[Closing tomorrow] National Autistic Society, Policy & Parliamentary Officer, ??27.4-32k, clos 20 Aug 2012

National Autistic Society

Policy & Parliamentary Officer

Over 500,000 people in the UK have autism. Together with their families, they make up over two million people whose lives are touched by autism every single day. At The National Autistic Society, our vision is a world where all people living with autism get to lead the life they choose.

About the job

Contract:??12 month contract, covering a secondment
Hours:??35 hours per week
Closing date:??20 August 2012 (5pm)
Interview date:??31 August 2012

An exciting opportunity has arisen in our Policy and Campaigns Team for a Policy and Parliamentary Officer, who will take a lead on a key policy area and work to influence policy and legislative change for the benefit of people with autism in that area.

You will be committed to involving people with autism in your work and also undertake work to support the implementation of the organisation-wide participation strategy.

An organised and efficient self-starter, with an interest in disability issues and strong communication skills and experience, you will work with colleagues across the UK in an ambitious and highly-effective team.

Key duties include:

  • actively promoting the interests of people living with autism in Westminster and Whitehall and acting as a spokesperson both internally and externally in your area of policy expertise
  • maintaining and developing NAS relationships with relevant government departments, liaising directly with civil servants and ministers
  • responding to relevant government consultations and representing the NAS on relevant government working groups and in relevant voluntary sector consortia
  • carrying out consultation with people living with autism using a range of methods to ensure that their views and experiences underpin NAS positions and all your??communications with government.

How to apply

To apply for this job, please download and complete the job application form below. Send your completed application??torecruitment@nas.org.uk??or post it to 393 City Road, London??EC1V 1NG.??

Please make sure to tell us which job you are applying for, including the job reference??if provided. This will??ensure that you are considered for the right position.

Applications are sought from all suitably qualified sections of the community but particularly welcome from those with a diagnosis of autism or Asperger syndrome.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children and adults who use our services and as such expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

We are an equal opportunities employer.

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