Policy Officer

The Association of Directors of Children’s Services Ltd (ADCS) is the professional leadership association for directors of children’s services and their senior management teams in England.

ADCS is looking to recruit a Policy Officer to join our busy and expanding team. Working closely with the policy and press team in our central Manchester office, members of the Association’s policy committees, project officers in the regions, and the Association’s Board of Directors, the Policy Officer will work collaboratively to provide support and advice on the design and implementation of children’s services policy in England and to support the various channels of communication the Association has with its members, specifically social media channels and blogs. This will include the preparation of briefings, undertaking research, attendance at meetings and workshops, preparing discussion papers, drafting blogs, and producing the Association’s ebulletin.

The ideal candidate will have experience of working in a children and families policy context and will ideally have an understanding of the workings of the different levels of government, underpinned by a good awareness of public affairs. The ability to assimilate new and often complex information in a timely way and excellent written communication skills are essential.

Candidates will be expected to seek to develop good working relationships with the Association’s membership across our policy committees and networks, and with the Association’s national external partners and stakeholders, including central and local government. This opportunity is well suited to a candidate with a passion for public service with demonstrable knowledge of aspects of children’s services policy.

How to apply

Application pack

The full job description and person spec can be found in the application pack (pdf)

Application is by CV and covering letter.

Applications can only be accepted if sent by email to: honorary.secretary@adcs.org.uk

Closing date:

5:00pm, Tuesday 3 April 2018 | Applications are now closed


Interviews will take place on 11 April 2018 at the ADCS offices in Manchester.