Policy and Advocacy Manager

Contract: Permanent, full-time
Salary: up to £33,700 dependent on experience
Location: London/flexible working options available
Closing: Sunday 14 April 2019
Interviews: Tuesday 30 April 2019 by Skype and final selection on Tuesday 7 May 2019

Pollution of the ocean from plastic bags, microbeads, wet wipes, plastic bottles and straws is big news. Chemicals, whether from plastic or other sources, are entering the ocean and damaging its wildlife, but also impacting on our health and well-being.

The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) is at the heart of the movement to protect and restore our seas. We are the UK’s leading marine charity and we have played a central role in bringing about the current focus on marine plastics. We are determined to drive that momentum - ensuring that our actions create changes that will protect the future of our planet. To do that, we need to keep making our voice heard on the key issues that matter – so, we are looking for an exceptional candidate with experience in chemical pollution.

We want a candidate who can bring their experience and knowledge from their current sector and apply to being an exceptional advocate for change to reduce and stop chemical pollutants reaching the ocean. Chemical pollutants can come in many forms whether from discarded waste (including plastics), legacy materials or new and emerging chemicals of concern. You will be working within the policy and advocacy team focusing on the chemical challenges within the marine environment and relating to wider issues such as plastics and water quality.

We need someone who can understand and interpret technical information on chemical pollutants and utilise your advocacy skills to influence attitudes and legislation, whether that is to government, businesses or contributing to campaigns that galvanise public actions as we work to make the reduction of pollution at source an imperative.

We’ve had huge success on water quality and plastics and we are looking to expand our work on chemicals. You’ll be the principal specialist and experienced in the development and delivery of our policy, being proactive and resourceful with the drive to maintain a robust evidence base on the state of UK waters and stakeholder perceptions in relation to pollutants of concern.

Sharing a passion for our causes, you’ll be a confident ambassador to represent us in radio/TV interviews, or at events with senior stakeholders from industry or our partner organisations.

This role requires confidence in your knowledge, and persuasive communication skills, to work collaboratively with colleagues who share your commitment to our objectives.

Key Skills

Enquiries and further information

For any enquiries email hr@mcsuk.org or telephone 01989 561574.


MCS is an equal opportunities employer welcoming applications from all sections of the community.

Eligibility to work in the UK is required.

Registered Charity No: 1004005 (England & Wales) SC037480 (Scotland)

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