So, you want my job? Policy and comms director, London School of Economics and Political Science

PRWeek takes a sidelong look at recruitment in public sector comms. Do you fancy Bob Ward's job as policy and comms director in the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at London School of Economics and Political Science?

Bob Ward knows a thing or two about methane as consequence of his job
Bob Ward knows a thing or two about methane as consequence of his job

Name:
Bob Ward.

Job:
Policy and Communications Director, Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, London School of Economics and Political Science.

Starting salary/salary band for the job?
£60k-£77k.

What qualifications do you need?
Degree or equivalent, but qualifications less important than experience. An excellent knowledge and understanding of rapidly-changing domestic and overseas climate and energy policies.

What level of experience do you need?
Many years of combining internal and external communications, public affairs and policy analysis, including a track record of bridging the culture chasm between academia, business and government.

Is previous experience in a public sector comms role necessary/useful?
If you haven’t worked in a university before, prepare for a culture shock.

What are the main day-to-day challenges?
Convincing colleagues that it is not possible to have an impact on a controversial issue without upsetting someone, and laughing off personal insults from climate change deniers.

What is the best part of the job?
Proving that the public has not had enough of experts.

What is the most unusual fact you know as a result of this job?
Cow burps contain methane and contribute to climate change.

If you get an interview, do say?
You can have a bigger impact on evidence-based policy-making.

If you get an interview, don't say?
You can be better advocates.

If you’re good at this job you might also be well-suited to?
[Being a] Rhinoceros (you have a very thick skin).

Please note: Interviewees for 'So, you want my job' are not leaving their current role.


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