Kingston upon Thames, Saffron Walden or Dorchester
£35,000 (pro rata)
23 Sep 2020
11 Oct 2020
Part Time
Organisation Type
Housing association / RP

About us

Hastoe is an award-winning rural housing association that manages over 7,500 rented, shared ownership and leasehold homes across the south of England. We hold charitable status and support communities by providing social homes that are energy efficient and environmentally sustainable.

About the role

We have an exciting new opportunity for a Policy and Research Officer to work with and support the Head of Communications, Chief Executive and the Board. Your main responsibilities will include:

  • Helping to develop and maintain Hastoe’s influence and profile among politicians, civil servants, national agencies and the media.
  • Researching and interpreting information to provide new insights that facilitate Hastoe’s influencing work.
  • Preparing materials for presentations, articles for publication and responses to government policies and consultations.
  • Maintaining strong working relationships with key national and regional partners.

For full details on this role, please see the Job Description.

About you

We’re looking for someone with experience of policy campaigning or working in a political environment as well as an understanding of parliamentary procedures. You will have excellent interpersonal skills as well as strong research and writing skills. You must be highly-motivated, able to work on your own initiative, and willing to travel across the south of England with regular travel to London.


Annual Leave (pro rata):  25 days (increasing with service) + 1.5 days complimentary leave + option to purchase additional leave.


Contributory pension scheme.

Family friendly policies and benefits including:

  • Flexible working
  • Discounts for local shops, restaurants and gym membership
  • Cycle and Car Leasing Scheme
  • Employee Assistance Programme (advice service)
  • Health Cash Plan (a type of health insurance)

How to Apply

Please send your CV and supporting statement to hr@hastoe.com by midnight on Sunday 11 October 2020. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to a first stage interview via Zoom w/c 19 October. Candidates successful at stage one will be invited to a further stage two interview held face to face at our Head Office in Kingston on Thames w/c 2 November.

Your supporting statement should include your:

  • motivations for applying for the role
  • experience of working in a research capacity
  • experience of working in a political/policy campaigning environment
  • experience of networking skills and stakeholder engagement
  • experience of writing and presenting

Please note, CVs that are not accompanied by a supporting statement will not be considered for shortlisting. For an informal discussion about the role please contact Andrew Potter on 020 8973 0471. For enquiries about the application process contact the HR Team at hr@hastoe.com or call 020 8973 0435.

This post is subject to background checks.