Job | Full Time

Head of Policy and Engagement

Age NI

Policy & Research
Age NI is delighted to invite applications for the following exciting permanent post based in the Botanic area of Belfast.

This post provides an excellent opportunity for someone who possesses the passion and commitment to work in a progressive organisation and help us achieve our vision - a society in which we can thrive as we age.

The main purpose of this role is to lead Age NI’s Policy and Engagement team in developing strategies, plans and activities which support the organisation in achieving its vision, mission and strategy, working in an integrated approach with colleagues from across the organisation.

The main responsibilities of the role are:

The successful applicant will lead Age NI’s Policy and Engagement Team in developing strategies, plans and activities which support the Charity to achieve its vision, mission and strategy.


Applicants must have the following essential experience:

  • Demonstrable experience of developing policy and influencing outcomes in either
  • Equality and Human Rights


  • Health and Social Care
  • Proven track record in measurably influencing social change through policy development
  • Experience in producing high level policy analysis and monitoring data
  • Direct experience and proven competency in business planning, measuring impact and achieving results
  • Demonstrable experience of utilising community development, equality and human rights frameworks to effect change
  • Experience of planning and managing a diverse work portfolio

Applicants must have the following essential knowledge:

  • An understanding of the impact of inequality and poverty on the wellbeing of vulnerable adults
  • An understanding of community development principles and approaches
  • Detailed knowledge and expertise in planning and policy development in either:
    • Health and Social care; or
    • Equality & Human Rights
  • A Sound knowledge of the importance of research to support policy development
  • Demonstrable knowledge of effective mechanisms to engage and listen to the voice of individuals, networks or groups
  • Detailed knowledge base of human rights and equality frameworks.
  • Excellent knowledge of political and policy environment in Northern Ireland
  • A clear understanding of government policy as it currently impacts on older people

Applicants must have the following essential skills:

  • Proven Project Management/ Change Management skills
  • A proven and competent ability to inform, influence and compel and convince at the highest level
  • Excellent communication skills which have resulted in influencing decisions at a corporate and budget planning level
  • Commitment to collaborative and team working and a commitment to respect and support corporate decision making
  • Demonstrable experience of people management, including building and leading team
  • Excellent organisational skills, with a proven ability to innovate and manage multiple pieces of work in a fast paced environment

Applicants must have the following:

  • Full current driving licence and access to a car for business purposes or access to a form of transport to meet the travel requirements of the post
  • Flexible approach, as weekend and evening work may be required

What Age NI can offer you:

Salary: £41,861-£44,002 per annum for 35 hours per week.

Hours: 35 hours Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm, with flexible working policy and hybrid working.  There may be some flexibility around this with the possibility of a 4 days (28 hours) contract.  The salary will be reduced accordingly on a pro-rata basis for a 4 day week.

Permanent Contract

Contributory pension scheme with Age NI contributing 5% of qualifying earnings

Annual Leave: 26 days (rising to 27 days after 4 years) plus 12 Bank Holidays

Healthshield healthcare cash plan

Age NI reserve the right to enhance the essential criteria to facilitate shortlisting.

For an applicant pack, please e-mail [email protected], apply online at or telephone 028 9024 5729.

Closing date for completed applications is 4pm on Friday 6 October 2023.

Age NI is committed to providing equal opportunities to everyone.

Closing Date

Friday / 06 October 2023

Contact Details

Val Gamble

People & Development Team

Age NI Head Office
3 Lower Crescent
United Kingdom


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