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Policy & Research Officer

Date Added
14 September 2022
Organisation
SOLT & UK Theatre
Location
London
Salary
£35,000 - £40,000 per annum, depending on experience
Job Specification
MAIN PURPOSE OF ROLE 
 
• To develop, deliver and continuously evaluate proactive policy for UK Theatre and the Society of London Theatre. 
• To develop, deliver and continuously evaluate a solid evidence base to advocate to various stakeholders on issues relevant to the theatre and performing arts. 
• To develop and maintain close working relationships with academic institutions, research bodies, think tanks and other external stakeholders who may be developing or advising on policy in the cultural and creative industries, ensuring that theatre and performing arts policy is considered in their work. 
 
ABOUT THE SOCIETY OF LONDON THEATRE AND UK THEATRE 
 
Society of London Theatre (SOLT) and UK Theatre are organisations that work with and on behalf of our members to champion theatre and the performing arts. 
We deliver a range of services to assist our members and promote theatregoing to the widest possible audience. The Society of London Theatre are producers of the annual Olivier Awards and West End Live. UK Theatre produces the annual UK Theatre Awards. 
Our members are the movers and shakers of the UK’s theatre industry. Together they form the 
community of producers, theatre owners and managers and performing arts venues that present theatre 
in London, the UK and internationally. 
 
THE POLICY & PUBLIC AFFAIRS TEAM 
 
The policy & public affairs team works across both SOLT and UK Theatre and consists of: 
• Head of Policy & Public Affairs 
• Policy & Research Officer (This Role) 
• Data Analytics & Insights Officer 
 
We support the CEOs, Boards of SOLT and UK Theatre, and wider membership by developing policy, 
providing research and data, and leading external engagement with stakeholders in public life on behalf 
of the theatre sector. 
 
MAIN PURPOSE OF ROLE 
 
• To develop, deliver and continuously evaluate proactive policy for UK Theatre and the Society of London Theatre. 
• To develop, deliver and continuously evaluate a solid evidence base to advocate to various stakeholders on issues relevant to the theatre and performing arts. 
• To develop and maintain close working relationships with academic institutions, research bodies, think tanks and other external stakeholders who may be developing or advising on policy in the cultural and creative industries, ensuring that theatre and performing arts policy is considered in their work. 
 
MAIN ACCOUNTABILITIES 
 
Policy 
• To develop, deliver and continuously evaluate UK Theatre and SOLT’s overall policy position on various relevant topics. (current priorities) 
• To develop, achieve and continuously evaluate alignment on policy proposals with SOLT & UK Theatre members (and other sector bodies where appropriate). 
• Working with the Head of Policy & Public Affairs, identify the risks/benefits of pursuing particular policy objectives and prioritise as necessary as part of the Public Affairs Strategy. 
 
Research 
• To develop, deliver and continuously evaluate a solid evidence base to advocate to various stakeholders on issues relevant to the theatre and performing arts. 
• Develop, deliver and continuously evaluate the research to support evidence-based policy positions, campaigns and the work of other departments in SOLT & UK Theatre. 
• Working alongside the Data Analytics & Insights Officer, develop, deliver and continuously evaluate the impact of internal and external statistical and quantitative research on the sector, ensuring that solid datasets support policy and evidence produced by SOLT & UK Theatre. 
• Monitor and analyse the impact of external research, briefings and policy positions (e.g. Arts Councils, Theatres Trust, Creative UK, Creative Industries Policy & Evidence Centre etc.) on the theatre and performing arts sector. 
• Research, analyse and share relevant trends from political, social and technical arenas, disseminating to members and internal departments, and as part of this, manage our political monitoring agency. 
 
Communications & Engagement 
• Support the Head of Policy & Public Affairs in their role as the Secretariat of the Theatre APPG, providing policy and evidence to support APPG inquiries and evidence sessions when necessary. 
• Support the Head of Policy & Public Affairs in developing SOLT & UK Theatre submissions & written evidence to parliamentary committees, government consultations, and other calls for evidence. 
• Provide briefings on relevant policies for internal and external audiences, including working with the press officer to develop press releases covering key policy areas. 
• Provide policy support to SOLT & UK Theatre in delivering publications, reports, factsheets etc. for members and external audiences 
• Advise the Chief Executives, Head of Policy & Public Affairs and the SOLT & UK Theatre Senior Management Team on policy developments and the broader policy context in the cultural and creative sectors. 
• Support the Chief Executives and Head of Policy & Public Affairs in representing the organisation at meetings with key external stakeholders, including Ministers, MPs, local leaders, regulators, Government opinion-formers and think tanks, and other external stakeholders as required. 
• Build relationships with relevant civil servants, local government officials and other stakeholders to ensure the theatre and performing arts sector’s voice is heard in policy development, including identifying and building meaningful relationships with policy leads in devolved structures, e.g. 
 
LEPs, Metro Mayors, BIDs. 
• Oversee projects and policy engagement delivery as required, working in partnership with other organisations (e.g. One Dance UK, ABO, Creu Cymru, Creative & Cultural Skills, the Creative Industries Federation etc.). 
• Represent SOLT & UK Theatre in policy roundtables with academic institutions, research bodies, think tanks and other external stakeholders who may be developing or advising on policy in the cultural and creative industries, ensuring that theatre and performing arts policy is considered in their work. 
 
Other 
• Deputise for the Head of Policy & Public Affairs during periods of leave or as necessary. 
• All SOLT & UK Theatre staff are required to undertake a role at the annual Olivier Awards. Time off in lieu will be provided if this is outside your regular working pattern. 
• Undertake such additional duties as may reasonably be required from time to time to maintain the smooth running of SOLT & UK Theatre
Application Details
https://solt.co.uk/who-we-are/work-with-us/ 
 
If you would appreciate the opportunity to talk to someone at SOLT & UK Theatre before you apply for this role, please get in touch with David Leigh-Pemberton, Head of Policy & Public Affairs, via LinkedIn or by emailing david@soltukt.co.uk. 
 
 
APPLICATION PROCESS 
 
To apply for the Policy & Research Officer role at SOLT & UK Theatre, please submit a covering letter evidencing your suitability for the position against the accountabilities and person specification outlined in the job description and a CV as a word document or PDF by emailing jobs@soltukt.co.uk. 
 
If at this stage, SOLT & UK Theatre wish to proceed with your application, you will receive an invite to have an informal conversation with our Head of Policy & Public Affairs. You may then be invited to a formal interview (which may be a virtual meeting) with two or more members of the SOLT & UK Theatre team. 
 
We are actively seeking applications from people who are presently under-represented in the theatre sector and in our organisation, which includes people from global majorities and D/deaf and disabled people. This is because we believe that having people working for us with a range of different lived experiences ensures that we have a range of opinions in our discussions, which in turn makes us a more effective organisation, better set up to serve all our stakeholders. 
 
There is a rolling deadline for this vacancy. Applications will be screened as and when received. Should we receive suitable candidates, we may invite you for interview before the advertised closing date of midnight Sunday 9th October 2022 and therefore if you are interested in applying, please do so as soon as possible to avoid missing out on this opportunity. 
 
Access Needs and Assistance 
If you require any assistance in applying for this role, please email us on Jobs@soltukt.co.uk with your preferred contact details and we will be in touch. 
Prior to attending an interview, we will ask you if you have any access needs, what your pronouns are, and for a phonetic spelling of your name to ensure that we pronounce it correctly when we meet you. 
 
Applicant information 
 
All offers of employment are subject to the right to work in the UK and two satisfactory references. References will not be sought until an offer of employment is made. 
 
Unsuccessful applicants, not short listed, may not be contacted. Any candidates invited to interview will be provided with feedback on request. 
 
 
Closing Date
09 October 2022
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